Online sports betting in the United States has long been the target market of the world’s biggest sports betting sites. Though, over recent years it has become harder to deposit into US betting sites, American bettors still have a plethora of options to choose from. Here is a list of the top rated, safest and most used sportsbooks used by US players.
Long ago are the years of US bettors being able to use Neteller to deposit thousands within seconds, but there are still many painless ways to get cash online. The easiest way to deposit is to use a MasterCard or Visa as these are accepted by pretty much every US friendly sportsbook. If your card is declined in most cases it is because your network does not allow gaming transactions. With rejected cards, often times a simple call to customer service will enable them to process the card manually over the phone. If they can’t manually process your card, this can be solved by getting a pre-paid credit card that most grocery stores and/or gas stations sell.
However, credit cards are not the only deposit option for US bettors. Western Union and Moneygram can be used to send money to US betting sites. If you deposit their minimum amount, the site will generally cover the cost of the money transfer.
Bettors can also use person to person transfers to fund accounts. Betting sites also offer ACH transactions and bank wires, and as with most deposit methods the fees are covered by the online sports book. There are a few sites that also take money orders — you simply purchase a postal money order and have it couriered to the site. They normally request a tracking number so that they can track when your deposit arrives and credit your account accordingly.
Withdrawals are simple and usually free if done weekly or twice a month. Most betting sites will express you a paper check through the mail or will send a bank wire to your account. If you used an e-wallet in most cases, you can have the site send the money back to your e-wallet.
The easy answer is no. Any reputable top US betting site is fine to deposit into. There are many watch dog sites that review online sportsbooks, giving players a chance to research the sites before depositing. The only major red flag a bettor should be looking for is a site in poor financial standing, signs for this are not paying affiliates and slow pays for customers.
An important aspect to also think about is the betting options you want available on the site. You should be able to view the odds and betting options before depositing on most sites. If you are a baseball bettor and overnight dime lines are important to you, be sure you find a sportsbook that fits your needs. The same goes for any other obscure sport or special betting options, be sure the site offers these before depositing. If you have a question or are unsure about something, fire off an email to the online sportsbook’s customer service, I’m sure they will be happy to help.
Deposit bonuses are almost a certainty at any site. These bonuses are usually 10-30% of your original deposit and can be quite large some up to 1,000 dollars. However, these bonuses must be rolled over before withdrawing. This entails you betting usually 2-3 times your account balance after depositing before you can withdraw. Many players “bonus whore” or move around to different online sportsbooks, clearing the bonuses at each site to maximize profits.
Choosing an online betting site in the US is not a massive undertaking, there are many sites to choose from with great bonuses and solid reputations. With just a few minutes of research before you deposit, you can make a better decision on what site is the best for your bankroll.
Technically speaking online sports betting is illegal in the United States, however being charged with this crime is almost nonexistent in the current US legal climate. Many states do have anti-online gaming laws, though only one person in 2003 was charged with a 500 dollar fine for about 100,000 in online sports betting winnings. Also, the chief law on online gambling over the past few years, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 does not explicitly mention online sports betting.
United States law on online sports betting is very similar to gambling with an illegal local bookie. While it is technically illegal, the betting patron is not the one facing charges. The illegal bookmaker and in the case of online betting sites, the online sports book will be facing the charges. The site owners accepting the wagers are the people the federal government is after, not the gamblers placing the wagers. In conclusion, a single person in the United States who decides to wager on sports on the internet will almost certainly face no legal action of any kind. It is a bit a grey area legally, but has never been a priority of law enforcement.
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