Cricket Betting In The USA

For a variety of legal and commercial reasons a significant number of online sportsbooks do not accept clients from the United States. Some well-known sites that will not open accounts for USA residents include Betfair, Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Paddy Power. There are, however, a number of online sportsbooks that do accept USA residents as clients, and that do offer markets for cricket betting.

www.Bodog.com: Bodog has been catering to US clients since 1994, and provides a variety of markets for cricket matches, tournaments and series. Bodog offers outright result markets, as well as some future and prop markets, such as top run-scorer.

Bodog recommends either Digital Pin, a prepaid telephone account, or MyPayLinq, a type of e-wallet, to deposit funds. Funds can be placed into a MyPayLinQ account via credit card, eCheck or Western Union, and then transferred into the Bodog account. Bodog also accepts direct credit card deposits, although they cannot guarantee that deposits will be approved or how long the process will take. Withdrawals from a Bodog account are made via courier-sent check.

www.5Dimes.com: 5Dimes is based in Costa Rica, and is open to US residents. It covers current international cricket matches and provides markets on the outright result.

5Dimes offers ACH bank transfers using MoneyLineWallet as an intermediary. Funds are placed into a MoneyLineWallet account through bank transfer or eCheck, and can then be transferred into a 5Dimes betting account. Cash can also be deposited directly into a 5Dimes account using Money Gram or Western Union. Withdrawals are made by bank transfer onto a savings or checking account.

www.BetOnline.com: This Panama-based site is open to US gamblers, and covers most major cricket matches and competitions. Markets are usually available for outright match results only, and cover current and future matches.

BetOnline accepts all major US credit card deposits and currently have one of the highest acceptance rates in the whole of the online sports betting industry. Should your card be rejected or if you prefer to use another deposit method, BetOnline recommends either cash deposit through MoneyGram or Western Union, or deposits via eCheck from a checking account. You can also try prepaid cards which you can get at most local convenience stores. Check with BetOnline for your best options. Withdrawals are made via direct transfer onto a checking account.

US Cricket Betting Laws and Regulations

The legal status of online sports betting in the USA is complex, with legal penalties differing depending if someone is offering online gambling, advertising online gambling, facilitating payments to bookmakers or actually placing bets online. There are three sets of laws that are relevant to the online gambler: the 1961 Wire Wager Act, the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), and individual state law. However, contrary to popular belief, it is 100% legal to place online cricket bets in the United States.

Although there is no federal law against placing a bet online, a number of states do have specific laws against online gambling. These include Illiniois, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. Some of these laws apply only to the offering of online bets, but even where the placing of bets online is specifically outlawed there have been no reported prosecutions of individuals for making bets via the internet.

Aside from individual state law, there are two federal laws relevant to the online gambler. The first is the 1961 Wire Wager Act. This act prohibits, amongst other things, the taking or placing of bets on sporting events using electronic communication, and the transmission of information electronically that facilitates the placing of bets. It is generally accepted that the Wire Act applies to internet gambling, and although the act is not used to prosecute casual bettors, it does mean that online bookmakers, even those based outside the USA, can and have been prosecuted under the act.

The second piece of relevant federal law is the 2006 UIGEA. This act makes it illegal to accept or transmit funds via electronic transfer, check or credit card for the purpose of internet gambling. The act does not make it illegal to place or take a bet online, but by criminalizing the transfer of funds it resulted in the withdrawal of several major online bookmakers from the US market. Also due to the act many financial organisations, including banks and online payment services such as Neteller, stopped providing channels for depositing funds into online gambling accounts.

The combined impact of the various state laws, the UIGEA and the Wire Act is twofold: firstly, the range of sportsbooks open to US-based gamblers is limited to companies based overseas, and many of these voluntarily refuse US-based clients for a variety of legal and commercial reasons; and secondly, the options for depositing funds into betting accounts are more limited than they are for non-US residents. Whilst it is extremely unlikely that any individual would be prosecuted for holding an account or placing a bet with an online sportsbook, it does make online gambling a more complex process than it is for residents of many other countries, where internet gambling is licensed and regulated by the state.

Depositing and Withdrawing Funds for US Bettors

The Wire Act and the UIGEA place a number of restrictions on transferring funds electronically in the USA, limiting the options when seeking to deposit funds into an online betting account. Despite this, sportsbooks that are open to US residents do offer a range of methods for depositing and withdrawing funds.

The most popular depositing method at the major US sportsbooks is of course credit cards. Almost all the leading sportsbooks accept deposits from bettors who use Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards. If your credit card deposit is rejected, you can call the site’s support team who will often be able to manually process your deposit over the phone.

If your credit card cannot be used to deposit at a sportsbook, there are a number of valid options available. Many sites are now accepting instant echeck deposits that work in almost the same way as paper checks. Money transfers via Western Union and Moneygram are also widely accepted as are eWallet deposits from sites such as MoneyLineWallet and MyPayLinq. One other deposit method gaining in popularity is prepaid cards such as those offered by Digital Pin.

Cricket Competitions in the United States

Despite taking part in the first international cricket match in 1844, the United States has a limited range of cricket competitions, focused mostly on junior and non-professional competitions. The national side competes at Division 4 of the World Cricket League alongside Nepal, Tanzania and Denmark.

Cricket in the USA is run by the United States of America Cricket Association, although several other organisations have been formed in recent years in an attempt to develop a professional cricket league. These include Major League Cricket (an affiliate of Major League Baseball) and the American Premier League. These organisations and the competitions they run are not approved by the USACA. There are no online gambling sites that offer markets on domestic American cricket.