Welcome to our complete guide to legal sports betting in the US. Crossing Broad is your one-stop shop for news on the betting industry, reviews of legal US sportsbooks, and betting breakdowns and analysis from Crossing Broad’s team of experienced writers and, more importantly, bettors.
States where sports betting is legal
New Jersey became the first state to legalize sports betting following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a 1992 law which effectively banned. Read all about NJ online sports betting.
Pennsylvania already had a bill in the works when the Supreme Court’s decision came down and they have since legalized in-person and online betting. Read all about PA online sports betting.
Delaware offers legal sports betting, but only at three state-backed casinos. Read all about Delaware sports betting.
Mississippi offers legal sports betting, but only a handful of casinos. To date, Mississippi has not approved online sports betting.
West Virginia has approved both in-person and online betting, however there have been problems between service providers that led to a prolonged outage and online betting options are limited at the moment.
New Mexico offers limited sports betting.
Sports betting is legal in Rhode Island, but casinos have had a tough time and mobile betting is not yet live.
DraftKings Sportsbook has been the undisputed leader in legal online sports betting so far. They led the charge in New Jersey and have offered continuously inventive forms of action, including cash-out options, pools, bracket challenges and even AAF betting.
Read our full DraftKings Sportsbook review.
PointsBet is one of the best sports betting sites out there. They are new to the American market, launching in New Jersey with Allen Iverson as a spokesperson. They offer a unique “points betting” system that allows you to win (or lose) a multiplier of your bet up to 50x.
Read our review and get a PointsBet promo code.
FanDuel is a daily fantasy leader and was an obvious entrant into sports betting. They led the betting market in New Jersey for the first time in February, according to BetNewJersey.com. That probably had a lot to do with their 53-1 Super Bowl promo. FanDuel has a partnership with Valley Forge Casino and Resort for PA online sports betting.
Read our FanDuel Sportsbook review.
SugarHouse launched its sportsbook inside its PlaySugarHouse.com app, which had existed in New Jersey for a few years. They will likely be one of the first online sportsbooks to launch in PA.
Read our SugarHouse Sportsbook review.
Rivers is owned by the same company as SugarHouse, Rush Street, and will also be one of the first apps to launch in PA.
Read our Rivers Sportsbook review.
The Stars Group owns FOX Bet (previously BetStars). They launched for sports betting in New Jersey in September and will launch in Pennsylvania sometime in 2019.
Read our FOX Bet review.
888 is a lesser known app based out of Israel. They have struck a partnernship with the Jets.
Read our 888sport review.
Parx will be launching its online sports betting app soon.
Read our Parx Sportsbook review.
The NFL is unquestionably the most popular league to bet on. Read our guide on NFL betting.
To bet on sports effectively, you have to know what you’re doing. We’ve put together a full list of sports betting tips.
How to bet on sports
What is a spread? How do you bet the moneyline? We answer all those questions and more in our page how to bet on sports.
This type of bet allows you to move a line in your favor, but also costs you in the juice. Read our page on teaser bets.
In Europe, more than 70% of the market is live or real-time bets, which allow you to place bets on a game while it is being played. Read our page on live betting.
Is Sports Betting Legal?
It depends where you live!
Sports gambling has been legal in Nevada for some time, and in a limited capacity in other states, such as Delaware, where parlay bets were offered. But the Supreme Court’s decisions to overturn a 1992 law enables states to legalize sports gambling as they see fit.
Thus far, Delaware and New Jersey have legalized it. Delaware allows in-person betting at Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway, with online betting scheduled to come sometime this summer.
New Jersey has approved both casino-based and online betting, though online platforms require a 30-day waiting period and are not yet available to take action.
Pennsylvania will vote on a bill in early June to determine when and how it will offer action, and it is presumed that will include a decision in online and mobile betting. However, the state is considering large tax rates, and thus sportsbooks have been hesitant to pursue operations in the state as of yet.
Other states will follow.
What is a deposit bonus in online sports betting?
Most online sportsbooks will offer what is commonly referred to as a deposit bonus or signup bonus. This is a fixed amount of money, or a percentage of your initial deposit, that gets added to you account.
But there is, of course, fine print. You don’t always get this money right away, and you certainly can’t withdraw it before putting it in play. Each site differs with regard to how you can use this money. However, we don’t consider this a major factor in reviewing these sites. Consider it an added bonus.
Esports betting is becoming increasingly popular as the sport itself grows. With sites like DraftKings offer eports related contests, it seems only inevitable the wide-spread betting on esports will follow. Hence, this is a large growth area, with seemingly limitless contents and betting options. Integrity is a factor, as esports gamers typically don’t earn as much as major professional athletes. They are thus susceptible to being bought, so to speak. As sites begin to offering esports action, we will review those verticals specifically and provide you with detailed reviews of the offerings.