arx Casino celebrated Thursday the grand opening of the brand new Parx Casino Sportsbook in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
The company’s authorities, lawmakers and personalities including Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb and comedian Joe Conklin attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and the facilities opened to the public just in time for the Philadelphia Eagles preseason game vs. the Tennessee Titans.
The grand opening of this permanent Sportsbook follows the recent launch of the Parx Online Sports Betting App and the Parx Casino real money casino. The $10 million addition of Sportsbook follows a $58.5 million expansion over the last two years that included the Xcite Center, Parx Poker Room, Liberty Bell Gastropub, Oliveto and Parx Casino Beer Garden. Parx’s Chief Marketing Officer Marc Oppenheimer said the hope is to have the sportsbook become a destination for sports fans, including those who bet on the games and others who just want to watch.
The ribbon is cut, the doors are open - let the #sportsbetting begin! Stop by everyone's new favorite #Sportsbook and see for yourself how amazing it is! Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler. pic.twitter.com/AS7NUJ13iG— Parx Casino (@parxcasino) August 8, 2019
Parx Casino Sportsbook covers 7,400 square foot space, which can hold up to 422 people, and features a 156 foot HD media wall that can show up to 36 games all at the same time. Additionally, the space will feature six live tellers, 18 kiosks, up to 200 seats, three VIP areas, plus a 38' x 14' bar with 38 seats and a four-tier light design hanging from above.
State Rep. Frank Farry helped draft the legislation that paved the way for legalized sports betting in the state and was one of several lawmakers attending Thursday’s opening. He said sports betting has been a winner for Pennsylvania so far, and he called the new betting space a tourist attraction. “When you look at the competitive issue, when New Jersey legalized sports betting, it hurt our casinos. This is a jobs issue. This is revenue for the commonwealth.”
State Sen. Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson said it is likely too early to tell how lucrative sports gambling will be, noting that it will never approach profits from slot machines or table games. “It’s a whole experience,” said Tomlinson on Thursday, as reported by Burlington County Times. “If you’re here for the Super Bowl or March Madness, the place is packed.”
Parx’s Oppenheimer agreed that sports betting does bring people into the casino who may never have otherwise entered a gaming establishment. But for him, legalization simply brings an already $100 billion industry out of the shadows and into a safe, regulated environment, where odds and winnings are guaranteed to be upheld.
“The industry in general, and Parx especially has a very strong commitment to responsible gaming,” Oppenheimer said. “We have everyone trained how to look at people who may be showing signs of problems or making comments about losing their rent money. If we see those things, we will intercede.”
"Parx Casino is excited to cut the ribbon on the best sportsbook in the country," said Senior Vice President of Interactive Gaming & Sports, Matthew Cullen. "Parx aims to set the industry standard in this new and fast-growing arena. The timing couldn't be better as we head into football season. We felt our local Eagles fans deserved to have the ultimate game day destination to cheer on the Birds. Game day will soar to new heights as we present the absolute best gaming and entertainment experience of its kind. We have worked for nearly two years to expand our portfolio of offerings to give patrons the best of all types of legalized gaming. After the recent launch of online sports betting and our real money online casino, the grand opening of Parx Casino Sportsbook completes this mission."
Customers can expect several ways to bet on sports at Parx including spread, moneyline, total, props, parlays and teasers. Sports that will be available will include, among others, Pro Football, Pro Basketball, Pro Baseball, Pro Hockey, College Football, College Basketball, Tennis, Golf, MMA, Boxing, Auto Racing and more.
The new Sportsbook will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 10-16 hours of live teller assistance pending on sports schedules. There will be 18 self-service sports betting kiosks available in the new Sportsbook as well as throughout the casino floor, Parx Beer Garden and Parx Poker Room.