Sports betting might be relatively new to the USA, but it is already a huge business. As individual states open up their borders for betting, new players are logging on to the various apps in droves to get a piece of the action. The result is bonuses, free bets, and many other promotional schemes that the sportsbooks use to get their share of the customers. Potential bettors have more options than ever, from placing wagers in person at casinos to sportsbooks and offshore betting.
Here is a look at the five best sports betting apps in the USA
Interestingly, the USA’s two biggest online/app-based sportsbooks were not traditional casinos. Instead, FanDual (and DraftKings) are daily fantasy sports providers that act in that capacity in states without gambling and have transitioned into full-fledged sportsbooks in states where gambling is legal. “Same Game Parlay” betting is huge in the US market, and FanDuel was the first app to feature that type of bet. FanDuel is massively into player props – especially in the NFL – giving bettors thousands of options every Sunday when building their custom bets.
How sports betting works in the USA means that states control what sportsbooks operate within their boundaries. DraftKings currently has the most states of any sportsbook (17), which is enough for a place on this list on its own. The app is responsive and easy to use, and the prices/markets are precisely what an American sports fan looks for. The number of free bets and promotions is outstanding, with parlay props curated by celebrity guests always being fun to consider wagering on.
Caesars might be the app to go for if you want a clean, easy-to-use interface from your sportsbook without too much noise on your screen. The lack of clutter is immediately noticeable compared to the mass of information given with FanDuel and DraftKings while still offering a ton of free bets and other promotions. This is also the app that (generally) is quickest with props for games (player and team) so if you like to do your betting early, certainly consider Caesars.
BetMGM feels like it is closer to being part of the “Big Three” than part of the rest of the pack. The offers are there, the promotions are good (if a little generic), and the pricing seems right. The issue with this app is that it sometimes feels like a casino sportsbook playing as sports betting app rather than just being a sports betting app. The navigation is a little wonky, and the app is still prone to freezing a little too often. It is, however, an app that is constantly upgrading, and a new UI would be massive for BetMGM.
There is a decent drop-off between Caesars and BetRivers regarding overall app quality. The UI is polished enough, and there are no problems with the service, while the iRush Rewards loyalty program is undoubtedly a nice touch for those that use the app regularly. What makes a sportsbook stand out, however, is the creativity of the promotional side of the app. This is where BetRivers doesn’t quite match up with its competitors yet, with promotions being a little less robust than other apps out there.