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The pace is picking up in terms of online sports betting in the US. Whatever your state, whatever your sport United Gamblers has all up-to-the-minute developments surrounding the fastest growing online gambling industry in the world.

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Online Sports Betting FAQ

There's a lot going on with online sports betting in the US - it can be hard keeping up. Luckily, help isn't too far away. This page will put to bed any doubts you may have about the industry in your state and allow you to wager on your favorite sports in confidence.

Is online sports betting legal?

Yes, though this does depend on where you live. Right now, online sports betting has been legalized in 14 states. Of this number, five have launched sports betting online since the federal ban on US sports betting was lifted in May 2018: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Mississippi (restrictions apply) and Iowa (restrictions apply). In total, including Nevada, online sports betting is 100% legal in six states.

Where are online sports betting sites safe to use?

At present, legal sports betting sites can be found operating in six US states: Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Mississippi and Iowa. Playing at sports betting sites anywhere outside of the aforementioned states are almost certainly illegal sites operating offshore in order to bypass US law. Bettors who decide to wager at unregulated sites run the risk of losing winnings through a sportsbook not paying out and having payment details compromised. There's also the potential for players to be prosecuted.

How do I get started with online sports betting?

Decide on an online sportsbook that you think will best meet your needs first of all. There are several factors to consider when choosing the best betting site including variety of betting markets, user experience and customer service, to mention just three. Next, create your sports betting account and take advantage of a no deposit bonus offer that entitles new players to free cash or free spins. Keep up to speed with the best welcome bonuses in the US at United Gamblers.

What is the best online sports betting bonus?

Naturally, a no deposit bonus (free cash for signing up) is the most popular type of bonus to catch the attention of new players. In most cases this type of offer tends not to exceed $30. A matched deposit bonus (requires a deposit to be made first) meanwhile can see new customers claim up to $500 from a sportsbook. Choosing a bonus depends what you’re after, though both types present a valuable insight into how a betting company operates which is the overall aim of a welcome bonus.

Can you bet on sports online in New Jersey?

Yes. Sports betting sites in New Jersey are 100% legal. Having launched a regulated industry in August 2018, the Garden State is leading the way in terms of revenue generated across the US from the fourteen sites operating.

Do all online betting sites offer the same sports?

Generally speaking, the vast majority of betting sites offer a wide selection of sports in order to satisfy the taste of everybody. The big four (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) are a given at every site because of how popular they are. Lesser known US sports (cricket, rugby union, darts) may be harder to find and will not feature on every site however.

What states is DraftKings legal in?

DraftKings are legally permitted to accepts wagers from players in New Jersey and West Virginia. Pennsylvania will shortly follow. New players can take advantage of a free $25 bet in both states.

Where can I bet on NFL online?

Every US sportsbook caters for NFL betting. This said, some will do it well, others not so well. Owing to their background in Daily Fantasy Sports and all-round knowledge of NFL, DraftKings and FanDuel are the two standout options in terms of NFL betting overall. By this we mean depth of betting markets, in-play options, value of odds etc. 888 Sport and SugarHouse are two strong alternative sportsbooks for betting on NFL.

How do I collect winnings from a sports betting site?

The process of withdrawing money from your account varies from site-to-site and your preferred payment method. Payout speeds can range from 1-4 days while there may be a minimum withdrawal amount set by the site operator. Providing the same method is used for withdrawing and depositing, the process should always be a simple one to initiate by simply clicking the ‘Withdraw’ button.

What is the best sports betting app?

In terms of what is expected of an app e.g speed, ease of use, navigation, FanDuel takes some beating. That is entirely subjective and based on our experience however, you may have a completely different opinion on what makes a good sports betting app. Fortunately the choice is so vast, there’s something for everyone.

Online Sports Betting in the US: Where can I wager?

You want to be able to bet on sports via a moblie app from the comfort of your living room or on-the-go without restrictions.

At present, this is possible in the following states:

How we got here

Restrictions lasting decades had denied the masses from having the chance to wager on sports. Nevada had once been the only place for legal sports betting. Fortunately, those days are now a distant memory.

States have moved quickly to legalize sports betting

Since the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports wagering outside of Nevada in May 2018, states have moved quickly to legalize sports betting and implement a regulated industry.

Today, following a series of successful launches across the US, legal sports betting exists in a number of states, each with their own unique framework in place.

