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Volume 25 No. 177

Gambling

Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pa., is allowing bettors at its new sportsbook to "prepare their wagers before heading to the window" in an effort to "avoid the long lines that are an absolute drag," according to Ed Barkowitz of the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. An online program "creates a bar code which is scanned by the teller," and the bet is made once money is handed over. Mobile sports betting is "not yet allowed in Pennsylvania," so this might be the "next-best thing." Parx Senior VP/Interactive Gaming & Sports Matthew Cullen: "It gives us an opportunity to offer our customers the ability to set up their bets on their phone." Cullen added that the casino "hopes to have it in Apple's app store in a week or two." He said, "Our vision is mobile first." Cullen noted that the self-serve kiosks "were popular during Parx's two testing days ahead of Thursday's full opening." He said, "We are somewhat surprised by how quickly folks have learned to use them" (PHILLY.com, 1/10).