US Customers how to bet on sports online
Betting Guides for Specific Sports
Fund Your Account
The most common options are a wire or a credit card. If you use Western Union or Moneygram, your money should be loaded to your account in an hour. The other option is to use a VISA credit card. It’s like shopping online. For online casinos using a credit card is preferable to Western Union and Moneygram because the minimum deposit is lower and the sites don’t charge fees. Please check the fine print on customer deposits. Make sure your jurisdiction is accepted and check for fee waivers based on the amount and type of deposit.
How to Bet Online
Start small. Get used to the interface and check different online sportsbooks for different odds. If you are going to be gambling everyday then it is worth it to open account at several online casinos and take advantage of different specials.
Collect Your Winnings
This is the most important thing. You win and now you want to get paid. Each of the online casinos offers different payout options. Read each one and see which one fits you bets. Getting a check in the mail might sound good but these checks are written on non US banks and your bank may place a long hold on them.
Am I at risk?
From you government? Always, but that applies to a lot of things besides wagering. If your government decides to go after online casinos like they did online poker sites, then your going to take a hit. My advice for the risk adverse is to have several accounts so the likelihood of all your money being tied up is lessened. I would also recommend a monthly withdrawal of your funds so you do not have to much offshore at any given moment.
Why is it tough to gamble online?
The Wire Wager Act and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). Basically, the federal laws banning gambling have so far applied to gambling businesses in the United States, not individuals. State laws that do specify that gambling is illegal for individuals have no power to regulate the internet because of the Constitution. Judging by the fact that the feds haven’t made any movement toward shutting down online casinos & sportsbooks it looks like the US Government has other priorities. This can always change with a new administration so stay abreast of the news.
Obviously this has changed with the legalization of state licensed sportsbooks across the US. While a state may license a sportsbook that doesn’t always mean it is easy to make a bet. There are many state regulations that make mobile wagering difficult. If you are someone who would like to bet on his phone instead of a sportsbook, then online offshore betting sites are still a far better value.
Read our “How to bet” Betting Guides
Take the time to read our how to guides for online gambling. A few little hints can help smooth out your online gaming and we hope our bonus offers help you start with a bigger bankroll. Good luck and stay within your limits.