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Payout Methods and Fees at Top US-Friendly Online Sportsbooks

So, you picked the Chicago Cubs to the MLB World Series?

Or maybe you’re rolling with an Alabama Crimson Tide winning streak in NCAA football and want to take some of your winnings off the table?

Whatever the case, when you’ve finally made some profit at your online sportsbook, payout fees can cut into your winnings. You want to minimize the payout fees, and get your money as quickly as possible. For players in the United States, the two best options are Bitcoin and Checks.

Listed below are the top US-friendly online sportsbooks, along with the fees for using Bitcoin and Checks as a payout method.

Bovada : 50% Bonus on signup
Method Min Max / week Fee
Bitcoin 100 9500 FREE
Check 50 3000 FREE (1/month),
50 thereafter
Intertops : 20% Bonus on signup
Method Min MAX / WEEK Fee
Bitcoin 100 2500 FREE
Check 150 3000 50
BetOnline : 25% bonus on signup
Method Min MAX / WEEK Fee
Bitcoin 20 5000 2%
Check 500 2500 25/35/50,
Top Bet : 50% bonus on signup
Method Min MAX / WEEK Fee
Check 200 2500 40

Be aware that there are many Bitcoin wallets available, and there may be a charge of between 1% – 4% to transfer funds from Bitcoin to your linked checking account, Paypal account, or other linked account.


Fantasy Sports Sites at The Online Casino Gambling Directory

Great news for all you fantasy sports fans!

Several sites have opened their doors in the past weeks that allow you to play fantasy sports against other players and win real cash. You can compete in daily, weekly, and longer tournaments in formats that range from heads-up to 1000s of entrants. And whether your sport is football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or golf, there is a fantasy sports tournament for you.

As of right now, there are three fantasy sports sites to choose from:

As more fantasy sports sites are added to the directory, you’ll find them on the Fantasy Sports sites page at The Online Casino Gambling Directory.


Great deal for new BetOnline sportsbook members

October is such a great time for sports in the United States. With the MLB Playoffs in full swing, the NFL division races starting to take some shape, and the excitement of NCAA football, nearly every day provides a chance to make a bet and add a little more flavor to your days and evenings rooting for your favorite teams.

For October 2014 only, BetOnline is offering a 50% bonus for new members. This is double the normal deposit bonus that they normally offer, and is a great way to:

  • Add another sportsbook to your list so you can shop for best lines, or
  • Get started with a reputable online sportsbook.

The minimum deposit that you must make to get the bonus is $50. In order to get the maximum bonus, you’ll want to make a $2000 deposit and get a $1000 bonus. Most credit cards are accepted. In any event:

  • You must use a link in this post to signup at BetOnline, and
  • Enter promo code OCT50 when making your initial deposit.

The bonus comes with a 10x playthrough, meaning that you will need to wager 10x your deposit before you can request a payout. For a deposit bonus this big — 50% — this is a reasonable playthrough requirement. There are others terms and conditions, so be sure to read up on them before making your deposit.

Speaking of payouts, BetOnline offers several methods. For players in the United States, they offer:

  • Person-to-Person (e.g. Western Union, MoneyGram) for payouts between $50 and $900. However, the fees are very high for this type of payout ($34 – $180). (You may be interested to note that you’ll find these high fees at any online sportsbook for a Person-to-Person payout; that’s because the fees are set by the processor, not the sportsbook.)
  • Checks for payouts between $500 and $2500. Checks must be deposited at a bank (not a Check-And-Go or similar store), and carry a very reasonable fee of between $25 – $50 which you determine by how quickly you want the check delivers (slower is cheaper).
  • Bank Wires for your really big payouts, up to $15K each. These carry a fee of up to $75 charged by BetOnline, plus your bank fees to accept an international wire transfer (could be free, but is typically around $30).

MLB Playoffs: Oakland A’s @ Kansas City Royals

Oakland is in a real funk, and Kansas City is rejoicing over their first playoff appearance in 25+ years. Tonight, these two teams meet in a one-game, winner-take-all, wild card playoff game to advance in the 2014 MLB Playoffs.

While the odds on this baseball game are different at different online sportsbooks, you’ll probably find that the odds are about -105 on either side.

Kansas City (89-73) will send James Shields to the mound against Oakland left-hander Jon Lester. The Royals went 5-2 against the Athletics this year, but both of their losses came against Lester.

Look for Lester to hold the Royals to under 3 runs, but the A’s offense will be nowhere to be found. I like the Royals in a low-scoring game — perhaps 4-1.



Major League Baseball 2013: World Series Futures Odds

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Major League Baseball spring training is underway in Florida and Arizona. All 30 teams have reported, and are preparing for the upcoming 162-game campaign that lasts from April through September. Last year’s MLB World Series Champions, the damned San Francisco Giants, and among the favorites to win the World Series in 2013.

