The BetRivers App is a good sportsbook for bettors who consistently: 

  • Wager on favorites 
  • Wager similar amounts of money each month 

Its competitive rewards program shouldn’t be missed by high rollers. BetRivers is available at Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, but it is not yet available online or via an app in New York State. The sportsbook and casino app is available in nearby New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In NJ, BetRivers operates under the SugarHouse brand. It will launch in Connecticut in the fall of 2021, and Rush Street Interactive submitted a bid on its behalf to offers sports wagering in New York. Time will tell if it’s approved.

How To Bet At BetRivers Sportsbook In New York 

The only way to legally use BetRivers Sportsbook in New York right now is by visiting its retail location at Rivers Casino and Resort. If Schenectady is too far a drive, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are good options for sports bettors who want to wager online. Bettors can use BetRiver Sportsbook’s app by visiting BetRivers in Pennsylvania and SugarHouse in New Jersey. Downloading the app and creating an account in New York is legal, but bettors must be in states with legal online sports betting to place wagers. 

Sports betting was signed into law by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo in April 2021, and while the regulatory process has progressed slower than New York bettors may like, mobile sportsbooks could launch by early 2022 and likely in time for the Super Bowl.

Online Betting In New York Launch Updates

After releasing an RFA (Request for Applications) in July 2021, the New York State Gaming Commission received bids from top sportsbooks including BetRivers (via Rush Street Interactive).

Here is a look at some key dates:

August 13, 2021: The New York State Gaming Commission shares the redacted list of bids after releasing an RFA in July. Top sportsbooks including FanDuel are on the list.

August 9, 2021: After releasing an RFA in July, the New York State Gaming Commission shares the 6 bidding groups competing under the application process. One of the groups includes FanDuel, BetMGM, and DraftKings.

July 12, 2021: New York State Gaming Commission releases an RFA.

June 29, 2021: News comes out of New York that an RFA is expected to come out on July 1, 2021. Top sportsbooks are expected to bid.

April 22, 2021: It’s a big day for New York sports betting enthusiasts. Mobile Sports Betting gets signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He signs mobile sports betting bill into law. The following months will be spent deciding what sports betting will look like in the state and how many operators it will allow.

BetRivers Sportsbook Promo Code 2021

Rivers Sportsbook Promo CodeClick here to claim up to $250 bonus (outside of NY)
Location of Retail Sportsbook In New YorkRivers Casino and Resort
What States Allow Rivers Sportsbook*NJ, PA, CO, IL, MI, IN, IA, VA
Deposit/Match Bonus100% Match up to $250
Free Bet OfferDeposit $50 with code BET100 and get $100 in free bets
Promo Code Verified ForSeptember 2021

How To Register For A BetRivers Sportsbook Account 

Bettors can register for a BetRivers Sportsbook account in person. New Yorkers can also download the BetRivers app and create an account on their phones. Bettors just have to get through three steps of login creation. It includes basic steps like your entering your email address, creating a password, and submitting your social security number. Bettors have deposit options that range from bank transfers, credit card submissions, and cash deposits. If bettors have a promo code, they’ll enter it at this step. 

Although accounts can be created in New York, bettors can only place wagers on the BetRivers app in states where sports betting has launched, such as New Jersey or Pennsylvania. New York bettors can drive to New Jersey or take the train across the border to place a mobile bet at BetRivers in New Jersey. BetRivers operates in New Jersey under the SugarHouse brand.  

BetRivers Bonus And Promotional

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There’s nothing wrong with a deposit match bonus. However, $250 isn’t going to cut it against some of the other sportsbook brands. FanDuel and DraftKings both offer $1,000 welcome bonuses. FanDuel’s is a risk-free bet and DraftKings’ is a deposit bonus.

However, BetRivers has one advantage over DraftKings. While DraftKings matches at a 20% rate, which awards $1 for every $5 bettors deposit, BetRivers matches at a 100% rate, matching bettors dollar for dollar up to $250. That high match rate makes it easier for low-income bettors to squeeze more site credits out of BetRiver’s bonus. 

Bettors can also find ongoing promotions. BetRivers had a promo code for a $500 risk-free bet just for new bettors and just for the Super Bowl. It also offered a 25% profit boost at half-time. However, BetRivers has general promotions, too. BetRivers offered a deal on parlay bets that awarded a free bet for every five parlay bets. It’s a nice reward for taking on some of the riskiest wagers BetRivers offers. Bettors should keep an eye on these smaller promotions so they don’t let good deals slip through their fingers. 

