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What is the BetRivers Michigan promo?

The BetRivers Michigan sportsbook promo is a second chance Bonus Bet up to $500. Example: To claim this promo, visit the website and make your first deposit using the code SPORTS, then place your first sports wager with real money. If your first wager loses, you'll receive a Bonus Bet equal to your stake, up to $500. This offer is valid from September 1, 2022, until September 30, 2024, for individuals 21+ in Michigan.

BetRivers MI Bonus

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

Sportsbook overview

Sportsbook: BetRivers
Legal in Michigan: Yes
Partner in Michigan: Little River Casino
Payment methods:

How to sign up for BetRivers online sportsbook in MI and get their promo

Screenshot of BetRivers Michigan homepage

Signing up for the BetRivers online sportsbook in MI shouldn’t take you more than about 10 minutes to complete, and you’ll be able to get their promo shortly thereafter. Here’s what you’ll need to do to get started.

  1. Click the 'GET BONUS' button at the top of this page to go straight to the BetRivers website.
  2. Create a valid account for BetRivers MI by providing accurate and verifiable information during the account application process.
  3. Make your first deposit of at least $10 using the code SPORTS.
  4. Place your first real money sports wager on the platform.
  5. If your first wager loses, you will receive a Bonus Bet equal to your stake, up to $500, within 24 hours of the wager settling as a loss.
  6. Remember, the Bonus Bet will expire 30 days after issuance, so be sure to use it within this time frame.

When will the BetRivers MI promo get to my account?

The BetRivers MI promo will be credited to your account within 24 hours of your qualifying wager settling as a loss. Ensure you've made your first deposit using the code SPORTS and that your first sports wager with real money loses to qualify. 

If the Bonus Bet does not appear in your account within the specified timeframe, please contact customer support for assistance.

How to troubleshoot if the BetRivers Michigan promo is not working

If the BetRivers Michigan promo isn't working, first try uninstalling and then reinstalling the app. This can often resolve unexpected issues. Another method to consider is clearing your browser or app cache, which can sometimes cause promotions to not display or function properly. 

If these steps don’t solve the issue, contact customer support for assistance. It’s possible there may be an issue with your account eligibility, or there might be specific terms related to the promotion that are not being met.

More promos you may find on BetRivers online sportsbook in MI

BetRivers doesn’t have as many Michigan sportsbook promotions as it does for its casino platform, but you’ll still find reasonable availability. Here are some of the top promos you may find on BetRivers’ online sportsbook in MI.

  • Odds boosts: BetRivers will have daily odds boost promos available under the “House Specials” section of the sportsbook. However, you may also find some league- or sport-specific offerings, such as a +500 NBA boost for betting on the Detroit Pistons.
  • Bet and Get: One example of a Bet and Get offer we’ve seen on BetRivers is a bonus bet after placing three same game parlays on a given sport within a week. This is usually available for NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB markets.
  • Insurance: This bonus type is one of the most frequently available promos on BetRivers’ platform. Players are frequently able to get their stake returned as a promo bet if their parlay of at least four legs sees only one leg fail. We’ve also seen this bonus offered in “First Scorer” and “First to Hit a Home Run” markets.

Yes, BetRivers Sportsbook is legal in Michigan. The operator received a license from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) in 2020 and was one of the first nine Michigan sports betting operators to go live in the state on January 22, 2021.

To maintain its license, BetRivers must comply with all standards established by the MGCB. This includes laws concerning fair play as well as cybersecurity requirements and practices to keep your personal and banking information safe at all times.

Banking methods on BetRivers online sportsbook in MI

The banking methods list on BetRivers online sportsbook in MI is competitive with other operators in the state and should give you plenty of options when you want to fund your account or collect your winnings. Here are some of the most frequently used methods.

