Published on 10/11/2023 6:20:59 PM
Gambling is incredibly popular in the USA, that much is clear. Last year, gamblers spent over $53 billion playing their favorite casino games, both online and offline. So it comes as little surprise that if you’re looking for places to gamble in the US, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
While gambling in the US is generally considered very popular and largely above board, it’s still regarded as one of the strictest markets in the world when it comes to regulating its laws around the practice of gambling. It’s important to know where gambling is legal and illegal before you get started to avoid confusion, and possibly even a brush with the law.
In 2021 alone, it is estimated that Americans spent roughly $9.3 billion on online gambling, which puts the country in the 2nd place spot for the most money spent on online gambling, behind only the UK in first place.
There are loads of online casinos that you can access in the USA, even if you’re in a state that hasn’t yet legalized local online gambling options, so you don’t have to spend much time trying to find one that suits your needs. Locally-licenced sites are still only available in 6 states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and Connecticut. However, offshore sites are available in other states and allow players to access the latest betting games from anywhere. Some of the most popular games available in online casinos in the US are:
These are generally considered the most popular casino games in America and can be found in almost any online casino. It’s widely accepted that slots, poker, and roulette tend to have an RTP (Return To Player) of around 95% or higher - meaning your odds of winning are at around 95% per bet. However, it’s important to note that this differs from casino to casino, so it’s best to do your research before you start placing bets.
Even though online sports betting has been enjoyed in America for quite some time, it was largely done under the radar. The federal government finally legalized it fully in 2018 but has still left a lot up to states to individually decide how they wanted to regulate the market.
In general, most states allow either in-person or online sports betting (or both), but a few states like Hawaii, Utah, and Alaska still largely ban sports betting and other gambling activities. As a rule of thumb, states like Nevada, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are the most accepting when it comes to online sports betting, but the market is opening up in a growing number of states all the time.
As a result, there are loads of legal and well-trusted sports betting sites that operate within America. A lot of online casinos have also adopted the option to bet on sports into their casinos, meaning that in most cases, you can often enjoy all your favourite casino games while betting on your favorite sports all in the same place.
America is well-known for its extravagant and luxurious real-world casinos. Places like Las Vegas, Atlantic City, St. Louis, and New Orleans are some of the world's biggest gambling hotspots. You can find loads of casinos in these cities and to date, there are roughly 2,200 real-world casinos around the USA. Most of these cities are also major tourist attractions because of the rich cultural heritage they have, and the wide amount of entertainment that they offer to tourists as well. So you’ll at least be able to see a little more than just the inside of a casino.
Alternatively, you can try to find offline sports betting establishments in the US, but they’re rare and very hard to come across. In most cases, establishments like bars will host digital sports betting facilities within their establishment. This means you can enjoy a real-world setting, but still have to place your bets online. Online is still widely regarded as the safest and most popular way to place sports bets within the US.