USA Betting Sites

USA betting sites are not what they once were. Before some financial regulations crippled the industry, forcing most online betting sites to get rid of their American-facing operations, Americans were by far the biggest spenders in the online gambling business. Now, some sites have popped up with the ability to accept deposits and pay withdrawals to USA customers.

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Here is a description of my coverage of USA betting sites and USA-specific bonuses and payment methods. I’ll start with a quick guide to the most common question I hear from readers:

Are American Betting Sites Legal?

Here’s a quick summary on my opinions about American gaming law:

1. No federal law exists that makes online gambling illegal.
You can look all you want, but you won’t find anything at the federal level declaring that Americans are not allowed to place wagers on the Internet.

2. It is against federal law for sportsbook sites to accept wagers from Americans.

It is not, however, against federal law for you to place such bets. This doesn’t count in the case of casino or poker games, by the way – only sports bets. The Federal Wire Act says pretty clearly that accepting sports bets from US citizens is illegal, but the Department of Justice now says it does not apply to any other games of chance or skill.

3. It is against federal law for banks to handle transactions related to online betting.

Once again, federal law makes it illegal for any bank to handle a known gambling transaction involving US-based players. It’s not illegal for you to MAKE the transaction; it is illegal for a bank to handle the transmission.

So, to sum up – you aren’t breaking American law by placing bets on the Internet. You MAY be breaking a state law, if you live in one of the states listed above, but even then you aren’t likely to be prosecuted.

I’m not a lawyer. This is for educational purposes, only. If you need legal help related to online betting in America, please find a lawyer familiar with US gaming law.

Our Coverage of American Betting Sites

Here’s what you’ll find as part of the comprehensive coverage of USA betting sites on this site:

  • Site reviews
    I’m just as sick of biased betting site reviews stuffed with out-of-date information as you are. The reviews here are written by a real gambler with real experience placing bets online. I’m not selling you anything – I’m sharing details that I think you’ll appreciate. And I do it from a US perspective.
  • Details on currency support
    Though most betting sites use the US dollar, even if they don’t accept US customers, it’s important to know everything you can about a site’s banking details before you open an account. I can also steer you away from sites that aren’t US-friendly.
  • USA-specific bonus reports
    Though US customers don’t get many country-specific bonus opportunities, you can sometimes find a deposit or withdrawal method that’s available only to Americans, and sites often offer special bonuses based on your deposit method. It’s a complicated feature, and I unpack it for you so you are prepared to open an account at the best site for your needs.
  • Details on deposit and withdrawal methods
    Every US-facing betting site has the same few deposit and withdrawal methods – that’s the nature of the business for Americans. It’s still important to understand their various terms and conditions, fee schedules, and other details before you make your decision about where to place your bets. I’ve collected all those details in one easy-to-read location.
  • Customer service contact information
    Sometimes it can be hard to find a specific email address, phone, or fax number you need to do business with a USA-facing betting site. All those details are available on my USA betting sites reviews and other pages.
  • Discussions of US gaming law
    Gambling law in America is complicated. I write about all those legal issues from the perspective of a bettor, a guy who both knows and abides by the minefield that is American gambling law.

Of course, I cover more than just US betting sites and America-centric gambling news. I also cover Canadian betting sites – and that’s good news for US bettors, because many Canada-facing sites offer service in English, accept the US dollar, and are happy to do business with US customers.

I also write about new and existing mobile gambling options, provide you guides to various forms of betting, and constantly update my coverage to provide the only details that matter – the current ones. Stick to my USA betting pages and you’ll be better prepared to navigate the difficult waters of American online gambling.


Betting online in America is not what it was even ten years ago. Big changes to gaming law in America mean that tons of popular sites have bailed on the market entirely, while other opportunists have popped up to take advantage of the murky legal situation that exists. We cover the best USA betting sites from the perspective of American bettors.