Read on for the current situation concerning legal online sports betting in your state:

Sports Betting in New Jersey

  • Sports betting: ✅
  • Online sports betting: ✅

Since New Jersey instigated matters in overturning PASPA, it was a turn up to see NJ pipped to the post in becoming the first state (outside of Nevada) to start accepting sports bets.

But it’s the Garden State who leads the way in terms of the amount of legal online sportsbooks live. As a result, online gambling now accounts for an estimated 80% of all legal sports bets in NJ.

The most competitive market in the industry

First to market, DraftKings, claimed a large customer share before being joined by playMGM and SugarHouse.

FanDuel, William Hill, 888 Sport, Caesars and FoxBet have all followed suit in putting down roots in New Jersey, making it the most competitive market in the industry.

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Licensed by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, both Unibet and bet365 are due to launch in NJ

Sports Betting in Pennsylvania

  • Sports betting: ✅
  • Online sports betting: ✅

One of the first states to pass sports betting legislation, PA were able to launch legal sports betting in November 2018.

As per the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), land based sportsbooks were required to launch before offering online sports betting.

SugarHouse were first over the line in May 2019 with BetRivers, Parx and FanDuel all following in quick succession. Bettors can wager on sports from anywhere in state borders.

    Sports Betting in Pennsylvania

    Parx Online Casino & Sportsbook began taking sports wagers in January 2019

    Sports Betting in West Virginia

    • Sports betting: ✅
    • Online sports betting: ✅

    State lawmakers in WV had sports betting legalised early in 2018.

    Despite the demise of the only online sportsbook launched, BetLucky, the industry has been resurrected and now includes arguably the two biggest sportsbooks in the US in FanDuel and DraftKings.

    Users of both can make sports wagers from the comfort of home via mobile apps.

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    It was on. Then it was off. Today West Virginia sports betting is very much alive and kicking.

    Sports Betting in Indiana

    • Sports betting: ✅
    • Online sports betting: ✅

    In the space of a few months, The Hoosier State launched sports betting (May 2019) and online sports betting (October 2019).

    The first two sportsbooks confirmed and in operation today are DraftKings and BetRivers.

    Sports Betting in Rhode Island

    • Sports betting: ✅
    • Online sports betting: (bettors must visit land based sportsbook to activate account)

    RI became state number eight to roll out sports betting at its two state casinos: Twin River and Twin River Tiverton.

    The Ocean State then welcomed mobile wagering in time for NFL 2019, allowing for mobile wagering from anywhere in the state. But in order to activate an account, a bettor must verify their identity in-person at a land-based establishment.

    Sports Betting in Nevada

    • Sports betting: ✅
    • Online sports betting: ✅ (must sign-up and deposit at land based sportsbook)

    Las Vegas, Nevada. The undisputed gambling capital of the world and once upon a time the only place to gamble legally.

    For NV, little has changed post-PASPA. Bettors can wager as usual at one of the numerous land based casinos with sportsbooks and also via mobile apps.

    However, in order to protect the Vegas gambling industry, as we know it, a player must visit a brick-and-mortar casino to create and fund an account, while any wagering via mobile must take place on casino grounds.

    Las Vegas Gambling

    Since 1992, Nevada was the only US state to allow legal single game wagering

    Sports Betting in Mississippi

    • Sports betting: ✅
    • Online sports betting: ✅ (wagering permitted from land-based casinos only)

    Among the small cluster of states to legalize sports betting in anticipation of PASPA being repealed, The Magnolia State became the third to offer full-scale sports betting.

    The first wagers were made at Sportsbooks at Gold Strike Casino in Tunica and Beau Rivage in Biloxi. Three months in, a flourishing market was further boosted with the addition of DraftKings.

    However, restrictions in place mean online sports betting can only take place on the grounds of a physical casino.

    Sports betting in Iowa

    • Sports betting:
    • Online sports betting: (in-person sign-up compulsory until January 2021)

    With a little over three months between approving legislation and an industry launch, The Hawkeye state have the template for a swift and successful launch.

    Iowa sports betting includes statewide mobile wagering, albeit, bettors will need to visit a casino in-person to create an account until January 2021.

    Thereafter, Iowans can look forward to full-scale mobile sports wagering.

    Understanding PASPA

    When the Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) inconsistent with the Constitution, new life was breathed into sports betting based on the following sentence:

    “Each state is free to act on its own.”

    To date, twelve states have done just that and launched a regulated industry.

    A number of others have bills on the table with the intention of following suit.

