- Sports Betting
- NJ Sports Betting
- PA Sports Betting
- US Betting
- LSR Podcast
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 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.
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 PA Promo Code:||250MATCH|
|Free Play Bonus:||TBD|
|Bet Rivers Sportsbook PA Deposit Bonus||100% up to $250|
|Last Verified:||May 1, 2019|
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.