Despite the fact that over the past few years recent changes have made it more difficult to deposits funds from the USA betting sites, there still remain a variety of options for United States players to choose. (Last Updated: March 2014)
I’m ready to wager, what is the process of making my first deposit?
Years ago U.S. bettors were easily able to utilize Neteller to initiate a deposit in a matter of seconds. Neteller is no longer an option. However, there remain plenty of convenient ways to make an online deposit. A rather convenient way to deposit funds is to utilize a Visa or Mastercard.
If a card is not accepted, it is most likely due to the fact that your network does not permit gaming deposits. To get around this, one can obtain a credit card (pre-paid), like the ones sold at local food stores. In addition, wagering sites also offer various types of transactions (ACH and bank wires). In most cases, fees are paid by the online sportsbook site.
How do I withdraw money?
Withdrawals are not complex and almost always fee-less if requested once or a few times per month. The majority of betting sites issue a check via mail or provide a bank wire option. If you utilized an e-wallet, most of the time you may request the sportsbook to be deposited back to the same e-wallet account.
Is it important which sportsbook I choose?
In a nutshell, Yes. It is safe to make a deposit into any well-respected U.S. sportsbook sites. Fortunately, there are many of watchdog sites which examine offshore online sportsbooks, such us this website, providing players the opportunity to research betting sites before committing to that initial deposit.
Perhaps the most important aspect of a sportsbook are the wagering options available. Betting options and live sports odds are usually available on most online sportsbooks prior to making that first deposit.
If you are a big fan of America’s pastime (baseball) and overnight dime lines are vital to you, focus on finding a USA sportsbook that fits your needs. Likewise, this applies to any other special wagering options you may be interested in. When in doubt regarding a sportsbook’s options, send an email to the site’s customer service department.
The best sites are usually very responsive.
Deposit bonuses exist at just about every site. These bonuses usually range from 10-35% of your original deposit and can be rather large, often times up to one thousand dollars. However, these bonuses must be rolled over prior to withdrawing. This usually requires a bettor to bet two to three times their account balance after depositing prior to being able to make a withdraw which includes any pending bonus amount(s). Many USA players take advantage of these bonuses by applying the “bonus whore” method or by moving around to different online sportsbooks, clearing bonuses at each site to maximize profits.
Selecting an online wagering site which caters to U.S. bettors isn’t a difficult task to do as there are many sites to choose from with great specials and trustworthy stature. With very little research prior to making that first deposit, a bettor can make a wiser decision on choosing the best USA sportsbook online to fit for their individual bankroll.
Is sports wagering illegal in my U.S. jurisdiction?
In the United States, online sports betting is technically illegal. However, in today’s U.S. legal climate, it is unlikely you will be charged with any type of crime. Many U.S. jurisdictions have anti-digital wagering laws in place, make sure you check your state law.
Further, the main law pertaining to online wagering, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 does not specifically address online sports wagering. U.S. law regarding online sports wagering is the equivalent of betting through a local illegal bookie. The bookie (On the Internet – The online sportsbook) is usually the one that faces charges, not the bettor. The sportsbook owners accepting bets are the entity the U.S. federal government yearns to capture. In conclusion, an individual (U.S. based) who opts to bet on sports via the internet rarely faces legal action. In other words, local/federal law enforcement, usually don’t pursue the matter as they have more important things to focus their attention on.