Parx Casino Opens Valley Forge Race & Sportsbook

Last week, Parx Casino opened their third retail sportsbook, this one at Valley Forge Turf Club, near Pennsylvania’s famous Valley Forge National Historic Park. This makes the eighth sportsbook to open in the state since the recent legal changes made sports betting legal in Pennsylvania.

Valley Forge Turf Club Details  
600 Cresson Blvd. Oaks, PA 19456(610) 650-0100www.parxracing.com/turf_vf.php

Parx is killing it

Parx Casino has been tearing it up on the retail sportsbook front. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) authorized Parx to begin sportsbook operations in January of this year and have now opened three retail sportsbook locations.

Their first sportsbook opened in January 2019 at their main casino location, in the Bensalem area of Philadelphia. Their second opened just a couple weeks later at the South Philly Turf Club, close to three of the city’s major sports facilities.

Now Parx is surging forward with this third retail location at Valley Forge Turf Club. They are moving faster than any other Pennsylvania casino in leveraging the $10 million license to operate a legal sportsbook in the state. The five other Pennsylvania casinos who have been authorized to launch sportsbooks in the state have yet to expand beyond their primary casino retail location.

This was the second sportsbook to open in the Valley Forge area. Earlier in the month, the Valley Forge Resort Casino launched their own sportsbook, partnering with FanDuel to run their sports betting operation.

A closer look at Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook

This new Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook at the Valley Forge Turf Club will be operated by Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment (the owner of Parx Casino) in conjunction with their sports betting technical partner, Kambi.

The Valley Forge Turf Club is located in Oaks, PA, off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and just five minutes away from the competition at Valley Forge Resort Casino. Both properties are very close to the Valley Forge National Historic Park.

Of the six sportsbooks now in the larger Philadelphia area, only these two are positioned to serve customers in the Northwestern Philadelphia suburbs.

The Valley Forge Turf Club opened in 1996 as an off-track betting facility. It was rebranded as the Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook just this month in preparation for legalized sports betting to be added to its list of offerings.

Sports bettors will have most standard sports and betting options to choose from at Valley Forge Race & Sportsbook. Lines are offered on NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, college football, college basketball, boxing, MMA, and many more sporting competitions. In addition, many types of wagers are available: point spread and money lines, totals, props, teasers, and parlays.

To handle the crowds on busy days and nights, the Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook will have fourteen betting kiosks and six live tellers available to accept bets.

The sportsbook has over 100 high definition television displays to watch the games and has also upgraded their kitchen, expanding their food and beverage menu.

Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook hours of operation:

  • Monday-Friday: Noon to 11pm
  • Saturday: 10am to Midnight
  • Sunday: 10am to 11pm

 

South Philly Turf Club sportsbook

Parx Casino Opens Second Sportsbook In Philadelphia

The Parx Casino opened up their second sportsbook in as many weeks on Thursday when the casino officially opened up a sportsbook at the Turf Club in South Philadelphia. With the launch, the sportsbook is the third to open in Philadelphia and the fifth to begin taking bets in the state.

Like the sportsbook that launched in the Parx Casino, the South Philly Turf Club is powered by Kambi, a provider of sports betting and technology services that have so far partnered with four out of the first five PA sportsbooks.

Philly Turf Club sportsbook caters to sports fans

The new sportsbook is located at 700 Packer Avenue, just off of the Packer Avenue exit on I-95. a convenient location for sports fans just northeast of the stadiums of Philadelphia, which include the Wells Fargo Center, Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.

The Philly Turf Club Sportsbook will be open most days starting at noon with extended hours during the weekend. Parking and admission are free.

  • Monday through Thursday: Noon to Midnight
  • Friday: Noon to 2 AM
  • Saturday: 10 AM to 2 AM
  • Sunday: 10 AM to Midnight

Patrons can bet on dozens of different sports including all major sports, college sports, boxing, MMA and much more. The sportsbook will offer a large selection of wagers including spread betting, moneyline, totals, parlays, pros and even teasers.

Bettors can use the Parx Casino Betslip Builder to construct wagers before arriving at the Philly Turf Club sportsbook betting window.

Where are the sportsbooks?

Over the last two months, sportsbooks have went up in five locations with three concentrated in and around Philadelphia.