My pick — like every year — is that my beloved Cincinnati Reds will go all the way.

Oddsmakers like Bovada, OddsMaker, and JustBet, are all over the board with their odds to win the 2013 MLB World Series and the pennants. For example, a $100 wager on the Cincinnati Reds to win the World Series pays twice as much at ($1500) than it does at ($750). This is a great example of why it pays to have more than one sportsbook account — so that you can shop lines.

World Series Bovada Oddsmaker JustBet
Arizona Diamondbacks + 6000 + 6000 + 3900
Atlanta Braves + 1600 + 1400 + 1450
Baltimore Orioles + 4000 + 2500 + 4000
Boston Red Sox + 2800 + 2000 + 2500
Chicago Cubs + 7500 + 5000 + 8000
Chicago White Sox + 4000 + 4500 + 4500
Cincinnati Reds + 1200 + 1500 + 750
Cleveland Indians + 7500 + 8000 + 7500
Colorado Rockies + 10000 + 15000 + 9500
Detroit Tigers + 800 + 1000 + 700
Houston Astros + 30000 + 15000 + 14000
Kansas City Royals + 5000 + 3000 + 4500
Los Angeles Angels + 850 + 600 + 600
Los Angeles Dodgers + 850 + 600 + 650
Miami Marlins + 20000 + 15000 + 8000
Milwaukee Brewers + 4000 + 4000 + 3500
Minnesota Twins + 10000 + 12000 + 9500
New York Mets + 10000 + 8000 + 8000
New York Yankees + 1500 + 1200 + 1200
Oakland Athletics + 3300 + 2500 + 1950
Philadelphia Phillies + 1800 + 1800 + 1500
Pittsburgh Pirates + 6000 + 5000 + 4000
San Diego Padres + 7500 + 10000 + 7000
San Francisco Giants + 1200 + 1000 + 1300
Seattle Mariners + 10000 + 10000 + 6000
St. Louis Cardinals + 2000 + 1800 + 2200
Tampa Bay Rays + 2200 + 2200 + 2000
Texas Rangers + 1500 + 2200 + 1200
Toronto Blue Jays + 700 + 1000 + 700
Washington Nationals + 850 + 800 + 750
AL Pennant Bovada Oddsmaker JustBet
Baltimore Orioles + 2000 + 1400 + 2500
Boston Red Sox + 1200 + 1200 + 1000
Chicago White Sox + 2000 + 2200 + 2500
Cleveland Indians + 3500 + 4000 + 5000
Detroit Tigers + 400 + 400 + 350
Houston Astros + 12500 + 6000 + 10000
Kansas City Royals + 2800 + 1800 + 2300
Los Angeles Angels + 450 + 400 + 300
Minnesota Twins + 5000 + 6000 + 6000
New York Yankees + 700 + 600 + 650
Oakland Athletics + 1600 + 1200 + 1250
Seattle Mariners + 5000 + 5000 + 3500
Tampa Bay Rays + 1100 + 1000 + 850
Texas Rangers + 700 + 1000 + 650
Toronto Blue Jays + 375 + 600 + 300
NL Pennant Bovada Oddsmaker JustBet
Arizona Diamondbacks + 2500 + 3000 + 2000
Atlanta Braves + 700 + 700 + 650
Chicago Cubs + 4000 + 2200 + 4000
Cincinnati Reds + 600 + 800 + 375
Colorado Rockies + 6000 + 6000 + 6000
Miami Marlins + 7500 + 6000 + 4000
LA Dodgers + 400 + 300 + 350
Milwaukee Brewers + 1800 + 1500 + 1800
NY Mets + 4000 + 6000 + 4000
Philadelphia Phillies + 800 + 800 + 800
Pittsburgh Pirates + 2800 + 2200 + 2000
San Diego Padres + 4000 + 4000 + 4000
San Francisco Giants + 700 + 600 + 650
St. Louis Cardinals + 900 + 800 + 750
Washington Nationals + 375 + 400 + 350

So pick your team and make your bets for your Boys of Summer — whoever they may be.

  Bovada Sportsbook50% bonus on initial deposits between $20 and $500

  OddsMaker Sportsbook100% bonus on initial deposits between $20 and $1000

  JustBet Sportsbook30% bonus on initial deposits between $50 and $3000



2012 MLB Baseball – 2nd Half Betting Thoughts

The second half of the 2012 MLB Baseball season gets underway tomorrow. In the National League, the surprising Pirates will try to hold their lead over the Reds, and the World Series Champions Phillies will try to right their sinking ship. Over in the American League, it looks like all Yankees in the East, and a three-way fight for the division title in the Central.

