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Legal Online Sports Betting in the US

On June 26th, 1991, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks formally recognized sports gambling as a national problem in the US. This finding led to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). The act forbade states to authorize legal online sports betting, effectively making it illegal in most states. Four states, because of their pre-existing sports-betting frameworks, were made exempt from the act: Delaware, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon.

For decades, Nevada had a near-monopoly on legal sports betting in the US. Then, in 2017, the state of New Jersey challenged the act. A year later, it was overturned in the US Supreme Court by a 6-3 majority. Since mid-2018, after a hiatus of over 25 years, the sports betting industry has been gradually recovering in the US. Individual states now have the right to legalize sports betting. Several already have, while others have passed legislation to do so.

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State Guides

Legal Online Sports Betting Right Now

So, where in the US is legal online sports betting currently live? Thanks to the quashing of the PASPA, it is possible to bet on sports in the following states:

 

State

Legal forms of gambling

Legal since

New Jersey

Sportsbook, Casino, Poker

2013

NJ Sports Betting

Pennsylvania

Sportsbook, Casino, Poker

2018

PA Sports Betting

West Virginia

Sportsbook, Casino, Poker

2018

WV Sports Betting

Indiana

Sportsbook, Casino, Poker

2019

Indiana Sports Betting

Iowa

Sportsbook, Casino, Poker

2019

Nevada

Sportsbook, Poker

2013




FAQ

⚖️ Is online sports betting legal in the US?

Yes, online sports betting is legal in some states. Examples on where online sports betting is currently legal and live are:
- New Jersey
- Pennsylvania
- West Virginia
- Nevada
- Indiana
- Colorado
- Iowa
- Illinois

More states are likely to follow within the coming months and years as states are regulating sports betting.

Be aware that there are offshore operators accepting US players from states where online sports betting is not yet legal.

At US Sportsbonus you will only find legal and licensed online sportsbooks.

⚖️ Where is online sports betting legal?

Online Sports Betting is currently live and regulated in a few states:

- New Jersey
- Pennsylvania
- West Virginia
- Indiana
- Iowa
- Nevada
- Colorado
- Illinois

💻 How can I tell if an online sportsbook is legal and licensed?

When accessing a sportsbook site scroll down to the bottom of the page and for licensed sportsbooks in for example New Jersey and Pennsylvania you should find a logo from NJDGE (New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement) or PGCB (Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board). Same applies to all other states where sports betting is legal.

If you cannot find this logo the sportsbook is most likely not licensed in New Jersey or Pennsylvania and should not be trusted.

💻 How does sports betting work?

The basics of sports betting are pretty straight forward. In a game between for example two NFL teams you place a bet on the Home or Away team to win the game. This is called a Moneyline bet and if the team you are backing ends up winning the game you will have a winning bet and get a pay-out based on the Moneyline odds on the team you backed.

There are several more complex types of sports betting preferred by the more experienced sports gambler.

🔐 Is it safe to bet with online sportsbooks?

If you are betting on a licensed and legal sportsbook you are in good hands and should not have to worry. Licensed online sportsbooks follow strict regulations on how to safeguard your money.

🇺🇸 Where can I bet on sports online?

For regulated and licensed sports betting the the options are limited to the states where online sports betting is currently legal and licensed. The states that offer legal sports betting are currently:
- New Jersey
- Pennsylvania
- West Virginia
- Indiana
- Iowa
- Nevada
- Colorado
- Illinois

The range of sportsbooks alternatives range from a couple to +20 depending on the state.

For all other non yet regulated states there are offshore sportsbooks available but we recommend you to refrain from betting with such an alternative as they do not hold a license and are not regulated under any governing body.

🏆 Which are the most popular sports betting sites in the US?

FanDuel and DraftKings are currently the dominant players. Market entries by European powerhouses such as William Hill, Bet365, Unibet and others are likely to pose a threat to Fanduels and Draftkings market position in the future.

💳 How do I deposit money into my sportsbook account?

