Parx at the starting gate for PA online gambling

Parx Confirms July 15 Launch Date For Pennsylvania Online Casino

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The countdown is officially on.

Parx plans to begin offering online casino gambling on July 15, the first day the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board allows. The announcement appeared on Monday, not via a corporate statement or PGCB intel, but in the form of an elaborate online advertisement.

The countdown clock pegs the launch time for 2 p.m. Monday, July 15.

Located just outside of Philadelphia, Parx is the dominant retail casino operation in the state — the largest facility with the highest annual revenue. Wagering with Parx online casino will require the use of geolocation tools to confirm that customers are physically located in Pennsylvania.

Parx to offer a full suite of PA online gambling

The market leader already offers PA online sports betting, launching its digital sportsbook on June 24 as a standalone product.

Parx may eventually combine all online gambling into a unified app, but each vertical will use its own platform for the time being. You can blame Apple for that, at least in part.

The ad lists some of the interactive casino games Parx intends to offer, including:

  • Slots
  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Video poker
  • Craps
  • Baccarat
  • Live dealer games

Under the slot portion of the ad, Parx promises the world:

Coming soon will be hundreds of online slots. We’ll have a full array of classic slots, video slots and progressive jackpot slots. We’ll also have bonus rounds, free spins, and plenty more.

Last but not least, Parx is also among the smaller group of casinos that holds a PA online poker permit. For now, however, it does not appear that poker will be part of the July 15 launch.

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Will Parx have competition at launch?

It remains unclear which competing sites may be ready to go alongside Parx on July 15. The PGCB offers no hints on the agenda for its upcoming meeting, but Executive Director Kevin O’Toole may address the recent developments in his remarks on July 10.

That’s just five days before the go-live date.

Whether or not it has company on day one, Parx will be keen on leveraging its brick-and-mortar reputation by jumping into the virtual pool as soon as possible. The company already operates a social online casino powered by GAN, which will power its real-money site once it launches, too. GAN also serves up the NJ online gambling platforms for Betfair and Ocean Resort in New Jersey.

If there is any competition, it seems likely to come from one of the early sports betting adopters. Apart from Parx, Rush Street Gaming is the only other operator that currently offers PA online sports betting via its SugarHouse Sportsbook and Bet Rivers brands.

- Kevin C. Shelly is an award-winning career journalist who has spent most of his career in South Jersey. He's the former assistant city editor of The Press of Atlantic City, where he covered the casino industry and Atlantic City government as a reporter. He was also an investigative, narrative enterprise, and features reporter for Gannett’s Courier-Post.
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