Top US Legal Sportsbooks
This is our selection of the top legal sportsbooks available to US customers* in 2020. UK bettors can access this list instead.
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Top five online US sportsbooks
After decades of Nevada and Las Vegas holding a relative monopoly over US sports betting, states up and down the country have begun legalising and regulating online sportsbooks for use within their state lines. Here is our list of the top five online sports betting sites available to residents within the US.
William Hill – endless options available with one of the world’s biggest sportsbooks
William Hill, a name usually synonymous with the huge sport betting market in the UK, has recently taken the plunge into the emerging US market. At present, William Hill’s online sportsbook is only available in Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. However, the operator also has retail locations in Indiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and West Virginia – so online expansion could be soon on the cards in these other locations.
The professional and reliable sportsbook offers a wide range of sports, as well as several cool features to help users place bets – like live streaming, in-depth statistics, in-play betting, and top-draw promotions all year round.
William Hill offers a mobile app available for use on both Apple and Android devices (downloadable from the App Store and the William Hill US website), which supports all of the same top-class features as the website within a sleek, attractive and quick user interface. Live audio and video event streaming is also available on these apps. 24/7 customer support is ready and waiting to help players in six different languages across telephone, email and live chat.
One of the other impressive benefits of using the William Hill brand is the vast banking options made available by the platform. 39 different payment options are offered around the world, with many widely-accepted methods available for use in the US – including cash deposits and withdrawals at William Hill retail locations.
BetMGM – a big name in US gambling offers good sportsbook option
BetMGM is a product offered by the casino giant MGM Resorts International, a company which has been dedicated to providing punters with the best gambling experience for over thirty years in the US. MGM has partnered up with UK conglomerate GVC Holdings (owners of Ladbrokes, Coral, Bwin, Sportingbet) to provide an attractive first break into the sports betting market in the US – after the legalisation of sportsbooks in several states after the fall of legislation which banned sports bets.
Currently, BetMGM’s online sportsbook is only offered to customers in West Virginia, New Jersey, Indiana, Colorado and Nevada – and uses secure geolocation technology to get user’s location data and verify that they are within legal state lines. The platform only launched in January 2020, so it’s not unreasonable to expect that other sportsbook-friendly states will be offered the BetMGM service soon.
The platform has used many features which make GVC Holdings’ UK sportsbook offerings so great, with a range of different ways to bet on a vast array of top worldwide sports from basketball to rugby and cricket.
BetMGM also boasts an incredible welcome offer, with new users given the chance to double their first deposit up to $500 when entering promo code WABPLAY on sign-up.
The site loses out to its rivals, however, when considering that BetMGM has no live streaming (audio or video) and limited statistical access – something which proves very important for sports bettors trying to pick out in-play bets. However, the site does have several important deals in place with professional sports leagues like Major League Soccer, NHL, NBA and more which allows BetMGM to give users special promotions and extra content.
The platform has a streamlined mobile app again available on Apple and Android phones and features a sleek, easy-to-use interface suitable for even the most inexperienced bettors. The operator also offers a top-class customer support team, who are available 24/7 via telephone, email and live chat as well as on social media to answer all of your queries.
BetMGM also features capability for a range of different banking options, much like William Hill’s platform, with credit and debit cards, Skrill, Paypal, wire transfers, cheques, and cash deposits/withdrawals accepted on the site.
Bet365 – another European giant seeks US success with sportsbook
2020 also saw Bet365 join William Hill in the US sportsbook market after the global betting giant linked up with Hard Rock Atlantic City to provide Americans with their tried and tested popular sportsbook – both on the internet and via the Bet365 app.
The platform is currently only available in the New Jersey region, with Colorado confirmed as the next state due to be offered the world-famous sportsbook in their area.
Much like William Hill, Bet365 boasts an incredible amount of infrastructure which provides live streaming of events from soccer to tennis as well as live stats and information on a whole host of sports, something which proves vital when betting in-play.
The platform’s apps (available on Apple and Android operating systems) and website have a purposefully minimalistic feel, to provide the smoothest performance and most simple use for novice and experienced sports gamblers. This means new users can enjoy simple money line or parlay bets, while more experienced gamblers can experiment with the huge variety of options and sports available to users all year round.
The Bet365 platform is typically reliable, with a dedicated customer support team on hand to assist with any enquiries and problems users may face when using the site. William Hill and Bet365 are also similar in terms of banking options, with both offering the usual card and prepaid services, as well as cash deposits/withdrawals at physical locations in New Jersey.
Fanduel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook – US household names competing with Europe’s elite for superiority
Fanduel and DraftKings are companies that have been around the US sports betting market for a very long time, offering daily fantasy sports games to swathes of customers up and down the US. It’s no surprise, then, that their sportsbook offerings are proving some of the most popular in the country following the recent relaxation of sports betting legislation.
Fanduel’s sportsbook is available to bettors in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia – while DraftKings platform is available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, Colorado and is coming soon to Illinois.
