When choosing an online sportsbook, it matters very much where you are. If you haven’t been keeping up with gambling politics in the United States, we’ll just say that a few very influential organizations have gone to a lot of trouble to make it difficult to enjoy online gambling.
Difficult, but not impossible; while a number of high-quality international sportsbooks remain out of reach to US bettors, there are still a handful of respectable and dependable websites that stepped up to take their place. My favorites (all of whom are guaranteed to offer rugby!) include:
BetUS – great variety and competitive lines, plus a number of fun extras (swimsuit calendar! Casino and poker games! BetFlix!).
Sportsbook.com – flashy, but don’t let that fool you — they’re serious about sports betting, and make it as easy as possible for you
Sportsbetting.com – the most direct, no-BS sports betting site for US players; no suprise, because it’s operated by Cake Poker, one of my favorite and most trusted poker sites
Intertops – 25 years and 400,000 satisfied customers…myself included. Others come and go, but you can depend upon Intertops!
bodog – I didn’t want to be won over, but the branding machine surprised me with serious quality and support, in both sports betting and poker. I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong.
Of course, if you’re NOT in the US, there are a number of great sites, many of whom are familiar names in their own countries and even worldwide. For the non-US sports bettor, it becomes less a matter of finding the good ones…and more about choosing between the many great ones. My personal choices:
Bet365 – absolutely unbeatable bets and support, and 100% reliable.
William Hill – the UK’s most well-known bookmaker has an equally excellent online presence, well worth checking out
888 sport – the one-stop online gambling king. If you get tired of the many sportsbetting options (however unlikely!), 888 is great at just about everything else, too
Ladbrokes – like WillHill, likely Ladbrokes needs little introduction to UK punters.
Bet770 – not a household name (yet), but possibly the most extensive and no-nonsense online sportsbooks you can find. Always a pleasure to play!
As I’ve said, don’t just take my word for it. Check out what others have had to say as well. However, I believe that you’ll find a general consensus that the sportsbooks listed here are frequently listed as the top performers in the industry. If you ever run across one that you think belongs on this list with the rest, we would not mind hearing from you. I have an open mind and keep an eye out for any new sites that seem to fit the bill, so to speak. Why limit yourself? That’s what I always say… You know?