Rush Street Interactive Launches Exclusive Live Dealer Studio For Blackjack Players in PA and NJ

New BetRivers live dealer blackjack studios exclusively for players in New Jersey and Pennsylvania make getting to the action easier.

Blackjack players on BetRivers Casino or PlaySugarhouse Casino in Pennsylvania, get ready for some VIP treatment. Exclusive new BetRivers live dealer blackjack studios offers customers priority access to spots in the games going forward.

Users of the app in PA will now get to mingle with PlaySugarhouse Casino users in New Jersey as they place their bets. Both Rush Street Interactive (RSI) brands have answered customers’ calls for an improved experience.

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Changes for BetRivers live dealer blackjack games

When players on the BetRivers app access the live dealer blackjack tables in PA, they’re likely to notice some aesthetic changes. Instead of seeing branding for the company that produces the games, Evolution Gaming, they will see branding for BetRivers and PlaySugarhouse.

Evolution is still running these games, so there won’t be much if any change in function. The branding is just a signal that this studio is for RSI customers only. Currently, only RSI customers in NJ and PA have access to the studio.

This change is about much more than just keeping BetRivers’ logo in front of your face, though. Exclusivity is a big benefit. Evolution Gaming provides live dealer products for several online casino operators besides RSI.

In PA, those brands include BetMGM Casino, Borgata Casino, and PlayLive! Casino. As there are obviously only so many seats at each gaming table, that leads to high demand for spots in the games. This move equalizes the supply in a way by providing Rush Street customers their own tables.

Improved access to live dealer tables for PA players

Prior to this change, RSI users effectively had to “share” the Evolution studios with players from other casino brands. The investment in exclusive studios seems a result of customers expressing their dismay about that.

Richard Schwartz, CEO of RSI, commented in a press release:

“Since we initially launched our live dealer games with Evolution in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we’ve had requests from customers to offer exclusive tables with seats only available to players loyal to our brands. Now our players will have their own dedicated seats where they are able to chat and interact with not only our dealers but also other players in our online community, who can interact in real-time, adding a fun social aspect to the betting experience as if they were at a land-based casino.”

The new dual studios will each feature three blackjack tables. At this time, it isn’t clear whether these exclusive studios will offer other games in the future. Even on this level, though, there are some perks.

If you have a friend in NJ who you’d like to play alongside, for instance, the two of you are more likely to get in a game together now. As any experienced blackjack player knows, games go more smoothly when other players at the table have experience playing blackjack. The situation hasn’t improved for just Rush Street players, either.

More seats at the live dealer tables for everyone

By “removing” BetRivers and PlaySugarhouse users from the pool of players in the Evolution studios, the supply improves for everyone. All PA online casino players should find it a bit easier to get a seat at a blackjack table moving forward.

The same thing applies to RSI customers who play with other brands themselves. There are plenty of options in the Keystone State when it comes to live dealer blackjack. PA operators that offer such games besides the aforementioned brands include:

Players who have yet to try out BetRivers or PlaySugarhouse online casinos can take advantage of new customer bonuses like a 100% match of your first deposit up to $250. If blackjack is your game, there’s never been a better time to take a seat.

Lead image screenshot of BetRivers live dealer table. 

Winning! Rush Street and Rivers Casino Rack Up Three Gaming Operator Awards

Rush Street Interactive, owner of Rivers Casinos in PA and BetRivers online betting products, won three operator awards for 2019.

Rush Street Interactive just keeps winning.

After being named the Global Gaming Awards Digital Operator of the Year last week, RSI added two more honors this week.

Rush Street Interactive, which operates both Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and Rivers Casino Philadelphia, was named the Casino Operator of the Year and the Customer Service Operator of the Year at the 2020 EGR North America Awards.

Big wins for Rush Street

The EGR Awards are perhaps the biggest prize in the online gaming industry and celebrate North America’s leading gaming operators.

The Casino Operator of the Year distinction is based on the originality of the company’s product, the strength of the brand, marketing and innovations that set the offering apart from competitors.

The award’s criteria focused on growth and commercial success, innovations and differentiation, quality of product, and customer acquisition and retention strategies.

“They are still the best in this group,” one of the award judges said. “They have the best platform and impressive growth.”