    Sports Betting in Delaware

    • Sports betting: ✅
    • Online sports betting: ❌

    Delaware became the first state to take advantage of the removal of PASPA, ahead of New Jersey ironically.

    DE had been partially exempt from the federal ban on sports betting in place since 1992 with residents permitted to partake in parlay wagering, via the state lottery.

    No time was wasted in expanding the industry once the opportunity arose though. As it stands, online sports betting in Delaware does not exist.

    Three casinos with sports betting is thought to be sufficient for the second smallest state and easy enough to visit. At least that's the consensus for now.

    Sports Betting in New Mexico

    • Sports betting: ✅
    • Online sports betting: ❌

    The Land of Enchantment became the sixth state to welcome sports betting.

    Wagers are accepted at The Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel in Bernalillo and operated by the Tamaya Nation at the Pueblo of Santa Ana.

    Only land-based betting is permitted.

    Sports Betting in Arkansas

    • Sports betting: ✅
    • Online sports betting:

    Arkansas became the first state of 2019 to launch a regulated industry, doing so on July 1st.

    The first ever sports wager was placed at the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, so far, the only location legalized to accept wagers.

    Southland Racing and Gaming and two yet-to-be-built locations will join Oaklawn as a land-based operator in due course but the landscape for mobile betting is less clear as it stands.

    Sports Betting in New York

    • Sports betting: ✅
    • Online sports betting: ❌

    Legal sports betting is now a thing in New York State, though only in a handful of casinos right now.

    Disappointing for all is the fact the industry does not include mobile wagering.

    If and when the bill is expanded remains to be seen - rumors are online sports betting in New York may in fact never come to pass.

    In the meantime, the closest New Yorkers can get to a full-scale industry is next door in New Jersey.

    States on deck

    There are a variety of bills on the table as we speak.

    Tennessee, Montana, Illinois and North Carolina have all passed sports betting legislation and will seek to launch a regulated industy late 2019/early 2020.

    Washington D.C. is also thought to be close to sounding the sports betting horn. The bill is believed to include mobile wagering and will resemble a similar lottery-operated framework launched in Delaware.

    Choosing a sports betting site

    "Which online sports betting site is the best?" - a typical question among sports bettors.

    We all have different tastes, likes and dislikes

    The thing is, we all have our different take on the world, different tastes, different values.

    What you may view as important, your buddy may not. And neither would be right, nor wrong.

    How do you even define “best?". It’s a hard one to pin down, right?

    Below are a few pointers to help make the process of choosing a betting site flow that bit quicker.

    Factors you should consider

    It's good to continually ask yourself questions when choosing an online sports betting site. That way, you'll discover what you deem significant and of most importance to you.

    For instance, does the site cater for a good variety of sports? How does it fare in terms of customer sevice? Does it offer your preferred means of payment?

      At first glance, it may seem that each site is like-for-like. Delve deeper though you'll discover each betting site is in fact very different, great news in terms of catering for everyone.

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      1. How is the level of customer service?
      2. What is the welcome bonus like?
      3. How easy is the site to use?
      4. Is the app easily downloadable?
      5. Are there a range of deposit options?
      6. Are the lines competitive with other sites?
      7. Is there a healthy range of sports/bet types to choose from?

      By no means are the above in order of importance.

      Each bettor will rank certain criteria higher than another when selecting a betting site; while customer service will be essential for one individual, for another it's all about the size of the welcome bonus.

      There’s no right or wrong when choosing a betting site

      Simply, it’s about working out what's important to you and settling on a sportsbook that ticks most, if not all, boxes on your list.

      Research is key to getting exactly what you want from your sportsbook. Trial and error too. Sometimes, things just aren’t as you’d expect but your experience with one betting site will at least have opened your eyes as to what to look out for in the future.

      For more on choosing the best betting site, check out Chapter 6 of our Beginner's Guide to Sports Betting.

      How to create a sports betting account

      Once you’ve ticked those boxes and settled on the best betting site for you, it’s time to sign up. This should take not time at all in truth, you’ve already done the groundwork getting to this point.

      What’s required in terms of signing up is standard across the board and can be broken down into three stages.

      Setting-up a sports betting site

      Enter the following personal information:

      • Name
      • Email address
      • Home address (including city, state and ZIP code)
      • Cell Phone number
      • Date of birth

      Create log-in information:

      • Username
      • Password
      • Security question & answer

      Finally, add a method of payment:

      • A means of depositing and withdrawing monies that suits you and your finances, e.g. credit/debit cards (VISA/Mastercard), internet wallet (Neteller/Skrill/Paypal)

      If you're wondering why you need to add a payment method now, many welcome offers require you to deposit money before receiving a bonus.

