Overview Of Parx Casino

Overview Of Parx Casino

As one would expect from one of Pennsylvania’s largest and most innovative casinos, Parx has been at the forefront of all the big changes in legal gambling in the Keystone State in recent years. They are moving to expand their retail presence with the newly allowed mini-casinos and they have opened multiple retail sportsbooks, including a statewide online/mobile version.

They have also launched an online casino under the Parx brand that can be legally enjoyed by anybody 21 years of age or older who is physically present within PA at time of play.

Reviewing the Parx online casino:

Parx was one of the first three of PA’s casino operators to launch an online casino in mid-July 2019 when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) officially allowed the practice to begin. The others were PlaySugarHouse (licensed under SugarHouse Casino) and Hollywood (licensed under Penn National).

These were the first, but there are at least nine other operators licensed to offer online gaming in the state, so expect more virtual casinos by years end.

Parx has partnered with online gaming companies like GAN, NetEnt, Konami, and Kambi to bring world-class online casino games and sports betting to the PA public all under the umbrella of one of Pennsylvania’s most iconic brands.

Parx online bonuses

Bonus TypeBonus DescriptionBonus CodeAvailability
Online Casino Bonus100% matching initial deposit bonus up to $500PARX500Available now
Online Sportsbook Bonus$250 risk-free wagerno code neededAvailable now
Online Sportsbook Bonus$10 no-deposit bonusno code neededAvailable now

The $500 bonus:

The big number in the above bonuses is the 100% initial deposit match up to $500. That’s a solid bonus offer, but players should be aware that it comes with a 20x play-through requirement. That means, in order to redeem the bonus for the maximum amount of $500, you must make your initial deposit for at least $500 (using bonus code PARX500), then make bets on the site equivalent to 20x$500 or $10,000. Only after making $10,000 in bets will the site release the $500 bonus to you.

The other bonuses listed are less “tricky” but are limited to the online sportsbook component of Parx’s online offerings.

The $10 bonus:

When you initially sign up online with Parx, they will give you $10 free to play. Simply make $10 worth of wagers and if you win, you keep the money.

The $250 bonus:

To earn this bonus, simply make your first wager on the Parx sportsbook. Parx will give you the amount of your first wager on their sportsbook back to you if you lose it (up to a maximum of $250). Redeeming these credits requires only a 1x playthrough (as opposed to the 20x requirement on the $500 matching bonus described above)

Online slots at Parx

Parx has some in-house slot games made by GAN, but also some industry-wide titles from makers such as NetEnt and Konami. There are dozens of titles to choose from on the Parx online casino including popular favorites such as:

  • Solstice Celebration
  • Gonzo’s Quest
  • Dead or Alive

Online table games at Parx

The PGCB has been disappointingly slow in approving online games, so most of the initial offerings of PA’s three online casino front-runners are meager. That said, Parx is the best of the bunch in this regard. Here’s some of the games they have available:

  • Blackjack
  • Baccarat
  • Roulette (French, European, and American versions)

Online LIVE dealt table games at Parx

Coming soon Parx will have the authentic online casino experience. Interact with real dealers on a variety of games such as live blackjack, live roulette, live baccarat and much more. Live dealer games will stream direct to your screen in real time!

Online video poker at Parx

The site is still in its infancy, but Parx does offer video poker, limited to the Jacks or Better variety. More VP variations will be added soon.

Online poker at Parx

Parx holds a PGCB gaming license for online peer-to-peer games (primarily online poker), but at this point, we don’t know how they will use this license. They could attempt to create an online extension of their live poker room (PA’s largest) or they could partner with one of the big US or world-wide online poker companies.

Online sports betting at Parx

Parx offers an online version of its well-received sportsbook featuring all the same games, odds, and bet types as can be made in the casino proper. Available games include collegiate and professional versions of American classics like Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, etc. as well as Golf, Tennis, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Soccer, and various motor sports. Additionally, several European and world-wide sports and leagues are on offer as well.

Parx uses as it’s sportsbook partner the well-known company Kambi, which is used by several other PA casinos too. That said, each casino has the ability to alter lines and odds to suit their own needs, so shopping around from operator to operator in Pennsylvania’s online sportsbook space still has some value.

Live Betting

Parx offers in-game betting, so there’s no need to worry if your favorite contest has started or not, you can still get a bet down!

Odds change as in-game situations change, so double-down or back off your initial hunches as you see fit. It’s never too late to make a bet.

The Parx online casino is mobile

Parx offers apps for iOS and Android mobile devices (phones and tablets) as well as begin available through traditional computer web browsers. The only differences are minor and cosmetic to account for the more limited screen size.

Online cashier at Parx

The Parx online casino offers several convenient options for making deposits and withdrawals from your player account. Players can choose from:

  • Play+ Card – A prepaid card branded with the Parx Casino logo. Players can register and fund it for use online while they await a physical card in the mail. This card can be used to make purchases with funds withdrawn from the casino account.
  • ACH eCheck – Send money directly to and from your bank account and your casino account. No credit card required.
  • PayNearMe – No bank account or credit card needed with this method. Any nearby 7-Eleven can be used to pay into or withdraw from your player account.
  • Cash at the Cage – In a pinch, transactions for the Parx online casino can always be conducted in person at the Parx Casino cage in Philadelphia. All you need is your account info and a valid ID.
  • Bank Wire – Send a wire from your bank account to your Parx online casino account (works best for very large amounts).

Other online gaming in PA?

For those Pennsylvanian’s unimpressed with what Parx or PlaySugarHouse or Hollywood are offering might consider 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.

What does Parx Casino’s retail location have to offer?

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

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.

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