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Updated: July 06
Leading German online gambling operator, Tipico, will make its US debut this fall in New Jersey. Once fully approved, the sports betting specialists will link up with Ocean Casino Resort and launch in time for the new NFL season scheduled to start in September.
Not long after in-person registration was waived in Illinois, the Prairie State will soon have another legal online betting option in the shape of DraftKings. The US sportsbook for whom Illinois represents a presence in an eighth legal state, will operate retail betting at Casino Queen and mobile betting under the casino’s master license.
Partnerships between sportsbooks and sports teams aren’t exclusive to the NFL. Following hot on the heels of the tie-up between the Denver Broncos and FanDuel, MLB franchise Detroit Tigers has announced a similar agreement with PointsBet. The deal is the first ever for a MLB side and further demonstrates the widespread acceptance for the sports betting industry across the major leagues.
Updated: June 29
DraftKings and FanDuel have, pretty much, matched one another every step of the way in terms of legal sports betting. Now, the pair are at it in the casino world too.
Both have set about expanding their respective online casino offerings with the launch of standalone casinos apps. DraftKings has done so in New Jersey with FanDuel adding its new product to the options already available in Pennsylvania.
Players had previously accessed casino games on each book via a tab on the sportsbook app. While this will still be the case, a dedicated casino platform enables DraftKings and FanDuel to appeal to more casino focused customers, expand on the range of games offered and offer a more holistic product and gaming experience.
Sometimes, it's smart to start with the basics!
Gambling involves playing risk-based games with a monetary value riding on the outcome or result.
Online gambling, which includes wagering on sports games at online sports betting sites and playing online casino games, allows you to do so on the internet.
There are several states with legal online gambling. We advise you to read gambling law relative to your state before wagering online since legal US online gambling is decided on a state-by-state basis.
These states have some form of legal online gambling active.
If you live in a state not mentioned, this means legal online gambling is not yet available.
More and more states are introducing rules to allow online gambling solely via a mobile device. Being able to bet on a phone is a big reason why online gambling has become so popular and states need to cater for this.
If you're in one of the states below, you can wager freely from a smartphone anywhere within state lines.
In these states, players can sign-up for an online gambling site from a remote location either on a mobile device or desktop computer.
Remote registration enables players to sign-up for an online gambling account without needing to visit a brick-and-mortar gambling establishment.
There are many things to think about when choosing between legal online gambling sites in the US.
Here are five questions to bear in mind:
For more advice on the factors to consider when choosing an online gambling site click here.
Rules surrounding online gambling are devised by a regulatory body specific to the state.
You can find yours below:
The days of a Nevada dominated online gambling industry are over. Since the federal ban on sports betting ban was lifted in 2018 online gambling in the US has boomed. In 2020, we have over a dozen states with some form of regulated legal online gambling in place.
Now gambling regulations are decided on a state-by-state basis, it's vital you know the online gambling options in your state.
This US online gambling guide will provide you with an overview of legal online gambling and help you find the best legal online gambling sites available in your state.
Below, is the list of legal online gambling states with active regulated markets. Each has launched online gambling in some form.
Click on any state for an overview of the online gambling options available.
The driving force behind making legal sports betting accessible for all, New Jersey has since become the largest market for US online gambling sites. If you're based in the Garden State or simply passing through, there are heaps of NJ sports betting sites and apps and NJ online casinos to choose from.
The most competitive online betting market in the US and the best for sports bettors. Since DraftKings launched in August 2018, multiple gambling operators have launched gambling sites that incorporate sports betting and online casino.
Just about every land-based NJ casino has rolled out an online gambling site now online gambling is more prevalent in the US. And if you know anything about Atlantic City, you'd know this equates to a lot of online casino sites! No surprise that New Jersey has the most online casinos of any other state.
PA legal online gambling includes both mobile sports betting and online casinos. Sports bets can be placed via PA sports betting sites or mobile betting apps. The same of casino games which can be played using online gambling sites and apps.
