- Well established in Louisiana
- 100% first deposit bonus
- Profit boosts throughout the week
- Solid desktop user experience
- All main payment methods accepted
- Not a huge range of promotions
- Apps are (currently) below par
- Customer support not available 24/7
Betrivers in Short
|Live in Louisiana||2022|
An underdog in the Louisiana sports betting sector, BetRivers doesn’t have the brand recognition of its rivals. However, is this a hidden gem of a sportsbook?
Features of BetRivers
The only feature that we can say is truly exclusive to BetRivers, as far as sports betting is concerned, is the iRush Rewards program – more on that shortly.
There are, however, two features that BetRivers offer that are perhaps better with them than most other firms. The first is their ‘house specials’, which is essentially an assortment of odds boosts, but BetRivers actually offer cleverly thought-out selections – rather than random parlays that have little to no chance of landing.
For example, Rivers Louisiana offers lines like ‘Kevin Durant to score over 30.5 points and the Nets to beat the Jazz’. A price of +230 reveals BetRivers’ generosity here.
We also want to mention live streaming. Most Louisiana online sports betting sites offer this, so there’s no exclusivity to BetRivers. However, we really like how they present their live streams, with the video box discreet enough to allow users to access the live odds for that game without having to click a minimize button or such.
These features improve the live streaming experience significantly.
Markets & Odds Comparison
As always, we launch into our odds comparison by taking two distinct markets, in this case, it’s NFL futures (specifically the Super Bowl winner category) and a random NBA game, which here will be the LA Lakers against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the case of their futures odds, BetRivers were outright best or joint best price on the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams, but that was a position for just two of the top eight market leaders – otherwise, Rivers Louisiana is off the pace.
For the Lakers versus the Cavs, BetRivers were tied-best for the favorites (the Cavs at -210) but less equitable on the Lakers in the moneyline market, while their spread was +/-5.5 at +/-110 – the same position that most Louisiana books had taken.
For total points, BetRivers Louisiana also towed the consensus line at over/under 227 at -110… the same as most of their competitors.
BetRivers Legal Status
Having been thoroughly vetted, BetRivers Louisiana was one of the first sportsbooks to be licensed and approved by the state regulators – they launched on the first day of legal sports betting in LA back on January 28, 2022.
Owned and operated by Rush Street Interactive, the Rivers brand is one of the most trusted online casinos around, and BetRivers is the sports-based sibling.
The BetRivers brand was established in 2012 from the firm’s headquarters in Chicago, and their online sportsbook is now live in a number of states including their home base of Illinois, New York, Arizona, Michigan, and, of course, Louisiana.
What is the BetRivers Welcome Bonus?
One of the most eye-catching aspects of BetRivers’ platform is that they offer what we might describe as a ‘proper’ welcome bonus.
There’s none of the risk-free bet nonsense here. Instead, BetRivers have gone with a more traditional approach of 2nd chance bet – up to a $500 free bet.
You can claim a minimum of $10 and a maximum of up to $250, and as long as you are betting at odds of -200 or longer you can wager your bonus credits as you please.
The truly great news is that the wagering requirements are just 1x, so it’s so much easier to actually transition from bonus to withdrawable cash.
BetRivers Bonus & Promotions
As far as their ongoing promotions are concerned, BetRivers satisfy fans of all sports and have offers available throughout the week too.
NBA fans make a note of Tuesdays in your diary – you’ll get a 20% profit boost on live games played on that day, and the same terms are available to NHL bettors on Fridays too.
There are tournament-style leaderboards too. Bet your way to the top of the standings to try and win your share of the $10,000 jackpot.
What Payment Methods Do BetRivers Accept?
When it comes to making a payment into or out of your BetRivers account, you have a handful of options.
BetRivers is one of a number of credit card betting sites, and they also accept the likes of PayPal, Play+, VIP Preferred ACH, and online banking. All are free and all, barring network outages, are instant too.
When it comes to making a withdrawal, credit and debit cards are omitted from the list:
|Payment Type||Withdrawal Time|
|PayPal||Up to 24 hours|
|Play+||Up to 24 hours|
|VIP Preferred ACH||1-5 business days|
|Online Banking||Up to 48 hours|
Withdrawals are free of charge, and the maximum you can cash out varies depending on the method – up to $5,000 per transaction is the general norm.
The BetRivers User Experience
Menu down the left, the main hub in the middle, bet slip on the right. It’s fair to say there’s a pretty ubiquitous theme at online sports betting Louisiana sites right now, and BetRivers is no exception.
At least they have injected some color into proceedings with a blue palette featuring splashes of orange, and we like the fact that the header bar, which features bet boosts, same game parlay options, and links to their promotions, is automatically scrolling, which means that useful information isn’t hidden away.
You know the drill by now: you’ll see the different sports (and links to live betting and streaming) listed at the top of the main hub, and down the left, you’ll see the most popular events at the top before an A-Z of sports takes over below.
There’s minimal lagging when clicking between pages and different games, and while our live stream experience wasn’t one completely free of gremlins, we did in the end get to enjoy a quality picture and lag-free coverage.
The BetRivers Mobile Experience
As you would expect, you can access the BetRivers site via your mobile browser and, given the issues faced with the app, this might be your best course of action.
The Apple and Android apps look great, but they are riddled with bugs and that leads to problems like pages freezing or not loading altogether, in some instances, you simply have to restart the app to get it to work.
It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement, and when we checked the apps out in the respective stores we noted that many other BetRivers customers share our gripes. It really is a shame.
How Good is BetRivers’ Customer Support?
With one hand BetRivers’ customer support giveth, with the other, it taketh away.
We found their team to be very professional and reliable when contacting them via live chat or email (you can use the website messaging system for this, which makes life so much easier).
But here’s the rub: support is only available between the hours of 08:30 and 01:00. The majority of bettors will be fine with that, but if you are something of a night owl then it might be worth keeping in mind.
Making a Dash for iRush Rewards
Most Louisiana sportsbooks offer a rewards scheme of some sort, and BetRivers are no different.
Their customers have access to the program delivered by Rush Street Interactive, and that means that you will earn points for every wager that you place.
Once you have accumulated a decent tally, you can exchange these for prizes ranging from free bets and exclusive bonuses to discounts at SugarHouse casinos and even your own dedicated VIP manager.
Summarizing BetRivers’ online product should come with a warning – for vanilla, rather than offensive, content.
They do everything pretty well without really excelling in any key area, and this is a brand for those who want an excellent welcome bonus (no ‘risk-free’ nonsense here) as well as value-adding bet boosts and specials throughout the week.
Would we download the BetRivers app? Not until the various bugs have been fixed, but if you are happy wagering on your desktop device or mobile browser, we are happy to recommend BetRivers as a rock-solid, if unspectacular, sportsbook in Louisiana.
BetRivers Louisiana FAQs
Online sports betting has been legal in Louisiana since the start of 2022, so yes you can!
You can access the BetRivers site via your desktop device or via your mobile browser. You can download dedicated apps for Apple or Android too.
You can utilize a 100% deposit match on your first deposit at Rivers Louisiana up to $250.
To claim the BetRivers welcome bonus in Louisiana, simply register for an account, opt into the offer and then make your first deposit.
Happily, yes you can – there are no rules governing college sports wagering in Louisiana.