      Online sports betting bonuses - What you need to know

      In a highly competitive market, sportsbooks need to stand out from the crowd in order to achieve their overall goal of winning new customers.

      The main way they do this is through betting bonuses, of which there is a variety.

      Sportsbooks entice new customers with betting bonuses

      A bettor may earn a free bet by signing up or a bonus amount having made a first deposit. You can even lose a bet a certain way and be awarded a bonus play.

      For a beginner to betting, the sheer quantity of free bet bonuses out there can be quite overwhelming. And that’s without trying to fathom the terms and conditions.

      Here are the most popular sports betting bonuses you will come across.

      No deposit bonus

      Quite a rarity these days, right? But if you're a new bettor, you can enjoy the luxury of a no deposit bonus which requires you to part with $0.

      The offer is typically on the smaller side, for example, $10/$20. And given its free cash such an offer will often come with a steep wagering requirement (sometimes as much as 15X) before you can claim the money as yours.

      But the ‘try before you buy’ element of the bonus remains of huge appeal to many a bettor.

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      Matched deposit bonus

      Make a first deposit with this offer and the sportsbook will match the amount, upto a certain percentage.

      For example, a common offer is 100% upto $50. This means an initial deposit of $50 will be matched with another $50, while 50% upto $50 will see your account credited with a bonus of $25. And so on.

      One could say this is another take on the risk-free bet. But the difference with this offer is you’re still entitled to your bonus, even should your first bet win.

      Risk-free bet

      Here, you make an initial deposit and place a wager. If your bet wins then happy days, you collect your winnings as normal.

      Should your bet prove unsuccessful, however, the sportsbook will refund your stake in the shape of a free bet, the ‘risk-free’ element coming to the fore.

      The prime offering for new kids on the block

      Note, that any winnings made from your free bet will not include your stake. Also, consider that the free bet may need to be used within a certain time period. In other words, always read the terms and conditions attached to the offer.

      Money back free bet

      Here, you can still win your money back if a wager loses in a particular way.

      For instance, should the basketball team you backed lose in overtime, the sportsbook may return your deposit.

      Such offers are normally promoted around big events such as the SuperBowl or the Final Four of the much loved NCAA tournament.

      Best payment options for online sports betting

      Often overlooked but nonethelss an important aspect is how to deposit and withdraw monies to your betting account, from your bank account

      Good sportsbooks make life easy though by making the most popular payment methods available:

          • Credit/Debit cards (Mastercard/VISA)

          Almost everybody owns a credit or debit card of some description, making this the most widely used deposit method.

          You’ll need to enter your card details (long card number, expiry date, security number) when prompted, as well as the name on the card.

          Rarely will you be faced with any major issues when using this option with funds credited immediately to your betting purse, providing there is money in your bank account that is!

          How you withdraw winnings depends on each individual sportsbook

          Some may take longer than others – the most common tend to be between 1 and 2 days – while other sportsbooks may charge a fee for transferring winnings via a card.

          • E-wallets

          PayPal, Neteller and Skrill rank as the top options when it comes to e-wallets.

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          Convenient, simple and safer to use than a bank card, e-wallets are the perfect option for cutomers who prefer not to make direct transactions from their bank account.

          • Bitcoin

          In terms of the betting industry, this option works well for both bettors and online sportsbooks.

          Bitcoin is extremely quick, offers near-anonymity and is cheaper than all other methods

          To deposit, select Bitcoin (BTC) as your payment option. Send your Bitcoins to the BTC address (valid for 10-20 minutes) that would have been sent by the sportsbook. The processing time can take a few minutes.

          In order to cash out winnings, you need to request a cashout withdrawal and provide the sportsbook with a Bitcoin address for the payment to be made. The overall process usually takes between 24 and 48 hours.

          Bitcoin betting sites

          More and more betting sites are starting to offer Bitcoin as a payment method

          How to bet on sports online: Types of bet

          It’s essential to know the different types of American wagers and how to play each correct.

          Moneyline Betting

          This type of betting is the typical wager used across the big four sports and beyond solely because it's the easiest to understand and requires minimal work.

          There will only ever be two choices to bet on; the favorite (the team expected to win) and the underdog (the team expected to lose).

