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What is the BetRivers Maryland promo?

The BetRivers Sportsbook Maryland promo is a $500 second chance bet. Example: To claim the promo, visit the BetRivers website and make your first deposit with the claim code SPORTS. Then, place your first real money sports wager. If your wager loses, you'll receive a Bonus Bet equal to your stake, up to $500. This will be loaded to your account within 24 hours after your wager settles as a loss.

BetRivers MD bonus

Sign-up bonus: Second Chance Bet Up To $500
Promo code: SPORTS
Minimum deposit: $10
Last updated: May 2024

Sportsbook overview

Sportsbook: BetRivers
Legal in Maryland: Yes
Partner in Maryland: Bingo World
Payment methods:

Making its U.S. debut in 2012, BetRivers was one of the first operators to launch a mobile sportsbook. Named after the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, BetRivers now operates in 12 states, including Maryland, and will continue to expand as more states legalize sports betting.

This thorough BetRivers review will cover the key features of the operator, what you can expect when placing a wager, and provide an overall rating of the sportsbook. Let’s jump right in!

How to sign up on BetRivers Sportsbook in MD and get the promo

Signing up for BetRivers Sportsbook in Maryland is a breeze and will take most users 10 minutes or less to complete. Here are the steps you’ll need to complete:

  1. Visit the official BetRivers Sportsbook Maryland website by using the 'GET BONUS' button.
  2. Complete the registration process to create your BetRivers account.
  3. Make your first deposit with the code SPORTS.
  4. Place your first sports wager with real money.
  5. If your first wager loses, wait to receive a Bonus Bet equal to your stake, up to a maximum of $500.
  6. The Bonus Bet will be loaded to your account within 24 hours of your qualifying wager settling as a loss.

How the BetRivers Maryland promo works

The BetRivers Maryland sportsbook promo offers a $500 second chance bonus bet. To participate, users must make their first deposit using the code SPORTS and then place their first real-money sports wager. If this initial bet is lost, BetRivers will grant a Bonus Bet equal to the amount staked, up to $500, redeemable within 24 hours of the losing bet settling. 

The promotion is available from September 1, 2022, to September 30, 2024, for individuals 21 years and older who are located in Maryland. This offer is subjected to one use per account with specific eligibility and action requirements such as a minimum deposit of $10 and wagering restrictions on odds of -200 or longer

Incorrect information or participation through prohibited methods may disqualify users. Bonus Bets expire after 30 days and cannot be combined with other promotional offers.

BetRivers MD promo terms & conditions

With this BetRivers promotion, there are no unpleasant surprises in the fine print. These are the important provisions in the terms and conditions:

  • To participate in this promotion, the player needs to make a single deposit of $10 or more.
  • First deposit bonus code (SPORTS) is only eligible on the first account deposit.
  • Qualifying wagers must be placed and settled during the promotional period until September 30, 2024.
  • Cashouts void participation.
  • Early buy-out/counter betting voids promotion participation.
  • Cash out of Bonus Bets constitutes the bet void and no winnings will be issued to the participant.
  • Bets placed using Profit Boosts or Bonus Bets do not qualify. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer.
  • Bonus Bet will be loaded to qualifying accounts within 24 hours of their wager settling as a loss.
  • Bonus Bets will expire 30 days after issuance.
  • Bonus Bets can be placed on any offering with odds of -200 or longer only. For parlays, each leg must have odds of -200 or longer.

Other BetRivers Maryland bonuses & promotions

Sportsbook bonuses and promotions in Maryland are the biggest way operators attract new players and retain current players in the state. Here are some of the offers you can expect with BetRivers:

Deposit match bonus

Though they aren’t actively offering a deposit match bonus, if BetRivers makes runs with this type of promotion, players could expect whatever amount they deposit (likely up to a certain dollar amount or percentage) to be matched in the form of bet credit. Be sure to study up on the terms and conditions of this offer when it comes up so you can make the best use of it.

Profit Boosts

Profit boosts are a newer offering for sportsbooks, and BetRivers hasn’t yet applied this promo. If they decide to add this bonus, it would likely require a player to opt in. The boost would be applied to winnings as a percentage of the wager.

For example, if you bet $100 on the Ravens to win at +150, you would normally win $150 and get a $250 payout on your wager. However, with a profit boost, you could see as much as a 25% increase on your profit, meaning that win is now worth $187.50 for a $287.50 total payout.

