The week couldn’t get any better for bettors in Pennsylvania.
On Monday, Parx Casino in Bensalem joined the online sports betting market when it began a mandatory three-day testing period for its mobile sportsbook. The testing phase, which ran until midnight Wednesday, will allow the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to inspect the wagering platform and systems for compliance.
If the regulator is satisfied, Parx book will be cleared to launch its app officially as soon as Thursday.
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh came right behind after it opened the live testing period of its BetRivers.com online sportsbook on Tuesday. The launch of the sports betting app will make Rivers the first facility in Western Pennsylvania to enter the regulated online market.
However, Bet Rivers’ testing period will run for two days only since its sister casino, SugarHouse, has already been cleared to operate a mobile sportsbook.
SugarHouse was the first property to launch an online sports betting market in Pennsylvania. If Parx and Rivers get cleared by the PGCB, Pennsylvania bettors will have three online sportsbooks to choose from.
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GAN to facilitate master account for Parx customers
Just like the retail sportsbook at Parx Casino, the mobile sports betting platform will run on Kambi software. However, the facility will use GAN’s account management system to consolidate customer accounts.
The partnership between Parx and GAN will enable customers to enjoy online casino games and wager on sports from a unified account.
With GAN’s technology, players will not be required to open separate accounts for retail and online sports betting and casino gaming. Instead, the technology will integrate these services under a master account, and bettors will place in-person and mobile bets using funds housed in a single online wallet.
Pennsylvania online sports betting to be a game changer
As Parx and Rivers wait to get the nod for the official launch, the state is confident that the expansion of the sports betting market to include online wagering will be the rocket fuel it needs to reach its full revenue potential.
The optimism is not farfetched given that the SugarHouse sportsbook app posted more than $570,000 in handle within the first four days of launching.
With more apps joining the market, bettors in the state will gain greater access to mobile betting, making it possible for the jurisdiction to boost its tax revenue.
Besides, mobile betting will place Pennsylvania in a better position to compete with other states like New Jersey, where more than 80 percent of all sports bets are placed via online channels.
iOS sports betting apps missing in action
The lack of an iOS-based app was conspicuous during the launch of the SugarHouse online sportsbook four weeks ago, and the trend is set to continue with BetRivers and Parx Sportsbook apps.
For now, online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania will not feature apps for iOS devices due to Apple’s tightened restrictions on gambling apps.
In a memo published on June 3, the giant tech company announced that it would stop supporting HTML5-based real-money gambling apps on its App Store. The firm advised iGaming companies and operators to develop native iOS apps if they want to offer their services to Apple users, and those with existing applications were given until Sept. 5 to comply.
However, players in the Keystone State can still place their sports bets online via PC sites and Android-based apps.