Launching in January 2021 following a partnership with tribal casino Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, BetRivers Sportsbook MI is operated by Rush Street Interactive and provides another strong legal sports betting offering to Michigan players.
Formerly known as Sugarhouse, the new BetRivers brand is gaining steam around the nation, though New Jersey has maintained the original name. With more and more options available to Michigan bettors, BetRivers online sportsbook has its work cut out for it to get noticed in the Great Lakes State. Let’s see how it stacks up to the competition in terms of welcome bonus, betting markets and more.
|Sign-up bonuses||No iOS mobile betting app|
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For those that already have a BetRivers branded account (or SugarHouse if you signed up in New Jersey or Pennsylvania before the rebranding), you will be all set. For new Michigan players, the registration process is easy and takes just a few minutes to complete.
First, provide information such as your name, email, address, last four digits of your Social Security number and other basic information that will help identify you and establish your identity. You may also be asked to provide either a state-issued photo ID or copy of your passport. You will also select a username and password.
Once that is complete, make sure to enter the bonus code “250MATCH” during this process to reap the benefits of the deposit bonus.
Players must deposit a minimum of $10 with all methods. Players can also limit the amount they can deposit using the Responsible Gaming page.
All electronic withdrawal methods typically take anywhere from 3-5 days to process before funds are put into your account, though sometimes it’s faster. Checks by mail could take up to 14 days.
BetRivers Sportsbook offers Michigan bettors a wide array of sports to wager on, stacking up nicely with other online sports betting sites in the state. No matter your passion, there is a betting option for you.
Michigan is home to professional sports franchises as well as prominent colleges such as Michigan and Michigan State, and it is legal to bet on all of them. As far as professional sports go, there are the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons. While these teams (especially the Lions and Tigers) might not be winning franchises currently, there is still a rapid fanbase that can now wager on their favorite teams.
At BetRivers Sportsbook MI, players can wager on numerous types of markets, including moneyline, totals, spreads, player prop bets, team prop bets, exact scores, winning margin, alternate spreads and more. As we said, there is a betting option for just about any taste out there. However, do note that same-game parlay options are limited and structured by the operator and cannot be self-created by the user.
Top online sports betting sites offer their customers a host of exciting features, ranging from live betting to odds boosts and more. Here’s how the online gaming options as BetRivers Michigan sportsbook stacks up:
Sportsbooks use computer algorithms to constantly update betting lives throughout a game, allowing bettors to wager on contests actively in progress. Odds can change fast, and players who enjoy in-game betting typically do so on their BetRivers Michigan app as it is easier to monitor that way. Betting may be suspended during certain moments in the contests.
Cash out is a feature that allows for players to settle wagers before the game ends, offering additional flexibility. While not all contests will have this, in the cases where it does, you will see so on your betslip. With the cash out option, you can lock in a potential winning sports bet (albeit at a lower payout) early to ensure a profit or bail on a losing sports bet and mitigate some of the loss.
Listed as “House Specials,” players will be able to find some odds boosts on the BetRivers app and website. However, players will also not be able to see the original odds, so it can be difficult to discern how much value the boost brings. Other sportsbooks show original and boosted odds, and that is always preferred. Odds boosts change daily, so be sure to be on the lookout.
Players are unable to create their own single game parlay at BetRivers MI, but rather the operator will make some options available.
At first blush, the home page seems busy, but it’s actually exceedingly easy navigate. Though we are unable to see the betslip initially, it will populate in the bottom-right of the screen after you choose your desired bet. Players can also find the promotions available across the top of the page and the sports to wager on to the left side. One feature that BetRivers offers is some statistics for each contest, including head-to-head scores for the teams.
Currently there is not a BetRivers Michigan app for iOS users. However, there is one for Android. You will need to allow for the geolocation software (same as on desktop) to determine you are in the state. In our experience using the app, there was some freezing from time-to-time, especially when verifying the location. Hopefully, that can be addressed and fixed.
Also, you will be able to access your bet history and account statements from the app as well. What is great about the mobile betting app is that it is quite like the desktop version, which allows for an easier learning curve and experience.
The welcome offer at BetRivers Sportsbook MI is easy to understand and great, especially for new sports bettors. While it may not come with the most bonus money out there, it’s a welcome offer that is actually easy to attain.
Using promo code “250MATCH” upon signing up, players will receive a 100% deposit match up to $250. To access the bonus funds to withdraw, players will need to complete a 1x wagering requirement, which makes it easy for even a casual bettor to reap the benefits of the deposit bonus.
Known as IRush Rewards, BetRivers Sportsbook MI does have a Loyalty Program. There are 11 different levels of this program, including an Elite level. There are various rewards for people to attain as they move up, including access to exclusive VIP concierge services. Bettors earn points to progress to the next tier simply by wagering on the site or at the BetRivers Casino Michigan site.
With online gaming in a relative new market, it’s a great opportunity to educate people on sports betting and the potential addictions that can come with it. At the bottom of the screen, there is an “RG” logo that brings users to at Responsible Gaming page. It educates users on how to handle a problem if they have one or develop one, and there is also information in terms of how to contact local and national organizations to seek additional help. Additionally, players can set limits on different levels of their play, including deposits, spending and session times, as well as suspend their account (minimum of 72 hours).
BetRivers Sportsbook MI is still growing but has many unique features and offerings that will attract and keep bettors. The matchup history when browsing through the contests is a nice feature as well. It’s not often you see an online sportsbook provide any kind of statistic to give a would-be bettor insight. Moving forward, the focus should be on adding an iOS BetRivers app and making sure the issues on the Android betting app don’t happen with the iOS app.
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