was founded in 2013 by a team of experienced gambling consultants and regulatory analysts. We are a valuable resource to the retail and online gambling community and widely recognized as the first 50 state guide to legal online betting in the United States, several years before the repeal of PASPA.

Our foresight and dedication to providing current legal gambling news, state-specific regulatory updates, and analysis of each market on a state by state basis make us a regularly cited source of information by news and industry publications.

Below, you’ll find information on who we are, how we operate, and policies that guide our business.

Betting USA Administrative and Editorial Staff

Mike Murphy

Founder and President of

Mike has spent the last dozen years as a marketing consultant in the gaming industry and is a self-described player advocate. His player-first mindset led to the creation of when Mike noticed US bettors lacked a reputable source for news, information, and honest reviews of the online gambling industry in the USA. Mike leads daily operations at and is often found at conferences or industry trade events, soaking up knowledge, networking with peers, and contributing as a panelist or moderator during education sessions.

Wesley Burns Lead Editor, Head of Reviews and Evergreen Content

Wes is the backbone of the site development team and has been with BettingUSA since its inception in 2013. Wes frequently works late nights and long hours updating and fact-checking reviews and state pages for accuracy. Wes brings more than ten years of experience in the gambling industry to the table, as an author, marketing affiliate, and founder of gambling websites.

Steve Ruddock

Content Director and Lead Analyst

Steve brought his 20-plus years of experience in the gambling industry to when he joined the team full-time in 2019. Steve is a highly respected and oft-cited voice in the legal online gambling space, both for his knowledge and expertise, as well as his commitment to bring higher standards of responsible gambling to the industry. Steve moonlights as the Editor-in-Chief of Gaming Law Review, has appeared as a panelist and moderator at gaming industry conferences and events, and been cited in industry and governmental white papers and reports. Contributors and Authors

Ryan Butler

Legislative Analyst and State Strategist

Ryan started contributing to in 2020 and instantly improved our ongoing coverage, tracking, and understanding of state-specific bills and regulatory developments. Ryan’s intimate knowledge of the complicated legal and regulatory landscape in the US is due to his work ethic, which often requires parsing legislation and listening in on legislative sessions to uncover the overlooked and under-reported details in sports betting and gambling bills.

Scott Longely

Contributor, Author, and Lead International Market Expert

Scott Longely of Clear and Concise Media brings global expertise and understanding of regulated gambling industries to – as many European companies enter the regulated US market, Scott’s contributions bring a much needed global perspective to our news and analysis.

John Mehaffey

Advantage Gambler, Player Advocate, Editorial Contributor

A well-respected voice of truth in the gambling industry for many years, moderator at 2plus2 gambling forums, and professional advantage player – John operates VegasAdvantage and contributes articles from a player’s perspective.

John Pappas

Consultant and Founder/Ceo of Corridor Consulting

John Pappas is the founder of Corridor Consulting. For more than 13 years he has been an advocate for regulated internet gaming in the United States.

Ryan Knuppel

Content Creation, Marketing Consultant, DFS and Sports Expert

Ryan Knuppel operates KnupSports, and is our “go to guy” for all things related to the Daily Fantasy Sports industry. Ryan has over 10 years of experience writing and covering the online gambling industry in general, for many of the biggest media companies, with sports betting and DFS remaining his core focus. He will also happily tell you how he once played basketball with Michael Jordan, just ask him.

Patrick Lynch

Horse Racing Industry Expert and Author

Patrick Lynch is a professional horse racing handicapper, contributing regularly to with previews of major horse racing events, and challenges within the racing industry.

Chris Feery


Chris Feery is a lifelong sports fan, freelance sports betting writer, and once won an award at the annual Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. Based in NJ, Chris Feery is intimately familiar with the sports betting industry and brings a unique and informative angle to all of his posts here.

Our Commitment to Accurate and Unbiased Information

Our policy is to review every licensed site operating in the US betting industry. While we have financial relationships with some (but not all) companies listed on, we are committed to transparent and unbiased information for readers in every state.

Our Communication Policies

We love to hear from our readers, and welcome any reports on inaccurate or outdated information. We do not sell rankings, or accept any paid posts or reviews – but we do welcome and invite industry experts and thought leaders to consider contributing news, editorials, or join us for an interview.

Attention Operators – if you would like us to review your brand, please send over as much information as you can. We do not guarantee or sell any listings or positions, instead we aim to provide information that is in the best interest of our readers.

Core Information We Provide is organized into a few major sections:

State Specific Gambling Laws and Information: The foundation of is our deep look into the gambling laws, available markets, and operators doing business in each state. has a specific page for each US state, regularly updating each state page as information develops.

Sportsbook Reviews – reviews of US betting sites operating legally in at least one US state. In these reviews, we provide a balanced view on each licensed operator – markets they operate in, types of bets, payment processing reports, and expansion plans for future states.

Bonuses and Promotions – bonuses and other betting promotions are a core marketing practice operators use to drive new customers, and re-engage existing ones. The team at provides detailed overviews on the value of each promotion, while taking a close look at the terms and conditions or restrictions associated with any offer.

Payment Processing – a key to the success of the regulated igaming industry, deposit methods and payment processing companies are the lifeblood of the gambling economy. We take a detailed look at each payment processor and also provide insight into how quickly operators process payments and fees associated with each option.

Major Betting Markets Covered at is Committed To the Regulated Market

Core to our founding principles, the entire team at believes in the idea of regulated gambling industry in the United States stepping out of the shadows and into the public light. In light of that, and our commitment to responsible gambling, we have developed resource sections related to the market.

Problem Gambling Resources – we recognize our place in helping the industry safe guard against problem gambling, and we don’t do business with disreputable operators who target problem gamblers or don’t offer signifcant safe guards, including opt-outs and self restrictions. Affiliate Licenses

Betting Affiliate Licensing – like many media companies that cover the legal sports betting industry, is a licensed affiliate in states that require companies to do so.

We believe in accountability and actively devote a significant amount of our time and resources to compliance. currently holds the following vendor or supplier licenses:

  • New Jersey: Vendor #0090915
  • Colorado: Vendor #94432891
  • Indiana: Certificate of Registration SWR-000117
  • Iowa (operating vendor)
  • Illinois (operating vendor)
  • Tennessee: (approved vendor) also has pending license applications in Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland. Local Network

Legalized sports betting has expanded rapidly across the United States since the fall of PASPA. Our team quickly recognized the need to provide accurate information on a state specific level in great detail, which led to the creation of the BettingUSA network – comprehensive state specific sites with localized sportsbook reviews and promotions.