Unlike the UK or other international markets, legal sports betting in the USA is relatively new – having been banned by federal law between 1992 and 2018.
Today, it is up to individual States to decide whether to legalize online and physical betting, so the market for apps is constantly – and rapidly – shifting.
Some exist already – among the most popular are SugarHouse Sportsbook, 888 Sportsbook, PointsBet, BetStars Online Sports Betting, Fanduel. More will likely be developed when, as expected, more States make betting legal.
Rating the standard of apps is never easy. Like their operators, they have relative strengths and weaknesses compared to one another. Some offer more betting markets and take in more competitions around the world. Others run bonuses and promotions during certain competitions, such as the Six Nations. If you want in-play betting, it may be worth looking to different sites.
Meanwhile, it is important to remember that, in relatively new US sports betting terms, rugby remains a relatively small operator – behind Football, basketball, golf, and soccer – but it will still be possible to find apps that offer some form of rugby betting.
Notably, these will take in major tournaments, such as the annual Six Nations and Rugby Championship internationals, and the quadrennial Rugby World Cup, and may include established domestic competitions such as Super Rugby, the European Champions and Challenge Cups, the English Premiership, French Top 14, and the Pro 14 leagues.
Sevens rugby, too, which is currently the more successful form of the sport in America is also likely to attract betting markets.
As the sport’s popularity increases, driven by the new and rapidly expanding professional tournament Major League Rugby, bookmakers are likely to take more interest and develop the market further – especially those apps driven by bookmakers already familiar with the rugby market
At the end of the day, you pays your money, and you takes your choice.