The long-anticipated start of mobile sports betting in Indiana began on October 3rd with the launch of the new Rush Street’s BetRivers Sportsbook and their new mobile app. Finally Hoosiers can now bet through their mobile phones and computers without needing to visit a casino. Available on mobile and dedicated apps for Android devices and the iPhone & iPad, its an app we have been looking forward to for a long time!
We are going to take a close look at the new Sportsbook app, show you how to download it to your mobile, run you through the features and look at the bonuses available to bettors who are joining the Sportsbook. Get ready Indiana, mobile wagering is finally here, thanks to BetRivers! Its not just Indiana where you can use the app to wager, players in Pennsylvania can also use the app and mobile site to place their bets. Just make sure your in state lines before placing your bet. You can download, sign up and even fund your account from anywhere in the US, just make sure your in a legalized state to put on your bet.
So, how do you download the BetRivers app for Indiana or Pennsylvania? Well that’s easy. Just follow these steps:
Go to https://in.betrivers.com/ and create an account if you are a new customer. Then click on the menu and select mobile, press download for iPhone and you will go to the iTunes Store. All you need to do is press GET and download the app to your iOS device.
To install the app on any Android device, go to https://in.betrivers.com/android This will launch the BetRivers APK download. Click on Download to get the file, it is called BetRiversIN.apk. On the new page, press the Install button. If required, allow Unknown Sources on your phones settings. Then click on OK and install the app. The just open the app, sign up, log in and fund your account.
Please Note: As it stands, Google & the Google Play Store will not allow any type of real wagering or gambling apps to be in the app store in the US. This means you need to download the BetBrivers IN Sportsbook APK direct from the operator. This is 100% safe and normal procedure to download any app outside of the Play Store. Google will hopefully allow the app (and other real money apps) in the store in the future, but for now, this is the correct and official way to get it on your device.
The first legal sports bets in the state had to be placed in person at one of the 13 brick-and-mortar casinos that were handed licenses by the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC). The French Lick Casino became the first to also offer mobile wagering, thanks to their partnership with Rush Street Gaming, which manages the casino’s retail and online sportsbook operations. As a result of this partnership and the launch of the BetRivers app, bettors now have the entire sportsbook experience in their pockets at all times, but how does it measure up and what does it offer bettors who download it?
Just two questions which we’ll endeavor to answer in our comprehensive guide to the BetRivers mobile app for Indiana.
Who can download the app?
Anyone in the US can download the app, but you do need to to be aged 21 or older and are physically located inside Indiana before you can place a bet on it. You don’t have to be a Hoosier to bet on the app as long as you are physically in the state lines. This has not been lost on bettors in neighboring states where sports betting remains illegal. In particular, those Indiana casinos located close to the border with Illinois and Michigan have seen attendances jump since the legalization of sports betting.
In case you’re wondering how BetRivers know you’ve got two feet inside Indiana, it’s all done by some clever geo-locating technology, which uses a combination of WiFi, cellular data and IP address data. This tech will already be installed on your mobile device, although you may have to first enable Location permissions. So when you download the Android or iOS app, make sure you allow it access to your location. You will also be able to do this on the mobile site too. It is now common procedure with online and mobile Sportsbooks in the US. If you plan on using BetRivers in Indiana on your computer or laptop, you may need to use a browser plugin to confirm your location.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll want to go ahead and create an account and that’s easy enough, although you will need some identifying information to hand, including the last 4 digits of your social security number. Here’s what info you’ll need to confirm at this stage:
- Login details – email address or username and a password of your choice.
- Personal details – name, gender, date of birth, full address and cell phone number
- Last 4 digits from your SSN
- Security questions – in case you forget your logins and have to reset these
Essentially BetRivers need to determine they are not dealing with a minor and that you’re not opening an account for someone else. Failure to do that would contravene the regulations set down by the IGC and could result in the loss of their license. Bettors who create an account with them can do so in the knowledge that their personal information is both safe and secure.
