US Friendly Sports Betting
With gambling restrictions throughout most of America, it doesn’t make it easy for gamblers living in US. Online gambling is prohibited in all states except New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware but the daily fantasy sports industry has taken the market by storm. Market leaders such as DraftKings and FanDuel have cashed in on the unregulated sector but not without a bit of opposition. US regulations make it difficult to place a friendly sports bet but whether you prefer DFS or professional sports odds, there are options for US punters.
At the moment, there are no laws prohibiting DFS wagers in the United States. Betting on a virtual team put together by the players is considered a game of skill and therefore completely legal. There have been millions spent on marketing, which has contributed to the increase in players participating in DFS.
Several states have piped up expressing the need for regulation stating that betting on DFS is in fact gambling. The argument for it being a skill based form of gaming is that the teams are not real. They’re put together by the player. Although based on real professional athletes, there is skill in analyzing stats to create the ultimate virtual team.
Despite the flack the DFS industry is receiving, market leaders continue to flourish with partnership deals coming out of the woodwork.DraftKings has scored sponsorship deals with various NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams with FanDuel signing contracts with the NFL and NBA. What this means is that sports fans will see advertising at stadiums across America for each of the DFS partners when attending games. With plans to attack the UK market next, DraftKings has also partnered with America’s Major League Soccer. With soccer being wildly popular within the UK, soccer partnerships are the key deals to obtain starting with the US. Additional sponsorship deals have been achieved with WSOP and the PGA Tour.
American sports fans can even see adverts for daily fantasy sports while catching a game on the ESPN network. One of DrafKings’ most recent marketing partnerships is with consumer engagement solutions provider SignalShare. The company operates the wireless network platform used in stadiums throughout the United States. This contract means that any spectator accessing the stadium’s wireless network with their mobile device will see DraftKings at the forefront of advertising. SignalShare will also make it possible for the operator to analyze who views their advertisements to further target marketing material.
We’ve established that DFS is an option for American punters but what if you’re interested in traditional sports betting online? Sports betting is legal within the states of Delaware, Nevada, Montana and Oregon. Other forms of online gambling are permitted in New Jersey; however it has been fighting for the legalization of sports betting. Lawmakers took the issue to appeals court to determine whether sports betting violated the 1992 federal ban across all but four states. New Jersey was given the opportunity to become the fifth state back in 1992 but failed to meet required deadlines. It now seems that online sports betting is off the table for the state in 2015.
As for online bookmakers that accept American punters, there are quite a few good ones to consider.
Sportsbook.ag caters to US sports including all the major leagues such as NFL, NBA, NHL, MMA, MLB and other sports like tennis and golf. You can even place a bet on hot political topics like the 2016 US Election. In addition to sports, Sportsbook.ag offers other products with its casino, poker, racebook and fantasy. Free bets, match bets and plenty of promotions make it a good option for American punters.
Sports Betting, established in 1999, is another bookmaker that proudly waves the American flag welcoming you to place a bet. A major draw is the acceptance of Bitcoins, which is a virtual currency that has become quite popular in the online gambling world over the last couple of years. Odds are mainly available on American national leagues but there is no shortage of international sports like football in England, Brazil, Mexico, Japan and other regions. An online casino and poker room are available for those that like to toggle back and forth in between games or matches. New sign-ups are eligible to claim the 50% Welcome Bonus, which has the power to substantially boost your bankroll.
OddsMaker is covers a wide range of sports from football to basketball, baseball, rugby and martial arts, to name a few. As with the other US friendly sportsbooks, OddsMaker also gives new players a deposit match bonus along with the first deposit. Bets can be placed online using a desktop computer, mobile device or even via phone. Promotions and the availability of additional products make it a good option for US based bettors.