On Monday, the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh opened the doors of its permanent $5 million sportsbook. The state of the art venue features quality interiors, taking over operations from the temporary location within the space. Sports betting began at the Rivers in December and the property was one of the first to offer the wagering option in the state.
The celebration of the new sportsbook opening was even more exciting as customers were let inside in time for Monday Night Football, which featured the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Cincinnati Bengals.
Visitors to the Rivers Casino will find the BetRivers Sportsbook at the center of the gaming floor. The space was formerly known as the Levels Lounge. The sportsbook is 5,500 square feet in size and has two 50.5 foot by 7 foot LED central monitors that display all the action. Twenty-four additional flat screen monitors that are 86 inches in size are also located on-site.
The sports lounge is considered a luxury property with plenty of seating, including table options and club chairs. The facility can seat close to 200 guests. Wagers can be placed on-site at six betting windows or players can complete transactions themselves by using one of 33 self-service betting kiosks.
The betting categories remain the same for BetRivers as they were at the temporary sportsbook. The venue is operated by Rush Street Interactive, the mastermind behind the online and land-based outlet of the Rivers brand. Players can wager on several sports categories at the venue including basketball, hockey, football, baseball and more.
The new sportsbook is open every day of the week, with set hours for each day. Bill Keena, the General Manager of the Rivers Casino, commented on the opening, stating that they expect to see a lot of black and gold onsite and that the local fans of Pittsburgh as well as the guests and Team Members are what makes the sportsbook ‘truly special’.
The sportsbook is part of a huge project at the casino, which includes $60 million being spent on an expansion in a variety of areas. A hotel is part of the expansion, known as The Landing Hotel, with construction already underway. The hotel space is expected to open by early 2021.
The hotel will have 219 guest rooms that will include a handful of luxury terrace suites. Guests of the hotel will be able to enjoy views of the Ohio River and the Pittsburgh skyline.
Plans for the expansion and hotel were revealed by Rush Street Gaming back in 2017. However, once the opportunity for legalized sports betting came to pass, the company decided to put the hotel expansion on hold and focus their efforts on the new gambling option.
With the addition of a hotel, the property can become a full-service destination, catering to guests who wish to stay overnight and take advantage of all the property has to offer including the new sports betting facility, the casino and more.