This is one of the most player-friendly promotions out there, so if and when BetRivers decides to add this to its bonuses list, pounce on that deal!

Free bets

While somewhat of a misnomer in terms of how they work, “free bets” are a form of bet credit applied to your account, usually at a set dollar amount and with odds requirements attached to qualify. BetRivers isn’t actively offering a free bet promotion outright, but there are other bet credit options they are actively running.

iRush loyalty program

Truly one of our favorite features of BetRivers is the iRush Loyalty Program which rewards returning players for continuing to wager with them. Bettors in the program receive points for each wager they make, and once enough points are accumulated, players can move up in loyalty tiers to receive additional benefits.

The points players earn can be used for additional perks which are unlocked at increasing tier levels, which are indicated in the progress bar of the website and app. Rewards are leveled through Tiers 1-10, with an 11th tier that is invitation-only. Perks at each tier range from things like higher deposit limits, prize multipliers, expedited withdrawal, luxury gifts, VIP dinners, and overnight accommodations.

Points are earned based on amount wagered and bet type. Straight bets earn one point for every $6 wagered, two-leg parlays earn one point for every $3 bet, and so on. As the number of parlay legs increase, the amount needed to bet to earn a point decreases.

Our video review of BetRivers Sportsbook Maryland

About BetRivers Sportsbook Maryland

For some reason, BetRivers hasn’t quite taken the same market share in Maryland as it has in other states. BetRivers has accounted for 0.8% of the total Maryland online sports betting handle. In fact, the only sportsbooks so far that BetRivers exceeds in revenue are Betfred, which launched in February 2023, and SuperBook, which launched in April 2023.

However, Maryland bettors are often leaving money on the table by looking to other books when making a wager. To entice players to make a bet, BetRivers will “juice” the lines a bit, making payouts for favors more lucrative. Other sportsbooks tend to hold onto this juice as a profit, but BetRivers will give a bit back to the players.

Small differences in odds can add up to larger gains over time, so shopping for odds is crucial to betting success. You’ll often find BetRivers having more favorable odds for Maryland sports bettors than other books.

Best BetRivers Sportsbook features

Screenshot of BetRivers Maryland homepage

BetRivers Sportsbook Maryland has a number of features that are sure to make your betting experience notable. Here is a list of features to expect:

Diverse bet types

BetRivers offers a wide grouping of betting markets covering 23 sports, including some of the smaller overall markets such as volleyball, darts, softball, and handball. You can also find an expansive list of parlays, teasers, round robins, and futures bets, all of which we’ll explain in more detail below.

Competitive odds

To keep up with some of the other larger sportsbooks in Maryland, BetRivers offers lines that are somewhat “juiced” in favor of the player. When DraftKings, FanDuel, and others may have a favorite listed at around -125, BetRivers may offer that same favorite at -120; BetRivers may also have an underdog at +150 when others have the odds at +145. The differences are often small, but these differences add up over time. Savvy bettors will always shop the odds to be able to find the best value for their picks, and BetRivers frequently comes up with odds that lean toward the player.

Bonus offers and promotions

As with the odds, BetRivers regularly offers promotions to entice players to wager with them instead. We’ll elaborate on what to expect later in this review. Many of the bonuses are sport-specific, which does hold the book back a bit at times, but the rewards frequently enhance winnings or soften the sting of losing bets.

Reliable customer service

BetRivers has two pages set up for customer support. The first has frequently asked questions to respond to basic support queries like “What do I do if I forgot my username/password?” or “How do I request a withdrawal?”

The second page loads a support chat. To use this option, you’ll need to list your first and last name and email to speed up the process of finding your account. The chat will direct you through an automated series of questions to connect you with the right person to address any issues you may have.

Live betting and live streaming

While still somewhat in its infancy, BetRivers has some live-streaming options for sporting events that don’t often appear on your TV. This often consists of smaller tennis events, Japanese league baseball, and combat sports. You also don’t need to place a bet to watch the streams. Expansion of this service will be great for BetRivers, but that the operator is able to provide this now is certainly a benefit.

Additionally, BetRivers has live betting to supplement the streaming options, and you can place live bets on games that aren’t on the streams. Odds are constantly updated once the games are underway, so paying attention to the line movements and placing a bet at the right time can pay off in spades.

