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Is Seafood and Gambling a Match?

If you love gambling and a great seafood meal, a visit to the Parx Casino Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar is an ideal way to combine both passions. In addition to the branch at the casino site in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Parx is expanding its relationship with this well-known eatery. Here is what you need to know:

About Parx

The Parx Casino in Bensalem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is owned and operated by Greenwood Gaming. It also controls the casino’s online offering, where gamblers can indulge in real money slots, table games, and sports betting. Parx has seen enormous success since its online casino went live and continues to build a loyal user base.

Parx is now expanding its operations by opening an OTB (off-track betting) location inside a new Chickie’s and Pete’s in East Whiteland Township. The same will happen when another Chickie’s and Pete’s outlet opens in Malvern early to mid-December. Patrons at these establishments can visit the sportsbook located inside the sports bar, place their bets, and return to their table to watch the game. In between, they can also play other games using Parx’s casino app.

About Chickie’s and Pete’s

Chickie’s and Pete’s is best-known as a place where sports lovers can gather to watch their favorite teams in action. While they are there, they can enjoy various meals and beverages from its menu. The company’s signature dish is its Crabfries, signature fries combined with its secret spice blend and served with a side of creamy cheese sauce.

It is a known fact that eating a diet rich in seafood is essential for long-term weight loss. Chickie’s and Pete’s has their guests covered, with an extensive seafood menu, including mussels, lobster, and crab.

Pete Ciarrocchi is the Chairperson and CEO of Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar. He is an active sports promoter and plans to work with Parx representatives to make these OTB sites a resounding success.

What to expect

Only people 21 and older may visit the sports betting room at the Chickie’s and Pete’s branches that offer them. There will not be facilities for eating and drinking in these venues. As mentioned before, customers will enter the sportsbook area, place their bet, and return to the eatery section. They can enjoy a seafood meal as part of their healthy eating plan and claim their winnings afterward.

This business model is seen as the future of OTB, a sector that has experienced an ongoing decline, exacerbated by the Covid pandemic and its resultant restrictions. Parx has high hopes for it, expecting it to inform a turnaround in OTB revenues. The Malvern Chickie’s and Pete’s OTB will create 12-16 full and part-time jobs.