As well as offering apps for Android & iOS devices. BetRivers also support a mobile site for bettors in Indiana. The platform is near identical across all the operating systems. So if you don’t want to use an app, you can wager straight on the mobile site at https://in.betrivers.com/ and have access to all the same sports and wagering opportunities. Any serious bettor will want to download the app as it is a lot quicker and more convenient to just tap the screen on your cell and launch the app, rather than go to your browser and enter the address. We will go through the features of the app below and look at how these can be used to help you bet on the app.
There are a wide choice of bet types you can place with the book, including:
- Round robins
- Straight (Singles)
- Totals aka Over/Under
We were expecting a highly competitive welcome offer from Rush Street given they will want to capitalize on their head start in the state, and with at least two other operators set to enter the market during October 2019 and we haven’t been disappointed. New players signing up at https://in.betrivers.com/ can get a $250 free matched bonus. Use Promo code 250MATCH on sign up to claim the offer.
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BetRivers run a rewards club which you can join and access on the mobile site, apps and also the website. It is called iRush rewards. Every time you make a wager with the operator, you will earn Loyalty points and Bonus store points. You can save and use these rewards and use them online and also in a bonus store. You can claim luxury gifts, get access to exclusive VIP events and a range of other prizes, it really is a great option, especially if you wager there anyway. Its free stuff!
Sportsbook Features – what can players expect?
Rush Street’s retail sportsbook in Indiana has been going down well with bettors since opening its doors in early September, and we’re pleased to say the company has essentially transferred its retail offering to the BetRivers app.
That has to be a good start and the fact that Kambi is behind the betting platform is another massive plus. The company’s software can be found littered through a wealth of top-notch sports betting and casino sites. Kambi are the software developers behind a lot of online Sportsbooks & casino sites and provide one of the most versatile and reliable wagering platforms on the market. So with that, you know you are in good hands. They include playsugarhouse.com so if you’ve ever visited that site or downloaded the SugarHouse NJ app, the BetRivers app will have a familiar look to it. If not, just imagine a smooth interface and a cool design and you will have it.
So when it comes to looks we can’t really fault this app and, having given it a thorough testing on both iPhone and Android, we’re impressed with how it allows us to wager on the move. The design is pretty on point. It is clean and fresh with a very easy to use set up. If this is your first time wanting to bet on your mobile, you will find it very easy to do.
How do you place bets on the BetRivers app? Well you do need a player account before you can place a bet and it also needs to have funds in it. Join up at https://in.betrivers.com/ if you don’t yet have a playing account. Once you have that, its a simple matter of finding the sport you want to bet on. Tap the menu on the left and access the Sportsbook. There is a small menu on the left under the logo called more sports. If you tap on here, another menu will display with the full list of opportunities. Select your sport, then game and tap the odds/line box. This will add your selection to the bet slip where you can enter your stake. Enter the wager amount and press place bet. You can keep track on all your bets in the account section on the app and also on the website.
Navigation across the platform is easy for sure and the tie-in with Kambi ensures that you won’t lack for wagering options on just about every sport that matters. The four major U.S. leagues are covered in depth of course, but there’s also a surprising number of options for some of the more niche sports.
Here’s a full list of sports you can bet on:
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Australian rules rugby
That’s enough sports to keep 95% of bettors happy. One of the great things about Indiana wagering is that you can also bet on local college teams thanks to Indiana’s law which allows wagering on NCAA sports, unlike the laws in some other US states.
College basketball is huge in the Hoosier State and with a new season on the horizon as we write this review, it’s safe to say that anyone looking to wager on the Indiana Hoosiers, Fighting Irish and Purdue Boilermakers in the coming months won’t be disappointed.
In addition to the traditional spreads, totals and moneyline betting options, we found a good variety of team and player prop bets. That’s always the mark of a good sportsbook and we had no complaints either with the lines on offer, as these were generally competitive and there were enough ‘weak’ ones to exploit.