          • The favorite is assigned a negative number (-), indicating the amount that must be staked for a $100 profit to be made
          • The underdog is assigned a positive number (+), indicating the amount that you can win if you risk $100
          Moneyline bet example

          New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks

          NY Knicks are the favorites to win at -110

          • Placing a successful $110 bet on them will bring you $100 in winnings
          • In addition to the winnings, your stake of $110 is returned
          • Total payout = $210

          Atlanta Hawks are the less fancied team to win at +240

          • A successful $100 bet will yield $240 winnings
          • In addition to the winnings, your stake of $100 is returned
          • Total payout = $340

          Pointspread betting

          At times, two teams of contrasting ability fail to offer value in the odds. This is when you may use Pointspread betting.

          Like the Asian Handicap system now commonplace in European online sports betting, this method reduces the perceived differences between two teams in order for there to be better value in the odds.

          Several factors are considered before assigning how high or how low the handicap is set. This includes form, home field advantage, player availability or weather for instance.

          Once this is decided, you’ll find one side (the underdog) handed what is essentially 'a headstart', with the other (the favorite) starting with a handicap they'll need to overcome.

          Point Spread Bet example

          New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders

          • New England Patriots -10
          • Oakland Raiders +10

          The Patriots are considered ten points better than the Raiders prior to the start and will be required to win by more than ten points if they’re to win the bet.

          For the Raiders to win the bet, they have to make sure they lose by less than ten points.

          We’ve used 10 points for example purposes but a whole host of handicaps are offered by sportsbooks so do not worry about being restricted in what you can bet on.

          In the event of New England Patriots winning by exactly 10 points, the match would be considered a ‘push’. In this case, your stake returned due to there not being a winner.

          Totals – Over/Under bets

          A great alternative to just betting on the winner, this wager centers on the combined points total of both teams.

          Predict whether the game comes in over or under the line set

          Set by the sportsbook, the runs/points total will factor in stats, form, injuries and circumstance into the odds

          For instance, if you bet on an NBA game between Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat to finish Under 210.5 points, the combined match points total needs to be 210 or under for the bet to be successful. 211 points would be classed as Over the line and therefore, unsuccessful.

          Betting markets

          Parlay Bet

          Parlay betting links together two or more single wagers for a higher payout.

          The odds increase the more teams involved in the parlay bet, similar to the accumulator so commonly used in football within Europe. For this bet to win, all wagers must win – if one lets you down, the whole bet loses.

          This bet can bring sizable winnings. Generally speaking though, relying on the outcome of numerous games significantly reduces the chance of success. As a result, many bettors tend to steer clear and stick to other wagers.

          Benefits of legal online sports betting

          • Downfall of black market
          • Less risk of fixed matches harming integrity of sports
          • Tax revenue = added source of income
          • Creation of jobs
          • Signifcant investment in sports leagues
          • More help and investment in gambling addiction programs

          Long standing concerns that the integrity of sports in the US would be harmed with the introduction of legal sports betting has seen the industry off limits for as long as it has.

          But when you consider the success of the industry in other parts of the world and how safely online sports betting is regulated, it's a surprise it has taken this long for the door to be opened.

          In Europe, for instance, sports betting is massive business with an estimated annual turnover of more than $100 billion.

          The industry is 100% legal and safely regulated thanks, in part, due to a strong set of laws created within the European Union.

          The potential for fixed matches and illegal activity is reduced significantly by the work carried out by the EGBA (European Gaming and Betting Association) – representing the leading gaming and betting operators – and the ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity), in place to safeguard the integrity of sport.

          Online betting in USA taxes

          Tax revenue and the opportunity for new jobs are two of the major factors behind the shifting attitude towards sports betting in the US.

          The two organisations work alongside each other to detect irregular betting patterns and identify match-fixing scenarios even before the bet or bets have been placed, in addition to squeezing out illegal betting operators from the industry. Never has it been safer to bet in Europe.

          The US, by contrast, has been home to a significant underground betting scene which has only served to increase the likelihood of the integrity of a sport being compromised.

          With the potential for all to benefit, it’s no surprise to see attitudes towards sports betting shifting at quite a rate

          A lack of a clear regulatory framework also brought its obvious dangers for vulnerable players unprotected from illegal betting operators.

          Going forwards, the legalization of the industry will not only help to eradicate such risks but also see states recoup millions of dollars in previously lost tax revenue.

          Not to mention the number of jobs that'll be created and significant investment for the sports leagues. With the potential for all to benefit, it’s little surprise to see attitudes towards sports betting shifting at quite a rate.

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