  • I’ll be looking to bet against the Phillies; they keep losing and losing, yet they were consistently favored, especially leading up to the All-Star break.
  • I’ll also be looking to bet against the Pirates; they have been over-achieving all year, and they are due to come back to earth.
  • Seattle and Houston are miserable teams, and should be heavy dogs against top-tier teams. Look for value bets on them with the right matchups.

Bovada provides competitive MLB Baseball lines and live MLB betting to online bettors around the world, including residents of the United States. Promotions include:

  • 20% Sign-up Bonus: To receive your sign up bonus deposit into your Bovada account and instantly receive a 20% Free Bet bonus up to $100.
  • Roy’s Rewards: Roy is chasing 200 wins — Bet $20 on games that he starts and get a $10 bonus if he is credited with the win. Good until he reaches 200 wins.


100% Sportsbook Bonus at

So — we’re about three weeks into the 2011 MLB Baseball Season. How’s your favorite team doing…? 4-12 or 12-4?

If you’re like me and a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, you’re pretty happy at the top of the National League Central Division, coming off of a 11-2 pounding of the Pirates on Saturday, a game that included the team’s first grand slam of the 2011 season.

Regardless of how your team is doing, I hope that your sportsbook betting season is in full swing. If not, it’s time to get started with a great offer from one of the top-rated US-friendly online sportsbooks, Oddsmaker. It’s a 100% match bonus, up to a grand. You must use bonus code OCGD100 when you sign up at the sportsbook in order to be eligible for this promotion.

  • Minimum deposit of $50 and maximum of $1,000.
  • Only New members are eligible to claim this offer.
  • Bonus money cannot be played on or transferred to poker.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offers.
  • In order to cash out you must rollover the deposit plus the bonus 20 times.
  • General Terms and Conditions will also apply.

Use your sportsbook bonus to bet on the MLB season, the NHL and NBA playoffs, and countless number of other sports and entertainment events.


    MLB Opening Day Bonus at Linesmaker Sportsbook

    LinesMaker MLB Betting

    To celebrate the return of the Boys of Summer for the 2011 Major League Baseball (MLB) season, Linesmaker sportsbook is offering their largest sportsbook deposit match bonus ever offered — a whopping 50% bonus. Sportsbook deposit match bonus offers are generally in the 10%-20% range, so take advantage of this offer before it expires on March 31, 2011.

    Be sure to enter the following promo code when you join Linesmaker: AFBB50.


    Online Gambling to be Regulated in the US? Not Likely

    As reported in yesterday’s The Wall Street Journal, the House Financial Services Committee voted 41-22 to approve legislation that would regulate many forms of online gambling, including poker and bingo, while specifically banning betting on major US sports leagues like the MLB, NFL, NBA, and others.

    Other news articles point out that the legislation also would deny licenses to any online site that has allowed, or currently does allow, US players to gamble online. Looking ahead, this would appear to effect PokerStars, FullTilt, and other online poker rooms that have continued to serve US players despite the UIGEA of 2006.

    Other key elements of the legislation include player loss limits, rigorous age verification systems and frequent testing thereof, and allowing states to opt out of this legislation and ban its citizens from online gambling.

    And the legislation that was passed does not cover how the industry is to be taxed — that’s covered in a separate bill that hasn’t made it out of the House Ways and Means Committee.

    It is unlikely that this legislation will be voted on before the current Congressional Session expires in September. The scheduling is simply too tight. If it is not voted on, the process will need to start again next session. Perhaps it will be attached to some other legislation, as was the UIGEA of 2006. Even so, if the legislation is approved, it still would need to be signed by Obama.

    We are still years away from any comprehensive online gambling policy in the United States. Need proof? The UIGEA of 2006 took nearly 4 years before it actually went into effect this past June 1 — and there are still plenty of loopholes in that legislation that allow US players to fund and withdraw money from their online gambling accounts… or so I’ve heard. 😉


    New tiered bonus schedule for new and existing players at BetUS

    I’ve long praised BetUS as one of the best sportsbooks on the internet; it is one of the several sportsbooks that I myself use on a regular basis. And now they’ve really outdone themselves — check out the new tiered bonus schedule for new and existing players at BetUS.

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    Platinum Membership ($1,000-1,999 Deposit) 25% Sign Up & Re-Up Bonus 5X rollover
    Diamond Membership ($2,000-2,999 Deposit) 30% Sign Up & Re-Up Bonus 6X rollover
    Black Membership ($3,000-4,999 Deposit) 35% Sign Up & Re-Up Bonus 7X rollover
    Black Membership ($5,000-9,999 Deposit) 40% Sign Up & Re-Up Bonus 8X rollover
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    All levels of membership, BetUS clients receive the following:

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    · Free Making of the Swimsuit Calendar DVD (*Deposits of $500 or more)