Online Sportsbook launched in Pennsylvania

Monday 24, 2019 saw Parx Casino in Bensalem making it entry into online sports betting field becoming the second casino to do so after SugarHouse Casino launched its sportsbook four weeks ago. Parx Casino started taking online sports bet at 4:05 p.m. local time. 

PGCB (Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board) stated the casino had been given three days of online testing which began on Monday and are expected to end on Wednesday. The testing period would be between 4 p.m. to midnight on Monday with longer periods expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.

There is an expectation of a good reception as was with SugarHouse on its testing period. According to PGCB, the casino received sports bet amounting to a figure above $573,163. Parx had, however, started taking bets on its off-track locations in Oak and South Philadelphia back then in January.

Experts predict growth in betting from PA residents cutting the reference from New Jersey sportsbooks where 80% of the sports betting volume, has been taken by players who do it online. Parx sportsbook has been powered by Kambi Group PLC who have also powered SugarHouse. Kambi is an operator from Europe that has found its way into the PA market most recently making its mark in the already launched sportsbook.

However, it did not take long as the next day, PA had a third casino launching its sportsbook.

A third entrant launched

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh launched on Tuesday 25, 2019 becoming the third entrant in PA sports betting market. Rivers Casino owned by Rush Street Gaming who also own SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. The company was responsible for the launching of SugarHouse which happened in May and with Rivers Casino sharing technology, the testing period was scheduled to happen in two days.

Rivers Casino | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
© Rivers Casino | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The testing period ran from Tuesday 4 p.m. to midnight and is expected to run on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to midnight. This period will allow players to place real-money wagers through the application that will be live 24/7. 

The application can be downloaded directly from their site BetRivers.com for Android users. iOS users could, however, wait a little longer. Dustin Gouker, a PlayNJ.com analyst, states that ‘issues with an update to Apple’s review guidelines for app functionality’ have slowed the growth of the sportsbooks in PA and he points the reason to the state struggling to have the applications up for download on iPhone or iPad.

Some of the basic requirements that will be required for a player to place a bet will include the age requirement which has been set at 21-years-old and above and the next requirement will require a player to place bets when he is physically located in Pennsylvania. Launching the app, Rush Street Interactive president, Richard Schwartz said, ‘It’s an exciting time for Pennsylvania sports fans. With NFL preseason just a month away, game days this fall will be next level.’

Pennsylvania joins other states like New Jersey and Delaware in legalizing sports betting making them the first three states in the US offering the services since the law was passed. The law saw US Supreme Court overturning a federal ban that had been imposed on sports betting that happened outside Nevada.

I'm Adam Shaw, Senior Editor and one of the first members at VegasSlots. I'm a massive football sports fan but also love casinos and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Gaming runs in the family

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