Rivers Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh has introduced its new $5m permanent sportsbook, located at the heart of the action on the casino’s gaming floor.

Titled BetRivers Sportsbook the offering is delivered alongside its digital and in-casino sports wagering operator Rush Street Interactive, which as well as BetRivers.com counts Pennsylvania’s first online and mobile sportsbook, PlaySugarHouse.com, as part of its stable.

The new 5,500-square-foot space, lauded as an “ultra-luxurious sports lounge,” boasts seating for 195 guests who can view two state-of-the-art 50.5-foot x 7-foot LED central monitors and 24 flat-screen, high-definition 86-inch monitors. The Sportsbook also includes 33 self-service betting kiosks and six betting windows.

Coinciding with the BetRivers Sportsbook opening, Rivers has also upgraded and relocated its Interblock gaming section titled Rush Table Zone.

Coming complete with a number of digital interactive touchscreen, the new area includes 55 seats featuring blackjack, roulette and baccarat

“We expect to see a lot of black and gold in our new sportsbook, today and every day,” stated Bill Keena, Rivers Casino general manager. “Pittsburgh’s incredibly loyal fans, who include not only guests but our own team members, are what make our BetRivers Sportsbook truly special.”

Rush Street Gaming boasts further Rivers entities in Des Plaines, Illinois and Schenectady, New York as part of its land-based stable, alongside Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino.

The firm has also united with Churchill Downs Incorporated to propose a new $150m Rivers-branded casino has been proposed for the Illinois city of Waukegan. 

This follows Governor JB Pritzker rubber stamping a $45bn ‘Rebuild Illinois’ action plan, which included provisions for a significant gaming expansion. The pair have stressed a belief that they offer the greatest returns and least risk.

Generating $90m in charitable donations over a 50 year period, Rivers Casino Waukegan also has the potential to bring in “as much as $5m more per year for the city of Waukegan and other local communities than other bidders”.