Here are some other features that you’ll find on the BetRivers app:
Live betting – betting in-play throughout the game has taken the U.S. by storm and any sportsbook hoping to see plenty of action and stay around has to deliver a quality product. That’s not been lost on Rush Street as we found live wagering available for just about every sport and game taking place, with lines updating in real time. There was no shortage of wagering options either and we encountered no bugs during what was a fluid experience overall.
Buy out – we’d be surprised if the option to settle our bets early wasn’t available on the BetRivers app, given this feature has quickly become an essential tool for bettors. It’s true that cashing out doesn’t offer much in the way of value as the amount offered is skewed in the books’ favor, but it can work to your advantage if the timing is right, either securing you some winnings or reducing any potential losses.
Jackpot Parlay – Select the sports you want to bet on and select multiple sports to build a combination bet of several sports. You can potentially win up to $99,999.99!
Get Started guide – A great place for new bettors to start. A comprehensive guide to using the site, app and explains in detail the different bet types available
Where could the app be improved?
The overall design of the app is very good but we feel more could be done with the design. The more sports menu seems to be in a strange place considering it is probably the most important menu on the app. The app can be slightly slow sometimes and lines are not always the quickest to update. We are hoping as the app gets more popular and more emphasis is put on players using it, these issues will be fixed. A better placed Live Betting option should also be used too. These are simple design fixes and not the end of the world but would make it a slightly faster and more enjoyable experience.
Most serious bettors use more than one sportsbook app as they don’t always have the same features, bonuses and lines on, so be sure to check out and even download at least 1 or 2 other Indiana Sportsbook apps.
BetRivers do offer a few ways to contact their support team should you have any issue. There is live chat available everyday from 9.30am till 2am in the morning. You can access this by tapping the little speech bubble called Chat in the bottom left on the support tab. There is also email support available too. We generally prefer live chat as most issues are normally quite simple and can be handled pretty quickly.
Banking & cashier options
The BetRivers app offer bettors a good number of mainstream cashier options and the latest SSL encryption technology ensures that any transactions are completely safe and secure. Here’s the full list of options:
- Wire Transfer
- PrePaid Card
- Electronic Check
- Bank Wire
- Cash at Cage at French Lick Casino
- Wire Transfer
- Electronic Check
- Bank Wire
- Cash at Cage at French Lick Casino
Nothing is more important to bettors than getting paid and, from our experience, the longest we had to wait for a withdrawal to find its way back to us was five business days, whilst PayPal was almost instantaneous.
Not the first first for Rush Street
The company has a tradition of firsts. It launched the first online casino, PlaySugarHouse.com, in New Jersey three years ago. Two years later, it was the first company to offer a fully integrated online sportsbook and casino in the Garden State, and in May of this year PlaySugarHouse became the first online sportsbook in Pennsylvania. Having been among the first to open a retail sportsbook in Indiana, it’s no surprise to see them steal a march on their rivals for mobile betting too.
Our final thoughts
It’s still very early days for legal sports betting in Indiana but everything is in place for the market to grow exponentially, aided by statewide mobile betting and an operator-friendly tax rate of 9.75% (it’s as high as 36% in PA).
The latter should ensure plenty of competition for Rush Street Gaming before too long and for that reason it was important for them to hit the ground running. In launching this app, they’ve set the bar high, in our opinion, and we’re pretty sure that fellow Hoosier bettors will agree.
So, if you’re physically located inside Indiana, aged 21+ and like to wager on your favorite sports, there’s every reason to download the BetRivers app today.
Just let us know your own thoughts on the new app either on Twitter or get in touch.
Currently, BetRivers is legal in Indiana and Pennsylvania. We expect the sportsbook to be available in more states over the next coming months.
There sure is! New players joining up at https://in.betrivers.com/ can get a $250 bonus when using promo code 250MATCH.
You can open an account anywhere across the US at https://in.betrivers.com/ but you need to be within Indiana or Pennsylvania state borders to place a wager.