BetRivers Sportsbook Review
BetRivers is an excellent sports betting option for residents of Pennsylvania. A wide variety of bets, a fantastic mobile app, and a great live betting experience combine to make an excellent sportsbook.
Top Takeaways for 2019
After spending months testing over 30 online sportsbooks for our annual review, here are our top findings on BetRivers:
- Rush Street Interactive owns and operates BetRivers Casino and Sugarhouse Casino. The Sugarhouse Pennsylvania app will be consolidated with the BetRivers app by the end of 2019. Both apps offer the same bets and odds but have different color schemes. .
- BetRivers offers action on 18 different sports, including a mix of international leagues and obscure sports such as darts and handball.
- In addition to standard moneyline, spread, and total bets, SugarHouse offers futures, prop bets, parlays, live betting, and teasers/pleasers. Hundreds of bets are typically offered on each NFL, NBA, and Soccer games.
- BetRivers offers below-average odds. BetRivers offers excellent odds on NFL moneyline and total bets, as well as soccer moneyline bets. BetRivers offers poor odds on NHL spread and total bets, as well as NCAAB moneyline bets.
- BetRivers is one of few select sportsbooks to offer all of the following: daily odds boosts, instant betting, and a live match tracker for live betting.
- The BetRivers mobile app is great.
- BetRivers offers a 100% bonus for deposits up to $250. The rollover requirement for this bonus is only 1X.
|US Regulated Sportsbook (legal)||Yes|
|Online Availability - Indiana||Yes|
|Online Availability - Iowa||No|
|Online Availability - New Jersey||No|
|Online Availability - Nevada||No|
|Online Availability - Pennsylvania||Yes|
|Online Availability - Rhode Island||No|
|Online Availability - West Virginia||No|
|Offshore Sportsbook (illegal)||No|
|Banking Options and Fees|
|Ease of Use|
|Education and Research|
BetRivers offers a ton of different bets. Bettors can lay action on everything from alternative spreads, to how many points LeBron James scores, to how many touchdowns the Patriots will score in their next game. Typically, each NFL, NBA, and Soccer game has over 100 total bets available to wager on. MLB and NHL games offer at least 50 bets a game. The variety of team and player props is exciting.
BetRivers lists most bets and props days before the game is played, which is not typical for most sportsbooks. The way BetRivers categorizes bets is simple and efficient, providing great user experience.
Two cool features BetRivers offers are pre-game statistics and the early cash-out feature. Pre-game statistics provide a matchup preview with head to head details. The early cash-out feature allows you to amend your original bet and lock in a profit or a loss by settling your bet (or a portion of your bet) early, without having to wait for the event to finish.
BetRivers came in 12th place (out of 17) in our 2019 odds rankings, offering below average odds. On the brightside, BetRivers offers good odds for the NFL, as well as soccer.
SugarHouse top odds: NFL moneyline bets (5th), NFL spread bets (3rd), NFL total bets (2nd), NBA moneyline bets (6th), soccer moneyline bets (1st)
SugarHouse worst odds: NCAAF total bets (15th), MLB moneyline and spread bets (10th), NHL moneyline bets (15th), NHL spread and total bets (17th), NCAAB moneyline bets (14th), NCAAB spread and total bets (15th)
Ranking Process- For this review, odds testing data spanning the NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NCAAB, MLB, NHL, and top soccer leagues was collected. Odds data measures over 1,400 games across nine offshore sportsbooks and eight US regulated sportsbooks. Moneyline, spread, and total bets were analyzed and weighted to comprise a 2019 ranking for each league, with moneyline bets typically receiving over 50% of the weighting.
Banking Options and Fees
Banking with BetRivers is quick and easy, plain and simple.
