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Bet Rivers Pennsylvania Online Sportsbook Review

The Bet Rivers Sportsbook bonuses, incentives and betting markets information you’ll see below is based on what we know about SugarHouse NJ sportsbook. The PA version has not yet launched, but we expect the successful NJ site to be a model for it. We will address any differences as soon as it goes live.

Rivers Casino offers online PA sports betting

Rivers Casino will be among the first wave of casinos to launch an online sportsbook in Pennsylvania. Its site, called Bet Rivers Sportsbook, is created by the online division of Rush Street Interactive.

This helps us determine how PA sports betting app will work ahead of the official launch as Rush Street already operates a sportsbook in New Jersey. Naturally, we will update our detailed review of Bet Rivers Sportsbook as soon as the site goes live.

This review covers everything you’ll need to get the best from Bet Rivers. This includes bonus information and banking, as well as the markets and bet types available. You will also find information on getting around the betting interface (on a desktop or app) and live betting opportunities.

Bet Rivers Sportsbook Promo Code

We will fill you in on the Bet Rivers Sportsbook bonus codes as soon we receive the information.

Based on its sister property, a matched welcome bonus of up to $250 is a solid favorite for new signups using the code 250MATCH. This means Bet Rivers will match your first deposit in bonus credits. These start in a separate account to your real money balance. To move this money to your main balance, you will need to wager it first to withdraw it.

With an easy 1x wagering requirement, this offer is simpler than many other sportsbook bonuses. We recommend reading the terms and conditions before you take any offer. Examples of things to look for are short expiration dates or minimum odds (e.g., many books don’t allow bets with lines shorter than -200 for bonus clearing).

Bet Rivers Sportsbook promo code 2019

Bet Rivers Sportsbook PA Promo Code:250MATCH
Free Play Bonus:TBD
Bet Rivers Sportsbook PA Deposit Bonus100% up to $250
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iRush Rewards loyalty program at Bet Rivers

At the Pittsburgh live casino, Rivers has Rush Rewards, a loyalty scheme which rewards players based on their volume of gambling.

The online equivalent of this is iRush Rewards. This program has elements of a regular comp scheme and other features that are more social-gaming oriented.

As you bet, you will collect points. You earn a single point for $10 wagered on singles, going up to 1 point per $1 for exotic or multi-team parlay bets.

A progress bar will give you a visual of the different levels of the loyalty scheme. As you climb the loyalty ladder, you will unlock new bonuses and rewards. Any bonuses you have in play have a visual display (a bonus meter to show you how you are progressing toward clearing the funds.

It is not yet clear how the online rewards and benefits at the live Rivers Casino venue will work together.

The “gamified” nature of these rewards makes for an entertaining experience – especially when you compare it with the dry points for bonuses scheme at other online sports betting shops.

Special promotions at Bet Rivers Sportsbook

Again, the specific promotions will be released when this online sportsbook is launched. We can get an idea of the kind of offers available via the books in other states. These will likely include some or all of the following:

  • Reload bonuses: If you need to top up your account, check the promos page for reload offers. These will work in the same format as the welcome bonus, matching your new deposit to a specified percentage.
  • Odds boosts: A popular reward is to boost the odds of key games. Remember to check Bet Rivers for better lines before you bet anywhere else.
  • Parlay insurance: Another common reward for existing players is to refund stakes on specific parlay bets when the last leg loses. You’ll normally need to bet three-plus matches and follow some specific rules to enjoy this.
  • Contests: Picks contests are a great way to gamify the experience and give away cash to loyal bettors.

A great time to check Bet Rivers for promotions is just before major sporting events. The PA sportsbooks will be competing for your cash, often with big-money promos.

Key reasons to choose Bet Rivers online sportsbook

You’ll find a lot of new sportsbooks are going live in PA at the same time. Here are the key reasons to pick Bet Rivers:

  • Experience in New Jersey (via the Rush Street Interactive SugarHouse site) means you are betting on a tried-and-trusted platform).
  • Simple and generous $250 matched welcome bonus based on your first deposit. You only need to wager this bonus once to have it released into your regular cash balance.
  • iRush Rewards: Get rewarded each time you place a bet, with bigger returns for multi-match wagers.
  • Social gamification: This sportsbook has a social feed showing big winners in both sports and casino gaming.
  • Easy banking: You can deposit using credit cards, bank transfers or even in person at the Rivers Casino cage.

