The United States and betting have a complicated relationship and, since online gaming exploded in popularity around the turn of the millennium, the situation has become even more muddled.
Only a handful of states have fully legalised gambling and access to online gaming is further restricted for American citizens.
The signing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) – which made transactions from banks or similar institutions to online gambling sites illegal – provoked many overseas online sportsbooks and betting exchanges to prohibit US residents from opening accounts, due to the fact that the bookmaker, not the player, would be liable for breaking the law if discovered.
Because of this, Americans who want to place a bet online find their options limited. However, certain bookmakers will still accept US residents. Here are six of the most well-known:
Bovada – www.bovada.lv
A Latvian site, Bovada is currently the most popular sports betting site which accepts US residents. Bovada accepts VISA debit or credit cards issued from a US bank and allows players to bet on a variety of sports, as well as casino games. Please note that Bovada does not currently accept players from New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware due to the specific laws in place in these states.
Bookmaker.eu – www.bookmaker.eu
As opposed to Bovada, Bookmaker.eu accepts players from all 50 US states and has a long and colourful history of operation. According to many online gaming review sites, Bookmaker.eu is currently the most trusted sportsbook among US residents, with high betting limits, no personal limit collars and guaranteed payouts on wins. Bookmaker.eu is also well-known for its generous promotions, with 50% sports and casino bonuses on a first deposit up to $300.
BetOnline.ag – www.betonline.ag
Registered in the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, BetOnline is one of the few sportsbooks which is prepared to accept MasterCard deposits; it only does this for its VIP members but the status is fairly easy to obtain over time. BetOnline specialises in American sports, covering the NFL in particular detail, meaning it’s an attractive proposition for those in the US looking to place a bet.
SportsBetting.ag – SportsBetting.ag
Another sportsbook registered in Antigua and Barbuda, SportsBetting is particularly popular with a US audience due to its “Lifetime Reload Bonus”, which allows players up to $1,000 in free play each time they make a deposit.
5Dimes.eu – www.5Dimes.eu
5Dimes is open for business to residents of all 50 US states and is renowned for offering some of the best odds in the online sports betting industry. 5Dimes is also highly regarded for its variety; from American football to Olympic weightlifting, you can bet on almost anything! They also accept deposits by Bitcoin for those concerned about depositing money via their debit or credit card. Please note that 5Dimes can be quite unreliable at times in terms of access.
InterTops – www.Intertops.com
A true pioneer, InterTops was the world’s first online sportsbook when it launched its website in 1996. A mobile site – another world-first – followed in 2000. Unlike the other sites on this list, InterTops’ audience is truly international, although up until a few years ago it was an invite-only platform for US bettors. With quick payouts, competitive odds and a friendly support team, InterTops is a great option for sports betting online. Their NFL market stands out, with players able to receive a free $500 if they place $5,000 wagers on the American football league throughout the season.
Other bookmakers which accept US players include 1Bet2Bet, SportBet, TopBet and WagerWeb. There are other sites out there too, but it’s best to stick to those you know to be well-established and trustworthy.