In 2006 the US government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) which essentially made it illegal for banks to process gambling transactions. Many of the top international sportsbooks left the US market due to the the risk to their business. Some sportsbooks were left, however their banking options became quite limited and we’ve seen a rise in those accepting the anonymous cryptocurrency Bitcoin, as well as the rise in Fantasy betting sites.
MMABetting.com does not recommend any traditional sportsbooks for US players or that accept players from the US market. There is an attempt in the Supreme Court to repel PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992) which could lead to the legalization of sports betting in the United States. If that does occur individual States would have the authority to legalize and regulate online sports betting if they so choose. Then any reputable Sportsbook would require a license from an individual State to offer sports betting.
Until the laws in the United States change in regards to sports betting, we recommend that players stay clear of any sportsbook doing business in that market. If they were caught up in any legal action for their US business it could jeopardize their international business and funds. There are too good of alternative options for most countries to take the risk.
For Americans that would like to partake in some form of sports betting, but aren’t going to Vegas, we recommend:
Safe and Legal US Accepted Sportsbooks
- Draftkings.com – Better than a traditional sportsbook if you like the parlay and roster. They were the first fantasy site to add MMA betting and continue as the leader in fantasy MMA adding more events. Gaining huge popularity in newly released MMA events. Only legal MMA betting site other than the traditional ones below.
For players outside of the US but still in North America where the majority of UFC and MMA events take place, we have included our pick for Canadians:
Sportsbooks for Canadians
- Sportsinteraction.com – For those living outside the USA, and residing in Canada, Sports Interaction is by far the most trusted and recognizable brand. Without a doubt, Canadians should join Sports Interaction. For a more in-depth review, read more about Sports Interaction.
As always, gamble responsibly and legally. Check your local laws before betting online. We do not condone legal sports betting, betting on sports can only be performed at “fantasy” labeled sportsbooks in the US.
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