BetAmerica is a USA-friendly betting site that hosts real money wagers on horse racing, greyhounds and soon online sports betting, poker and casino games. It is one of the largest legal betting sites in the United States and also happens to be one of my favorites thanks to the variety of wagers and a slick betting interface.
BetAmerica is a US legal and licensed company that offers real money horse racing, greyhound racing and fantasy sports betting. A long term reputation for security further establishes BetAmerica as a worthwhile option for anyone in the US.
- Safe betting site licensed in the USA
- Frequent promotions
- Live racing video feeds for everyone
- Fast, easy withdrawals
- Can also bet on greyhounds
- Most of the focus is on US horse races
- Some state restrictions
The first thing I’d like to point out is that BetAmerica is a 100% legal and licensed betting site located right here in the United States. Unlike offshore gambling sites you see on the internet, BetAmerica operates in the open view of the law and is authorized to offer real money wagers to US citizens.
What makes BetAmerica different is that it sticks to forms of gambling that have been exempted from all the major anti-gambling legislation to have been passed over the past 5 decades. Horse racing, greyhound racing and fantasy sports betting have all received special exemptions from legislation such as the Wire Act of 1961 and the UIGEA of 2006.
This is kind of a big deal because almost every other betting site you see mentioned on the internet operates overseas and in contradiction to US law. This gives BetAmerica a big advantage because you don’t have to worry about the US government coming in and seizing your money, your withdrawals are processed instantly and you can do business with a company that is subject to (and follows) US law.
So if you’re tired of betting at sites with questionable business credentials and you’re tired of waiting 6+ weeks for your payouts to process, you might want to give BetAmerica a look. It’s a legitimate betting site with a rock solid reputation.
Types of Wagering Offered By BetAmerica
The BetAmerica website is organized into two major sections, with each one dedicated to a different form of racing betting:
- Horse racing
- Greyhound racing
BetAmerica has also announced it will be expanding into additional forms of gaming in select states over the next few months:
- Sports betting
- Online poker
- Online casino games
Horse Racing Betting
Horse racing is BetAmerica’s specialty. Horse wagering is where BetAmerica started and that’s where it continues to shine today. BetAmerica covers more than 200 major racetracks around the world and offers all the same wagers online that you would find in person at the track. This includes all the major tracks in the US, Australia, the UK and even Sweden’s V75 weekly harness racing jackpot.
One of the nice things about betting at BetAmerica is that your wagers are combined with the pool at each racetrack. In any race, the bets that you place at BetAmerica are combined with the wagers placed by people who are actually at the track. This is only possible thanks to BetAmerica’s legal status in the US. This is not something you get when you place your wagers at offshore betting websites.
Another advantage you get at BetAmerica is the ability to watch live races on your computer. If you have an account, you can log in any time to watch the races in real time. BetAmerica has deals with all the major racetracks which allow BetAmerica to stream the races on your screen. This is another advantage that you don’t see at offshore betting sites.
All the standard types of horse racing bets are available online as well. You can place standard win/place/show bets as well as exotics and other combinations. Payouts are determined in standard parimutuel fashion just like you would see at the track in person.
Greyhound betting at BetAmerica is much the same. You get access to the 18 largest greyhound racetracks in North America. With more than 100 races hosted every day across the United States, there are plenty of opportunities to try your hand at dog racing – even if you don’t live near a track.
The betting interface for greyhounds operates in the same basic manner as the interface for horse racing. You can place all different types of bets on the dogs and then watch them race in real time on your computer via streaming video. Again, this is something the offshore betting sites don’t offer.
BetAmerica Bonuses and Promotions
BetAmerica is strong in the bonus and promos department. The first thing you’ll get as a new customer is a 100% bonus added to your first deposit for up to $100 extra. All you have to do is make a deposit and BetAmerica will match it dollar for dollar.
You’ll also get to take advantage of a constantly-changing list of promotions that BetAmerica has on offer for active bettors. New promos come out all the time, but they generally include the likes of free bets, refunds on losing bets, 10% win bonuses and other giveaways that add to your bottom line.