  • Hollywood Casino
  • SugarHouse Casino
  • Rivers Casino
  • Parx Casino
  • Philly Turf Club (operated by Parx Casino)

With five sportsbooks now up and running, an additional three sportsbooks at PA casinos are still yet to launch. Sports betting licenses from the Harrah’s Philadelphia and the Valley Forge Casino have already been approved by regulators with launches expected sometime this year. Presque Isle and Downs also applied for a license in December but has not yet been approved.

Pennsylvanians who are not located near a retail sportsbook have been waiting for the launch of online sports betting, which was expected in the first half of 2019. However, mobile sports betting in the state could be delayed after a revised opinion on the 1961 Wire Act was released by the U.S. Department of Justice. Upon its release, it was met with significant confusion as lawyers and regulators try to determine the scope of the new opinion.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has said that online gambling will move forward in the state but that casinos will have to ensure that all gambling transactions occur within the state.

Parx Casino Sportsbook

Parx Casino Sportsbook Officially Launches

The Parx Casino Sportsbook officially launched on Thursday after two successful test days. They become the second casino in Philadelphia and the fourth in Pennsylvania to go live since the state opened up sports betting licenses last summer after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in May that effectively left regulation up to the states.

The launch of the Parx Sportsbook comes during the same week the Philadephia Eagles meet the New Orleans Saints during the NFL Divisional Round of the Playoffs, which is sure to be a boon to the sportsbooks that have opened in the state over the last few months.

A Parx mobile sportsbook with betting app, featuring live in-play betting, is also “close to launch” according to the Parx Casino website. Both the land-based and online sportsbook will be powered by Kambi.

Parx Casino Sportsbook location

The Parx Casino is currently accepting bets from a temporary location located in the area of the former 360 Bar and Lounge.

A separate permanent sportsbook is being built in the Parx Casino next to the Beer Garden, which is said to cost the casino $10 million to construct.

The map below from the Parx Casino property map highlights the location of the old 360 Bar and Lounge.

Parx Casino Sportsbook hours

Now that the sportsbook is officially open, it will be open seven days a week with extended hours on the weekend:

Parx Casino Sportsbook Hours
Monday1 PM to 12 AM
Tuesday1 PM to 1 AM
Wednesday1 PM to 1 AM
Thursday1 PM to 1 AM
Friday1 PM to 1 AM
Saturday9 AM to 1 AM
Sunday9 AM to 1 AM

Parx Casino Sportsbook betting lines

Bettors looking to make wagers at the Parx Casino Sportsbook can do so in a variety of sports including (but are not limited to):

  • NFL
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • Soccer
  • Boxing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • College Football
  • College Basketball
  • MMA

The sportsbook is offering betting lines for the most popular types of wagers including straight bets, moneyline bets, over/unders, props, parlays and teasers.

Although an online sportsbetting app is not yet available for Parx Casino sportsbook — or for any Pennsylvania sportsbook for that matter — bettors are able to use the “Betslip Builder” app to construct bets for easier wagering at the Parx Casino.

Pennsylvania’s four sportsbooks (so far)

Sports betting is quickly expanding across not only across Pennsylvania but also in Philadelphia, where the Parx is the second casino around Philadephia to begin taking wagers. The SugarHouse was the first Philadelphia area casino to launch when they began accepting bets in mid-December.

The four sportsbooks currently available in Pennsylvania:

  • Hollywood Casino – Grantville casino (near Harrisburg) launched in November
  • SugarHouse Casino – Philadephia casino launched in December
  • Rivers Casino – Pittsburgh casino launched in December
  • Parx Casino – Bensalem casino launched January 8th

In addition to these four sportsbooks, the Parx Casino’s Philly Turf Club, will open next week.

Parx Mini Casino

Parx Owners Announce Shippensburg Township As Site Of Mini Casino, 2020 Launch

In late February, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment — owner of Parx Casino — won the rights for the 4th mini-casino license when their $8.1 million bid was the highest. When they submitted their bid, they choose a location centered around South Newton.

On Tuesday, a specific location was revealed for the area.

2020 launch planned

The company has announced that the new casino will go in Shippensburg Township located near I-81. The casino will be built on a 10-acre site off of exit 29. The location was determined using feedback from the local community.

