Overview Of Parx Casino

Overview Of Parx Casino

2999 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19024
1(888)588-7279www.parxcasino.com

What does Parx Casino have to offer?

Located just 20 minutes north-east of downtown Philadelphia, Parx Casino is a gambler’s paradise. Parx is an enormous and glitzy establishment offering horse-racing, table games, video poker, slots, live poker, and many eating and entertainment venues. All they are missing is a hotel on property, although they do have affiliations and special rates with several nearby hotels.

Parx began it’s gambling operation in 1974 as a “racino” called Keystone Racetrack, replacing Liberty Bell Park as the areas premier thoroughbred track. It changed owners and names in 1984 and was called Philadelphia Park. After several more ownership changes, the property received its casino license in 2006 and rebranded itself as Parx Casino in 2009. In 2010, table games were added to Pennsylvania’s casino licenses and Parx added a second building called Parx East to accommodate the new market.

This is where Parx is today. They have the largest casino gaming complex in Pennsylvania with over 3,300 slot machines, over 180 table games, an enormous 48 table poker room, and they are one of Pennsylvania’s six licensed racinos. The live horse racing season runs February through December, with races Saturday through Tuesday. Even when the racetrack is dark, wagering on races from other tracks nationwide is available 24/7.

Additionally, Parx Casino won Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly Award for 2016.

Gaming

Parx Casino’s gaming floor is over 260,000 square feet. This enormous space allows the casino to offer both smoking and non-smoking areas with slots, video poker, and table games. This is a thoughtful touch, although some patrons complain that smoke still travels from one section to the other so don’t expect perfection in the separation.

Table games

With over 180 tables available, Parx offers many different tables games with varying limits for both low and high-stakes players. However, since the weekends get so busy, the tables fill up and the available limits increase, so be prepared. Table games offered at Parx are:

  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Craps
  • Baccarat (midi and mini)
  • Spanish 21
  • Three Card Poker
  • Four Card Poker
  • Pai Gow Poker
  • Pai Gow Tiles
  • Big Six Wheel
  • Sic Bo
  • Let It Ride
  • Casino War

Stadium Seating, Fusion hybrids, and Shaq!

Parx has embraced the current trend of offering players new and exciting ways to play traditional table games. For blackjack and roulette, they offer stadium seating hybrid games where players sit at a flat-screen gaming terminal and make bets on a live table game. Once the bets are made, the hand is dealt and the betting results immediately appear on each player’s terminal. Cashing in and out of these terminals is exactly the same as a traditional slot machine or video poker machine.

In Parx Casino’s Fusion section, players can bet on up to four live blackjack or roulette games at a time. An interesting feature is that each player’s hit or stand decisions in blackjack only affect themselves. No more need to yell at the player on 3rd base for “taking” the dealer’s bust card!

Get ready for Shaq Blackjack (or Shaq Jack!), an enormous stadium seating version of hybrid blackjack. Again, there is a live dealer and players sit at their own terminal. Exciting side-bets based on the famous basketball player are available for this popular variant.

Slots

With over 3300 machines to choose from, slot players at Parx won’t be starved for options. Parx offers limits as low as penny machines up to $100 machines on the floor. Parx also offers a high-limit slot section called Xclusive, featuring premium beverage service, a private cashier, and a casino host available 24/7.

Some of the most popular slot machine offerings at Parx (though by no means all of them) are:

  • Willy Wonka
  • The Walking Dead
  • Michael Jackson
  • Superman
  • Batman
  • Black Widow
  • Cherry Mischief
  • Clue
  • Seinfeld
  • The Goonies
  • Anchorman
  • The Simpsons

and many, many more.

Video Poker

Parx Casino has several of the popular Game King multi-video poker machines throughout the casino floor. These machines offer most of the popular video poker games.

Also, in their high-limit section, Parx offers:

Game (number of machines)Denomination(s)Number of playable linesPercentage Hold (with optimal play)Paytable
Double Double Bonus$5, $10Single-line98.98 DDB1-1-3-4-6-9-50-80-160-160-400-50-800
"LV Airport/Illinois Deuces Wild 44"$5, $10
$5
Single-line
5-play
98.91% DW441-2-3-4-4-9-15-25-200-800
Jacks or Better Super Triple Play$1Single-line98.85%1-2-3-4-5-11-100-60-800

Parx Xclub

Parx Casino has a card-based rewards program called Xclub. The program is free and players can sign up online or in person at the Xclub counter. New members receive $10 in free slot play loaded onto their card.

All Xclub members earn points (called credits) for their play. These credits can be used as comp dollars at food and beverage outlets on the property. Players earn one credit for every $20 wagered on slot machines or $60 wagered on video poker machines. Credits are also earned on table game play, but rates vary from game to game. Comp dollars must be used quickly – they expire 90 days from the time they are earned.

In addition, slot players in particular earn an extra perk called Xtra play. To earn Xtra play, slot players must earn at least ten points in a single gaming day. The more you play, the more you earn. Any earned Xtra play is available on your card at 9am the following day and must be used before it expires in 45 days.

The Parx Xclub is a tier-based rewards program. The number of credits earned during the current 6-month period determines the players card status (free play and Xtra play don’t count towards credits earned). There are three levels:

  • Player’s: 999 credits or less
  • Premium: 1,000-7,499 credits
  • Elite: 7,500 credits or more

 Xclub tier benefits:

All Xclub card members receive the following benefits:

  • Free play, food and beverage, match play, sweepstakes, and other offers
  • Access to current promotions
  • Discounts on purchases and services offered by Parx Casino’s community partners (hotels, etc)
  • Birthday offers
  • Complimentary beverage service on the casino floor

In addition, Premium card members receive these benefits:

  • Complimentary top shelf beverage service on the casino floor
  • Free valet service
  • Exclusive invitations
  • No cover charge at 360 (a live-music nightclub)

Elite card members receive all the benefits of the other two tiers plus:

  • Priority lines for the Xclub, cashier, and valet
  • Private gated parking
  • Priority restaurant reservations
  • Gift pickup offers

Poker Room

The Parx Casino poker room is widely considered the best in Pennsylvania and has received awards to this effect for 2014, 2016, 2017 from Casino Player Magazine. The room is enormous and beautifully appointed. It has 48 poker tables, 22 televisions, 24/7 table-side food and beverage service, and an exclusive 3-table VIP high-limit poker enclave.