As a sport-loving state of over 12 million people, it was inevitable Pennsylvania would become one of the hottest sports betting destinations for online operators. FanDuel, DraftKings, and FoxBet, among others, have launched sportsbooks since SugarHouse officially launched PA sports betting in May 2019.
Top online sports gambling sites in PA:
The launch of three Pennsylvania-based casinos - Hollywood Online Casino, Parx and SugarHouse - in July 2019 marked the start of casino online gambling in PA. The trio have been joined since by other online gambling operators including FanDuel, Unibet, and FoxBet
Top online casino gambling sites in PA:
WV will soon join NJ and PA and become only the third state offer online gambling across all three gambling verticals (sports betting, casino, and poker). The gambling-expansion became law in March 2020 and is expected to launch in 2021. After a rocky start, online sports betting is in full swing.
After the disastrous debut and shutdown of BetLucky, online sports betting in WV stood still for over half a year. But FanDuel and DraftKings (who else?) saved the day launching within days of each other in August 2019 to resurrect online gambling in the Mountain State. BetMGM joined the market in January 2020.
West Virginia's online gambling expansion will soon be complete. After the state’s five casinos were given the go-ahead to roll out casino and poker apps, West Virginia’s gambling options will soon be complete. Expect a launch date to be confirmed once regulations are finalized.
Mobile sports betting is GO in the motor racing capital of the US. Bettors can wager from anywhere within The Hoosier State from a mobile device or by visiting the sportsbook at one of the state's land-based casinos.
Retail and online sports betting is in full flow with DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetRivers all live. 888, bet365, Fox Bet and William Hill are just four names rumored to be launching in the not so distant future in what’s set to become, rather surprisingly, a super competitive market for the 6.7 million residents.
Top online sports gambling sites Indiana :
Despite the arrival of online sports betting, Indiana’s legal stance on online casinos is less hospitable. As such online casinos are strictly forbidden and considered a criminal act to play at. On the other hand, there are retail casinos to visit (13 in fact) should you crave for slots or typical casino games.
Online sports betting in Colorado went live on May 1, 2020. State voters approved legal sports betting in the Centennial State in November 2019 after a bill was passed during summer 2019. A legislative framework largely free of restrictions means CO online sports betting promises to be one of the most competitive US gambling markets to date.
Statewide mobile wagering is possible straight away via a bunch of big-name sportsbooks to have already launched including FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM and BetRivers. Fox Bet, PointsBet, Barstool Sportsbook and BetFred are also poised to join a highly competitive market. You must be physically located in CO state lines to wager - your device will use Geolocation technology to detect your location.
Online casinos and online poker are not yet legal in Colorado, nor are they market Colorado will look to legalize anytime soon. There are however 40 land-based casinos that offer players the chance to play casino games.
Originally exempt from the ban on sports betting imposed by PASPA, Oregon was always likely to feature among the first states to launch. Onboard with online sports betting, Oregonians can bet on the Blazers at the state’s only sportsbook app, Scoreboard, overseen by the Oregon Lottery.
Currently, the online sports betting scene in Oregon is a fairly lonely affair. Scoreboard, created by The Oregon Lottery who’ve been entrusted by the state government to oversee the entire market, was released in October 2019. The app functions the same as any other in the sports betting industry but the lack of options and competition is hardly doing much for the market as a whole.
You may have sensed the appetite for online gambling in Oregon isn't as great as other states. Predictably, online casinos and online poker aren't on the agenda for lawmakers in the Beaver State who will focus energy on sports betting instead.
Another state with a monopoly, at least for the time being, is New Hampshire. After legislators gave the green light in July 2019, DraftKings launched the first (and only) online sportsbook and app on December 30, 2019. 10 retail locations are set to follow in 2020 of which all ten will be DraftKings.
The Granite State bucked the trend of the majority of states by launching an online sportsbook before a retail one. New Hampshirites will have the chance to wager at a physical sportsbook in early to mid 2020 but for now online, at DraftKings, is the only way to bet. It’s an option attracting plenty of interest though with $2.31 million in bets for Super Bowl LIV alone.