With the launch of the casino, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment hope to create a “first-class gaming and entertainment facility.” In addition to gaming, the company aims to focus the casino on a sports bar/food concept.

Once built the casino will house 475 slot machines and 40 electronic table games. Mini-casinos are authorized up to 700 slot machines and 40 table games.

Greenwood Gaming revealed that they plan to launch the casino sometime in 2020. They noted that over 200 jobs could be brought to the area as part of the new site with $45 million in yearly gross revenue, yielding nearly a $1 million in local taxes.

Five mini casinos coming to PA

In early December, the owners of Mount Airy and Stadium Casino LLC will participate in public hearings regarding their proposed mini-casino sites.

A similar hearing will also be held for the proposed Greenwood Gaming mini-casino at a later date while it could be six months before the “land development process plays out” as the company shoots to start offering games sometime in 2020.

In the first half of 2018, auctions for five mini-casino licenses were held, which raised a total of $127 million from the auctions.

Casinos had six months to finalize a location, but many have filed for extensions. However, over the last couple of months, specific locations for some casinos have been revealed.

In addition to Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment’s mini-casino location that was announced on Tuesday, Penn National Gaming purchased two licenses while Stadium Casino and Mount Airy each acquired licenses. Penn National’s first casino is planned to go in Springettsbury Township at the York Galleria mall, while no location has been determined for the other casino.

The Stadium Casino and Mount Airy are the furthest along in the process with specific locations set and public input hearings scheduled for December 4th and 5th, respectively. Mount Airy plans to place their mini-casino in Big Beaver while Stadium Casino has identified the Westmoreland Mall located in Greensburg.

PA Sports Betting Approved

First PA Sportsbetting Licences Approved

The state of Pennsylvania reached a major milestone on Wednesday when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved the first sportsbetting applications. During the scheduled monthly meeting, Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing and Greenwood Gaming Entertainment became the first PA casinos to be approved for sports wagering.

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing is a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming and the owner of the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment owns the Parx Casino. Both companies applied for sports betting licenses in mid to late August, over a month after the sports betting application process opened up.

As part of the license approvals, sports betting is set become available in the following locations, with Greenwood Gaming’s license application covering two locations.

  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing)
  • Parx Casino (Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment)
  • Philly Turf Club (Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment)

Both Parx Casino and Hollywood Casino also indicated that they will also be launching mobile sports betting, likely after each of their retail sportsbooks.

What about a timeframe?

Now that the first two sportsbooks have been approved in Pennsylvania, when can Pennsylvanians expect to be able to place wagers at approved locations?

Pennsylvania regulations state that an operator must apply for a sports betting license within 90 days of planning to accept bets. Since both casinos that were approved on Wednesday applied in August, sportsbooks could, in theory, be open by mid-November. Parx said on Wednesday that it hopes to brings sports betting to its two locations in November. Meanwhile, Penn National says they hope to launch their sportsbook at the Hollywood Casino “in the next few months.”

Parx’s online sportsbook could be available as early as January, said casino officials on Wednesday. Penn National’s online sportsbook will likely be well into 2018 before launch given the timeframe mentioned by the company.

The PCGB could allow the launch dates to be moved up, but approved casinos would also need to be ready to go live with betting. One thing is for certain: with the NFL season past the one-quarter mark, some casinos will likely be quite eager to get in on some of that sweet NFL action.

Next on the agenda

Now that two PA casinos have been approved to offer sports betting, attention turns to the other PA casinos that have so far applied. Harrah’s Philadelphia, SugarHouse and Rivers Casino each applied for sports betting licenses in late September, which would put their time frame of launching sometime in late December.

It’s becoming increasingly likely that Pennsylvanians will have a way to bet sports sometime before the end of the year.

Parx Casino Sportbook Could Be Coming Soon

Parx Owners Are Second To Apply For Sports Betting In PA

On Friday, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment — owners of Parx Casino — became the second PA casino owner to apply to offer sports betting in Pennsylvania. In the filing, Greenwood indicated initial plans to operate sportsbooks in two locations in Pennsylvania as well as online.

The move comes approximately a week after Penn National Gaming applied to offer sports betting at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, located near Harrisburg.

