As of Dec. 15, Pittsburgh sports fans can wager on the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates at Rivers Casino. Soon they will be able to do so from the comforts of their own home, or even at the ballgame.

Welcome to the world of legalized sports betting in Pennsylvania.

Rivers Sportsbook is live

Rivers Casino is located footsteps away from Heinz Field and PNC Park, homes of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates, respectively.

Rush Street Interactive, owner of Rivers Casino and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, paid $10 million per casino in licensing fees to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). The board conditionally approved both properties for sports betting licenses Oct. 31, 2018.

Before the online/mobile sports betting platform can launch, the first PA retail sportsbook in the Pittsburgh region needed to open.

That happened in December of 2018 when Rivers launched its temporary sportsbook facility. It is one of seven casinos in the state pursuing sports betting. While you will be able to access betting apps of the other properties, Rivers Sportsbook is the only retail book located in Pittsburgh.

New Jersey sportsbooks offer odds boosts and other promos tied into the Philadelphia pro teams. However, the books rarely offer promos on any of the Pittsburgh franchises.

Pittsburgh sports scene and betting options

Pittsburgh sports fans have their share of championship moments, including the Penguins winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.

Pittsburgh represents in the following major sports league:

  • MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates
  • NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh area is also represented in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Atlantic 10 Conference thanks to:

  • Duquesne University
  • University of Pittsburgh

Other Division I schools located nearby include:

  • Penn State University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Saint Francis University

Major sporting events you can bet in the Pittsburgh area

Online sports betting in Pittsburgh

New Jersey launched legalized mobile and online sports betting in mid-August. Like the Garden State, Pennsylvania will allow anyone within the Keystone State to wager online or via a mobile device. There is an age minimum of 21 to bet. When sports betting apps launch, they should be available for download on Android and iOS devices. Most sportsbooks also offer a desktop version of the client.

One of the significant differences between New Jersey and Pennsylvania is that mobile apps will be specially branded for each land-based casino in the Keystone State.

BetRivers app

The Play SugarHouse app, from Rush Street Interactive and powered by Kambi, got a summer-long head start in New Jersey via partnerships with the Golden Nugget and Monmouth Park.

Though the Rivers’ platform will be branded differently — it will be called the BetRivers sportsbook app — the existing version provides a basic idea of what Pennsylvania bettors can expect.

The first-deposit match bonus of up to $250 is an attractive way to get new customers. The current app connects to the iRush Rewards program. This is the loyalty program which allows players to earn tier credits for each real money wager.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National

Hollywood Casino partnered with William Hill to run all sport betting operations including a mobile app. Launch of PA online sports betting is expected in early May. William Hill operates both an Android and iOS sports betting app in New Jersey and PA residents can expect a similar experience.

Presque Isle Downs

Presque partnered with Churchill Downs and will utilize its BetAmerica app for all mobile sports betting operations. The PGCB approved the casino to launch retail sports betting on June 1. Once that happens, Presque will be able to roll out its online component.

Mount Airy Pittsburgh

The multimillion-dollar mini-casino Mount Airy Pittsburgh, located in Big Beaver, PA, will be affiliated with Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, PA. When it is open, it will be about a 45-minute car ride from Pittsburgh. Part of the plans for the property includes a sportsbook.

The company has a partnership in place with The Stars Group and its BetStars-branded sports betting app. It is available to New Jersey bettors.

BetStars does not have a retail sportsbook in the Garden State. Mount Airy says it is intent on sports betting. Nonetheless, the company still has not applied for a sports betting license.

Other options

PA residents will be happy to know you can place a bet on any app in the state, not just those in your specific region.

Additional online sports betting options in Pittsburgh

As mentioned, there are several casinos that will offer sports betting in the state. Here is a look at what they are and when they plan to launch:

CasinoPGCB Approval DateRetail SportsbookProjected Online Sportsbook
Parx Casino SportsbookOct. 3Jan. 10June 2019
PlaySugarHouseOct. 31Dec. 15June 2019
BetRiversOct. 31Dec. 15June 2019
FanDuel at Valley Forge CasinoDec. 19March 13Summer 2019
Hollywood Casino at Penn NationalOct. 3Nov. 17Summer 2019
Harrah's PhiladelphiaOct. 31Jan. 24Summer 2019
Presque Isle DownsFeb. 6Summer 2019Summer 2019
South Philadelphia Turf ClubOct. 3Jan. 17N/A
The Oaks (formerly Valley Forge Turf Club)March 6March 12N/A
Mount Airy/BetStarsPending approvalN/AN/A
Mohegan Sun PoconoMay 15Fall 20192019

Upon launch of these casinos’ betting apps, gamblers will be able to view the odds from anywhere. They will need to be in Pennsylvania when placing a bet though.

Rivers Casino retail sportsbook

The first sportsbook in the Pittsburgh region, Rivers Sportsbook includes more than 10 TVs, large chairs and couches, and is completely non-smoking. Since launch, the weekends have seen a packed house.

The hours for Rivers Sportsbook are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight
  • Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m
  • Sundays, 9 a.m. to midnight