Pa. Gaming Board approves Parx Casino sports betting

The Bensalem casino became one of the first two Pennsylvania casinos approved for sports betting by gaming regulators Wednesday

Tony Romeo
October 03, 2018 - 3:39 pm
Parx officials (toward the right end of the table) present their sports betting plan to the Gaming Control Board Wednesday.

Tony Romeo | KYW Newsradio


BENSALEM, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Parx Casino in Bensalem became one of the first two casinos to be approved for sports betting by Pennsylvania gaming regulators Wednesday, but your money will continue to burn a hole in your pocket for several more weeks at least. 

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved sports betting for both the Parx Casino in Bucks County and its Turf Club facility in South Philadelphia. Board spokesman Doug Harbach said there are still some regulatory hurdles pending, mainly approval of entities that will work with Parx, including oddsmakers.

“There are firms that will be partnered with the casinos that will set the lines, there are also some that will operate the systems that will power the sports wagering. Those all have to also be vetted," said Harbach.

Therefore, actual launch of sports betting in Pennsylvania may not happen until November at the earliest. 

The board also approved sports betting for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course near Harrisburg. Three other casinos awaiting the board's action on sports betting petitions are SugarHouse in Philadelphia, Harrah’s in Chester, and The Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.