During the first deposit process, the player needs to enter the bonus code 250MATCH to qualify for the new player bonus. You will get matched 100% of your first deposit amount up to $250.
Terms and conditions apply.
New User Bonus
You usually see either a risk-free bet or a deposit match as a welcome bonus at most sportsbooks. BetRivers goes with a deposit match up to $250, which is nice as it gives you free money to play with instead of risk-free bets that only award you if your first bet is graded a loser.
Unfortunately, $250 is very low compared to the industry standard. In comparison, DraftKings matches your first deposit at 20% up to $1,000. For risk-free bets, PointsBet offers $2,000.
The deposit match at BetRivers isn’t automatically given to you either. You have to opt in to activate it. To do that, go to the Cashier / Deposit menu and make your first deposit. Enter the code 250MATCH within the promo field. Your bonus funds will be applied to your account within 48 hours unless you have already received a bonus from their sister-site, SugarHouse, in New Jersey or Connecticut. You’ll receive an email once the funds are ready to be activated.
All BetRivers bonuses have a 1X wagering requirement. So, if you deposit $250 and they match with $250 in bonus money, once $250 in wagers are completed (in whatever wager amounts you’d like), the $250 in bonus will be converted to your cash balance. Just make sure you activate the reward from your bonus bank before wagering. Bonus wagers must have odds of -200 or greater (as in -190, +150, +350, etc.) for the wagers to count towards the requirement.
Ongoing Promos and Contests
BetRivers not only fails at offering a solid welcome bonus, but they offer pretty poor ongoing promos and contests as well. Their most notable contest is the Jackpot Parlay, but it’s no better than a quick pick lotto ticket. They offer occasional reload bonuses for existing members in the same format as the welcome bonus, matching your new deposit to a specified percentage.
During the NFL season, you can participate in the NFL Pick’Em contest with a minimum $500,000 prize pool with a $150 buy-in.
iRush Rewards Program
BetRivers is owned and operated by Rush Street Interactive (RSI), so you can take advantage of their iRush Rewards program due to this partnership.
For every real-money wager you place will earn you two types of reward points: Loyalty Level Points and Bonus Store Points. As you bet, you collect points. You earn a single point for $10 wagered on single bets, going up to 1 point per $1 for unconventional or multi-team parlay bets.
Loyalty Level Points build your status in a tiered rewards program offering perks as you level up your loyalty status. Elite status entitles you to rewards such as a free Apple or Android playing device, VIP concierge at Rivers casino properties, and other “ultra-luxury VIP gifts.” Like most sportsbook and casino rewards programs, you have to spend a lot of money to get anything out of this. With BetRivers operating like every other major sportsbook and limiting players left and right when they get on a roll, the top-end rewards here are virtually impossible to achieve.
In What States is BetRivers Available?
Rush Street Interactive is one of the larger gaming operators in the U.S. Thanks to this, you can find BetRivers in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan, Virginia, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Illinois.
Rush Street was also one of the nine operators selected by the State of New York permitted to offer mobile sports wagering in the state. Richard Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RSI, mentioned in RSI’s 2021 Q3 earnings report that “…RSI will be one of only three companies with online gaming market access in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The New York City media market, the largest media market in the nation, taps into all three states in the tri-state region, giving RSI significant long-term marketing efficiencies.”
BetRivers sister-site, SugarHouse, is RSI’s offering in New Jersey and is the official sportsbook of the Connecticut Lottery. Connecticut players will be able to place bets in-person at one of 15 accessible SugarHouse retail sportsbooks across the state, including 10 Sportech Venues locations. You can also find RushBet Casino & Sportsbook if you’re ever in Colombia.
Sports Covered at BetRivers
You’ll find a full complement of sports to bet on at BetRivers, including Aussie Rules, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Chess, Cricket, Cycling, Cyclo-cross, Darts, Football, Futsal, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Motorsports, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker, Soccer, Table Tennis, UFC/MMA, Volleyball, Olympics, and Winter Sports.
Online and Mobile Sports Betting Platform
The overall feeling of the BetRivers platform feels antiquated whether you’re on a mobile device or a laptop/desktop. Their homepage is cluttered, making the primary browsing screen cramped. They use a very straightforward operation with little visual aesthetics. A lot of real estate is taken up by their pointless newsfeed scrolling on the side.
The app features a better user interface compared to the desktop. It also features a very straightforward operation. Despite the basic layout, there are a lot of complaints regarding slow load times, lag, and glitches. A significant downside for those who like to travel is that BetRivers features a different app for every state. No matter which state you’re in, their apps are rated below average in both the App Store and Google Play. In contrast, the RSI mobile sportsbook app independently rated #3 out of 35 apps in the U.S. market in October 2021 by Eilers & Krejcik.
Both platforms could benefit from a complete overhaul of their design and user interface. They have somehow captured the persona of a cut-rate casino/hotel in digital form flawlessly.
BetRivers offers live betting and live streaming on select sports with an active bet placed. Their live betting sections are surprisingly well organized and easy to navigate. This is an area some sportsbooks have a problem managing well. The downside to live betting at BetRivers is that their odds are sourced from Kambi, meaning you won’t be offered many opportunities to exploit mispriced lines or find unique odds in-game.
Other Gaming Options
Thanks to The Rivers brand having a well-established name in the world of casino gaming, you can find a wide variety of casino, bingo, and table games in select states via either the BetRivers app or the PlaySugarHouse app. You can find Rivers Casino locations in Des Plaines IL, Philadelphia PA, Pittsburgh PA, and Schenectady NY.
In October 2021, RSI released “RushArena,” a proprietary and innovative multi-player tournament engine to allow players to compete in head-to-head slots tournaments. The technology developed to create RushArena will soon be employed to develop peer-to-peer competition events, allowing BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse, and RushBet players to challenge each other in interactive and rewarding sports betting battles.
BetRivers Company History
BetRivers launched in June 2020 and is owned by Rush Street Interactive (NYSE: $RSI), founded in 2012 and based in Chicago. RSI owns sportsbooks and casinos all over the country. Rush Street also owns SugarHouse Sportsbook, which is a sister company to BetRivers. RSI was the fourth-largest U.S. operator across online casinos and sports betting as of July 2021. RSI is also active internationally, offering its online casino and sportsbook in the regulated gaming market of Colombia on RushBet.co.
RSI was named the 2020 Global Gaming Awards Digital Operator of the Year and the 2021 EGR North America Awards Casino Operator of the Year, Customer Services Operator of the Year, and Social Gaming Operator of the Year. They were also named Sportsbook of the Year at the SBC Awards Latinoamérica 2021.
Odds for BetRivers are supplied by Kambi, same as multiple other books such as FanDuel and FOX Bet, which means there is little to no value in their lines.
In August 2021, Rush Street Interactive was selected as the official partner of the Connecticut Lottery. This means RSI will operate the third and final online sportsbook in the state and several retail locations.
In October 2021, RSI announced that the BetRivers brand would be expanding to the new Canadian sports betting market. They launched a sportsbook and free-to-play casino games at BetRivers.net.
In November 2021, RSI’s Q3 2021 results saw a 57% increase in revenue.
Unless you live near a physical casino/sportsbook to potentially take advantage of some rewards programs, there is no reason to use BetRivers as your primary sportsbook. Everything they offer is mediocre and better features can be found at all of their top competitors.
The sportsbook at BetRivers simply doesn’t seem like the top priority to the ownership. They produce various innovative products that focus more on the iGaming side of the gambling world. This book is a pass until they push more of that focus onto improving their sportsbook, including the quality of their odds, promos, and overall user interface.