Rivers Casino Pittsburgh unveiled its brand-new, state-of-the-art, $5 million BetRivers sportsbook home on Monday with a grand opening ceremony at 2:30 p.m. local time featuring the mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins, confetti cannons, a D.J. and multiple betting options for those who came out to enjoy the festivities.
The move of the casino’s onsite sportsbook to the updated facility, from the temporary location it opened in December 2018, marks an important step forward in the casino's growth from a casino gaming-centric space only to a full-scale sports casino and sportsbook with all the amenities one might expect.
The sportsbook is in the center of the gaming floor and features new attractions, including two 50- by-7-foot LED monitors and 24 flat-screen televisions where bettors can watch sports programming from around the world as well as six full service betting windows and 33 self-service kiosk stations.
The new sportsbook within the casino is reportedly 5,500 square feet, or double the space of the former location. The casino opened in 2009 and currently features nine restaurants and bars, a riverside amphitheater, an event center space, a multipurpose ballroom and ample hosting environments for live music performances.
The sports betting scene in the Keystone State has really heated up over the last few months.
In fact, Pennsylvania bettors wagered a record $109 million on sports in August according to the latest report issued by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
That was an 84% rise over the previous month’s totals which is strong evidence that the state’s relatively new sports betting program is growing towards maturity.
With football season in full swing and five online sportsbooks in play for bettors, including PlaySugarHouse, BetRivers, Parx and FanDuel, it’s become increasingly important in Pennsylvania for physical sportsbooks to become attractive destinations for bettors.
With the ease of online betting, traditional “brick-and-mortar” sportsbooks, such as the one offered onsite at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, can invite success by doing things to set themselves apart. That means offering immersive experiences beyond the simple act of placing a bet.
To that end, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh’s new sportsbook facility provides a wealth of attractive features for bettors and also allows them the chance to play traditional casino games at the same location.
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh launched an online sportsbook via BetRivers.com through a partnership with sports betting provider Rush Interactive in July.
All the same sports and all wagering types available at the newly launched Rivers Casino Pittsburgh sportsbook are also available via the online version and mobile betting app, and bettors don’t have to travel to the physical sportsbook to register before placing online bets.
That leaves the onsite sportsbook for patrons who want to enjoy the amenities of wagering on sports at a physical casino with 2,708 slots, 128 table games and 55 hybrid gaming seats to go along with various food and drink options.