  • Credit/Debit Card: BetRivers accepts credit and debit card payments to make a deposit to your sportsbook account but you won’t be able to withdraw using either option. The operator accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Discover, but American Express users will need to look for another option.
  • Online banking: You can link your bank account directly to your sportsbook account for fast, secure money management. BetRivers will never access your bank account without your permission and will keep your banking information protected at all times.
  • PayPal: While other online payment processors like Venmo, Apple Bay, Google Pay, and Skrill are becoming more commonly accepted by sports betting operators, PayPal is almost as regularly valid for deposits and withdrawals as cards and online banking. You won’t be charged any fees for using PayPal to collect your winnings, though PayPal may charge you if you’re moving a large amount of money into your bank account.

The BetRivers mobile betting app in Michigan

BetRivers Michigan App

BetRivers has set up its mobile betting app to be a one-stop shop, so gamblers in Michigan won’t need to look for a state-specific version before playing.

The app also hosts the casino version of the site, and you’re welcome to play there if you wish, as casino betting carries the same age requirement as sports betting in MI.

One noticeable facet of the Michigan mobile betting app is the stark contrast in reviews by iOS and Android users. Those on Apple devices gave BetRivers’s app a 4.4/5 rating in the App Store while the Google Play Store rating is 2.9/5.

The biggest reason for the negative reviews among Android users seemed to be issues with the geolocation feature locking players out from placing their wagers.

We found the app to have reasonable speed, responsiveness, and navigability, though the design felt a bit outdated. Investments in the app seem to be more noticeable on the casino side rather than the sportsbook.

How to download the BetRivers app on iOS

Downloading the BetRivers app on your iOS device is totally free and only requires you to have a steady internet connection. Here’s how to download the app.

  1. Open the App Store on your iOS device and log in with your Apple ID and password.
  2. Enter “BetRivers Casino & Sportsbook” in the search bar. It may pop up before you’re done typing.
  3. After clicking the correct app, press “Get,” then “Install.”

Once the BetRivers app download is complete, you’ll be able to create a new account, deposit your betting funds, place your first wager, and claim the welcome bonus.

How to download the BetRivers app on Android

Getting the BetRivers app downloaded on your Android device follows a similar process to the iOS process above. Here’s how to download the app.

  1. Log into the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for “BetRivers Sportsbook & Casino.”
  3. Tap “Install” and let the download run.

After the download process finishes, you can log in with the BetRivers credentials you chose when creating your account or create a new account if you haven’t already done so.

Pros and cons of BetRivers Sportsbook Michigan

There are inherent advantages and drawbacks to using any sports betting platform, and BetRivers is no different. Fortunately, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages most of the time. Here are a few of the pros and cons of BetRivers Sportsbook Michigan.


  • Rewards Program: The iRush Rewards Program is available to Michigan players through both the BetRivers sportsbook and casino. Every wager placed contributes toward points in the bonus store as well as toward loyalty tiers. On the lower end, the rewards can earn bonuses, special offers, and exclusive BetRivers gear while the higher end of the tiers can feature luxury gift items, a VIP thank-you dinner, dedicated concierge service, and more.
  • Favorable player odds: BetRivers regularly has some of the best odds available to players with an industry-low “juice” rate. This puts more money in the hands of bettors than what competitors offer.
  • Reasonable same game parlay selection: While the list of same game parlay markets isn’t as expansive as on FanDuel or DraftKings, BetRivers does have many available options and the list of lines continues to grow.


  • The app is spotty for Android users: As we touched on above, Android users may have a tougher time using the app than their iOS colleagues. The geolocation feature seemed to be the main issue, though app development and general bugginess were also mentioned.
  • “Newsfeed” on desktop site: On the one hand, it’s nice to know bettors who are using the BetRivers platform are winning. But on the other hand, the newsfeed can be distracting, cluttering the website with nearly irrelevant content.
  • The site and app feel dated: While the design of both the website and mobile app wouldn’t be considered an eyesore, it’s certainly in need of some touchup to a more modern feel. Given that the app launched in June 2020, it’s hard to understand why the overall layout isn’t more aesthetically pleasing.

