So without further ado, here are the top five bookmakers for US punters in 2019. The list includes both offshore companies as well as some of the new entrants based in states like New Jersey:
Bovada.lv has been one of the most popular online sportsbooks for US players in the last decade or so. Formerly part of the world famous Bodog brand, Bovada is currently owned by a Canadian group called Morris Mohawk Gaming Group, or MMGG. These owners are based in the Kahnawake Mohawk Reserve in Montreal, Canada.
Bovada’s main attraction is that offers pretty much everything a regular punter would want from an online bookmaker. They have been around for a long time and have a reputation to protect. Besides the advantage of reliability, Bovada also offers extensive lines in most major sports events in the US, including the Super Bowl and March Madness.
Though not the earliest to drop their lines, Bovada still gives players plenty of time to get a piece of the action. The offerings include dual lines, standard wagers, alternate lines, props, and a mobile-friendly live betting platform.
For sports betting, the Bovada promos include a sign-up bonus and a quite generous rollover bonus. Payments are straightforward, relying on either bitcoin or credit cards, and they have a legendary reputation of paying their customers on time.
There is a reason why Bovada does not need to rely on outrageous offers or bonuses to bring in the crowds – they do everything else just right.
BetOnline is another popular online bookmaker for US players based in the offshore location of Panama. Having been around since 2004 is one form or another, this sportsbook is well known for its wide range of incentives and bonuses, as well as the numerous deposit and payout options.
The website has two portals, Betonline.com, and BetOnline.ag. Both are part of the same bookmaker. All the action at this site is focused on the all American sports of football, basketball, baseball, and hockey. You will also find other international and niche sports like soccer and rugby here.
The bookmaker offers $1 online wagers and even has the option for overnight lines with the possibility of lower limits. Other options include Open Parlays, If bets, and reverse bets. The bonuses and banking options are the main attraction here. You have signup bonuses, reloads, and numerous special promos including free play.
With a dozen different transaction options including bitcoin, credit cards, and e-wallets, payments and deposits is a breeze at this bookmaker.
This is one of the newer kids on the block for US punters, having started operations as late as 2016. Similar to the top two bookies on this list BetNow is also an offshore sportsbook focusing primarily on the lucrative US market.
For a relatively new bookmaker, BetNow has fared quite well among US customers in the last three years. This is largely due to their impressive selection of Big Four betting markets, along with relatively minor ones like soccer, golf, and tennis.
The site is quite notable for its selection of strong odds, as well as their choice of lines, props, totals, and sides. On the downside, they don’t have a strong selection of in-play betting odds. The betting interface and software look solid, if unremarkable, and they also offer some impressive signup bonuses with rollovers.
They are definitely not the most trust-inspiring offshore bookmaker on the market, but BetNow has hardly put a foot wrong in the past three years. That is why they are third on our list of the best US-facing bookmakers in recent years.
William Hill NJ
The name William Hill needs no introduction in gambling. A global giant in online gaming, this UK-based company is an industry pioneer in many ways. And now, with lift on sportsbook ban in the US, William Hill are among the dozen or so online sports betting sites welcoming bets from American players.
The latest William Hill venture into the United States is operating with a New Jersey license. This puts them at a slight disadvantage against offshore bookmakers, as William Hill can only legally accept bets from New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada residents.
At the moment, their betting markets include NFL, MLS, NBA, NHL, MLB, horse racing, boxing/MMA, and auto racing. They offer high betting odds, coupled with other nifty features like live video streaming and betting.
Though promo offers are not the most impressive, you do get the reliability and security of a big brand, not to mention excellent customer support. As they are a very new entrant into the world of regulated US sportsbooks, they still have a long way to go. But this definitely looks like a great start for William Hill in the US.
The famous Las Vegas casino chain is among the many US casinos trying to grab a share of the lucrative sports gaming market here in 2019. Their foray into the online gaming market in New Jersey is in hand with their casino in Atlantic City. They have a website as well as an app for New Jersey players.
Caesars currently offers betting markets in the big four, along with golf and MMA. Along with the usual signup bonuses and no-deposits, Caesars has the added advantage of their local casino for promo offers that include a complimentary stay at the Atlantic City casino, as well as trips to Las Vegas.
Though they lack advanced wagering options and in-play betting markets, Caesars still has plenty to offer for the casual punter. Their tie ins with the local casino, combined with their excellent bonuses and online casino games give them an edge against the competition.