Since 2004, the former Philadelphia Racetrack and Casino has evolved into Parx Casino, Pennsylvania’s favorite gambling destination.
Parx now offers 3,400 slots, 180 table games, and high-end restaurants and nightlife less than 20 miles away from Philadelphia. While not enthused initially about PA online gaming, Parx Casino was one of the first operators approved for online gaming on Aug. 15, and for Pennsylvania sports betting on Oct. 3.
Parx Casino’s platform
Parx announced a partnership with GAN to power its online casino.
The casino has also hired former CEO of San Miguel Digital, Matthew Cullen as its senior vice president of interactive gaming and sports to deliver a top-of-its-class product to match its land-based success.
In 2015, Parx Casino launched its online social casino, which operates on a GAN platform. The social casino coupled with other GAN-produced sites in New Jersey (Ocean Resort and Betfair) should give players a good preview of what to expect in Pennsylvania.
Parx will also be launching online sports betting with the help of partner SBTech.
Parx Casino’s bonuses and promos
It is unknown what the potential bonuses and promotions Parx online will offer. Though Parx and GAN have indicated that a loyalty program will be integrated with Parx’s on-property program.
At GAN’s New Jersey site, Betfair, you can see one of the most generous welcome bonuses in the market.
Betfair awards new players $10 in bonus money, with no deposit required, and a 100 percent match on your deposit, up to $2,500 in bonus money.
However, Parx is not Betfair and its bonus program could be very different. Especially when you consider the differences in the tax rate on slots between New Jersey (17 percent) and Pennsylvania (54%), this should be interesting how the market handles loyalty.
Parx Casino’s banking options
Banking at online casinos remains a problem, but banks and payment processors are finding more success with further acceptance of the industry.
Based on the offerings from New Jersey-based sites operated by GAN, we can expect to see:
- ACH bank transfers
- Cash at the Parx casino cage
- Online transfer
- PayNearMe at 7-Eleven locations
- Wire transfer (fees reimbursed on all transfers more than $100)
Parx game offerings
Despite the abhorrent slot-tax rate in PA, we can still expect operators to put out large libraries of slot titles.
In New Jersey, GAN’s Betfair site boasts the most exclusive titles, with more than 40 games you can’t find anywhere else. It can be expected that Parx will do the same. Some of these titles include:
- China Shores
- Crazy Money
- Guys Night
- Neon City Casino
- Robin Hood
Parx will also offer a wide variety of popular games from third-party providers.
Using Betfair’s offerings as a benchmark, we can expect to see basic blackjack offerings from Parx.
GAN’s Betfair site currently offers two blackjack games, single-hand, and five-hand blackjack. Betfair’s single-hand game is developed by IGT. The five-hand variant allows players to bet on any number of games between one and five against the dealer. Additionally, both games have favorable blackjack rules.
We can expect several forms of roulette including American- and European-style. There may also be a few alternative styles like Three Wheel Roulette and Double Bonus Spin.
American roulette is much like the wheels at traditional US casinos, which has double zeros.
European roulette features a single zero and has better odds for the player. The best odds are in French roulette, which also features a single zero.
In French roulette, players receive a 50 percent refund on their even money if “0” hits. Its house edge on outside bets is only 1.35 percent.
With a favorable table game tax, we may see operators put more emphasis on releasing a variety of popular table games.
Other table games
Based on GAN’s New Jersey offerings — and the favorable tax code for table games — we can expect to see a wide array of table games available on Parx online casino.
Some of these games include:
- EZ Baccarat
- Hi-Lo solitaire
- Let It Ride
- No-commission baccarat
- Three-card poker
- Pai gow poker
- Virtual sports
Parx online poker
Parx has a license to offer online poker in Pennsylvania. The property is home to one of the highest-grossing poker rooms in PA and runs the popular Big Stax tournament several times during the year.
Its partner for the casino, GAN, does not have any background delivering an online poker product. Parx could seek another partner for online poker, but so far nothing is confirmed.
Parx’s online sports betting
Upon approval of its sportsbook license, Parx announced its partnership with European sportsbook operator Kambi. Kambi is partnered with DraftKings in New Jersey and could offer a similar product in Pennsylvania.
Currently, there are two Turf Club properties open in addition to the Parx Sportsbook. However, don’t expect an online betting app until Summer 2019.
Parx loyalty program
As mentioned above, some aspects of Parx’s online casino loyalty program is a mystery. Further, factor in issues like new management and different taxes being a factor. What we do know is that Parx and GAN plan on integrating the program with the existing land-based loyalty program.