BetRivers Odds Vs The Competition

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BetRivers almost always has the same odds as DraftKings. Sometimes it will undercut DraftKings by a point or two. But they’re usually identical like they were last year for Super Bowl LV. 

 ChiefsBuccaneers
BetRivers-157+138
DraftKings-157+138
FanDuel-160+138
Caesars Sports-155+135

It’s unusual for BetRivers or DraftKings to have the best underdog odds, but it happens sometimes. Remember, these are trends, not rules. 

BetRivers Market Depth And Variety

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There’s broad consensus on the teams with the lowest futures odds. But New York’s sportsbooks diverge from the consensus on teams with longer futures odds. FanDuel has better futures odds than most of the futures DraftKings and BetRivers offer. In a market this small, the big brands are competing with each other and icing the small brands out. That may change when mobile sports betting allows more entrants, but for now, New York’s sports betting market has three main players. 

BetRivers has a good selection of sports. There’s a decent selection of leagues within each sport too. Bettors who enjoy popular American sports like football, baseball, basketball, and hockey will find the major leagues represented. Soccer is there, too, with Major League Soccer and the most popular international leagues represented. BetRivers even offers less popular sports like table tennis and snooker. Bettors will find prominent esports leagues as well. It’s about the same as FanDuel’s sports selection. 

DraftKings remains the king of sport selection, in both breadth and depth, but BetRivers isn’t far off. Both sportsbooks offer Euroleague basketball, two darts leagues, and volleyball, but DraftKings’ volleyball lines edge out BetRivers’. BetRivers’ odds may be identical to DraftKings, but DraftKings remains the market leader in market breadth and depth.

The incoming mobile sports betting expansion may shake the market up. New sportsbook brands could enter from out of state with larger sports selections. Company size will matter less, too. Scrappy small sportsbooks have more chances to compete and not get steamrolled by the three big brands. Caesar’s Sportsbooks’ multiple outlets do not make up for their limited sports selections.

BetRivers partnered with the Connecticut Lottery in August 2021 to launch mobile sports betting in Connecticut this fall. The app could launch in even more northeastern states if selected by the NYS Gaming Commission.

BetRivers Deposit And Cashout

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A big sportsbook brand should make moving money between the sportsbook and bank accounts easy, and BetRivers delivers. With eight deposit options and four withdrawal options, BetRivers has a competitive money-moving infrastructure in place. Here are all its deposit options: 

  • Cash Deposit (Vanilla)
  • Cash Deposit (PayNearMe)
  • Online Banking 
  • VIP Preferred ACH 
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • PayPal 
  • BetRivers Play+
  • Wire Transfer

While virtually every sportsbook offers a cash deposit option, few offer more than that. The Vanilla option is unique, which makes BetRiver’s deposit options stand out. The other options are standard deposit options that are welcome to see in aggregate on a sportsbook site. 

Withdrawal options are similarly generous: 

  • Online Banking 
  • VIP Preferred ACH
  • PayPal 
  • BetRivers Play+

This is another standard list of withdrawal options, however, it’s unusual to see all four together. Most sportsbooks offer two or three withdrawal options. Seeing four is a testament to how easily BetRivers wants its bettors to be able to withdraw winnings. 

Withdrawals can take a few days, but deposits are processed instantly. Sportsbooks have to make sure they don’t award money to criminals or banned bettors. Violating that rule can result in hefty fines and endanger a sportsbook’s license.

BetRivers Mobile App

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BetRivers has an iOS and Android app, which takes advantage of almost all of the smartphone market. Its home page offers live in-game betting, so bettors can open the app to see what’s available right away. Bettors will also find game lines, futures, and props sorted by sport and league with filters at the top of the screen. It offers everything from basic to sophisticated wagers. 

However, it’s an awkward app to fumble through. The featured sports at the top of the screen include leagues and sports, adding one layer of confusion to app navigation. The top sliding filter of sports gives the impression that BetRivers only offers a dozen or so sports. However, the rest of the leagues and sports BetRivers offers are hidden. If bettors search for a league or sport, there’s a good chance they’ll find what they’re looking for, but it’s buried in the app instead of listed in plain sight. 

BetRivers’ app also has a lag problem. Clicking on the search option doesn’t seem to do anything at first. It takes a while for the search bar to appear. The same goes for navigating the app’s pages. 

BetRivers Retail Sportsbook

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BetRivers is the app, but New Yorkers may recognize the retail version, Rivers Sportsbooks. Rivers Sportsbook has one of the largest selections of TVs in New York. Although, the sportsbook itself is not quite the largest. Bettors will find over 20 TVs and five private viewing booths. The kiosks are available 24/7, and its sportsbook counter is open from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM. It’s one of the longest sets of opening hours on the market. 

