Rivers Online Sportsbook Review
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh is the only casino in the second-largest city in Pennsylvania. It is located along the Ohio River, just northwest of Heinz Field.
The property’s location means, so far, its retail Rivers Sportsbook is the top-performing book in the state ever since it launched in December 2018.
Now, the Pittsburgh sportsbook is offering an online betting option as well: BetRivers.com.
The product began two days of testing on June 25. After PA Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approval, it went fully live on June 27.
Initially, the online sportsbook was only available to desktop users and players with Android phones. On July 17, that changed. BetRivers joined sister site PlaySugarHouse as the only online gambling sites in PA accessible on iOS devices.
The way the process works for Apple users is slightly more complicated than the Android download, but it is still fairly simple. Those with iPhones and iPads need to download a separate app from geolocation firm GeoComply called GeoGuard. It is readily available in the Apple app store.
Once you have the app downloaded, you just need to sync it up with the BetRivers website and you are good to go.
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh did not apply for interactive gaming licenses in PA, but its sister property PlaySugarHouse did. Additionally, that sister property is rebranding both live and online as Rivers Philadelphia. So, when an online casino launches from Rush Street, it will be Rivers branded and promoted by both properties.
Rivers Sportsbook bonus offer – July 2019
Like its sister sportsbook PlaySugarHouse.com PA, Rivers is offering a 100 percent match on initial deposits of up to $250.
To receive this bonus, a new customer simply needs to use the bonus code 250MATCH promo code users when they sign up for an account and deposit onto the site. Even if you redeemed the SugarHouse PA sportsbook bonus, you are eligible to get a deposit bonus at Rivers.
The sites are completely separate and require separate accounts for each, which means separate bonus and promotional offers across the sites.
Bonus funds will then be added to the player’s account within two to five days.
Players must wager the additional funds within 30 days. Any bonus money not wagered during that time it will expire. There is a 1x wagering requirement on bets playable in Pennsylvania before you can withdraw funds.
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Rivers online sportsbook loyalty program
BetRivers features the same iRush Rewards program other Rush Street online sportsbooks do.
It’s an 11-tier-based loyalty program that provides an array of prizes and benefits based on the amount of money a player wagers.
The number of points you earn during a 60-day rolling period determines your tier. Players earn one point for every straight $10 sports bet.
The amount required to earn a point drops $1 each time you add a bet, down to $1 for every 10 to 12 bet combination.
Other Rivers promotions
Rivers online sportsbook offers promotions similar to Rush Street’s other sports betting shops.
One such promo carried over from New Jersey to both PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers is the Jackpot Parlay. Participants in the Jackpot Parlay can earn more than $100,000 through a series of bets placed in a specific period.
The Jackpot Parlay feature allows players to place a parlay bet using quick picks.
Rivers Online Sportsbook also offers a buy out feature expected to make the transition to BetRivers. This works like insurance, giving players the option to cash out a bet before a game ends.
For example, players in New Jersey earn an entry in the Big Game Getaway Sweepstakes with each $100 wagered. The contest prizes are topped by an all-expense paid trip for two to the Super Bowl and also include other cash rewards.
Kambi is Rivers sports betting partner
Rush Street Interactive employs Kambi Technology across all of its sportsbooks and casinos. Kambi launched Rivers land-based sportsbook in December 2018. The company plans to start powering Rivers online sportsbook in May or June 2019.
Register an account with Rivers sportsbook
Rivers’ customers can expect a fast and easy sign-up experience.
Players will likely need to provide their:
- Date of birth
- Physical address
- Email address
- Phone number
- Last four digits of their Social Security Number
Following that, they’ll likely be asked to choose a unique username and password.
The personal information provided is used to verify a customer’s identify and age and to activate the account. Though, photo identification will likely not be necessary, similar to the policy of PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey.
Instead, the sportsbook will use the player’s name, date of birth and Social Security Number to confirm his or her identity.
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Rivers deposit and withdrawal methods
Rivers Online Sportsbook offers the same options for deposits and withdrawals that SugarHouse Sportsbook currently does in PA. The lone difference is that the cash at cage option must be done at Rivers Casino, not SugarHouse. These are:
- Visa and Mastercard
- PayNearMe (7-Eleven)
- Rivers prepaid card
- The cage at Rivers
BetRivers and SugarHouse are both expected to include other deposit options like PayPal and in the near future as they receive PGCB approval.
The withdrawal options are somewhat more limited. Customers can choose between the following:
- BetRivers Play+ prepaid card
- Online banking (ACH)
- Check by mail
- Cash at the cage
Rivers Sportsbook software
Rivers Casino’s software client checks the two most important boxes for us: It’s fast and it’s easy to use. When you’re trying to place your bets, you don’t need a lot of frills, colors, or animations. Speed and ease of use are essential.
That’s what we have here with Rivers Sportsbook, which is going to be familiar to anyone who has bet using SugarHouse Sportsbook.
You’ll find the list of sports available on the left-hand side of the site, while the remaining three-quarters of the screen is devoted to displaying betting lines.