All sportsbooks offer a wide selection of deposit methods. The most common are:

- Visa
- MasterCard
- PayPal
- Wire Transfer
- Electronic Check
- PayNearMe

💵 Are online sportsbooks paying tax in the US?

Yes, as long as you are betting with a licensed sportsbook the operator is obliged to pay tax. The tax amount varies from state to state.

🏈 What is the most popular sport to bet on in the US?

Even though the football season is short, compared to Basketball and Baseball, a staggering 36% of the total sports betting wagers are made on football. Basketball is second and not far behind with 30% and Baseball is third with 18%. All other sports (including Ice-Hockey, MMA, Boxing, Racing, Tennis etc) combined stand for the remaining 16% of the total wagers.




How to Find the Best Online Sportsbook Websites in the US

At first sight, online sports betting sites might all look the same. The sports betting sites’ structure is normally similar and the sports offered are nearly the same. But there is so much more to it when ranking the best sports betting sites. What the best betting sites have in common is their commitment to taking every single aspect of their product to the next level.

They aim to offer the best online sports betting bonuses, the best sportsbook odds, the best sportsbook promotions, the best customer support and more. In our sportsbook reviews, we guide you through every single facet of the best online sportsbook and what makes them unique.

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Best Sports Betting Sites in New Jersey (NJ)

Since New Jersey was instrumental in getting the 1992 PASPA overturned, how is the state for online sports betting? As might be imagined, it didn’t challenge the act only to retreat. From 2018, New Jersey immediately created one of the strongest online sports betting markets in the country.

First on the online betting scene was DraftKings Sportsbook on August 1st of that year. That was the first online betting site to emerge outside of Nevada. Not far behind DraftKings was the playMGM (now BetMGM) sports betting app, which debuted on August 22nd, 2018, followed a day later by SugarHouse Sportsbook. Only days after, William Hill and FanDuel Sportsbook joined the market. Since then several sportsbook have entered the Garden State.

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Best Sports Betting Sites in Pennsylvania (PA)

Predictably, Pennsylvania online sports betting wasn’t as fast out of the block as New Jersey. Keen PA bettors have had to endure months of waiting and delays until, on May 31st 2019, the first online sportsbook materialized.

It was SugarHouse that launched its sportsbook first for Pennsylvanian sports pundits. Since then Betrivers, FanDuel, DraftKings, BetAmerica, Unibet and Foxbet have opened up and accept PA online sports betting customers.

Note that companies must have a brick-and-mortar retail sportsbook or be partnered with one before they can run online sports betting in any state.

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Best Betting Sites in Indiana (IN)

Indiana sports betting made its debut on the online scene in October 2019. Top brands such as FanDuel and DraftKings were early out of the gates and are likely to be dominating the Indiana sports betting market, just like they are in New Jersey. Together with BetRivers and BetAmerica these were the brands that launched in 2019. We expect an additional 5-10 new sports betting sites in Indiana throughout 2020 which will fierce the competition to be the best online sportsbook in Indiana.

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Best Betting Sites in West Virginia (WV)

In August 2019 DraftKings and FanDuel launched online sports betting in West Virginia. The trend is clear with these two brands as first movers in almost every state opening up for online sports betting. BetMGM became the third and first in 2020 to offer its services in West Virginia. We expect to see more sportsbooks in WV soon.

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Best Online Betting Sites in Colorado (CO)

Colorado Sports Betting was approved by the people in the Centennial State through a public voting in November 2019.  Online sports betting went live on May 1, 2020 and four sportsbooks – DrafKings, FanDuel, BetRivers and BetMGM launched their Colorado sportsbooks operations that very same day.

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Best Online Betting Sites in Illinois (IL)

Illinois online sports betting went live on June 18, 2020 with BetRivers through a license partnership with Rivers Casino Des Plaines.

DraftKings, FanDuel and all online only operators will have to wait 18 months before going live with their online sportsbook in Illinois i.e the land-based casinos in the land of Lincoln will have a 18 month head start.

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Best Online Betting Sites in Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee Sports Betting Online became legal in July 2019 but did not go live before November 2020. Action 24/7, BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel were the first four sportsbooks to get a TN sports betting license.