Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh launched a retail sportsbook in late 2018 and confirmed at the time that it will be launching mobile betting at some point in 2019. That time came in June 2019 with the official launch of BetRivers.com in Pennsylvania and in October 2019 for Indiana fans.
Bet Rivers is a mobile betting app from Rush Street Gaming. Owned and operated by the same people who run SugarHouse Online, BetRivers.com is a legal and licensed online sportsbook in Pennsylvania and Indiana run by a solid team.
- Legal and licensed in the USA
- Easy-to-clear deposit bonus (1x rollover)
- Massive selection of sports wagers each day
- Busy in-play betting calendar
- Few ongoing promotions or reload bonuses
- Does not offer casino games or poker at this time
Bet Rivers Online was able to move on a fairly rapid timeline thanks to parent company Rush Street Gaming already having experience with mobile betting in New Jersey and Pennsylvania through SugarHouse Online Sportsbook.
BetRivers Sportsbook is now open for online betting in Pennsylvania and Indiana with plans to launch in Iowa sometime in the not-too-distant future.
Today’s BetRivers review will discuss what it’s like to bet here, compare the options to other licensed betting sites and delve a bit into the company behind it all. Our goal is to offer an objective review so you can decide if this is the right mobile betting site for you.
- Website: www.betrivers.com
- Available in: Pennsylvania and Indiana now; Iowa in the future
- perated by: Rush Street Interactive
- Established: Street Gaming founded 2009, retail sportsbook in 2018 and mobile betting in 2019
- Platforms: Website and Android app; iOS support coming soon
- New customer bonus: To be determined
Bet Rivers Online Sportsbook
BetRivers.com offers sports betting through its website for anyone with a desktop (PC or Mac) as well as a mobile app for Android devices. Support for iPhones and iPads is still in development with Rush Street Interactive stating recently that it has an iOS app in development.
Here’s what to do if you’re ready to bet today:
- If you have a PC or Mac: Visit BetRivers.com to bet at the website
- If you have an Android device: Visit BetRivers.com for a link to the Android app
- If you have an iPhone or iPad: Find yourself a desktop computer and visit BetRivers.com or wait patiently for the iOS app
If you’re familiar with SugarHouse PA, you’ll feel right at home at Bet Rivers as both are powered by software from Rush Street Interactive (the online division of Rush Street Gaming). The look and feel of the two sportsbooks is nearly identical in terms of graphics and interface.
The odds are similar across both sportsbooks but not identical. Comparing the odds on upcoming games shows some differences in the prices for various teams. Therefore, you may find it worthwhile to consider an account at BetRivers.com even if you already have one with SugarHouse. Additionally, each offers a unique welcome bonus that can be claimed for a bankroll boost.
Types of Wagers and Sports Leagues Covered
Rivers Casino Sportsbook provides pre-game and in-game wagering for a wide range of international sports. All the usual North American favorites are on offer (football, baseball, hockey and basketball) along with international soccer leagues, tennis, boxing, MMA, cricket, rugby, cycling, golf, motorsports and more on occasion.
The full selection includes:
One other thing BetRivers.com does well is provide many markets for every individual sport. A typical MLB and NFL game, for example, is often covered with upwards of 100 different pre-game betting options alone. This includes the usual moneylines, spreads and totals along with alternate lines, first half/second half bets, team props, player props and a variety of parlays and teasers.
In-Game Betting at Bet Rivers
The BetRivers in-play betting calendar keeps a busy schedule with numerous live events from around the world covered on a daily basis. On the very first day BetRivers Sportsbook launched, the in-play betting area had more than a dozen MLB games to choose from plus an international basketball game and a soccer game – each with dozens of markets.
During live events, the odds on every market are updated in real time so you can stay in the game from start to finish with new opportunities popping up constantly. This includes pre-game wagers that are extended into the game with updated odds, player props and “instant betting” markets that are resolved within minutes (such as wagers on whether or not the next batter will make it to first base).
It is clear from very early on that Bet Rivers places an emphasis on in-game betting and covers numerous events every day that each offer a streaming selection of short-term wagers on everything from the game winner to the outcome of the next play. It would be fair to say Rush Street Interactive has one of the stronger in-game platforms on the market today.