The room is host to various tournament series’ and also offers regular daily/weekly tournaments. Buy-ins for these vary from $65+15 to $300+40 (buy-in+fee)

The poker room runs several promotions, including a bad beat jackpot, cash drawings, and regular high hand giveaways.

Parx poker room offers the following games:

No Limit Texas Hold’em

  • 1/2 blinds ($60-300 buy-in)
  • 1/3 blinds ($100-500 buy-in)
  • 2/5 blinds ($200-1000 buy-in)
  • 10/10 blinds ($500-3000 buy-in)
  • 10/25 blinds ($3000-no max buy-in)

Limit Texas Hold’em

  • 4/8 blinds
  • 6/12 blinds
  • 15/30 blinds
  • 40/80 blinds
  • 75/150 blinds
  • 150/300 blinds

Pot Limit Omaha (high)

  • 2/2 blinds ($100-500 buy-in)
  • 5/5 blinds ($500-2000 buy-in)
  • 10/10 blinds ($1000-4000 buy-in)
  • $10/25 blinds ($1000-no max buy-in)
  • 25/25 blinds ($2000-no max buy-in)
  • 50/50 blinds ($2500-no max buy-in)
  • 100/100 blinds ($6000-no max buy-in)

Mix Games

  • 6/12 O/E
  • 10/20 BigO/Super Stud
  • 15/30 O/E
  • 15/30 Mix
  • 40/80 Mix
  • 75/150 HOE
  • 150/300 Mix
  • 200/400 Mix
  • 300/600 Mix

Games being spread at the Parx poker room any one moment can be viewed here and for information about upcoming tournaments and general goings-on, visit the poker room blog.

The racetrack

Last but hardly least, the racino part of Parx Casino was awarded Best Race/Sports Book in Pennsylvania by Casino Player Magazine for 2016 and 2017. During the local racing season players can watch their chosen horses race. In addition, tracks from all across the nation can also be bet 24/7.

Online gaming

Currently, Parx Casino only operates a social gaming platform run by tech gaming partner GAN. Players can sign up and play their favorite slots, video poker, keno, and table games for play money. New players get 5,000 virtual credits for signing up and can purchase more if they run out. It’s all for fun, though. No matter how many virtual credits you win, you can never cash out real money.

Parx Casino has yet to officially enter Pennsylvania’s nascent online gaming market, but it is clear that they will do so as soon as they are able. They have already applied for the state’s $10 million license allowing casinos to offer online table games, slots, and peer-to-peer gaming (geek-speak for online poker). Once they are ready to go live, it is expected that it will be GAN operating their online slots and table game offerings. It is unknown at this time how Parx will choose to handle the use of their online poker gaming privileges.

For those Pennsylvanian’s who are eager to try online gaming without having to wait, why not give the Pennsylvania online lottery a try? It’s quick, easy, and fun to play. It’s completely legal and you can win real money. Even better, new players receive $5 free to play when they sign up.

Dining

With all the gaming options available, in no time you will work up an appetite. Parx has several options for you, from a quick snack to several sit-down eateries to upscale fine dining.

  • Parxgrill – An award-winning upscale signature steakhouse featuring classic cuisine along-side seasonal specialties from the chef.
  • Liberty Bell Gastropub – A farm-to-fork inspired menu featuring burgers and comfort foods made from locally sourced ingredients including grass-fed Pennsylvania beef, Pennsylvania premium reserve pork, free range chicken, and locally grown produce.
  • Oliveto – New York style pizza and classic Italian recipies served with handcrafted cocktails and premium Italian wines.
  • Bambu Noodle House – Asian favorites designed by Chef Joe Zhou featuring dumpling dishes, noodle soups, wok favorites and more.
  • The Lucky Cheese – Gourmet grilled cheeses, freshly made paninis, soups, salads, and sides.
  • Xlounge – A high-end lounge featuring craft beers, premium cocktails, and 8 different wine flights alongside a high-end dining menu.
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s – A Philly favorite voted America’s #1 sports bar.
  • Earl of Sandwich – A nationwide chain famous for it’s delicious sandwiches.
  • Foodies– Quality, freshness, and the finest ingredients served on the go 24/7.
  • Paddock Grill (in Parx East) – An eatery featuring quick-stop or table service as you please. Features views of the racetrack.
  • Sang Kee Noodle House (in Parx East) – A classic noodle bar available for lunch and dinner.

Nightlife and entertainment

In addition to Xlounge and Chickie & Pete’s mentioned above, Parx has a wide variety of bars, lounges, and entertainment venues.

  • 360 – Heralded as the areas best live music venue, 360 boasts great drink specials and an LED-lit glass dance floor.
  • Jax – Parx Casino’s premier sports bar.
  • Xcite Center – Parx Casino’s large concert venue featuring a wide variety of big-name entertainers.

Hotels

Since Parx Casino has no hotel on property, they have partnered with local hotels to provide discounted lodging for their patrons. Simply being a member of Xclub (and in possession of your Xclub players card) entitles you to a discounted rate at the following hotels:

Raddison Hotel Northeast Philadelphia

Best Western Plus

CourtYard Marriot – Bensalem

Extended Stay America