Pennsylvania Online Sportsbook Market Adds Parx, Rivers

By Kelsey McCarson

June 27th, 2019 - 2:30pm

SugarHouse Sportsbook now has company in the Quaker State. Two more online sportsbooks launched in Pennsylvania this week giving bettors a total of three online sportsbooks from which to choose.

On Monday, Parx Casino in Philadelphia became the second gambling operator in the state to offer online sports betting behind SugarHouse, which began offering online sports betting in late May.

Not to be left behind, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh launched its own online sportsbook, BetRivers to become the third online sportsbook in Pennsylvania to launch within the last month.

Now bettors in the state will have a variety of options in terms of odds, bonuses and other important considerations when it comes to placing online bets on football, basketball and other sports via online Pennsylvania sportsbooks.

Parx, Rivers Testing Apps Before Full-scale Launch

Just as SugarHouse did when it inaugurated online sports betting in Pennsylvania last month, both Parx and BetRivers underwent full-scale online testing procedures before their sportsbook operations could begin in full.

In May, SugarHouse began a three-day testing period during select hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before launching the product in full on Friday, May 31. Parx launched a similar three-day test period this week on Tuesday to ensure the quality of its operations.

Meanwhile, BetRivers limited its testing window to a two-day trial, which began on Wednesday of the same week, because the company uses the same technology provider that was previously tested when SugarHouse launched earlier this year.

No iPhone Support for New Apps

According to a report, Apple users are still months away from being able to download the two new sports betting apps offered by Parx and BetRivers in Pennsylvania because the technology giant recently imposed new coding requirements for all gambling-related apps.

Since that happened, there still seems to be some confusion and dispute as to what all those requirements mean for online sportsbook developers.

That means both new online sportsbook apps from Parx and BetRivers will only be available for Android users at the present. Additionally, there doesn’t seem to be a definitive timetable as to when iOS users, which includes all Apple iPhones and iPads, will be ready to join the party.

Apple’s worldwide market share reached over 50% for the first time according to a recent report, so the expectation is that developers will diligently work with the company to get their apps up and running in a timely manner.

Mobile Betting Brings New Revenue Opportunities

While sports betting revenue in Pennsylvania has continued to decline over the last couple of months, there’s strong reason to believe that the continued growth of online betting options in the state could help stem the tide.

After all, SugarHouse only started offering mobile bets during the last few days of May, and July will be the first full month all three online betting options will be available for Pennsylvania bettors.

Moreover, according to a report by the Tax Policy Center of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, states that have a multitude of online sports betting options, such as neighboring New Jersey, have reaped the most in terms of revenue generation.

That reports suggest states like Pennsylvania, which allow mobile sports betting options, have a better chance to continue steady growth as the relatively new sports betting market continues to mature.

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Kelsey McCarson

Kelsey McCarson is a veteran sports journalist who covers boxing and MMA. He also covers boxing for Bleacher Report, and, and his work has appeared in USA Today, CNN and Fox Sports.

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Kelsey McCarson is a veteran sports journalist who covers boxing and MMA. He also covers boxing for Bleacher Report, and, and his work has appeared in USA Today, CNN and Fox Sports.


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