Officially it’s a no to online casinos in New Hampshire. But you never know what you find until you try! Visit selected taverns and restaurants in NH and roulette, blackjack and other table games may be available.
It took just 94 days after passing legislation for Iowa to launch legal sports betting, showing the rest how to go about a successful launch. The Hawkeye state became the first Midwestern state and the 11th state in total to roll out a regulated industry comprising mobile betting. There is one condition however with in-person sign-up is compulsory until January 2021.
IA sports betting online requires in-person registration, a condition that will remain in place until 2021. While bettors have been fairly receptive of the model thus far, the countdown is on for January 1, 2021, when an online gambling account can be created remotely. When this moment arrives, expect 888sport, Fox Bet, DraftKings and FanDuel to join Pointsbet and William Hill as IA online gambling options.
There would need to be a change in the law for online casinos in Iowa to even be considered. This is not expected to change anytime soon. Iowans seeking out an online casino are best visiting sweepstake sites.
The glitz and glamour of Las Vegas will forever be known as the gambling capital of the US in the traditional sense. But having held a legal monopoly of legal sports betting for nearly two decades, Nevada is no longer the only hotspot for legal gambling in the US.
Despite the common belief that online sports betting began in 2018, Nevada has had online betting in place since 2010 via numerous sports betting apps. In-person registration is compulsory. Compared with the unrestricted markets of New Jersey and Pennsylvania though, the Nevada sports betting model is somewhat outdated.
Would the land-based establishments remain as popular as they do today if there were online casinos in Nevada? Highly unlikely, hence their absence in NV. Let’s be honest though, it’s not like there’s a shortage of casinos to visit - according to the Nevada Gaming Board, there are 441 casinos, the majority of which are located in the four main casino areas of Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Laughlin.
New Jersey had been expected to become the first state outside of Nevada to ring the sports betting bell. But nobody told Delaware. “The First State” certainly lived up to its nickname, pipping NJ to the post and rolling out legal sports betting before anybody else.
Full-scale mobile sports betting is permitted, though, as yet, there are no apps live.
DE became the first state to make online gambling legal in 2012, a trend they were to repeat a few years later with sports betting. The market went live in 2013 with casino sites operated by the state’s three racinos at Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway.
Two referendums four years apart indicated a strong desire for sports betting in RI. Twin River Casino launched mobile sports betting September 2019. Customers are required to create an account in person before wagering.
Mobile sports betting is permitted in the Ocean State. Sportsbook Rhode Island powered by William Hill remains the only online option right now. Could the division of monies (51% of sportsbook revenue goes to the state, only 17% of revenue generated is kept by the book) have anything to do with this? Apparently not. Further launches are anticipated under the Twin Rivers brand, responsible for operating the state’s two casinos.
The emphasis is on launching online sports betting first so online casino sites are, at least for now, off the radar. In the meantime, sweepstake sites remain the best bet for players looking for the thrill of online casino games.
The launch of the BetRivers' mobile app in mid-June 2020 signalled the start of IL online sports betting. Bettors can enjoy the experience of sports gambling anywhere in the state via a mobile device. Initially, bettors would have needed to register for an account in-person but this requirement was relaxed.
BetRivers is the sole online sportsbook app in Illinois following a June 18 launch. Now in-person registration has been lifted and statewide mobile wagering is in play, more books are expected to follow after Illinois became a highly appealing market sooner than most thought.
Despite the gambling friendly nature of Illinois, home to 10 riverboat casinos incidentally, the Illinois Gaming Act of 2019 does not include online casino or poker.
Projected online launch: 2020
In a first for US sports betting, Tennessee will launch the first online-only sports betting market. The lack of physical casinos in the Volunteer State means if you want to bet in Tennessee, you will only be able to do so via sports betting apps and online - sounds great doesn't it? Expect the likes of FanDuel and DraftKings to head the list of TN online gambling options when legal sports wagering gets the final green light.