Bet Rivers PA Sportsbook software and features

Most sportsbooks use three distinct vertical columns on their main betting interface. Based on the SugarHouse Rush Street Interactive setup, we are expecting Bet Rivers to follow suit. Here is the overview of how you’ll find things set up:

  • Left column: This lists the sports, starting with the major leagues currently in season. Below the top sports is an “A-Z,” where you’ll find links to many more markets. At the top of the left-side list, you’ll find a “Live Betting” link. This will take you to a list of matches currently underway.
  • Middle (widest) column: This bigger area is where the individual matches are listed after you select the sport on the left. Depending on the sport, you will find filters for different leagues and bet types (futures and so on) above them. Moneyline, totals and spreads are the default for most games – with plenty more options available (sport dependent).
  • Right column: Here you will find your bet slip. After you choose lines from the main area, they are added to this. You can then choose whether to make singles bets, parlays or remove them from your slip. You will also find a social “feed” on the right. This shows big winners along with the multiple of their bet won.

Other notable features of Bet Rivers Sportsbook include a scrolling list of current promotions at the top. There are links to the promos, rewards, help center and casino along the top. Live chat support is available on all screens on the bottom left. In the footer, you will find links to social media and those all-important terms and conditions.

Bet Rivers sportsbook app?

There are apps available via the Rush Street Interactive platform for both Android and Apple phones. These are not needed, as the regular website-based sportsbook will resize to fit smartphone screens. The apps allow you to bet on all sports (including live betting) and will have access to the cashier functions.

While the iPhone app can be downloaded from the App Store, Android users will need to download directly from the Bet Rivers website. You will find links in the footer; simply, click either Android or iOS and follow the instructions from there.

Live betting at Bet Rivers

Live betting is the biggest innovation in US sports betting in recent years. New technology lets the sportsbooks update lines in real time as action unfolds on the field.

The popularity of live betting is underlined by the fact that this appears at the top of the sports list at just about every regulated online sportsbook.

On match-days, the challenge is to find a specific game, since many matches and many sports will be going at the same time. Bet Rivers solves this by dividing their live-betting section by sport. There is also a “popular” tab for the key matches.

Live (or in-play) betting works brilliantly with mobile devices. You can watch the games and place bets based on your assessment of the teams in real time.

What games can I bet on at Bet Rivers PA?

The list of betting markets and lines is huge. Within each sport, you will find the major leagues, college leagues and international fixtures — all the way down to individual matches and period betting — complete with the regular money line, totals and spreads.

Add futures bets for many leagues and sport-specific bets — and you have a selection of betting opportunities for fans of just about every sport available.

Here are the main sports that you can bet on at Bet Rivers Pennsylvania:

  • Football: NFL is the main attraction, though you will also find NCAAF and CFL games. Bets for the NFL draft and Super Bowl, plus futures and player props are also spread.
  • Hockey: Bet on the NHL conferences or AHL, playoffs and World Championships lines are available.
  • Basketball: NBA matches are popular, though you can also bet on the NCAAB or Euroleague. March madness gets special lines and futures bets (including player props) are spread.
  • Baseball: There are hundreds of matches to bet on here, with a focus on MLB. There are plenty of different ways to place wagers on the World Series.
  • Soccer: These markets are popular – and the English Premiership, Champions League and some EuroLeagues make it to the top markets list. You can bet on internationals, cup matches and minor leagues from all over the world.
  • Auto racing: NASCAR, Indy Car and Formula 1 markets are available; these include futures bets as well as individual matches.
  • Golf: There are matches and tours around the world, though betting activity peaks when the Majors take place. The slower pace of matches makes golf ideal for live, in-play betting.

Outside of these major sports, Bet Rivers has a lot more to offer. You can wager on UFC, MMA or boxing, MLS, tennis, Aussie rules football, cricket, cycling, darts or even rugby.