Numerous payment options

Sportsbooks should always make it easy to deposit and provide multiple avenues to do so. BetRivers makes it simple to get started and has quite a few ways to make a deposit as well as to cash out and collect your winnings.

Promotion of Responsible Gaming

While other operators may not have responsible gaming information as readily available on their sites, BetRivers has its info front and center at the top of every page. The page has links and phone numbers for resources to use if you or someone you know has a gambling problem, lists warning signs to watch out for when betting, and lists tips to avoid falling into poor habits.

Safety and security

As a licensed Maryland operator, BetRivers is required to maintain strict security standards regarding your personal and banking information. This often includes but isn’t limited to data encryption, SSL certificates, firewalls, and more. Failure to comply with the state’s rules and regulations, especially regarding cybersecurity, would cause BetRivers’ license to be revoked and public trust would be eroded regardless of state. BetRivers won’t let that happen.

BetRivers betting app in Maryland

BetRivers Maryland App

BetRivers’ app is one of the easiest ways to bet in Maryland. You’ll need to have location services turned on in order to confirm you’re within the state borders. Otherwise, you won’t be able to place a bet unless you’re in another state where BetRivers is licensed. You may also need to re-enter some of your information to place bets in other states.

The app itself has a relatively clean look. Navigation throughout the app is easy and it performs with reasonable speed. One thing that is lacking is a dark mode feature, so the white background can get a little harsh if you’re staring at the Maryland sports betting app for too long. Overall, we’ve found the app to be reliable and user-friendly.

How to download the BetRivers app on Android

  1. Go to the Google Play Store
  2. Search “BetRivers Casino and Sportsbook”
  3. Click “Install” and wait for the download to begin

You may need to log in to your Google Play account to confirm the download.

How to download the BetRivers app on iPhone

  1. Go to the App Store
  2. Search “BetRivers Casino and Sportsbook”
  3. Click “Get,” then “Install” to start downloading

Your device may ask you to log in with your Apple ID before downloading.

App reviews on Google Play & App Store

While most app reviews are generally close for Apple and Android devices, BetRivers has a noticeable difference in rating. The operator has a 4.5/5 rating on the App Store with more than 900 ratings while it sinks to a 3/5 rating on the Google Play store. Users are more likely to write a review after a negative experience, so based on these scores, we can tell Apple users are more likely to enjoy using the app than Android users.

Android users reported issues with app loading times, occasionally needing to uninstall and reinstall the app to log in. They also cited issues when switching back and forth between the casino and the sportsbook. However, the overwhelming majority of negative feedback surrounded people not winning at the casino. There were very few issues listed around the sportsbook.

iPhone users reported the newer version of the app did a better job with location services and was smoother to navigate. They also commented on faster load times and quick withdrawal timeframes. Like with the Android users, most of the negative reviews had to do with the casino instead of the sportsbook.

As is the norm, BetRivers Sportsbook offers different types of bets to its community of players in Maryland. Players don't have to bet on the winning team only but can choose to bet on the total points scored as well as the margin of victory. Below is a list of bet types available to Marylanders on BetRivers Sportsbook:

Money line bets

Moneyline bets simply involve picking the winner of a sporting event. There’s no need to worry about the margin of victory or whether a certain player scores more or less than a projected point total.

Point spreads

Unlike the moneyline bet, point spread bets involve deciding on the margin of victory. For example, say the Baltimore Ravens are 4.5-point favorites against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In this example, the Ravens would need to win by at least five points for a bet on Baltimore to win. On the opposite end, a bet on Pittsburgh would win if the Steelers won outright or if they lost by four points or less.

Sportsbooks tend to include half-points when listing the spread to avoid a “push,” where the spread line perfectly matches the margin of victory. If the Ravens were five-point favorites and won 28-23, those who placed bets with the line at Baltimore -5 would see their bets returned.

Parlay bets

Parlay bets involve stringing together multiple betting outcomes into one wager to multiply the winnings. Let’s say the Ravens and Baltimore Orioles are playing on the same night and you want to bet on both teams to win. You could place a $20 wager on the Ravens at -125 and a $20 bet on the Orioles at +200, risking $40 and winning $56 for a $96 payout.