RSI also takes home the Customer Service Operator of the Year Award

Judges said RSI earned the Customer Service of the Year award thanks to exceptional staff engagement and a customer satisfaction strategy, continual training and development, continual measurement and efforts for retention.

“[This is] one of the best customer service teams in the US,” a judge explained. “The team is well trained and extracts more PLV [player lifetime values] from the players than most other operators.”

And as one of the other judges noted, “Rush Street Interactive’s brands have a really good reputation for customer care.”

The recent awards continue a strong couple of months for RSI, which intends to go public with an offering on the New York Stock Exchange in the near future.

Rivers Casino’s Rush Rewards Card highlights November promotions

Here in Pennsylvania, Rivers Casino Philadelphia recently announced its November promotions. Starting this Thursday, BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino Philadelphia will begin a new rewards program. The Rush Rewards Card will allow users to receive incentives and earn points for their gaming play. Reward choices include free slot play and complimentary dining at Rivers Casino restaurants.

In addition to the rewards card, the BetRivers Sportsbook will be showing every NFL game for the remainder of the season, giving players plenty of chances to catch some football action. It also plans to broadcast a number of big college games from the sportsbook.

Beyond the sportsbook, the Rivers Philly restaurants will be offering some new menu and drink items.

And there will be additional promotions, contests and sweepstakes throughout the Rivers Casino Philadelphia floor this month.

Multiple ways to engage with the RSI brand in PA

With the awards and honors continuing to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that Rush Street Interactive has built a winning brand.

Fortunately, Pennsylvania’s gaming and casino fans have an outpost to visit on each side of the state. Rivers Casino Pittsburgh lies in the west. Rivers Casino Philadelphia sits in the east. And everywhere in between, players can take advantage of the BetRivers app on their mobile device.

It’s a good time to be a Pennsylvania player with access to Rush Street betting products.

That brand just keeps winning.

Lead image credit: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

New Online Slots In PA: Scientific Games Debuts Popular Titles At PlaySugarHouse And BetRivers

Looking for some new online slots in PA? Check out our reviews of three new titles from Scientific Games, available now at PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers.

Rush Street Interactive, the operator of BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com, today announced a partnership with Scientific Games.

The American corporation is an industry leader in gambling products and lottery services across the world. As a testament, Scientific Games offered secure instant lottery tickets back in 1974.

Thanks to the new partnership, Scientific Games’ most popular online slots are now available at two PA online casinos.

Top 3 most popular Scientific Games online slots

1. 88 Fortunes slot game review

Richard Schwartz, the president of Rush Street Interactive, states:

“88 Fortunes is already the most popular slot out of more than 550 slot games on PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey, and we expect Pennsylvania players will love playing it online just as much.”

In fact, 88 Fortunes is already a land-based casino player favorite at Rivers Casinos located in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

So, without further ado, here’s a mini-review of 88 Fortunes. The name itself, 88 Fortunes, gives away the theme: Chinese, with plenty of good luck or fortune symbols.

You will find yourself immersed in an environment of red and gold colors. The 88 Fortunes game caters to players who love Chinese culture and music, but mainly to those who love good fortune.

Some key features of 88 Fortunes:

  • Minimum to maximum bets: $0.88-$88 per spin. As the name 88 Fortunes implies, eight is an auspicious and lucky number in Chinese culture.
  • 243 paylines or ways to win
  • Four jackpots: mini, minor, major and grand
  • Free spins that can trigger more free spins, meaning you theoretically can free spin indefinitely.
  • Three Fu Bat symbols (Chinese symbol with red ribbon) triggers the pick-and-click game to win a jackpot.

Lastly, the return to player (RTP) is high at 96%. Scientific Games rates the volatility as being medium. Overall, 88 Fortunes draws you in with the graphics, music, theme and high RTP.

2. Spartacus™ online slot review

This online slot game features Spartacus, the famed Roman gladiator.  Notably, the game’s claim to fame is the Colossal Reels, which is just a fancy way of saying there are two sets of reels on the game screen.

What’s more, the sound effects feature a baying crowd and lots of fighting.

Markedly, look for these fun elements of Spartacus:

  • Main reel: 5×4 grid
  • Colossal reel: 5×12 grid
  • 100 paylines
  • Wild Spartacus: Gladiator of Rome logo: If this symbol covers the whole main reel, it transfers to the Colossal reel for more chances to win.
  • Hit three Scatter Coliseum icons for eight free spins, four scatter icons for 12 free spins and five scatters for 20 free spins.