Projected online launch: 2021
All three online gambling verticals - sports betting, casino gambling, and online poker - were legalized in one hit in December 2019, leaving Michigan poised to become an online gambling powerhouse. In-person betting is already underway but full-scale mobile wagering will have to wait until 2021 under the terms of the law. PointsBet and Fox Bet are confirmed MI online gambling operators and many more are set to follow.
Projected online launch: 2020/(early) 2021
It could be a very happy new year for Virginians looking to bet on their favorite team. That's because VA legal sports betting - including remote registration and remote wagering - may be live before 2021 begins according to the Virginia Lottery (state regulators). Sports betting in Virginia became legal in April 2020 and was the second state in 2020 to push through a legal bill. As with many online states that have rolled out similar gambling-friendly models, state residency is not required but you'll need to be physically located within VA state lines to bet.
In these states, legal sports betting is permitted. However, online gambling is not part of the legislative framework.
As a result, all gambling must take place within the four walls of a land-based casino/sportsbook. This means you must visit a physical location and bet in-person.
The Magnolia State adjusted their state legislation to legalize daily fantasy sports in 2017, a move which paved the way for the introduction of sports betting. State law permits mobile wagering but only on casino grounds. Understandably, the limitations of the law and the cost involved in launching an app has seen zero interest in mobile from casinos. Reports of Mississippi legalizing full-scale mobile sports betting have cropped up in 2020 however.
The first legal sports wager was placed in late 2018, five years on from permitting sports betting. Rivers Casino in upstate Schenectady gladly played history makers. FanDuel launched its retail sportsbook not long after at Tioga Downs and is positioned nicely if NY mobile sports betting is ever given the go-ahead by lawmakers. This will not be in 2020 though.
The Natural State became the ninth state to launch regulated sports betting in July 2019. Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort accepted the first legal wager and officially kicked the market off. However, under state law, legal gambling is limited to the grounds of a physical casino and this isn't set to change anytime soon.
Against the odds, New Mexico became the sixth state with legal sports betting, without state law permitting the activity. The Tamaya Nation opened the sportsbook at Santa Ana Star Casino after discovering a loophole in the state’s gambling law. It's one of five tribal casinos in NM, none of which offers mobile sports betting.
As with anything new, knowing where to begin can be daunting - we know we've been there. But with our expertise and guidance, we will put you on the right track and give you all the confidence to ace the start of your gambling career.
To help you get started with online gambling, we have broken down the process for you below, step-by-step. We also recommend reading our beginner's guide to sports betting, which adds more flesh to the bones, as it were!
Since sports betting is introduced on a state-by-state basis, not every state has the same choice of sportsbooks and apps available.
That's why you need to familiarise yourself with the online gambling sites and mobile apps that have launched in your state.
For instance, take New Jersey. The gambling-friendly law in the Garden State means the selection of online gambling options is vast. New Hampshire, on the other hand, is limited to one single gambling operator overseen by the state's lottery.
Depending on the legal landscape of your state, you could have numerous sportsbooks to choose from. Or, just a select few.
In any case, what do you want from an online gambling site? For you to sign up with an operator and create an account, ask yourself, what must a site have?
Are you after a big welcome bonus? Do you require a specific payment method? Perhaps, you want to be able to bet on a lesser-known sport?
US sports betting sites and online casinos differ in how they operate and in what they offer. To better identify the best option for you, ask yourself what you need and what you want an online gambling site to do.
Providing relevant personal details and contact information is a compulsory requirement of any registration process.
Operators will also ask you to verify your identity to comply with Know Your Customer regulations all companies operating online must follow. You do this by providing your social security number.
And since sports betting is confined to certain states, you will need to confirm your location. 99% of the time you won't need to do anything since your location will be detected automatically through the online gambling app you are using.
Welcome bonus offers are used by online gambling sites to entice new customers to sign up.
Typically a bonus is either a free bet or free spin that enables a new player to become familiar with how a book operates.
There’s not only one type, however. Bonuses come in many different shapes and sizes and carry a specific set of terms and conditions.
It's good to know the difference between each one.
