Parx Casino Opens 2nd Sportsbook At South Philly Turf Club

Parx Casino Opens 2nd Sportsbook At South Philly Turf Club

Pennsylvania is the 7th US state to officially start allowing it’s casinos to take sports bets. The first PA sportsbook was at Hollywood Casino which opened in November of last year.

Since then, more have followed suit, demonstrating that Pennsylvania is moving fast and furiously into the US’s long suppressed and currently burgeoning sports betting market. In the 2017 legislative session, PA lawmakers paved the way for sports betting, correctly anticipating that in 2018, the US Supreme Court would strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which they did in May of 2018. With their regulatory ducks already lined up, PA regulators were quick to offer sportsbetting licenses to their local casinos – at a price of $10 million each. Many have jumped at the opportunity.

Pennsylvania’s 5th sportsbook opened last week and it is Parx Casino’s second physical location for sports lovers to place bets. The new book is located at Parx’s South Philly Turf Club location next to Citizen’s Bank Field, home of the Phillies. Parx Casino wasted no time. They had launched their first sportsbook at their Parx Casino property earlier in the month.

Where are Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks?

This makes three operating sportsbooks in the Philadelphia region, the other two being in Pittsburgh and in the Harrisburg/Hershey region. The locations and operators are:

Casino Location
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race CourseHarrisburg/Hershey region
SugarHouse CasinoPhiladelphia region
Rivers CasinoPittsburgh region
Parx CasinoPhiladelphia region
Philly Turf Club (operated by Parx)Philadelphia region

South Philly Turf Club has it all

Parx Casino’s new sportsbook is located at 700 Packer Avenue, just off the I-95. It’s a convenient location for sports fans as it’s quite near Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, as well as Citizens Bank Park.

The South Philly Club Sportsbook is open every day. Most days the book begins taking bets at noon with extended hours during the weekend. Parking and admission are free.

  • Monday thru Thursday: noon – midnight
  • Friday: noon – 2am
  • Saturday: 10am – 2am
  • Sunday: 10am – midnight

The sportsbook accepts bets on all the major US sports, college sports, boxing, MMA, and much much more. In addition, they feature many types of wagers including point spreads, a moneyline, totals, parlays, teasers, and more.

In addition, patrons at both Parx sportsbook locations can use the Betslip Builder app to construct wagers prior to arriving at the betting window. This feature saves a lot of time at the window and gives us a glimpse of what the Parx Casino mobile sports betting system will look like when it’s launched.

Mobile betting?

While the Betslip Builder app that Parx has introduced is pretty and convenient, it isn’t actually mobile (online) wagering. That won’t be rolled out for a while longer and that decision is up to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). They are waiting to make sure the retail sportsbook operations are up and running with no problems before they give the green light for casino operators to take their books online.

Of course, all this assumes that the recent revised DOJ opinion regarding the Wire Act doesn’t disrupt the process. Upon it’s release earlier this month, state regulators as well as casino operators (and their lawyers) have been scrambling to determine the scope and impact of the new opinion.

Maybe it’ll blow over and change very little. Maybe it’ll disallow the merging of online poker player pools. Maybe it’ll destroy all online gaming. As of now, nobody is certain.

For their part, the PGCB has stated that online gaming will proceed in the state but warned casinos to ensure that all gambling transactions occur within the state. Given the vagaries of how the modern Internet works, it’s unclear if that is even possible. Still, it’s good to know that the PGCB intends to move forward.

More sportsbooks on the way

Other casino operators are also in the pipeline to sportsbook licensure and operation. Harrah’s Philadelphia and Valley Forge Resort Casino have applied and been approved for sportsbook licenses and are expected to launch very soon – Harrah’s is expected to soft-launch this week. In addition, Presque Isle Downs and Casino have also applied but are still awaiting PGCB approval.

That makes seven casino operators and eight retail sportsbooks in Pennsylvania (or on the way) but more could eventually join the party. There are still six casinos that are eligible to apply for a sportsbook license that haven’t yet done so. In addition each can apply for multiple retail locations (as Parx Casino has done).

When all is said and done, who knows how many retail sportsbooks Pennsylvanians will have access to? Access will be even more available once (if) mobile betting is launched – one need not be anywhere near a retail sportsbook as long as they have the relevant app and are located within the state.

All in all it’s a good time to be a sports bettor in Pennsylvania.