A history of BetRivers Sportsbook in Michigan

BetRivers Sportsbook started at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, with the first sports betting service offered in June 2019. Since then, it has expanded to a total of 14 states, including Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

In Michigan, BetRivers obtained a license from the MGCB in 2020 and was one of the first nine sportsbooks to launch in the state, joining Barstool, BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, Golden Nugget, PointsBet, and WynnBET.

Today, it ranks seventh among Michigan’s 15 operators in total betting handle.

BetRivers retail location in Michigan

BetRivers does not have a retail location in Michigan. However, BetRivers users looking for an in-person experience can place bets with the operator’s casino partners at the Little River Casino and Resort in Manistee.

The casino features 12 betting kiosks which are open 24-hours, and there are betting windows located in the resort restaurant.

How to reach customer service at BetRivers Michigan

BetRivers has a very responsive customer service team, though the support isn’t specifically tied to Michigan gamblers. One of the first things that stood out to us was their frequent responses to app store reviews.

Many of the reviews that contained a coherent assessment received a direct reply from the app development team.

Additionally, you can access many resources through the Help Center which is available both on the website and in the app. There is also a 24/7 support chat available that can connect you to a real person if needed.

Email support is accessible through a form on the website and app, but there is no phone number listed.

Our expert opinion on BetRivers Sportsbook Michigan

In our expert opinion, BetRivers Sportsbook Michigan is a top-notch option for shopping the lines to get a deal on odds that are unavailable at other MI sportsbooks. We also appreciate the easy signup process and the speedy withdrawal process.

Our top feature is the iRush Rewards Program, which you should sign up for immediately after you register your BetRivers account. Loyalty programs aren’t yet an industry standard, so having one gives the operator a leg up on other Michigan operators.

However, it’s fair to criticize the app’s poor performance on Android devices, the blase aesthetic of the website, and the middle-of-the-road welcome bonus offer. Cosmetics touchups and app developments will go a long way to increase BetRivers’ standing, though the platform is already an excellent choice for Michigan bettors.

Our rating of BetRivers Sportsbook Michigan


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MI Betting has given BetRivers Sportsbook Michigan an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5. The overall rating has been based on these factors:

  • Welcome Bonus - Rating 3/5:

    The BetRivers Michigan promo offers a fair chance to recover from a lost first wager with a bonus bet up to $500, but the eligibility restrictions, expiration period, and limitations on bet types may reduce its overall appeal.

  • Payment options - Rating 5/5: BetRivers accepts many of the most popular options, including credit/debit cards, online banking, and PayPal, but it also takes Play+ and e-checks through VIP Preferred. Payout times are very reasonable.
  • Sportsbook app - Rating 3/5: The underwhelming experience for Android bettors leads to a lower score here, as does the uninspired look and feel of the platform.
  • Variety & Features - Rating 4/5: Having a rewards program is a nice touch, and we’re big fans of the sports selection (BetRivers has 18 offerings on its Michigan platform).
  • Customer Support - Rating 4/5: Lack of a phone support option keeps BetRivers off full marks here, but our interactions with the customer service team have always been positive.


What age do I need to be to play on BetRivers online sportsbook in MI?

You need to be at least 21 years of age to play on BetRivers online sportsbook in MI. Michigan law requires that online sports bettors be 21+; this age requirement applies to online casino play as well.

Is BetRivers Sportsbook in Michigan legit?

Yes, BetRivers Sportsbook in Michigan is legit. The operator holds a license from the Michigan Gaming Control Board and is approved for both sports betting and online casino operations in MI.

What’s the minimum deposit amount for BetRivers Sportsbook in Michigan?

The minimum deposit amount for BetRivers Sportsbook in Michigan is $10. This minimum applies to all transaction types.

Can I bet on college sports on BetRivers Sportsbook in MI?

Yes, you can bet on college sports on BetRivers Sportsbook in MI. Michigan law also permits gamblers to place wagers on events featuring Michigan-based college teams. BetRivers has a large selection of college sports markets available, especially for college football and basketball.