It's still relatively early days in terms of legal online sports betting and online casino gambling in the US. But competition is already strong in the states that have launched.
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, and New Hampshire are home to many of the world's best gambling operators. This means eager-to-wager Americans, like yourself, have many options when it comes to choosing an online sportsbook or casino site.
Too much choice can be a problem though, especially when you're not entirely sure what makes one different from another. That's where we come in.
We'll not only take you to the best online sportsbooks and casinos your state has to offer. But help you decide which one is best for your specific gambling needs.
Above all else, though, it's our primary goal to guarantee your safety when gambling online. That is why we only work with legal online gambling sites.
You can be rest assured all operators on United Gamblers are:
We are players ourselves. We enjoy gambling online as much as you and have been doing so, safely, for several years.
Over time, as our enjoyment and passion continued, the lack of information around the subject of online gambling as a whole became apparent.
We noticed a big gap in the market in terms of finding genuine information, from how to open an account, deposit funds and place a wager but particularly how to remain safe playing online.
Once the sports betting ban was lifted in 2018, we set about trying to help like-minded players make sense of a fast-moving and complex industry the best way possible. And so here we are!
States are nowhere near as quick in legalizing online casino gambling, the same way they did sports betting.
Many states - at least in the short term - are holding back from fully expanding its gambling options. But why?
Well, have you heard of the Wire Act?
The Interstate Wire Act of 1961, better known as the Federal Wire Act, prohibits the use of wireless facilities to transmit gambling information and money.
Put simply, the law removes the prospect of cross-state betting.
As with many laws, they apply to a certain era and as time goes by, they no longer serve their original purpose.
Originally, the law was introduced exclusively for sports betting to help combat organized crime within the industry. Moonlights before the advent of the internet of course.
Now, though, the Department of Justice has altered that view and extended it to include all online gambling, leading to conflicting claims as to whether the act covers just sports betting, or, all forms of online gambling.
As you can imagine such ambiguity is having a direct impact on the online casino industry moving along.
Many states are open to playing the waiting game to see what transpires, hence the slow(er) progress in the online casino industry than we’ve seen with sports betting.
With nobody none the wiser as to whether the act will be overturned, upheld or relaxed, it’s a case of waiting it out, for now.
US gambling indeed resembles a complex mish-mash of laws currently. But it hasn’t always been like this. Or, has it?
One would say the shifts seen in US gambling almost mirror US history itself.
Another country with red, white and blue in their flag are viewed as being responsible for the birth of the gambling industry in the US. Settlers from France, in search of the land of opportunity, are believed to have brought with them ‘poque’, or, as you would know it in its final form today, Poker.
Roulette also carries French roots with the two games becoming part of the American fabric faster than you could say ‘full house’.
While the notion of gambling became more widely received in this period, it wasn’t clear there would be an industry boom until the 20th century, Las Vegas showing the way.
Without doubt responsible for gambling standing as tall as it does in the US today. The city underwent a serious facelift in the early ’90s with the building of casino after casino dominating the skyline.
Casinos becoming part of prestigious hotel complexes hasn’t stopped Vegas losing its tag as the number one place in the world for gambling. Even with Nevada losing its monopoly of the industry recently, the appeal of Vegas is unlikely to waver.
Many gambling sites popped up out of nowhere in the late 90s during a technology boom, resulting in a hike in online gamblers. This had ticked along nicely for the early noughties but things were to change rapidly when legislation was introduced seeking to put a stop on money laundering.
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) is seen as one of the most significant events in the history of US online gambling. It’s no surprise either given the effect it had.
Many global gambling sites were left unable to process payments, culminating in a sharp exit for many left shocked at a dramatic turn of events.
The laws surrounding online gambling were relaxed at the start of the tens, leading to the point where we find ourselves now: states moving to launch individual frameworks for regulated online gambling.
Nevada - who else - was quickest off the mark in offering legal online gambling in 2013. Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania did likewise. West Virginia and Michigan are expected to join NJ and PA in expanding online gambling options to cater for both sports betting and online casino.