Bet types available at Rivers PA

Many of the bets you’ll be able to place have been mentioned along with the sports above. For clarity, here they are again – along with a brief description for readers new to sports betting:

  • Moneyline: This can be thought of as the base bet for most sports. Lines are expressed as results of wagering $100 (though you can bet whatever amount you want). For example, if team A is +120 to win, you’ll get $120 back for every $100 bet (in addition to your stake returned). Negative money lines show how much you need to bet to win $100.
  • Totals: This is the total number of goals or points scored by both teams in a match. You can choose to bet under or over this total. Totals usually come with fractional (0.5) numbers, this is to avoid tied results.
  • Spreads: In this format the sportsbooks give a boost to the points or goals for the underdog, aiming to even the betting. For example, you might find Team X has +4.5 in basketball. You can bet either team, with the spread being applied to the final score to determine the winner.
  • Parlays: Bets which involve multiple matches are called Parlays. Here you need all of your teams to win to be paid. The upside is that you will win a lot more than on single matches if everyone comes through.
  • Teasers: This type of bet is another multi-match wager. This time you are swapping wider spreads for a better chance of winning. While this does lower the payouts compared to straight parlays, you’ll win more often on average.
  • Period bets: On many sports, you’ll be able to bet on the halves and quarters of the matches individually. For example, what team will be ahead after the first period of a hockey game.
  • Live betting: This involves the above bets, though placed while a match is in progress.
  • Futures: You’ll be able to bet on conference and league winners, champions and player results for an entire season. Note that this can lock up your stake for a long time.

Banking methods at Bet Rivers online sportsbook

A big advantage of regulated, licensed PA sportsbooks is that depositing and withdrawing your winnings are both very easy.

While the exact mix of banking options are Bet Rivers PA will become clear on launch day, we do know the types of deposit method available at other sportsbooks.

The easiest deposit method for most people is simply to use your regular credit or debit card. Making a deposit at Bet Rivers follows the same format as making any purchase online.

As long as the site can verify you are inside state border, your money will be online in seconds. In other states, casinos and sportsbooks do offer branded debit cards. These work for both deposits and withdrawals. We will let you know if Bet Rivers follows suit.

There are other options for transferring money from your bank. ACH transfers are often called e-checks. This is the electronic version of the old paper checks. To speed up the process, many sportsbooks use a third-party verification service like VIP Preferred.

This enables almost instant bank transfers following a successful verification. Bill pay bank payments are also offered from selected banks that support this process.

If you don’t want to use your bank to deposit, there are alternatives. Electronic wallets are popular. These are third-party services, with PayPal the best known. While you do pay a fee, you have the added security of a platform between your bank and the sportsbook. Neteller and Skrill are alternatives.

Finally, old-fashioned cash can be used for payments at Bet Rivers. You can take money to the casino cage, or use PayNearMe at 7-Eleven stores throughout PA.

If you do deposit using a method which does not support withdrawals, the book will issue a paper check to pay your winnings.

Support at Bet Rivers Sportsbook

When online sports betting in Pennsylvania goes live, a lot of people with little or no online betting experience will be signing up. This makes solid support a must-have for Bet Rivers and the other PA sports betting operations.

The fastest way to get answers to your questions will be via the live chat interface on the bottom left of the website homepage. This will put you in touch with an agent 24/7. You can also use the telephone.

During prelaunch, only the main Rivers Casino number 1-800-LUV-RIVERS is available. We will update you with the direct support number as soon as it is available. You can use email or the online FAQ as alternative avenues for service.

Responsible gaming is a set of policies to protect minors and problem gamblers. All PA sportsbooks will need to implement this as part of the licensing agreement with the state. Expect to see tools for deposit and betting limits, self-exclusion and time-outs in place.

You’ll need to verify your identity when you deposit at Bet Rivers. This keeps online sports betting clean, as well as prevent those younger than 21 from gambling. Rivers will require an ID and proof of your deposit method.

About Rivers Casino PA and Rush Street Interactive

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh is one of three Rivers properties that Rush Street Gaming owns. Rush is the company behind the SugarHouse Casino in PA. The other Rivers properties are located in Des Plaines, PA, and Schenectady, PA.

Though the license for the Pittsburgh casino was awarded in 2006, lawsuits from rival casinos saw the opening delayed until 2009. Originally this venue was going to be called the Majestic Star Casino. The name was switched in 2008, reflecting the location, which is a point where three rivers join.

Rivers Casino offers 3,000 slots and more than 100 table games available. There is also a poker room. The live sportsbook at Rivers Casino opened on Dec. 15, 2018, after a short trial period.

There is more to the Rivers property than gaming. You can also enjoy a nightclub, five restaurants and four different bars.

Rush Street Interactive is the technology arm of the owners of the Rivers (and SugarHouse) brands. This company is making a move into regulated states with online gambling for both casinos and sports betting. It has already launched a SugarHouse-branded sportsbook in New Jersey and is expected to be in the first wave of online PA sportsbooks.

The experience in NJ should give Rush a smooth debut in Pennsylvania.

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