Parx Sportsbook Review
They say that practice makes perfect. Kambi, the international operator for the DraftKings Sportsbook app in the state of New Jersey was able to iron out all of the bugs before releasing the Parx Sportsbook app for the state of Pennsylvania. Not that there were a whole lot of bugs to begin with. This is a state-of-the-art sports betting app and a tremendous operation for those looking to bet on sports in Pennsylvania.
The Parx Sportsbook app runs via the licensing at the Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA, which is very close to the New Jersey border, which makes it convenient for several states, including those that currently don’t offer sports betting or those that don’t offer mobile sports betting. All you have to do if you live outside of PA is slide over the state border and then you can use the Parx app to get your wagers placed.
Parx wasn’t the first app in Pennsylvania, but it was the first to also offer an online casino component to pair with its sports betting operation. Brick-and-mortar sportsbooks are also available at the Parx properties, but why deal with Philadelphia and metro area traffic when you can simply bet from the comforts of home anywhere in the state?
Because of Kambi’s experience in Europe and then it’s US test case with DraftKings, this is one of the top online sports betting apps and surely the best one in the Keystone State.
Simple and Solid
Some sports betting apps offer a lot of flash. They offer a lot of bells and whistles. That’s not to say that the Parx app is boring, but it was clearly constructed with efficiency and simplicity in mind. Large icons or buttons are on the main page of the app to take you exactly where you want to go to bet on that day’s NFL, college football, NBA, college basketball, MLB, or NHL contests.
Signing up is so simple. Enter your most basic personal information and put in your Social Security Number and you are just about good to go. You’ll have to fund an account, which we’ll talk about shortly, but getting in the app is a breeze. Remember that you can sign up from any state, so long as you are within Pennsylvania’s borders, but in order to place bets, you will have to be within the state.
That technology is called Geolocation. If you live in Ohio, you can bet on the Parx app by driving to the first rest stop on I-90 or enjoy placing bets while your wife shops at the Grove City Outlets. If you are an Eagles fan living in Maryland, just make a short trek north, turn on your location, and there you have it. Even those in New Jersey can shop for the best odds by going over the border into PA and firing up the Parx app.
Markets and More
The major US sports are all available for wagering. The six big markets mentioned above will certainly see the most action, but you can also bet on boxing, UFC, cricket, soccer, tennis, rugby, golf, and so many other markets that it will make your head spin. All traditional betting options are available, with spreads, totals, money lines, props, and futures.
One of the signature elements of the Parx Sportsbook is its live betting interface, which rivals any other app in the business. Lines update in real-time and don’t have any noticeable lag. There is nothing more frustrating than getting a good live betting angle and not being able to play it because the app malfunctions or the lines don’t update properly. Things happen and Parx won’t be perfect – no app will be – but you are going to find that this live betting interface has been constructed with the player in mind and will provide a top-notch experience.
States that allow app betting need to have good live betting interfaces. The novelty and nostalgia of sitting in a brick-and-mortar sportsbook on an NFL Sunday may be fun for some, but the convenience of cracking another beer and making a bet at home is second to none. Parx understands that, which is why they’ve spent so much time perfecting their live betting capabilities.
You’ve gotta have funds to have fun. That means starting up a bankroll and hopefully cashing some of it out. At Parx, there are a lot of ways to deposit and get set up. You can use a Play+ Prepaid Card. You can use PayPal. You can use Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. You can also set up an account in person at the cage or utilize your bank for wire transfers and ACH payments.
Parx currently allows withdrawals to be done with the same deposit method that you used – a credit card, PayPal, a Play+ Card, ACH or e-check, Cash at the Parx Cage, or a check. One of the biggest differences between the offshore sportsbooks that those outside of Nevada are accustomed to and these new outfits in the United States is that the consumer is protected. You will get your money and you do have governing bodies with which to file complaints if you don’t.
The payment methods may not always be the most convenient, but it is surely better than wondering if you are going to get paid at all. A regulated, safe, and secure environment for sports bettors was long overdue leading up to when PASPA was overturned. That’s what we have now.
Bonuses and Promos
Using the sports betting app will grant account holders entry into Xclub, which is Parx’s loyalty program. For those that want to take advantage of it, new sign-ups get $10 in free slot play! Right now, promos and bonuses are fairly limited for the sportsbook side of the business, but as Parx enhances its brand at the physical locations, suffice it to say that more opportunities will be made available for sports betting players on the apps as well.
That being said, you do get a terrific sign-up bonus for giving the app and try and making a deposit. Risk-free bets are all the rage with these new US-facing outlets. Where the offshores used to give bonus money to be used in any context, the US apps are giving out risk-free bets. Parx is giving a risk-free bet up to $250.
Parx also offers sportsbook pools, which is similar to what we see with the operators in New Jersey. These pools are good low-cost opportunities for those with smaller bankrolls to bet a little in hopes of winning a lot. This should come as no surprise since Kambi also runs the DraftKings app, where contests are commonplace.
Parx is positioning itself to be one of the best in Pennsylvania and we’ll see what the future holds for the other states. This operator knows its clientele and offers an efficient, consistent product. The bells and whistles are reserved for the physical sportsbooks. The apps are designed for those that want to get in, make their bets, and look for live betting opportunities with one of the top in-play wagering interfaces in the world.
Sign up at Parx today!