I’ve looked into many of these promotions over the years and they’re all pretty good deals. They don’t come with a whole bunch of ridiculous terms and conditions like you see at offshore betting sites. What you see is what you get.
BetAmerica Sports Betting
BetAmerica is highly likely to expand into online sports betting based on information provided by parent company Churchill Downs. Churchill Downs has confirmed via press release that it intends to enter the online and retail sports betting markets in multiple states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
With three states confirmed, it is likely Churchill Downs has its eye on the US sports betting market as a whole. We’ve known about this plan since May 2018, but until recently, it was unsure whether Churchill Downs would leverage the BetAmerica brand or simply partner with existing casinos as a behind-the-scenes provider.
That changed in October 2018 when Churchill Downs Inc. submitted details of its plans to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. These plans confirm that Churchill Downs does indeed intend to offer sports betting at BetAmerica.com. In fact, the plans even included a preview of what a BetAmerica sportsbook might look like in action:
Launch dates for various states have not been confirmed at this point. New Jersey and Pennsylvania appear to be the most likely states in which BetAmerica sports betting will launch first. As legislation passes in additional states, the brand will likely move into those states as well if permitted by local law.
In addition to sports betting, Churchill Downs has revealed plans to launch an online casino under the BetAmerica banner. Again, we point to Pennsylvania, where Churchill Downs has submitted a license to offer online casino games and slots in partnership with Presque Isle Downs.
When it applied for online gaming licenses in Pennsylvania, Churchill Downs notified regulators there that it is already in the process of launching an online casino in New Jersey along with the Golden Nugget. Details on launch dates are vague, but Churchill Downs has confirmed it plans to launch online gaming in New Jersey by the end of 2018 and Pennsylvania as soon as all authorizations are in place.
Churchill Downs has also shared mock-up images of its online casino with Pennsylvania gaming regulators that show what BetAmerica casino may look like once it gets up and running:
Although BetAmerica has released few details regarding the casino, the company has stated it intends to offer online table games, slots and live-dealer casino games when it launches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Overall, it seems BetAmerica is intent on expanding way beyond its original horse racing focus to offer customers an all-in-one gaming platform where state law permits.
BetAmerica has also revealed plans to introduce online poker. BetAmerica Poker will likely begin with a rollout in Pennsylvania, where parent company Churchill Downs has stated its intention to offer online gaming.
The details behind BetAmerica online poker are limited, but a page published on the company website explains the site will offer cash games, tournaments, sit-n-go tournaments, play-money tables and more. BetAmerica also says it will offer the following poker variants for real money:
- Texas Holdem (limit and no-limit)
- Omaha Hi-Lo
- Five Card Draw
- Oxford Stud
- Caribbean Stud
- Pai Gow Poker
- Four Card Poker
The mentions of Caribbean Stud, Pai Gow Poker and Four Card Poker stand out as a bit odd because those are traditional casino games played against the house, not against other players. However, BetAmerica has made it clear it will also be offering player-vs-player poker games.
We also know little about the software itself, but it is likely BetAmerica will partner with an experience poker software provider and may already have one in mind. The BetAmerica website states that desktop and mobile play will be supported.
BetAmerica offered daily fantasy sports for a period but has since given up on that business model. There was no official announcement regarding the end of fantasy sports at BetAmerica, but a visit to the contest lobby shows zero active contests. In all likelihood, BetAmerica has simply ceded to the dominance of FanDuel and DraftKings in that space.
At one point, BetAmerica offered real money fantasy games on the following leagues and sports:
- NCAA football
- Fantasy horse racing
BetAmerica had a variety of competition styles for fantasy matchups. Customers were also able play in more complex matches that involved a whole variety of player statistics, or simpler competitions such as which team scores the most points, achieves the most rebounds and so on.