However, if you parlay those two bets (called “legs”) into the same bet, you could potentially risk $20 on one total bet and win $88 for a $108 payout if both the Ravens and Orioles win. Unfortunately, if either one loses, the entire bet is lost.

Keep in mind that the more legs to parlay, the harder it is to get a winning bet. All it takes is one leg to miss and the entire parlay is sunk. BetRivers offers parlay insurance on parlays with at least four legs if exactly one leg misses the parlay. There are some conditions to the insurance, such as all legs having odds of -200 or better, and the total parlay having odds of +100 or greater. Insurance can be a great way to take the sting out of a close loss.


Teaser bets are an expansion of parlay bets wherein the bettor can adjust the spread to make a bet easier to win, though the sportsbook will adjust the payout accordingly. Sticking with the football example, let’s say the Ravens are 8.5-point favorites against Cleveland, and the Washington Commanders are 3.5-point underdogs against the Carolina Panthers.

With a teaser bet, you could adjust the Ravens' line down to -2.5 points and the Commanders’ line to +9.5. Continuing the example, if the Ravens won 28-21 and the Commanders lost 28-24, both of the original bets and the parlay would’ve failed to cover. However, by teasing the lines, the new parlay hits.

By “buying” the additional points for teasers, your cost for the parlay will increase, and the payout for winning will be less because of the increased win probability for the player with these new lines. Still, a well-placed teaser can still result in a worthwhile payout.

Teasers are most common on football, where you can usually tease up to at least 7.5 on a spread. They can also be applied to basketball parlays (though this is less common) and usually, you’re permitted up to four points on a basketball teaser.

A reverse teaser or “pleaser” is the exact opposite of a teaser, where you’re instead conceding points to the sportsbook in pursuit of an even higher payout. Using the above example of Ravens -8.5 and Commanders +3.5. A full six-point pleaser means Baltimore must now win by a whopping 15 or more points and Washington must win by at least three points for the parlay to hit. By nature, reverse teasers are even harder to hit than a standard parlay, but hitting one results in even higher payouts.

Championship futures

Do you have a really good feeling about the Orioles winning the World Series this year? If so, you can play a futures bet, where you’re betting on the outcome of a long-term result rather than betting on a day-of or next-day game.

Futures bets are often on things like players winning awards or passing certain statistical milestones over the course of the season. With championship futures bets, you’re specifically betting on which team or player will win a specific event.

Because the bets are often placed before the start of the event or the season, you can potentially get a favorite to win at plus money when they might otherwise have minus odds. Before the season, Baltimore may be +2000 to win the Super Bowl. However, if they make the big game, you’d never see those kinds of odds on the moneyline.

A good rule of thumb is the earlier you place a futures bet, the better odds and larger payout you’ll receive with a win, but the closer to the event, the greater your chances of winning, even if the payout isn’t as large.

Round robins

Round Robins are another extension of a parlay bet where you are essentially boxing multiple bets and playing an individual parlay on each combination.

For example, let’s say your Round Robin bet includes the Orioles, Yankees, and Dodgers. You have three parlays: Orioles/Yanks, LA/Orioles, and Yankees/LA. If two two of those teams win, you hit one parlay, and you hit all three of them if all of your selections are correct.

Over/under bet

Having a hard time picking a winner? Placing an over/under bet may be the play for you. Instead of deciding who will win, you can instead wager on whether teams will combine to score above or below a certain point total.

Over/under or “totals” bets can also apply to a player’s individual point total or other statline. For example, an Orioles pitcher registering over or under six strikeouts or a Ravens quarterback throwing for more or less than 235 yards would also be considered totals bets.

Live betting

Live betting, also called “in-play betting,” involves betting action after the event has already started. Successful live betting involves understanding game trends, quick decision-making, and good instincts. Every pitch, play from scrimmage, or penalty called can and will affect the live-betting odds, and getting your bet in at the right time can have a huge impact on your potential payout.

For this reason, we highly recommend you only place an in-play bet for an event you’re actively watching. Stat lines while in-play can only tell so much of the story of the game, and betting solely based on the scoreline at the time can be a recipe for disaster.

How to fund your BetRivers Maryland account

BetRivers Maryland accepts many payment options to fund your account. They include:

  • Cash (at retail only)
  • BetRivers Play+ Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • VIP Preferred (e-check)
  • Trustly Online Banking

Credit card deposits are not currently available, and Vanilla Cash is “coming soon,” according to the BetRivers website.

