Part of the Rush Street Interactive and Kambi lineage, BetRivers Sportsbook has launched their online sportsbooks in multiple states. Other online sportsbooks might have bigger name recognition among sports fans and sports bettors, but that doesn’t mean BetRivers won’t be a solid betting option.
In Colorado BetRivers launched May 1, 2020 after a 2019 ballot referendum legalized sports betting in the state.
BetRivers Indiana launched in the fall of 2019 and is licensed and regulated by the state. There is no in-person requirement to sign up.
Licensed and regulated by the state, BetRivers PA is the online sports affiliate of the BetRivers Pittsburgh casino.
Users may at first be attracted to the bigger betting options, but should sports bettors give BetRivers a chance? Let’s explore.
|Easy to use Interface||No iOS app|
|Generous Welcome Offer||Lack of iOS app in some states|
Sometimes different interfaces can be a bit confusing to explore, but the layout of BetRivers is simple, clean and essentially divided into three areas making it easy to poke around. On the left side you’ll find the Jackpot Parlay, which is a unique offering to the BetRivers online sportsbook. Lastly, the welcome offer has the least amount of caveats involved and is super easy to understand, which will be beneficial to the casual player.
The one mystifying thing about BetRivers, though, is the lack of an iOS app. Right now, there is only an Android BetRivers app, which is downloaded directly from BetRivers, but there is nothing available on the iOS store. That is disappointing when it comes to mobile betting.
By using the BetRivers promo code “250MATCH” when signing up and making a first deposit, you will receive a 100 percent deposit match up to $250, no questions asked. Unlike some competitors where you need to wager $25 to get $1 in bonus money back, BetRivers is a 1:1 deal. Meaning, there is only a 1x playthrough. Thus, you deposit $250 and wager $250, you will get $250 in bonus money added. However, in order to withdraw it, you must wager the amount deposited in addition to the deposit bonus. So, if you deposit $250 and get $250, you must wager $500.
Also, the only bets that qualify are those with odds of -200 or better, and this is a common stipulation.
The registration process to set up a BetRivers account is broken down into three steps:
While this may feel like a lot of personal information, this is all needed to help protect you and your account in the event your information is compromised. Also, it is needed for tax purposes as sports betting winnings are taxable. BetRivers sportsbook may also ask for a government-issued ID to verify our identity as well as your complete Social Security number and utility bills. Once you have set up your BetRivers account, you’ll need to fund it to collect a first deposit bonus and start betting.
Note that banking methods can vary by state, but this is generally what you will find.
While BetRivers does have some quality depository methods, there is a glaring one that is not yet able to be used and that is PayPal. This is an extremely convenient deposit method that BetRivers should highly consider adding to the methods.
Although we covered that BetRivers is essentially broken up into three parts, let’s talk about those parts and as well as what heads the home page. At the top of the page there are links to the following:
Along the lines of this menu, you will also find the login/registration button.
Now, onto the three different “columns” of the home page.
Starting with the left, you will find options for the different sports betting options offered as well as different popular wagers, including the Jackpot Parlay and novelty bets such as on Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here is information on the bets you’ve placed, games that you can live stream from the site, and games that are currently live, too.
On the bottom-left of the page, you will also find a “Support” button that is for a live chat customer support on BetRivers.
In the middle of the page, you will find graphics related to different promotional offerings as well as a search bar for different sports and teams. Also, you will see games that are currently live at the top, followed by popular bets that are being wagered on.
Going hand-in-hand with this, once you’ve made a selection for what you’d like to bet on, the betslip will appear in the bottom-right corner of the page. Here, you can make single wagers such as moneylines or prop bets or build parlays and round robin bets.
Now, going to the far-right of the page, you’ll find the newsfeed. This is an interesting addition to the BetRivers sportsbook. This is something you will find with online casinos, but here, this newsfeed is continuously populated with players who are winning throughout the day. For us, this made us want to play more because we are seeing bettors actively win and we want to be part of that newsfeed, displaying our success.
Currently, BetRivers app is only available for Android users, which limits its mobile betting appeal. A player can download the app by clicking on the Android logo at the bottom of the page. Once you click on the link, the betting app will immediately begin downloading onto your phone. The Android app for BetRivers is essentially what you see on the desktop version, but scaled down to fit your phone, turned horizontally.
Coming from the casino world, BetRivers and the ownership at Rush Street Interactive are known for the software it implements into its products. However, players will need to download GeoGuard wherever they play, a software that is used to confirm your location. This is necessary because you are not able to make real money wagers unless you’re inside state lines. This is required by regulators and your information is safe.
You will find betting options that will appeal to the occasional bettor as well as a seasoned fan of sports wagering.
In comparing BetRivers to other top competitors, there was definitely a bit of give and take. BetRivers didn’t have as favorable odds for underdogs on some contests, but for other betting markets it was better than the competition. This is common with online sportsbooks as sometimes the odds reflect the action the respective sportsbook has received. You won’t see anything too out-of-line with the competition, and as a bettor that is very reassuring.
As previously mentioned, BetRivers is part of the iRush Rewards Program. There is currently no VIP Program in place. Players will receive rewards points as they wager at BetRivers and you will always see a progress bar for how close you are to the next tier.
In total, there are 11 tiers, 10 of which are just levels 1-10 and the 11th being the Elite tier.
As you ascend the ranks, you will get rewards such as Bonus Store Access to start (which has numerous items that you can get discounted) all the way up to free dinners, an exclusive VIP manager, elite promotions and even a dedicated VIP concierge.
You receive points in the sportsbook based on the combination size of your bet. For example, a solo bet is worth 1 point per $10 wagered. The points to deplete, however, and you must continue wagering to keep up your standing.
Overall, it is not a bad rewards program, but in order to reach the height of the elite packages and the top tiers, you will need to wager thousands and thousands of dollars.
Outside of the iRush Rewards and the welcome offer, BetRivers does not offer any other promotions at this time. While this may be the case now, the promotions page could change daily, especially with BetRivers being new to the state, so this could be updated very soon to try to draw in new users with a free bet or some other type of enticement.
When you click the Help Center button, you will be brought to the FAQ page, which is broken down into different categories such as the things related to the BetRivers sportsbook, your account, your deposit and withdrawals, registration, mobile, technical problems and Responsible Gaming. Each section has numerous articles to choose from.
If you’re unable to find the answers you need there, there is the live chat window in the bottom-left corner of the page where you can fill out some information and wait for a customer service representative to assist you.
In addition to live chat, there is also email support, too. You can also find links to these at the bottom of the Help Center page. These services are available from 9:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Eastern Time.
Located in the FAQ section (which is found in the Help Center), the Responsible Gaming section has a total of seven articles to help guide players:
Being broken down into these articles is easy for users to understand as each page has a focus and everything isn’t just thrown up on to a single page.
BetRivers is definitely a bit below the big-time, larger online gambling players in the market, but there are things about BetRivers online sportsbook that are better. The shining example of that is a welcome offer that is fairly straightforward in comparison. However, there is no betting app for iOS, a lack of other promotions and no PayPal. Fortunately, the issues it has in comparison to competitors are relatively simple fixes that are more so for convenience.
Overall, for new players, the welcome offer at BetRivers is worth checking them out. Get the most out of this online sportsbook’s welcome offer!
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