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The 3 safest online sportsbooks in the US

12 April 2021

Legal online sports betting has existed in the US since 2018. Despite this, unregulated online sportsbooks still lure in many unsuspecting bettors.

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BettingScanner's resident safety expert has picked out the safest online sportsbooks in the US for 2021.

🥇 PointsBet β†’ Legal in NJ, IN, IO, IL, MI & CO

🥈 Bet365 β†’ Legal in NJ & CO

🥉 Unibet β†’ Legal in NJ, PA & IN

Safe Online Sportsbooks

Before sports betting was legalized in 2018, unregulated offshore sportsbooks dominated the market. Now, over a dozen states have a fully regulated market with a host of safe sportsbooks and safe payment options available.

Unfortunately, offshore, and illegal sportsbooks still attract thousands of customers every week. This is largely down to a lack of knowledge among new sports bettors.

With nice-looking sites and big-brand names it is hard to tell these offshore sportsbooks apart from the legitimate and legal online sportsbooks.

To make things easier for you we have listed the US’ top 3 safest sportsbooks.


What is a safe way to deposit with a sportsbook?

There are a number of different payment methods that you can use in order to deposit your money.

We can recommend PayPal. This is because it adds an added layer of security to your payment transfer. It also offers you a withdrawal option as well which is not possible with a direct Visa or Mastercard transfers.

For more info on the subject, check out our page on safe sportsbook deposit & withdrawal methods. You can also visit our page on safe sportsbooks that accept PayPal for both deposits and withdrawals.

What makes an online sportsbook safe?

The crucial factor is a licence. Without one a sportsbook is not liable and is completely unregulated.

To obtain a license an online sportsbook must be approved by a state's gaming commission, pay a fee and be partnered with an existing casino or sportsbook.

How do I know if an online sportsbook is not safe?

You can check on their site if they are licensed in your state.

They should display the logo and name of each gaming commission that they are licensed with.

For example, in New Jersey a sportsbook will be licensed by The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement

PointsBet: USA's no.1 safest sportsbook

When it comes to keeping you safe, no sportsbook can quite match PointsBet.

The Aussie sports betting company has taken the US by storm launching in six states and picking up customers for fun.

PointsBet is now fully licensed in:

  • New Jersey by The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Indiana by The Indiana Gaming Commission
  • Iowa by The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission
  • Illinois by The Illinois Gaming Commission
  • Michigan by The Michigan Gaming Control Board
  • Colorado by The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission


The Faster, Easier Way to Bet on Sports

  1. Secure payment options: The online sportsbook offers a wide range of payment options for both depositing & withdrawing your cash. PointsBet was one of the first online sportsbooks to offer PayPal. You can also use their trusted prepaid card to avoid your debit or credit card payments being blocked.
  2. The best odds for a number of pro teams: The online sportsbook has sponsored a number of major pro sports teams including the Tigers (MLB), Red Wings (NHL), Avalanche (NHL), Colts (NFL), Bears (NFL) and Nuggets (NBA). This means you will get the best odds and a number of team-specific promotions for these teams.
  3. A generous & trustworthy welcome offer: This is an important factor for us when judging wether a sportsbook can really be trusted. The welcome offer is one of the most generous welcome offers around with 2x risk free bets worth $2,000. The first is a standard $500 risk free bet which means that you get your money back in the form of free bets if you lose your first bet, which can be between $10 and $500. The second is a $1,500 points-bet risk-free bet which is also a money back guarantee but your bet must be their unique form of points betting. Crucially, there is no small print requiring you to turnover the bet more than once before the money is yours!

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Is it safe to use PointsBet in a state where it does not have a license?

It is completely legal and safe to download the PoinstBet sportsbook app anywhere in the US.

It will not be possible however to deposit or place a wager with PointsBet until you are in a state where it is fully licensed.

It common practice that people download and sign-up to Pointsbet in New York and then crossover into New Jersey to place a wager.


Bet365 is as trustworthy as an online sportsbook can be. With millions of customers around the world and two decades of experience they belong to online sports betting royalty.

Bet365 is licensed in:

  • New Jersey by The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Colorado by The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission


The World's Favorite Sports Book

  1. Safe & Secure Payments: getting your money in and out of your sportsbook account can be incredibly frustrating. This is down to the fact that the US banking system has simply not caught up with existing legislation and banks routinely clock payments which should be entirely legal. Bet365 offers all the usual suspects and more when it comes to payment options for deposits and withdrawals. Crucially they offer PayPal and are one of only four online sportsbooks that offer Skrill as a payment option.
  2. 24/7 customer service: nothing says a sportsbook cares more than a 24 hour, seven days a week customer service.
  3. Excellent odds: there is no point signing up with an online sportsbook if they are offering odds that are worse than the market average. This is certainly not the case with Bet365, especially when it comes to the MLB or soccer odds where they offer some of the best in the country.

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The online sportsbook begun its life in Sweden, and has since become one of the world's most trusted sports betting sites.

Unibet is licensed in:

  • New Jersey by The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Pennsylvania by The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

  • Indiana by the Indiana Gaming Commission


By players, for players

  1. Safe & Secure Payments: Can you tell this a theme with us? Well, you should simply never ever underestimate the importance of a secure and reliable payment service when it comes to sports betting. You need to feel 100% secure that you can get your money in, and more importantly get it out, because remember not all platforms - including Visa/Mastercard - let you withdraw our funds. Fortunately, Unibet has you covered - not only do they have the full array of options including PayPal but they are also the only sportsbook to offer Mazooma as a payment method. The platform promises to be the next big thing in the sports betting world.
  2. 24/7 customer service: You can contact UniBet's customer service at any time of the day - either via live-chat or by telephone.
  3. The most honest welcome offer in the market: You simply will not get a better welcome offer. Not only do you get a $500 risk-free bet but you also get 4x$10 no deposit bonuses. This means you get $40 in bets for free - no strings attached. This is simply unheard of and we can't see this lasting forever, but it gives the sportsbook massive brownie points with new players.

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