Best betting sites in America
When it comes to online sports betting, the American market is still very young and inexperienced, in comparison to its European counterpart.
Therefore, the market is not yet “set” and new betting sites are constantly entering the US. This can make it a bit tricky to know which are available, and which of all the betting sites in America that are the best for your needs.
This is where we hope to fill a gap, and help you find betting sites that will give you a good sports betting experience.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or "PASPA" for short, which in reality was the federal ban on online gambling, was overturned in May 2018.
This opened up for autonomous states to legislate on their own.
The state of New Jersey was one of the most vocal advocates of lifting the federal ban, and it was no surprise to see NJ being the first ones off the starting blocks when they gave the approval for legal gambling in June 2018.
How to find the best sports betting sites
It seems these days we have just too much choice.
This also applies to the amount of sports betting sites currently available online. Each will promise this bonus and those odds but at the end of the day, the site has to match your taste and what you value most.
For instance, you may be interested in just straightforward, no frills sports betting. Putting your money on a team to win or score a certain amount of points or goals.
Or perhaps the promotions and bonuses available after signing up will influence your decision – this tends to be the one main factor that entices new customers.
Granted, there’s a lot to consider and it’s also possible, as a beginner especially, that you don’t actually know what it is you’re actually after at first with your betting habits, as yet, unknown.
Just remember that no two online sports betting sites are the same so whichever you settle on will offer something unique. Whether its unique to you or not, is another matter but the vast number of sports betting sites out there suggests you’ll certainly find what it is you’re looking for.
Factors to consider when finding the best sports betting sites:
- Legal and authorized to operate in your state
- The range of sports/events featured from day to day
- Competitiveness of odds and lines offered
- How user-friendly the sportsbook and app is
- Payment methods and speed of transactions
- Attractive promotions and offers
- Good level of customer support
Is the sportsbook legal in your state?
The foundation of choosing a betting site. If you are outside of state borders you will not be able to place a bet. Currently a minority of states have legalized online sports betting. So if you are a resident of one of those states, you are able to sign up, deposit money and place a bet.
The second part of this if that you as a player of course can sign up and bet with an unlicensed, foreign operator. This is however, something we highly ask you to refrain from, as the safety of your personal details and payments will be at more risk than with an American-licensed operators under American state law.
Range of sports/events on offer
In this modern world, all established bookmakers do offer a lot of sports and events to choose from. And unless you are a real aficionado, you will be very happy with every option out there. For beginners that are looking to bet on the NFL or MLB, this therefore is a non-issue.
That said. When developing your sports betting knowledge you will quickly realize that more options equals better chances of winning if you are knowledgeable and well versed in the game of betting.
And some bookies out there do offer more options. Especially when it comes to live or in-play betting.
Competitiveness & quality of odds
Similarly to the previous point about the range of odds, the quality of odds matters less when you are starting out. But when you reach the level where you want to make a real profit on your betting, and have raised the stake, finding the most competitive odds is a necessity.
Even professional bettors will be very happy with a a return of investment of 110% over a longer period of time. But to get that return, they are always placing their money where the odds is the most beneficial.
For this purpose, using odds comparison services is clever. But this is far from the reality of most people, who are just casual bettors.
User-friendliness of the betting platform/app
Great design and usability is everything for the casual bettor. We said the range of odds is very similar, bonus offers are temporary, and that most payment options are available all over. What is then the difference? The experience!
Creating a great user experience is probably the primary arms race of the modern world. Social media platforms have triggered each other to always have a user-friendly interface, because without one, they would crumble.
The same can be said for sports betting platforms and sports betting apps. If you are using an app that is constantly crashing, or has a slow loading speed, you will see that you value the user experience a lot. Cause you won’t stay with that operator.
Many betting sites have therefore created great products for sports betting, and competitors that do not take the fight have been falling behind.
Payment methods for sports betting
In America, payments are seldom a problem. Many options are available, such as credit/debit cards, Paypal, ACH or bank transfers. This might of course vary between sportsbooks, but in general deposits are easy to do and the funds will be credited immediately.
Withdrawals, on the other hand, can be a bit different from sportsbook to sportsbook. It depends on the following:
- Proof of identity - a bookie won’t let you withdraw unless you have proven your identity via certain documents (ID, bill etc). If this has been done once, it will usually be enough for the future.
- Approval time - The staff at the bookmaker will handle your withdrawal application and approve it. Some bookmakers are quick, while other are slower.
- Withdrawal method - Depending on the method you have chosen for withdrawal (normally the same as deposit), the process will go faster or slower.
Betting sites’ offers and promotions
Almost all sports betting sites online offer new customers a bonus on opening an account and depositing money. There are several types of offers which you can read about in our guide on sign up offers.
What is important to understand is that it is fine to choose a betting site because of its welcome offer, but also that it is a temporary thing. Of course a welcome offer can be a way to make money, but it is mainly intended to letting players try out the betting site.
Instead, it is always better to find a betting site that is good long term, and where you can stay, place bets and get a good user experience. Normally, loyal players are also rewarded with other offers.
A good customer support goes a long way. Most bettors have experienced some issue for which they have needed assistance from the customer support. In these cases, a good customer support can leave players with a great feeling towards the betting site in questions, while the opposite can be said for a bad customer support.
How to set up a sports betting account
When you have chosen a betting site that suits you, it is time to create your betting account. The process might vary slightly from bookie to bookie, but it is normally fairly straightforward, and the following information should not be too hard to find.
- Full name
- Email address
- Home address
- Phone number
- Date of birth
- Security question (not in all cases)
Once this is done, it is time to choose your payment method of choice and deposit money. Then you are good to go!
Legal sports betting sites in the US
Sports betting was made possible for state legislation after the federal ban was overturned in 2018. The effect has been that many states have legalized sports betting and allowed for sports betting operators to establish in the state.
As previously seen in for example European markets, legal online sports betting has had a lot of positive effects.
Far less illegal sports betting - When there is a plethora of options that are legal, the players choose to play there. This has a huge impact on the state, both regarding player protection and tax income.
Player protection - It is easier to protect and help players stay away from gambling addiction when all activity is within the state borders. States can legislate for strict rules around player safety that operators must follow.
Tax revenue - With sports betting sites operating legally within the state, money that normally disappeared to outside actors will stay within the state as the operators will pay their taxes. This money can subsequently be used for the common good.
Job creation - Many betting sites chooses to open offices within the state borders, which will create a lot of new jobs for the state.
Investment in sports leagues - Many of the big sports leagues have signed deals with the sports betting operators, which improves the income and possibilities for those leagues to do more charity work and help promote their sport to the youth.