It’s a great option for upstate bettors, but not so great for New York City dwellers as it sits more than 2 1/2 hours away from Manhattan.

BetRivers Overall

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BetRivers’ bonus has potential in New York. Its match rate is high, but not high enough to make up for the dollar amount. Its odds tend to favor the favorite, which may explain why its odds become less competitive on long-shot futures bets. Its sport selection is good, and its deposit and cashout options are great. Its mobile app doesn’t perform at the level its competitors do. The retail location is better but out of reach for many New Yorkers. Overall, BetRivers is a strong competitor with a few functional areas where it needs improvement. 

BetRivers Casino Online App 

For bettors who want a break from sports betting, BetRivers also has online casinos in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In those states, BetRivers’ online casino is called PlaySugarHouse. It’s available at playsugarhouse.com and on the app store under an app called PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook. Its partnership with the Golden Nugget Casino gave it market access to New Jersey. PlaySugarHouse’s partnership with Rush Street Interactive got it into Pennsylvania. PlaySugarHouse has been well-received by its users, with large market growth as of January 2020

What sets it apart from other apps is its rewards program. Whether bettors are using the sportsbook or the casino, they will earn points toward rewards. Bettors can earn modest rewards like special offers, special VIP promotional calendars, and even VIP birthday gifts. These higher reward levels require consistent betting in similar amounts each month. For bettors who use the online casino consistently, PlaySugarHouse may help them get additional value out of the app. 

There are many casino games to choose from too. Slots games alone scroll on for pages. Bonuses include a daily ‘King Cash’ spin that awards prizes for picking the right number from 1-75. Casino gamblers will find much value in this online casino. 

Is BetRivers Legit? 

Yes. It’s a legitimate company with robust oversight. There are many reasons why BetRivers is trustworthy. 

In the U.S., online sportsbooks and online casinos must be licensed by the states they hope to do business in. In New York’s case, BetRivers will be required to follow laws set by the New York State Gaming Commission. If any sportsbook does not follow those laws, it would be subject to fines or license revocation.

There is a reason the regulatory process is taking so long. The state wants to ensure everything is done fairly and by the book so residents who choose to gamble online are not taken advantage of.

It is important for New York residents to wait for legal sports betting to launch in the state rather than rushing to a site run by a company outside of the country. Those companies are not subject to the same laws that legal U.S. sites are so they do not have as much to lose if they mishandle your money.

BetRivers FAQ 

Is sports betting legal in New York?

Yes. Retail sports betting is legal in New York, but betting online or via an app is not yet legal. Bettors can travel to Rivers Casino and Resort to place a bet at the sportsbook counter or at a kiosk. Bettors who want to place bets through mobile apps have to travel out of state to do so for the time being.

How old do you have to be to place a sports bet in New York? 

21. That’s not only the betting age for New York sports bettors. It’s also how old bettors have to be to place mobile wagers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Don’t expect to be able to slip past the age checkers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, though. Mobile sportsbooks can check bettor ages just as easily.

Will I be able to bet on the Super Bowl at BetRivers New York?

Yes. As a major sportsbook brand, there’s no way BetRivers will miss out on Super Bowl odds. In fact, entire sports betting industries have been legalized with events like the Super Bowl and March Madness in mind. Bettors will find the Super Bowl front and center when it comes around again. 

Is BetRivers legal in New York? 

Technically yes, but online gambling has not yet launched in New York. BetRivers is a licensed sportsbook with a convenient partnership so it is expected to be available for online wagering when sports betting does launch in the state. Since the same company that owns BetRivers operates Rivers Casino and Resort, finding a casino partner for licensing was easy. Bettors don’t have to worry about BetRivers’ legitimacy. It’s as safe a sports betting option as any of the other big brands. 

Does BetRivers in New York offer in-game or live betting? 

Yes. Live betting is a staple at many sportsbooks. It’s a convenient option for bettors and a cash cow for sportsbooks. Casual bettors often wager on whatever sport is available, often taking the underdog and favorite odds at face value. Remember, moneyline bettors, the win/lose probabilities are skewed by hype.  

How do I claim a bonus offer at BetRivers New York? 

If you have a promo code, enter it during registration. If you want to claim the deposit bonus, then you have to deposit however many site credits you want to receive up to $250. The match bonus is only for a bettor’s first deposit. Bettors also have to wager the amount they deposited before they get the site credits.

About the Author

Chris Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a freelance writer that resides in the foothills of Colorado Springs.

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