After obtaining its license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, BetRivers is now part of the Pennsylvania online casino ecosystem. BetRivers PA is partnered with land-based Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and is the sister online casino to SugarHouse, who are both owned by Rush Street Interactive. If you’ve ever played at SugarHouse before, you’ll notice the similarities right away in terms of interface.
Let’s dive into BetRiver PA and what it has to offer.
Pros and Cons
- Solid welcome offer
- Each game lets you know minimum amount to play
- Reward Program
- No iOS app
Promotions and Bonuses
Besides the welcome offer, there was one other promotion that BetRivers PA offered at the time of writing.
BetRivers PA offers a 100 percent match welcome bonus, up to $250. To get this, when registering for an account, use the promo code “250MATCH”. To access the bonus funds, players must complete a 1x playthrough. It doesn’t explicitly say whether the playthrough is the deposit in addition to the bonus or not, however.
When you wager $20 or more on any qualifying NetEnt slot games (Reel Rush, Finn and the Swirly Spin, Butterfly Staxx, Butterfly Staxx 2, Divine Fortune, Twin Spin, and Turn Your Fortune). You will get one entry into the sweepstakes. This is for the month of March and each week has a different drawing:
- 3/12/2020: $50,000
- 3/19/2020: $100,000
- 3/26/2020: $50,000
- 4/2/2020: $50,000
Make sure to check the promotions page regularly to never miss out on any of the latest bonuses.
If you have an existing account in the iRush Rewards Program or the Casino4Fun, you can instantly important your information. However, if you are a brand new player, the process is still extremely fast and easy to complete. It’s broken up into three easy steps:
- Create a screen name, input email, create a password
- Name, zip code, address, date of birth, gender
- Security questions, phone number, the last four digits of social security number, consent to terms of service
Deposits and withdrawals
- Cash Cage at Rivers Casino (in-person)
- BetRivers Play+ Card
- Credit/Debit Card
- Online Banking (ACH transfer)
- BetRivers Play+ Card: Funds available immediately
- Online Banking: 2-5 days for funds to appear in account
- Cash Cage: Available immediately, done in-person
- Check by mail: Check will arrive in 10-14 days
For users who have played SugarHouse on desktop, you will notice BetRivers PA is nearly identical. The site functions very well with no lag or buffering between pages. The interface is easy to navigate and nothing is hard to locate.
Now, looking at the site, the layout consists of the following links at the top of the page: Get Started, Promotions, Rewards, Help Center and a link to the sportsbook. To the right of this is the login/registration screen, too.
On the main casino page, there are graphics that are displayed in a carousel manner, advertising different games and advertisements BetRivers PA is currently offered.
Then below this, we get to the game section. Here, there is a search bar where you can search by title. Next to this are filters for game types, the studios and a way to sort by paylines, top historical win multiplier, minimum to cover bets.
Finally, after all that, we have the games! They are displayed in rows of four with the minimum money to cover it.
To the right of the page is a running list of “Real Money Winners”. This is a nice feature as it shows what people are winning and gives new players the encouragement to play and participate.
Although there is no app for iOS users, there is an app for Android and users with an iOS device can still access BetRivers PA on mobile web browsers.
Mobile is very similar to the desktop version. The major differences are that everything at the top of the page on desktop is now in a collapsible menu in the upper-left-hand corner of the page. Next, the filter and search option is condensed into one section in the middle of the page. Also, there is still the Real Money Winners, but it’s displayed one at a time at the bottom of the screen.
Like desktop, the mobile version responds readily and is not interrupted by an overload of graphics or anything. You can expect a smooth experience whether you’re on desktop or mobile.
To bring the library of games to life, BetRivers PA utilizes four heavy-hitters in the industry. This list includes IGT, Konami, Everi and NetEnt. Each software/studio is responsible for every game type, and no one software is dedicated to one type of game.
BetRivers PA offers table games, slots and video poker. Below is a full outline of the game types offered, some examples and the minimum amount needed to wager on each.
- Video Poker: Game King Video Poker, $0.10 minimum
- Blackjack: One option, $0.10 minimum
- Baccarat: One option, minimum $1
- Slots: 69 options, minimums ranging from $0.09-$1. Some examples include Dead or Alive, Asgardian Stones, Guns N Roses, Meltdown, Jackhammer and Wild Water
- Roulette: Basic Roulette, minimum $0.10; American Roulette, minimum $1; French Roulette, minimum $0.10; European Roulette, minimum $0.10
While there is no VIP Program per se, BetRivers PA does offer a rewards program, called iRush Rewards. This rewards system has a total of 11 tiers, ranking from 1-10, with one of them being called “Elite”. You gain points as you play on the site. Each tier comes with new rewards including things such as access to a bonus store, birthday gifts, and special privileges including a manager and meals, etc.
Support and Security
After clicking on the Help Center button at the top of the page, you are brought to the FAQ section. Here, BetRivers PA breaks down the different categories with numerous questions that are answered. But, if for some reason this doesn’t do the trick, there are links to the email support and live chat support on the right side of the screen. These are both available from 9:30am-2am eastern standard time, seven days a week.
When it comes to the security at BetRivers PA, as mentioned, to operate in the state and receive a license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, BetRivers PA and any other online casino in the state of Pennsylvania must adhere to a set of protocols to operate, and part of that includes having systems in place that can keep customer data safe. This is nothing to worry about whatsoever at BetRivers PA.
Going back to the Help Center, in the FAQ section, there is one wholly dedicated to Responsible Gaming. Here, there are seven articles including subjects of setting limits on yourself (deposits, session, and spending), self-excluding yourself, and looking at your gaming history. Perhaps the most important part is where BetRivers PA goes into detail about helping those reading that particular section if they have a gambling problem and how to get help.
BetRivers PA is an online casino worth playing and checking out. The welcome offer is appealing and being backed by Rush Street Interactive makes for a wonderful product. The lack of an iOS app is fairly minor in the grand scheme of things, but it would be a nice addition. Overall, you can expect a smooth process playing on the site and the games and what is available is more than enjoyable.