The two companies were due to merge in 2017 to create one platform, but the move was blocked by US legislators due to fears that the merger would hold a monopoly over the market. Now, they’re offering similar services in the same states as the first US regions legalise and regulate sports gambling.
Perhaps the best features of the two platforms are the promotions regularly run by both Fanduel and DraftKings. Both offer new users a welcome bonus ($500 risk-free first bet on Fanduel and DraftKings offers up to $1000 using the sportsbook promo code via a deposit match and risk-free first bet) and run regular themed promotions for big events – for example, the start of the NFL season.
In terms of mobile apps, both sites offer a user-friendly, attractive option on both Apple and Android devices. It has to be said, however, that Fanduel’s app slightly edges out DraftKings’ on both looks and functionality. Unfortunately, neither platform currently offers event live streaming, but a plethora of statistics are at your fingertips on both Fanduel and DraftKings to help you choose your bets carefully.
Both sites offer a similarly decent range of banking options ranging from the usual credit and debit cards to the more niche prepaid options like Skrill. 24/7 customer support is available, with staff trained to combat signs of problem gambling and available over telephone, email and live chat.
Factors to consider when choosing your online sportsbook
Welcome bonus and existing customer offers
The first thing that should be considered when choosing your new sportsbook platform is the value and number of customer promotions offered by the site. These promotions are usually offered during important sporting events – for example, the start of a sporting season or a major event like the Super Bowl.
Welcome bonuses are offered only to new customers and usually require the users to first make a deposit. Different type of welcome bonus includes deposit matches (the sportsbook doubles the original deposit), or free bets (users get a free bet to place on anything) – among others.
However, some sportsbooks place harsh restrictions on these bonus funds – meaning that they are very hard to attain. For example, a sportsbook could place a 25x wagering requirement (or rollover) on the bonus funds, meaning a $100 bonus would have to be wagered up to a value of $2500 before any winnings are eligible for withdrawal.
A good sportsbook should carry all of the modern and important bet types, such as money lines, spread, totals, props, alternate lines, parlays, pre-populated parlays, and odds boosts. Live betting is also a standard in modern sports betting, and new customers should look at the number of live lines offered in their favorite sports before signing up.
New customers should ensure that their potential sportsbook’s odds are amongst the most competitive in the US business. It is also important to find out how early lines are posted before events so that bets can be placed before lines shift.
Special features / Live streaming
Statistics are becoming a much bigger part of sports betting and these numbers can be utilised to inform a whole range of different types of bets. Some sportsbooks provide up-to-date stats and figures which track fixtures and tell users in real-time what is happening in the match. Live streaming is also available across a range of sportsbooks now and is another feature which allows users to keep up with the excitement of the match in real-time.
A range of banking options is important if users want to use a more niche option like cash, Skrill or another prepaid option like paysafecard. If customers are happy to use credit or debit cards, there won’t be an issue with almost all platforms.
Creating an account with a sportsbook – your guide
For users creating an account with a sportsbook for the first time, the process can feel a bit daunting, so here’s a brief guide.
Joining and submitting personal details
After starting the sign-up process, users will be prompted to create an account by choosing a user name, email address and secure password.
Customers will then be required to enter their personal detailed, such as full name, date of birth, postal address and a form of government ID (passport, driving licence). Some bettors in some states will be required to verify their identity at a physical retail location.
Making your first deposit
Once you have registered with the sportsbook and your identity has been verified, customers can make their first deposits via the sportsbook’s banking options – unlocking any welcome bonus the platform might offer.
On the cashier tab of your sportsbook, click on the ‘deposit’ option and pick your chosen payment method. Deposit the amount you want, and complete the payment through your chosen method.
US sportsbook frequently asked questions
Is sports betting legal in the US?
There is no blanket US federal law prohibiting gambling nationwide, leaving it up to individual states to choose which types of gambling – if any – should be allowed within state lines.
Currently, online sports betting is legal in Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Iowa, Indiana and West Virginia, where it is available on mobile apps and websites.
Are betting sites trustworthy?
Bettors should make sure that they are using a reputable site with several testimonials online. Sportsbooks should also be regulated by the relevant state legislators, and this should be displayed on the sportsbook website in some capacity.
Do you need to verify your identity to use sportsbooks?
Yes, identity verification will be required before you can withdraw any funds from the site. This can be done by uploading a picture of a government-issued identity document like a passport or a driver’s licence, which will then be compared to the details you submitted when signing up.
Some customers will be required to verify their identity in person at a retail location of the sportsbook (usually located in a casino).
Can I use a sportsbook even though I am outside of a legal state?
No. Sportsbooks use specially-designed geolocation technology to constantly determine whether or not you are currently located within a legal sport betting state. If you are outside of these states, sportsbooks will not accept bets or withdrawals from your account.
Is there any alternatives sportsbooks to consider?
Sure, the US market offers dozens of legal options to bet online: Caesars Online, Unibet, Betrivers, Parx Online, Borgata are also really decent sites to start betting online.