Live Streaming Sports at Bet Rivers
Rush Street Interactive was the first mobile betting operator in the US to offer live streaming video of sports for customers. The service debuted in mid-2019 with live feeds straight from the French Open through a deal between Rush Street and data odds company IMG Arena.
The deal allows BetRivers.com customers to watch events online in real time while also betting on them – all through the desktop website or via the mobile app. We fully expect to see BetRivers expand its live streaming menu over time.
Bet Rivers Bonuses
BetRivers.com offers a welcome bonus to all first-time depositors plus an ongoing VIP program for loyal customers. You’ll get the first bonus just for signing up and making a deposit, followed by a steady stream of rewards based on your wagering volume.
100% up to $250 Bonus for New Customers
The BetRivers Sportsbook bonus of 100% up to $250 is about average in terms of size but is well above average with wagering requirements of just 1x. This means you only need to place a total sum of wagers equal to the amount of bonus money before withdrawing.
It is not uncommon for other betting sites to enforce wagering requirements in the range of 10x to 20x, so this is a great deal compared to most welcome bonuses. This is a very easy bonus to clear for withdrawal.
Important note: The first-time welcome bonus may only be claimed once per person across all Rivers and SugarHouse betting sites/apps.
Use the Bonus Code 250MATCH
iRush Rewards VIP Program
The BetRivers VIP program is called iRush Rewards and the basic idea is that you earn loyalty points for every real money wager placed on sports.
As you earn points and move up in levels, a variety of benefits are unlocked based on the volume of your play. Perks offered through the program include things such as reload bonuses, free spins in the casino, sports betting money back offers and more.
The VIP Program uses a tiered system with all players starting out at level one and moving up to level 10, and finally to ELITE by invitation only. Moving up through each tier in the VIP program opens the door to increasingly valuable rewards as shown below:
Bet Rivers Mobile Betting
A Bet Rivers mobile app is also in the works. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Rush Street Gaming has taken a two-pronged approach that involves offering a standard website for desktop users alongside actual mobile apps that players can download for iOS/Android devices.
If you have an Android device, you can head to BetRivers.com for a link to the Bet Rivers Sportsbook app. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you’ll have to wait a bit longer as Rush Street Interactive puts the finishing touches on the app. Alternatively, desktop users can head to the BetRivers website to bet online without downloading anything.
The BetRivers Android app and website launched with full functionality, but an iPhone app is still under development at this time. People with Rush Street Gaming have confirmed apps for the iPhone and iPad will be coming “soon,” but have not given a firm timeline on when that will happen.
The brick-and-mortar Rivers Casino Sportsbook in Pittsburgh also offers some degree of mobile capability for in-person wagers. Yes, even the brick-and-mortar sportsbook has a mobile app and a website you can visit to view lines and create betting slips before visiting the sportsbook in person.
Rivers Casino Sportsbook in Pittsburgh
The in-person sportsbook at Rivers Casino opened in December 2018 after Pennsylvania passed a major gambling reform bill that included the legalization of sports betting.
Rivers Sportsbook is located in a convenient location just off I-279 and Rte. 65, within walking distance of both Heinz Field and PNC Park.
The sportsbook itself is currently in its temporary location as Rivers Casino puts the finishing touches on a permanent sportsbook. In its current form, the sportsbook boasts 10 TVs, comfortable seating and plenty of food options nearby. In all, it occupies about 3,000 square feet near the high limits area.
In a presentation given to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board last year, Rivers Casino revealed its plans for a permanent sportsbook. The permanent sportsbook will be placed on the central gaming floor and will accept wagers via cashiers during sportsbook hours and via kiosks 24/7.
Hours of Operation:
- Mon-Thurs: 10 AM – 12 AM
- Fri: 9 AM – 2 AM
- Sat: 9 AM – 12 AM
- Sun: 9 AM – 12 AM
BetRivers Sportsbook Deposit Methods
BetRivers.com accepts a variety of deposit methods that span a range of convenient options whether you’re looking for a quick electronic deposit or have some cash you’d like to use to fund your account.
- Credit cards: The major credit and debit card brands are accepted at BetRivers Online. Some credit card issuers still automatically decline all gaming-related transactions, but you will have alternatives should this be an issue.
- Debit cards: Debit card deposits work in basically the same manner as credit card transactions. Just fill out your card information, choose an amount to deposit and your account will be funded instantly.
