Parx Casino has been busy this year. Last week saw them open their third retail sportsbook, this one near Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge National Historic Park, at Valley Forge Turf Club. To date, this counts as the eighth sportsbook to open in the state since the recent legal changes made sports betting licensed, regulated, and taxed in Pennsylvania.
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Parx takes a commanding lead in sportsbook location totals
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) first authorized Parx to begin sportsbook operations in January of this year and Parx executives haven’t wasted any time opening retail sportsbooks. The new Valley Forge location brings their retail sportsbook location total to three.
Their first sportsbook opened in at their main Philadelphia location in January 2019. Parx Casino is in the Bensalem area of Philadelphia. Their second sportsbook opened just a couple weeks later at the South Philly Turf Club, located close to three of the city’s major sports facilities, Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, and Citizens Bank Park.
Now Parx has successfully opened this third retail location at Valley Forge Turf Club. In doing so, they are moving much faster than any other Pennsylvania casino in leveraging the $10 million license required to operate a legal sportsbook in the state. There are five other Pennsylvania casinos who have been authorized to launch sportsbooks in the state, but none of these have done more than open one sportsbook in their primary casino retail location.
Parx Casino’s sportsbook was the second to open in the Valley Forge area. Earlier in the month, the Valley Forge Resort Casino, partnering with FanDuel as their technical partner, launched their own sportsbook.
What is available at Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook?
Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment (the owner of Parx Casino) will be running this new Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook at the Valley Forge Turf Club in conjunction with their sports betting technical partner, Kambi.
The Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook is located in just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Oaks, PA, and is just five minutes away from the competition at Valley Forge Resort Casino.
Both properties are very close to the Valley Forge National Historic Park and of the six sportsbooks now operating in the greater Philadelphia area, only these two are positioned to easily serve customers in the Northwestern Philadelphia suburbs.
The Valley Forge Turf Club began in 1996 as an off-track horse-race betting facility. It was just this month rebranded as the Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook in preparation for the addition of legalized sports betting to its menu of gambling options.
Sports bettors won’t be disappointed at the sports betting opportunities available at Valley Forge Race & Sportsbook. Betting lines are put up on NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, college football, college basketball, boxing, MMA, among many others. Additionally, all the usual types of wagers that bettors expect can be found here: point spreads, money lines, totals, props, parlays, and teasers.
The Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook is a good size to handle a crowd. On busy days, to handle high volume, they have fourteen betting kiosks and six live tellers available to accept bets.
The sportsbook has other niceties available to heighten the experience of the betting public. They have installed over 100 high definition television displays to watch the games/races and have also expanded their food and beverage menu and upgraded their kitchen.
Hours of operation of the Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook:
The sportsbook is open 11 hours during the week with expanded hours during the weekend (and during special events). Here’s their normal schedule:
- Monday-Friday: Noon to 11pm
- Saturday: 10am to Midnight
- Sunday: 10am to 11pm
What about mobile wagering?
Mobile wagering is on the way to Pennsylvania, but it’s going to be a while longer. The PGCB is waiting to make sure operators all have their retail sportsbook operations in good working order before giving the green light for online wagers to be accepted.
Another possible obstacle is the recent DOJ reversal regarding the meaning of the Wire Act. Right now, the PGCB has insisted that online gaming (including mobile sports betting) will proceed, but have warned casino operators to ensure that all gambling transactions (including servers and financial intermediaries) occur within Pennsylvania state borders.
Many interested observers think mobile sports betting will be approved by late spring/early summer. We will have to wait and see.