Parx Casino has reportedly become the second land-based gambling venue in Pennsylvania to premiere an online sportsbook following Monday’s launch of a service powered by Maltese wagering technologies innovator, Kambi Group.
According to a report from a local Philadelphia newspaper, the debut comes some four weeks after SugarHouse Casino inaugurated the eastern state’s first online sportsbetting domain at PlaySugarHouse.com and is soon set to be succeeded by a similar virtual offering from Rivers Casino Pittsburgh.
The debut of these sites follows last year’s invalidation by the United States Supreme Court of a piece of federal legislation known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which had been responsible for largely limiting legalized sportsbetting to casinos in Nevada, as well as the earlier ratification of a wide-ranging measure that significantly expanded the gambling market in Pennsylvania.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the online sportsbook from Bensalem’s Parx Casino is now available via the domain at PA.ParxCasino.com and that its launch represents something of a coup for Kambi Group. This is purportedly because the Valletta-headquartered firm is also powering the rival service from SugarHouse Casino, which is in the process of being re-branded as Rivers Casino Philadelphia, and is to moreover be responsible for setting the betting lines and odds for the coming virtual offering from Rivers Casino Pittsburgh.
The online news domain at PennBets.com reported that Pennsylvania punters can utilize a desktop and laptop computer to place wagers via the new online sportsbetting service from Parx Casino but that mobile aficionados are being restricted solely to iOS-friendly devices. It detailed on Monday that this situation, which is echoed by the rival offering from SugarHouse Casino, is down to an earlier decision from Apple that its apps should not be involved in any real-money gambling or lottery activities.
Finally, official figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board showed that the online sportsbetting service from SugarHouse Casino recorded $573,163 in handle last month. However, it explained that this figure represented only four days of action and had been significantly overshadowed by the $7.53 million made by the Philadelphia venue in May via its land-based sportsbook, which launched in December.