There is no denying the Internet has helped to make our lives easier in recent years.
It’s also a good source of entertainment, especially when it comes to sports. We can now have instant access to live game feeds, for example. Plus, we can also wager on the outcome of those games online!
Are you based in the state of New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania or West Virginia? If the answer is yes, and you’re wondering how to bet online from your state, you’ve come to the right place. The following is some valuable info on the best online sportsbooks in your state:
Best online sportsbooks in New Jersey
Back in 2011, the state carried out a referendum on the legalization of sports betting. As a result, the majority of residents decided they wanted the freedom to bet on games. In fact, it was an overwhelming majority of 91%!
It took some time before betting became legalized in New Jersey. But in 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that restricting sports betting was unconstitutional. The ruling meant that governor Phil Murphy could enact a sports wagering bill.
For an online sportsbook to operate in New Jersey, it must be an established offline business. In other words, it needs to be a physical location, such as a casino to operate online.
Today, the good news is there are several online sports betting websites you can use. Check out the best online sportsbooks below:
Run by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, 888Sport NJ is an excellent legal sportsbook. It offers a variety of global sports betting options, plus it provides a $10 no deposit bonus! There is a mobile app available for iOS and Android devices.
One of the newer online sportsbooks in New Jersey is Unibet. It has an intuitive website and mobile app, and you can even live-bet in certain games. There are tasty bonuses to entice you, such as a $20 free bet and a $250 risk-free bet for new members.
An established brand, DraftKings is one of America’s leading online sportsbooks. It has over 10 million players worldwide and is also one of the safest online sports betting sites you can use. DraftKings NJ has apps for all major smartphones.
Top online sportsbooks in Delaware
In Delaware, the state’s Sports Lottery oversees the sports betting industry. At present, there are three physical locations (casinos) where sportsbooks are available:
- Delaware Park
- Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
- Harrington Raceway & Casino
Those three locations are all licensed agents of the Delaware Sports Lottery. Although online sportsbooks are legal in Delaware, so far none of the three casinos offer it.
Online sportsbooks will likely be available in Delaware in the future. But, as of October 2019, this is not the case. As with other states, only licensed physical locations can offer online sports betting.
Online sports betting in Pennsylvania
The state of Pennsylvania became the seventh US state to legalize sports betting in 2018. There are several physical locations where sports bets are available. But, online betting only became available since May 2019.
At present, five online sportsbooks are serving the state of Pennsylvania. More will open in the future pending regulatory approval.
Here are the online sportsbooks you can use, along with details of any bonuses or features they offer:
PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook PA
With PlaySugarHouse, you can get up to $250 free as a deposit match bonus if you sign up for the first time. One thing to note is that once you’ve started using the matched deposit, you can withdraw the balance!
For example, let’s say you deposit $100 into your new account. PlaySugarHouse will match that, so you have $200 available. Once you’ve used your initial $100 deposit and start using the bonus, that money is yours.
There are Apple and Android apps available to download so that you can use your smartphone too.
Another top name in the PA online betting community is FanDuel Sportsbook. They offer similar welcome bonuses to PlaySugarHouse. Plus, they also have a wealth of game offers to make your bets more enticing!
Their portfolio includes the NFL, the NBA, Major League Baseball, and the NHL games. It also comes as no surprise that they include games from around the world too. Examples include cricket, darts, and rugby.
As with PlaySugarHouse, they have Android and iOS apps for on-the-go betting. You can also deposit using a card or PayPal.
A new addition to PA’s online betting options is FOX Bet. Backed by FOX Corporation, the site only went live in September 2019. They offer $20 as a free cash sign-up bonus, and there’s the option of getting a further $100.
So far with FOX Bet’s sportsbook, you can choose from a range of football, basketball, and golf games to bet.
Online sportsbooks in West Virginia
In the Mountain State, sports betting gets overseen by the WV Lottery Commission. As with Pennsylvania, online sports betting has only been available for a few months.
The good news is West Virginia residents have a wide choice of sportsbook providers to use. Some of the best ones you should check out are:
In August 2019, DraftKings launched their mobile betting service in West Virginia. They offer new users a raft of sign-up and betting bonuses, including deposit matching.
Creating an account with DraftKings and navigating their website is quite easy. You can do so via your computer or use one of their apps on your smartphone or tablet.
Owned by Paddy Power Betfair, FanDuel is an established name in online sportsbooks. With a clean and easy to navigate interface, their mobile website is excellent.
FanDuel offers a free bet of up to $500 dependant on your deposit. With a wealth of sportsbook betting options, there will be something for everyone!
How do online sportsbooks work?
So, you’ve seen what each state has to offer. But, how exactly do these online sportsbooks work?
In a nutshell, they can usually only operate if they have a physical presence in the state (i.e., a casino). Next, they must meet state regulatory requirements and get licensed. Once that’s done, they can then legally offer you online sports betting facilities.
The way that the sites (or mobile apps) themselves work is identical to each vendor. You set up a new account to use them, deposit some money online, and you can then start betting.
Most, if not all providers offer sign-up and matched deposit bonuses. Some even provide in-game betting bonuses.