Rivers Casino Pittsburgh celebrated Monday the opening of its $5 million permanent sportsbook, which with its state-of-the-art interior and offering will prove even more popular than its temporary predecessor, property officials believe.
Rivers Casino entered Pennsylvania’s sports betting mix in mid-December 2018. The casino and its sister property SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia were among the state’s first gambling venues to debut retail sportsbooks following the legalization of athletic wagering in the state and the lifting of the long-standing PASPA ban by the US Supreme Court in May 2018.
The opening of Rivers Casino’s BetRivers Sportsbook was just in time for Monday Night Football that saw the Pittsburgh Steelers crush the Cincinnati Bengals to get their first win of the new NFL season.
The New Facility
The BetRivers Sportsbook is located in the heart of Rivers Casino’s gaming floor. The space was previously occupied by Levels Lounge. The new 5,500-square-foot sports betting facility features two massive 50.5-foot x 7-foot LED central monitors and 24 flat-screen 86-inch monitors.
The facility’s “ultra luxurious” sports lounge includes club chairs and table seating for just under 200 sports fans. Bettors are able to place their wagers via 33 self-service betting kiosks or at six betting windows.
Just as its temporary predecessors, BetRivers Sportsbook offers betting on a wide number of sporting events, including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and college sports, among others. Rush Street Interactive runs Rivers Casino’s both retail and online sports betting operations. The gambling operator has tapped Kambi Group as its sports gambling technology provider.
Commenting on the opening of their new sportsbook, Rivers Casino General Manager Bill Keena said that they expect “to see a lot of black and gold” at the facility and that “Pittsburgh’s incredibly loyal fans, who include not only guests but our own Team Members, are what make our BetRivers Sportsbook truly special.”
The new betting facility is open daily – Monday through Thursday from 10 am local time to midnight, Fridays from 10 am to 2 am, Saturdays from 9 am to 2 am, and Sundays from 9 am to midnight.
Expansion at Rivers
Rivers Casino debuted its permanent sportsbook shortly after the start of a $60 million expansion project at the property. Rush Street Gaming, the owner of the gambling complex, announced this past June that it would finally kick off a long-stalled plan for the addition of a hotel at Rivers Casino.
Construction of what would operate as The Landing Hotel began in August and is expected to take around 18 months. The hotel is expected to open doors in early 2021.
The seven-story Landing Hotel will feature 219 guest rooms, including 10 luxury terrace suites, each with a private first-floor patio. The hotel will offer views of Ohio River and the Pittsburgh skyline.
Rush Street Gaming first unveiled plans for the addition of a hotel to Rivers Casino’s existing offering back in 2017. However, the company decided to push back the project after Pennsylvania lawmakers approved that same year a massive gambling expansion package that included the legalization of sports betting and online gambling, and the addition of up to 10 mini-casinos around the state.
Rush Street Gaming’s CEO, Greg Carlin, said this summer that the time was finally right for the start of work on the hotel and that the addition of the facility would “create a full-service destination on the North Shore” and represented “a natural evolution” of his company’s Pennsylvania business.