Once you select a sport, you’ll see both the live betting lines at the top if there are ongoing games, followed by the long list of options for upcoming games. The sections fold and unfold with a click, revealing more games for the day. If you’re looking for futures or additional leagues, they’re at the top of the page.
The layout is quite simple, so even new-to-sports betting customers shouldn’t get lost. If you’re trying to find something specific, the BetRivers online sportsbook has a search bar at the top of the page to help you find the sports, league or team odds you desire.
Rivers Sportsbook app
BetRivers did an excellent job with the UI/UX (user experience) to make the app easy to use.
Of course, since you have less space to work with on a mobile device than a desktop screen, the sections and buttons have to be neatly organized. BetRivers did a good job with that. Even new users likely won’t have a tough time figuring out where to find anything.
Whether you’re depositing, cashing out or placing bets, it’s a seamless experience in the Rivers Casino Sportsbook app.
Android users can find the Bet Rivers mobile app on the Rivers Casino website.
Apple users can access the BetRivers website via their phone browsers. However, in order to properly geolocate, they also need to download and enable the geolocation app GeoGuard.
The process to get GeoGuard synced with BetRivers is pretty easy. Nonetheless, we can take you through it step-by-step.
Live betting at Rivers PA Sportsbook
The BetRivers online sportsbook has a fluid live betting experience, one that will be familiar for anyone who has played at SugarHouse before.
Of course, you’ll find in game moneylines on almost every major sporting event. The wagering options go far beyond just the straight up sides, totals and spreads.
For example, a typical NBA game will have lines on quarters, halves and the popular First To 10/15 props, and that’s beyond the regular spreads, moneylines, and totals.
More importantly, live betting on Rivers Sportsbook moves fast. Of course, the priority with live betting is the ability to get in and out quickly, especially in sports like hockey, football, and basketball. Their lines update with blazing speed.
You want a book that’s on top of the lines and allowing you to bet when you want. Some books pull the lines frequently in-game, which makes it challenging for wagering.
One last note, we also like the stats slide on BetRivers in-play betting engine.
For basketball, it shows you game summaries with charts of which team has been in the lead, general scoring statistics and player stats.
Hockey bettors will see similar options. BetRivers show puck possession percentages, special teams numbers, and other useful numbers as you’re betting the game.
If you are a tennis or soccer fan, you’re in for an even better treat. As of May 2019, a partnership with IMG allows Rivers and SugarHouse to live stream certain games in tandem with in-game betting.
What are the requirements to register at Rivers Sportsbook
Registration is open to anyone 21 years or older.
A player does not need to be a Pennsylvania resident or located within the state to open an account. However, if players want to place a bet, they must be physically located within the borders of Pennsylvania. The sportsbook determines a players’ whereabouts with their computer’s IP address or the location indicator on their mobile device.
Other restrictions on who can place a bet in Pennsylvania are also in place. State regulations do not allow wagers from persons who are athletes, managers, coaches, referees, athletic trainers, or other officials who influence the outcome of sporting events.
Additionally, if an employee of a sports governing body or member team wishes to make a bet, they will need to register with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
The BetRivers sports betting site has an extensive menu to satisfy sports bettors.
Of course, US bettors will mostly care about major sports; thankfully, BetRivers offers plenty. They include:
- College sports
If you want to scratch beneath the surface, the BetRivers online sportsbook also offers EuroLeague, FIBA Champions League, and German Basketball Bundesliga.
Where the BetRivers online sportsbook deserves high marks is its futures market for major sports.
With football, in particular, it is one of the few sportsbooks anywhere that posts Week 1 NFL lines in early spring. Heading into the 2019 season, it even had lookahead lines for key matchups beyond Week 1. The majority of sportsbooks won’t ever carry those, let alone this early in the offseason.
Delving further with football, BetRivers also has plenty of fun props on the board like division winners, regular season win totals and player performance props.
If we had to find a fault, it would be that the selection might feel a bit limited. Yes, there is plenty of soccer but some of the fringe sports like darts, cycling, and rugby aren’t offered.
What type of bets will be available?
We expect all the standard wagering options at Rivers, including:
- Side bets (moneyline, point spread)
- Over/under plays
- Future wagers
- Live betting (or in-play betting)
Expect all these offerings on a multitude of sports from around the world.
Also, players can hopefully expect to have a “cash-out” feature available with their wagers. This function, which is not yet widely available in sports betting, allows a player to abort a bet during the middle of a game and cash out for partial winnings.
Rivers Pittsburgh retail sportsbook details
Rivers has a temporary facility on the southern gaming floor. The space encompasses roughly 3,000 square feet and offers both full-service cashiers and self-service kiosks.
There are also 15 high-definition televisions in the temporary book. Casino management has a 14′ by 7′ video wall for odds displays, which Rush Street has claimed is state of the art.
The hours of operation for the Rivers Sportsbook are:
- 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
Meanwhile, construction on the permanent sportsbook is proceeding in the center of the casino. Rivers personnel are renovating the Levels Lounge into a hall for sports wagering.
Obviously, we know more about the temporary facility than we do about the permanent one. However, it is reasonable to assume that many of the same features that are present in the temporary location will make their way over to the former Levels Lounge once construction is complete.