Spartacus has an RTP of 95.94%. As a whole, Spartacus is visually appealing and creates an immersive environment.

However, it would be nice to have some type of bonus feature or game for players. On the other hand, it is understandable why this is a popular slot game.

3. Starmania® online slot review 

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight.

Starmania features an outer-space theme with multicolored stars.

Some gameplay features of Starmania:

  • Five reels and 10 paylines 
  • A wild symbol substitutes every symbol except for the bonus. It can be stacked on reels but will only appear on reels two, three and four.
  • Land three bonus symbols to trigger free spins.
  • Ten free spins are awarded for every time three bonus symbols hit. Free spins can be retriggered.
  • Gamble with the “Hearts and Clubs” button for either 2x or 4x the winnings. Guess the color of the card to double your winnings. If you guess the suit, get 4x the winnings.

As a whole, Starmania felt like a more classic online slot, and although it is visually appealing, the sound effects grew a bit overwhelming. However, the high RTP of 97.867% caused us to overlook any gripes we had with this slot game.

Responsible gaming

Make sure you are gambling responsibly.

For any help or questions associated with problem gambling and other resources to ensure that you are practicing responsible gaming, visit the PGCB’s new website, responsibleplay.pa.gov.

BetRivers, BetAmerica Dive Into PA Online Casino Market Ahead Of Super Bowl

BetRivers Online Casino got up and running before the Super Bowl, launching the same day as BetAmerica Casino. There are now eight online casinos in PA.

Joy of joys!

Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, the BetRivers online casino launched and joined the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh online sportsbook.

Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive, explains the timing of the online casino’s launch:

“We wanted to launch our award-winning online casino platform prior to the Super Bowl. Our experience in NJ and PA with PlaySugarHouse.com has validated that online sportsbook players also enjoy the full services of our casinos, especially the table games.”

With this addition, PA now has eight online sportsbooks and eight online casinos. Also last week, BetAmerica quietly launched its online casino, with the full launch on the same day as BetRivers’.

The marked growth of the Rivers brand

Operating under Rivers Casino Philadelphia‘s gaming license, the new online casino joins the PlaySugarHouse casino and sportsbook brands. The BetRivers online casino is a “skin” of PlaySugarHouse.

What does this mean? Don’t expect many differences in this new skin, as it is essentially the same product.

Rush Street Interactive is the platform provider for all the Rivers online brands. Rush Street also operates PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook in New Jersey. As a reminder, SugarHouse was Rivers Philadelphia before the recent rebranding.

Getting access to the BetRivers online casino games

It’s great news if you are a player on the BetRivers Sportsbook app. You can immediately start playing casino games online in PA.

Technically, there are only a few table games; for instance, two versions of blackjack, a few roulette games and baccarat.

However, the slot library already has more than 60 titles, like Double Ruby and Atomic Meltdown from Everi. There are plans to add more games, but the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) needs to give the necessary approval.

Sign-up bonus plus loyalty rewards

Make sure to sign up for this amazing bonus.

When you sign up through our links, you can get a $250 match bonus at the new BetRivers Casino. What’s more, there’s just a one-time playthrough requirement. This means the bonus is available for instant withdrawal once you’ve played through $250.

In addition, make sure to sign up for the iRush Rewards program. The program earns you points based on your play. You can use the points at the bonus store and also access exclusive promotions and other benefits.

Deposit and withdrawal at BetRivers

BetRivers offers a wide number of deposit and withdrawal options.

Deposit options include:

  • Major credit and debit cards: Visa, Mastercard and Discover
  • ACH (e-check)
  • PayPal
  • Online banking
  • Wire transfers
  • BetRivers prepaid cards
  • Casino cage deposits
  • PayNearMe is available at certain retail stores throughout the state.

Withdrawal methods are:

  • BetRivers Play+ card
  • Online banking/ACH
  • Cash from the casino cage
  • Check by mail

Obviously, some of the methods listed are faster than others. For example, if you choose to use the BetRivers Play+ card, your funds are available immediately. In contrast, if you choose the check-by-mail option, you will have to wait up to 10-14 business days for a check to arrive.