Bet Rivers Casino originally signed up for the full $10 million online gambling licenses that include online casino, table games and peer to peer games (i.e. poker). It was one of nine Pennsylvania casinos to purchase the full suite. However, shortly thereafter, Rivers Casino withdrew its application. It is anticipated that Rivers Casino will promote sister casino SugarHouse’s online casino product.
The Rivers online casino in Pennsylvania will use the same platform developed in-house by Rush Street Interactive and offer the same excellent user experience players have enjoyed with their other products.
This Rivers PA casino review provides a complete look at the welcome bonus, rewards program as well as upcoming promotions. You will also find a full breakdown of games including slot machines, video poker, blackjack and the mobile apps on offer.
Without an official launch, we can speculate what players will be rewarded with when they sign up at Rivers online casino. Typically, online casinos offer either free bonus money, risk-free bets or a deposit match.
Luckily, we have the SugarHouse online casino to see what Rivers casino in PA may offer. At PlaySugarHouse, players are welcomed with a 100% match on their first deposit, worth up to $250 bonus money. What is exceptional about this offer is that bonus money only requires a one-time wager before becoming withdrawable cash. This is rare for many online casinos, which oftentimes require a 10-20 times wager through on bonus money.
This bonus is fairly popular and on par with other online casinos, so more than likely Rivers will offer the same type of bonus. However, with a different tax structure and higher license fees, Pennsylvania casinos may restructure their promotional offerings.
Looking at PlaySugarHouse in for precedence, players should be very excited for loyalty offerings at Rivers Casino.
Players will likely enjoy the benefits of the iRush Rewards program, which like most programs has players earn points based on their play. The more points players earn, the higher their loyalty tier. When players reach a new loyalty tier, they earn a chance to spin the prize wheel with a guaranteed bonus, but it has the ability to win more. Beyond the wheel, players also earn more benefits as they climb the loyalty tiers.
Some of these benefits include:
While the structure may be a little different, there may be some crossover between Rivers and SugarHouse, adding to the value of the iRush Rewards program. Another positive to consider is that Rivers will likely maintain the one-time wager through on all bonuses earned with the iRush Rewards program.
If that wasn’t enough, the Rush Street Interactive platform offers a very transparent measuring system so players know their loyalty level and where they stand on converting a bonus. This is a feature missing from a lot of online casinos and helps players have a better understanding of what they are getting out of their play.
With Rush Street Interactive at the helm, Rivers PA online casino will offer a great selection of games for players.
Rivers online will offer an ample selection of slots for every budget and game type preference. The site will feature exclusives, jackpots and a large library of player favorites. Rivers Casino’s slot library will include games from popular game providers like Konami, WMS, IGT, NetEnt, Ballys, NextGen and more. These games are easily searched with a filter above the game section. Players can select from game types, game studios, name, popular games, date added, etc.
Some popular games you will find at Rivers online casino include:
Roulette is a popular game where players bet on what number a ball will land on. The current lineup only features American roulette, which is what you would typically find at American casinos. This version of the game features numbers 1-36 plus 0 and 00. While this still has fair odds for the players, the more player-friendly version is European or French roulette, which only feature a single 0. With the large number of game providers, it is possible that we will see these variations in the future.
Along with the video roulette, players can enjoy live dealer roulette, in which a dealer in a studio is streamed onto the players’ devices and runs the game.
Blackjack is an incredibly popular game that offers a player great odds and is largely based on skill and technique. Rivers Casino will offer several variations for you to play blackjack online, but the basics of the game are regulated by the PGCB. Those rules state:
Other variations of blackjack you will find at Rivers Casino include:
Rivers will also feature live dealer blackjack.
Players will be able to enjoy a variety of poker games on site — particularly in the live dealer format and video poker.
Here is what to expect from video poker upon launch:
As mentioned, Rivers will have a large game library and will feature a plethora of other games. These will include:
The Rivers Casino mobile app will give players power to play wherever they please within the borders of Pennsylvania. Players can enjoy the majority of the features and games of the site while waiting for the bus or at the waiting room of the doctor’s office. An app is only available for Android users for now.
Android users will not be able to find the app in the Google Play store but will be able to download the application directly from the Rivers Casino website.
Apple users are unable to download the actual Rivers app, but they can download a geolocation app called GeoGuard from the app store, configure it with the Rivers website on your iPhone or iPad, then you’re good to go. Here’s exactly what you need to do.
The mobile applications are highly regulated and have geolocation software that verifies you are in the state of Pennsylvania. If you find yourself in Delaware, the application will not let you bet real money on games. Some players near bodies of water, in an area with poor cell connection or the state border may have issues and are urged to connect to WiFi or contact support to fix this issue.
Operators have made it a focus to make banking as easy as possible for players. In early online casino days, depositing to a sportsbook or casino had its hiccups. Luckily, operators have found an ample amount of deposit options for players.
You can expect to find the following banking options:
The platform is an in-house product of Rush Street Interactive. The platform is known for its ease of use for the player. Not only is it a pleasant looking site, it is incredibly useful. From easy shortcuts to sensible features and easy to read gauges, this site is an online player’s dream.
There are few platforms that work as well for the player. Many platforms are built by developers for developers, but the Rush Street platform made the customers’ user experience a main focus. Beyond the games section, the upper tool bar makes it easy to jump to other pages like sportsbooks.
Another great part about the software is the large number of game providers offered.
For sportsbook, Rivers has the luxury of working with industry leader Kambi.
While it is easy to maneuver on the site, and there are plenty of helpful guides around the site, players may need more information. If you have a question about games, promotions, payouts or anything else, Rivers Casino offers 24/7 support. Players can reach support specialists through email, phone, and live chat.
Rush Street Gaming owns two properties in Pennsylvania. Along with Rivers, Rush Street also owns SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. Rivers Casino applied for the full $10 million interactive gaming suite in July 2018. This suite of licenses would have allowed Rivers Casino to offer online slots, table games and peer to peer poker.
In October 2018, Rivers withdrew its application and signaled it would not launch an online casino. Later that month it was granted a sports betting license.
In December of 2018, Rivers alongside its sister casino opened their land-based sportsbook. Rivers Casino entered the online space in June 2019 with the launch of its PA online sports betting site.
While Rivers does not have its own iGaming licenses, it does have the luxury of a sister casino in the state. Rescinding the application saves Rush Street Interactive $10 million, and it will still have a presence among Pennsylvania online casinos with SugarHouse.