Scope of license application

The Parx Casino will be home to the company’s primary sportsbook. With 3,300 slot machines and 180 live table games, the Bensalem-based casino is the largest and most profitable casino in Pennsylvania.

In addition to their application to accept bets from the Parx Casino, Greenwood also intends to accept wagers near Philadelphia stadiums at the South Philadelphia Turf Club located on Packer Avenue. The Turf Club offers over 27,000 square feet of space and popular for racing fans for its off-track betting. Fortunately, Greenwood Gaming is only required to $10 million for the two locations given the Turf Club’s “non-primary” status.

Citizens Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field and the Wells Fargo Center are all nearby and would allow wagering within walking distance of Philadelphia’s stadiums.

Parx’s application came nearly a month since the casino announced a sports betting partnership with GAN to operate a brick and mortar sportsbook as well as an online sportsbook. GAN is also working with Parx on online gambling and online poker software.

Parx aggressive with expansion

Parx Casino has been busy of late, having applied — and already approved — to offer online poker, table games and slots. They were authorized to offer online gambling in mid-August although the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board must still decide on the final go-ahead to go live.

Earlier this year, Parx was the fourth recipient of a mini-casino location when they bid $8.1 million to put a mini-casino near South Newton in Cumberland County. In July, Greenwood received an extension to decide on a final location. Mini casino locations must have between 300 and 750 slot machines with no more than 40 table games.

Whats next?

After concerns about the state’s high cost to offer sports betting in the state, at least two Pennsylvania entities have now decided that the upside justifies the cost. Sportsbetting license holders are required to pay a $10 million license fee as well as pay a 36% tax on income. This compares to a 13% rate on sports betting in New Jersey. While the cost of entry will undoubtedly keep out some Pennsylvania casinos, it appears that additional PA casinos will follow.

Up to 13 sports betting licenses can be awarded in Pennsylvania — equal to the number of casinos in the state — but unlike the application process for online gambling, there is currently no deadline. The PCGB has also not established a date to review sportsbetting applications as they come in.

Parx Casino applies for Pennsylvania online gambling license

Parx Casino Will Launch Online Gambling In Pennsylvania

On Friday, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment — owner of Parx Casino — became the first Pennsylvania casino to apply for an online gambling license. Within hours they were also joined by Mount Airy and Stadium LLC, a casino that has yet to launch in the state but is still eligible to receive. The

Here we take a look at some of the highlights of Parx’s application to offer online gambling and what it means for the casino.

Parx Casino will offer comprehensive gambling product

In applying for a license before a Monday deadline, the Parx Casino has applied to offer a full suite of online gambling products that includes peer to peer games (poker), table games and slots.

They paid a lot for the license

The comprehensive online gambling license that Parx applied for on Friday is not cheap — it will set the casino back $10 million. With that said, the license is a bargain compared to individual licenses for poker, table games and slots which will be $4 million for each. But in addition to the license fee, Parx and other casinos will be required to pay taxes with rates depending on the product. Controversy has been generated for the steep taxes in some areas, especially for online slots.

Parx Casino is huge in Pennsylvania

In terms of slot revenue in Pennsylvania, the Parx Casino reigns supreme as the largest generator of slot revenue in the state. They are also number two in table game revenue, behind only Sands Bethleham.

No official word on merged player pools

Online gambling in the United States made a significant step forward earlier this summer when Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey — the three states to offer regulated online gambling — merged their player pools. Especially important for online poker, merging player pools is seen as a crucial step to spread the growth of online gambling, especially poker. It is expected that Pennsylvania will join the merged player pool sooner rather than later.

Parx will use GAN as their software provider

With the submission of their application on Friday, Parx confirmed that they would be partnering with GAN to provide software for the online gambling platform. The move did not come as a huge surprise as Parx utilizes GAN for their play money casino.

No reason to anticipate a rejection

Although license applications are subject to approval, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the number one casino in Pennsylvania is not approved for the expensive license application.

There is no time table for launch

Although online gambling took a big step on Friday, especially for Parx Casino, there is no precise time table for when Parx Casino will be approved or launch an online casino or poker room. Pennsylvanians eager to engage in online gambling should take a look at the newly launched Pennsylvania iLottery, with over a dozen games available at the time of this writing.