- Play+ Prepaid card: BetRivers.com has launched a branded prepaid card that you can fund online, use to make purchases in the real world and take to ATMs for instant cash payouts.
- In-person: BetRivers.com also offers in-person deposits that can be made with cash at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. All you’ll need is your ID, account information and some cash.
- PayNearMe: A second option for cash is PayNearMe. Selecting this option will generate a pay slip that you can either print off at home or save to your phone. Take the slip to your nearest 7-Eleven, pay with cash and your account will be credited instantly.
BetRivers State-by-State Operations
BetRivers is operated by Rush Street Gaming and has a number of pathways it could take to enter additional states through Rush Gaming properties and partnerships.
- Sports Betting Availability: Retail sportsbook and mobile betting
- Retail Sportsbook: Rivers Casino Philadelphia (formerly SugarHouse Casino) and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
Rivers Casino first hit the internet in June 2019 with the launch of BetRivers.com. This will likely be the new face for Rush Street Gaming moving forward as it continues to expand across the US.
In Pennsylvania, Rush Street gaming holds licenses for all forms of online gambling: sports betting, casino games, table games and poker.
- Sports Betting Availability: Retail sportsbook and mobile betting
- Retail Sportsbook: French Lick Casino
Rush Street Gaming is partnered with French Lick Casino for in-person and online betting. The retail sportsbook at French Lick Resort opened on September 6th and is now open for business seven days a week. Staffed tellers can take wagers daily from 9 AM to 11 PM while self-serve betting kiosks accept wagers 24/7.
Online betting began on October 3rd, 2019 under the BetRivers.com brand. The Indiana Gaming Commission issued its approval the prior month to make Rush Street the first operator to be given the green light in the Hoosier State.
BetRivers New Jersey
- Sports Betting Availability: None yet
- Potential Land-Based Partners: Monmouth Park and Golden Nugget
BetRivers will likely move into New Jersey next as Rush Street prepares to retire the SugarHouse name in favor of a more uniform “Rivers” branding across the company’s properties in Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York.
Rush Street Gaming announced the change in June 2019 and confirmed SugarHouse NJ will be rebranded to the Rivers name. According to Rush Street, the transition will be “seamless” and have no real impact on customers other than the name.
Barring any surprises, BetRivers will remain partnered with Monmouth Park and Golden Nugget to offer online sports betting, mobile betting and casino games moving forward.
- Sports Betting Availability: Retail sportsbook and mobile betting in the works
- Retail Sportsbook Partners: Wild Rose Clinton, Wild Rose Emmetsburg and Wild Rose Jefferson
Rush Street Interactive has partnered with the three Wild Rose resorts to offer online sports betting in Iowa pending IRGC approval. Agenda notes from an August 22nd IRGC meeting revealed Rush Street plans to do business under the Bet Rivers name in partnership with Wild Rose Clinton, Wild Rose Emmetsburg and Wild Rose Jefferson.
- Sports Betting Availability: Retail sportsbook and mobile betting coming soon
- Future Retail Sportsbook Location: Rivers Casino Des Plaines
Rivers Casino Des Plaines will likely launch a retail sportsbook and online betting soon. Illinois legalized online gambling in 2019 with a bill allowing casinos, racetracks and stadiums to apply for licenses to offer in-person and mobile betting.
Considering Rush Street Gaming already offers online gambling in two other states, it is highly likely Rivers Casino Des Plaines will follow suit in the near future.
- Sports Betting Availability: None yet
- Potential Land-Based Partner: Gun Lake Casino
BetRivers has not confirmed any hard plans to launch online betting and does not even operate a casino anywhere in the state. However, parent company Rush Street Gaming has an agreement in place with Gun Lake Casino to manage a social gambling website powered by Rush Street Interactive’s CASINO4FUN platform.
The partnership is purely for social gambling, but it is easy to see those ties grow closer if and when Michigan legalizes mobile betting.
BetRivers New York
- Sports Betting Availability: Retail sportsbook
- Retail Sportsbook: Rivers Casino Schenectady
The sportsbook at Rivers Casino Schenectady opened in July 2019 to officially bring Rush Street Gaming to the New York sports betting market. State lawmakers are now debating the feasibility of legalizing online betting, and we suspect something will get done sooner or later. When that happens, look for BetRivers NY to launch next.