PA Sportsbooks BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse Introducing NBA Squares

PA Sportsbooks BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse Introducing NBA Squares
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A contest that’s typically associated with home Super Bowl watch parties has more recently been incorporated into a major sportsbook’s offerings to further engage sports bettors at Pennsylvania online casino sites.

The “Squares” concept has, for years, been a way to spice up watching the game on TV among friends with some genial, random betting. Now it has been adopted by the Rush Street Interactive (RSI) sports platforms — BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse — as part of their NFL and now their NBA wagering programs.

Now, at about the halfway point in the NBA season, BetRivers Pennsylvania Sportsbook and PlaySugarHouse PA Sportsbook announced the introduction of Basketball Squares.

The Squares concept was popular with RSI customers during the NFL season, and Rush Street believes the contest will go over in a big way for NBA basketball, especially juiced by the potential for bettors to win as much as $10,000 in bonus money.

NBA betting is heating up at Pennsylvania sportsbook apps as the playoffs approach.

How Basketball Squares Contest Works

Here’s how RSI described the Squares contest in a news release:

“The board contains 100 squares, each one representing a combination of final scores. A square contains two single-digit numbers. So, if a square shows a 2 on the bottom left and an 8 on the top right, it becomes a winner if the visiting team winds up with a points total ending in 2 and the home side closes with a points total ending in 8.”

RSI customers at PA casino apps get in on the Squares action with separate wagering. The more the customer wagers, the greater the rewards earned in Squares. For instance:

  • A bet of $20 or more on any game with a Squares icon through the RSI platform results in the bettor receiving a free random standard Square.
  • Total wagers of at least $50 on the game would earn the bettor a second standard square.
  • If bettors wager total bets of $100 or more, they earn a third standard square.

Even More Interest in Sixers, Other NBA Games

So, while the Philadelphia 76ers continue to push toward the playoffs, Pennsylvania sports betting customers can now add an extra dimension while they watch the games.

According to RSI, customers are notified of which squares they get. Customers can boost their squares for that game if their wagers include $20 or more in live bets on the game.

Here’s what customers can win if their Square(s) are a winner. A winning standard square will get the customer $20 in bonus money. Winning boosted squares can be worth “certain designated amounts” of bonus money — worth $25, $50, $100, $1,000, all the way to $10,000. The exact amount will be disclosed after the boosted square has won.

"Compared to football, there are more lead changes and scoring swings in basketball,“ Rush Street CEO Richard Schwartz said, “which will make watching fourth quarter action even more engaging for our bettors this season."

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Outcome of Squares Not Decided Until Final Buzzer

So potentially, such contests also have an advantage for broadcasters of NBA games since the results of the Squares contests aren’t decided until the final buzzer. That means viewers would be encouraged to stay with a telecast even after the outcome is seemingly decided.

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RSI executives found the Squares game to be popular during football season and that encouraged them to extend it into basketball.

"We are thrilled to see these bettors bet a small amount and get a big win," Schwartz said during the football season.

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A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the world Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.

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