Deposit Options Six different deposit methods are available for BetRivers customers. A prepaid card, cash (at the BetRivers or SugarHouse Casinos), Neteller, ACH, and online bill pay are offered, in addition to debit/credit card. Paying with cash allows customers to make a cash deposit at any of the many retail stores, such as 7-Eleven.
|Total Deposit Methods||6|
|No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees||Yes|
|Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card||$10/Varies|
Withdrawal Options BetRivers claims that the most convenient withdrawal option for residents is the BetRivers prepaid card, which allows customers to withdraw cash at ATM machines (there may be a fee, depending on your bank). Cash at the BetRivers or SugarHouse Casino cages Is another easy option for residents close to the casino. In addition to checks, users can withdraw money via Neteller and ACH.
|Total Withdrawal Methods||5|
|Check Payout Speed is < 10 days||Yes|
|No Withdrawal Fees - Check||Yes|
|Withdrawal Min/Max - Check||$10/Varies|
BetRivers currently allows bettors to lay action on 18 sports, which is impressive for a new sportsbook (FanDuel and DraftKings offer fewer than 15). Some sports, such as volleyball, may not be offered year-round, but are offered at some point in the year. Below is a table of all sports BetRivers offers.
|Total Sports Offered||18|
|Aussie Rules (AFL)||Yes|
The BetRivers live betting menu is impressive, offering users scores, statistics, and a range of bets. The tennis menu even offers instant betting, which allows users to bet on each point in real time. The overall display is clean and easily navigable, providing a great live betting experience.
Another cool feature BetRivers offers is a match tracker, for live betting sports such as football, basketball, hockey, and soccer. The match tracker has a live clock, displays the score by quarter, and even shows which team is attacking in real-time. For NFL games, the match tracker even lists the last play, the total plays, and yards on the drive, and the down and distance.
The mobile app SugarHouse offers, available on all Android and iPhone phones, is excellent. Navigating through different sports and betting types is simple, and having a constant live chat bubble available is convenient. I didn’t experience any lag or design flaws when testing on my iPhone 7 and iPad. My only complaint with the app is that when users select the help center, they are redirected to SugarHouse’s website, instead of having something dedicated in-app. The BetRivers app will be the exact same once it finally rolls out in Pennsylvania.
Education: SugarHouse offers bettors some basic education on how to read odds, bet on sports, place a bet, etc. The education will help first-time bettors, without making them feel they’re in over their heads.
Reputation: Rush Street Gaming, the parent company of BetRivers/SugarHouse, is privately held and owns and operates multiple casinos. The technology for the sportsbook is powered by Kambi, which is one of the largest providers of sportsbooks in Europe. SugarHouse is partnered with the Golden Nugget Casino in New Jersey and SugarHouse and BetRivers Casinos in Pennsylvania, which are regulated by the state.
Promotions: While I typically don’t comment on promotions, the intro to sports betting promo listed when this review was conducted is exceptional. A 1X rollover for a 100% match is a rarity and bettors should take advantage of it.
Sports betting bonuses are eligible on bets that have odds of -200 or higher.
Although BetRivers is new to sports betting, it has exceeded expectations with its initial offering. The interface is smooth, there are plenty of game props and bets to keep fans energetic, and the cash-out feature is an industry driver. The 100% first deposit bonus with a 1X rollover is also one of a kind. If customers don’t mind the lower than average odds, they should seriously consider making BetRivers their go-to app for sports betting.
Note: As of May 2019, the SugarHouse app and web platform are also available to residents of Pennsylvania.
BetRivers/SugarHouse is a part of Rush Street Interactive, which owns and operates casinos in Pennsylvania, New York, and Illinois. Rush Street was formed in the mid-1990s and has since built a portfolio of casinos, restaurant, hotels, and more. SugarHouse was licensed to offer its online platform to New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents via the Golden Nugget casino, as well as the SugarHouse Casino.
The online and mobile versions of the sportsbook are powered by Kambi, an online gaming provider that currently serves 22 online sportsbooks and casinos, including DraftKings and 888 Sports.
For the BettingBuck.com annual best online sportsbooks review published in February 2019, a total of 2,300 data points were collected over six months and used to score sportsbooks. Additionally, odds data was collected for each sportsbook on over 1,400 bets to give each sportsbook a comparative odds ranking.
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About the author: Joey Shadeck Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.