Parx set to begin Pennsylvania sports betting trial
Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment is set to begin a two-day test of its sports betting at its Parx Casino and Racing complex just outside Philadelphia later today (January 8).
The venue will offer limited services to retail customers for two 10-hour periods today and tomorrow (January 9). Should this test be completed without a hitch, it will then be given the go-ahead for the official launch of its Kambi-powered sportsbook on Thursday (January 10).
Parx Casino senior vice president of interactive gaming and sports Matthew Cullen said he was confident that the venue would be cleared for launch. He predicted huge interest in sports betting as a result of the city’s American football team the Philadelphia Eagles progressing in the National Football League playoffs.
“The Eagles winning last night cemented things for us,” he said. “We knew it was going to be a very busy week, based on the appetite [for legal wagering] we’ve seen in New Jersey and with other operators in Pennsylvania. Now the Eagles will be continuing in the playoffs, we expect to see even more activity.”
Should Parx, Pennsylvania’s largest casino gaming facility, roll out sports betting as planned, Greenwood Gaming then plans to repeat the testing and launch process next week, for its South Philadelphia Turf Club betting parlour.
This venue is located in Philadelphia’s major league sports neighbourhood, next to Citizen’s Bank Field, home of the city’s baseball team the Phillies, and the Lincoln Financial Field and Stadium, where the Philadelphia Eagles play.
The operator had its sports betting licence application approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) in October last year, with its sports betting technology supplier Kambi then certified in late November.
Parx Casino and the South Philadelphia Turf Club look set to become the fourth and fifth venues to launch sports betting. The pair will follow Penn National Gaming’s William Hill-powered offering at the Hollywood Casino, which launched in November, and the Rush Street-operated, Kambi-powered SugarHouse and Rivers casinos, which launched on December 15.