BetAmerica also dabbled in fantasy-style betting games that revolved around subjects other than sports. The site formerly offered a form of celebrity Twitter betting in which you and the other players on the site drafted a team of celebrities and then earned points whenever your celebrities sent tweets during specific sports events.
For example, you might have picked 3 celebrities for your team during an upcoming Dodgers-Yankees game. You would have won the bet if your team of celebs sent out the most tweets during the course of that game. This might sound a little odd, but it was further proof of BetAmerica’s willingness to think outside the box.
These games have also been discontinued. Now, BetAmerica seems more focused on the upcoming launch of actual sports betting, casino games and poker.
BetAmerica Deposits and Withdrawals
If you’ve spent any time at offshore betting sites, you’re in for a pleasant surprise with BetAmerica. As a US legal gambling site, BetAmerica doesn’t suffer from the same deposit and withdrawal problems that plague other sites. Banking with BetAmerica is fast, simple and cheap.
BetAmerica offers five different deposit methods:
- eCash (instant electronic bank transfer)
- Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover)
- Green Dot MoneyPak
- Wire Transfer
- PayLucky (read about it here)
- Check or money order
All of the above methods except for the check/money order are instant. You simply choose your method, pick an amount to deposit and the funds show in your betting account right away. Most players go with the eCash or credit card deposit method since those are both instant and most people have a card or bank account.
If you’re not familiar with the Green Dot MoneyPak, this is a method that allows you to use cash to fund your account. Just head to your nearest Wal Mart or pharmacy (Walgreens, for example) and purchase a MoneyPak with cash. The MoneyPak comes with a number code that you can then redeem at BetAmerica to finish your deposit.
Checks and money orders take a little more time simply because you have to send them in the mail. This method does work, but it’s slow. I’d recommend looking into one of the other methods first if possible.
Withdrawals are offered via eCash or a paper check in the mail. If you have a bank account, eCash is the easiest and fastest. All you have to do is give BetAmerica your account information and they’ll send the money directly to your bank account.
Depositing to and withdrawing from BetAmerica is so much easier than at other, offshore gambling sites. BetAmerica doesn’t have to deal with the same legal issues as those other sites, so it’s a simple matter of picking your method and waiting a day or two for your money.
Accepted and Restricted States
Like all licensed betting websites, BetAmerica is required to get permission from each state in which it would like to offer its services. Below are two charts that show the states from which BetAmerica does accept customers and from which it does not.
Customers from the following states are accepted at BetAmerica:
|Michigan||Minnesota||Montana||New Hampshire||New Mexico|
|New York||North Dakota||Ohio||Oklahoma||Oregon|
|Pennsylvania||Rhode Island||South Dakota||Tennessee||Vermont|
Customers from the following states are NOT accepted at BetAmerica:
|New Jersey||North Carolina||South Carolina||Texas||Utah|
|Virginia||Washington||US Virgin Islands||Puerto Rico|
It’s hard to come up with anything negative to say about BetAmerica. The simple fact that the site is legal and licensed to do business in the United States gives it a huge leg-up over all the other options out there. It’s just so much nicer to know that when you deposit at BetAmerica, you’re doing business with a legitimate organization based out of the US.
BetAmerica was purchased by Churchill Downs Inc. in 2017. This is the same company that operates Churchill Downs racetrack (home of the Kentucky Derby) and TwinSpires.com. Churchill Downs is a legitimate and US-based racing betting operator as well so there have been no issues since the change in ownership. We prefer not to see competitors buying each other up so there is more competition among betting sites, but so far both betting sites continue to offer high quality racing betting online.
The only real complaint I have is related more to the current state of the law in the US than anything BetAmerica does wrong. If you’re into casino games or traditional sports betting, you’ll have to look elsewhere. BetAmerica doesn’t offer anything along those lines because most states still outlaw those forms of online betting.
Hopefully things will change for the better in the future. If they do, I expect BetAmerica to expand its offerings and join the fun. But in the meantime, BetAmerica is an excellent alternative to betting at sketchy, quasi-legal offshore sites.