Sports betting has been a hot topic in the USA since a 6-3 decision from the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a 1992 law that had banned sports betting in every state except Nevada.
The ruling has allowed individual States make the decision on whether to allow sports betting. As of March 2019, seven States – Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island – had legalized sports betting. More States are expected to follow suit in 2019.
The American Gaming Association (AGA) estimated that as much as USD 150billion a year was bet on sports in the USA before the ban was lifted – though some economists have claimed that figure is too high. The AGA has also said USD 998.9million was legally bet on sports in January 2019 alone, and estimated 23 million Americans would wager USD 6billion on the 2019 Super Bowl.
Professional rugby has been slow to take off in America – and, as a result, it is a small player in the country’s rapidly changing sports betting market, way behind more traditional US team sports such as Football, basketball, baseball and hockey.
Bonuses are therefore currently less common and less generous than in sports where there is greater competition. The best advice is to shop around among popular sportsbooks such as Betstars, 888 Sportsbook and Sugarhouse Sportsbook.
A PRO Rugby league involving five teams was formed in 2016, some 21 years after the game turned professional elsewhere. But it lasted just one season.
Major League Rugby kicked off in 2018, with seven teams. It expanded to nine teams in 2019 – and is set to become a 12-team league from 2020.
As the game grows, so will interest from betting companies. The USA’s senior men’s team has qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, while the men’s 7s side was the top-ranked team in the Sevens World Series in early 2019.
The women’s 15s team has been historically more successful than its male counterpart, winning the inaugural women’s World Cup in 1991, and finishing second in the following two tournaments, while the women’s 7s outfit is one of the “core teams” that compete in all rounds of the Women’s Sevens World Series.