How to withdraw funds from BetRivers

To withdraw funds from BetRivers, the easiest route is often the same way you made your deposit. However, you aren’t limited to that option. Withdrawal options include:

  • Cash (in-person only)
  • BetRivers Play+Card
  • Trustly Online Banking
  • VIP Preferred
  • PayPal

Yes, BetRivers is legal in Maryland. BetRivers was one of the first sportsbooks to launch in the Old Line State, accepting its first wagers in November 2022.

How to contact BetRivers Sportsbook’s customer service

BetRivers has a built-in chat feature on the website and loads of menus for frequently asked questions. If you’re still unable to find the information you’re seeking through those channels, you can email [email protected] for support, though it may take 24-72 hours to receive an answer. You can also call 1-800-648-4843 to reach the BetRivers Customer Service hotline.

BetRivers Sportsbook retail location in Maryland

In 2022, BetRivers opened the first non-Casino retail location in Maryland at Bingo World in Baltimore. Every other Maryland sportsbook to date has launched its retail location at a casino, though there are still several licenses available, so this could change at some point. Bingo World is BetRivers’ only Maryland-based retail location.

Our expert opinion on BetRivers Maryland

BetRivers is a reliable option in Maryland, even if it doesn’t have the same popularity as some of the other players in the sports betting industry. The iRush Loyalty Program will keep players coming back for more, and having lines that slightly favor the player more than other books is a major benefit.

We think the introduction of live-streaming for select sporting events is a great asset and we hope BetRivers continues to expand this option. BetRivers’ live betting array also provides a fun way to play.

However, the operator isn’t without flaws. We think some overall design improvements on both the website and app are much needed. Neither is visually appealing and the website in particular is very basic. Additionally, more variance in promo type wouldn’t go amiss.

Our rating of BetRivers Sportsbook Maryland


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MD Betting has given BetRivers Sportsbook Maryland an overall rating of 4 out of 5. This rating is based on the following criteria:

  • Welcome bonus: Rating 4/5. The BetRivers Maryland promo offers a generous up to $500 bonus bet if your first wager loses, providing a substantial safety net for newcomers. However, the restrictions on eligible games and wagering requirements slightly limit its appeal.
  • Payment options: Rating 3/5. While the usual options are still in play, we were quite surprised to see credit cards weren’t listed as a deposit option for BetRivers Maryland players, even as debit cards are still accepted. Other Maryland operators allow credit cards, so this seems to be a BetRivers decision. For that reason, they take a hit here.
  • Sportsbook app: Rating 3/5. The overall layout of the app is somewhat basic but easy to use and navigate on Apple devices. However, there were enough issues reported by Android users to dock a bit here. Some redesign for greater visual appeal, especially to include a “dark mode” viewing option, would boost the score.
  • Variety and features: Rating 5/5. With 23 sports at its disposal, BetRivers sets a high bar with its market offerings. There are also tons of options within those markets to keep all kinds of bettors entertained. The rewards program can provide great player benefits, and the live-streaming of events will lead to increased popularity.
  • Customer support: Rating 4/5. BetRivers lists several FAQ pages on its website but this section can be a bit disorganized. Live-chat is relatively quick, and we appreciate that both email and phone options to reach out are present. This is another strength for BetRivers.


Is BetRivers sportsbook in Maryland easy to use?

Yes, BetRivers Sportsbook in Maryland is easy to use. Whether you’re using the website, app, or betting in-person at a retail location, you’ll find depositing funds to your account, placing wagers, and withdrawing your winnings are all quick and simple to do.

Is BetRivers Sportsbook in MD safe?

Yes, BetRivers Sportsbook in Maryland is safe and secure. The State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency has licensed BetRivers to operate in Maryland, and failure to comply with cybersecurity standards could result in the operator losing its licensure. BetRivers uses state-of-the-art technologies to protect your personal information.

Can I use my friend’s credit card to deposit on BetRivers in Maryland?

No, you cannot use your friend’s credit card to deposit on your BetRivers account in Maryland. This would constitute a violation of BetRivers’ terms of service and could result in legal action and financial penalties against you and your friend. You should only use your own funds to finance your account.

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