Sports betting has changed a lot season to season. At the start of 2011-2012 we lost VIPSports and BetJamaica. During the 2012-2013 season Justbet became a Bookmaker Skin and Legends Sports Closed. These are only examples of the many high rated sportsbooks that are now gone. There have also been many scams such as BetIslands, Bet Revolution and countless others. As we are now starting the 2013-2014 NFL Season, it is more important than ever to choose safe gambling sites.

I am now dedicating the bulk of our home page to the site I believe is the safest US friendly sportsbook

Safest Betting Site in US Bettors – Bookmaker

Bookmaker is backed by the company that started it all. Their parent company was established in late 1985 as a phone in betting shop located in the Dominican Republic, one of the first offering legal sports betting to US residents via toll free phone. In 1993 they moved operations to Costa Rica using the name CRIS, short for Costa Rican International Sports and the URL Since 2006, they have been operating under the brand name Bookmaker, and you can access their site at This company is friendly to small bettors, with limits as low as $1.00 per game – but is also the company professionals most wager with due to their early lines and $40,000 maximum for an NFL side. Bookmaker accepts more $10,000 wagers each week than their competitors accept of $200 or less for an entire month. True to their slogan “where the line originates” you’ll always find the odds open here well before they do at any other betting site.

If you have a Visa credit or debit card, Bookmaker is also an easy site to deposit with. These guys have the highest acceptance rate in the industry on US bank issued Visa cards; even if your card has been declined elsewhere – it will work here. If you don’t have a Visa card you can still deposit with Western Union or MoneyGram and Bookmaker will pick up the fee. As far as bonuses goes, Bookmaker also has these aplenty. You can check their website for current “opening offer” but note that ALL deposits regardless of day or method (credit card included) are given a 10% match in the form of free play credits that carries just a 3-time rollover requirement. When making a reload on Tuesdays or Wednesday this is increased to a 20% match in the form of free play credits with just a 5-time rollover. This is extremely generous for a site that offers easy deposits via US issued Visa credit or debit cards.

Cashing out of Bookmaker is also no sweat. These guys offer next day payout via Western Union or MoneyGram, or you can request a check which arrives in about a week, or those with larger account balances can also cash out via wire transfer, which again takes about a week. In business since 1985, is the site bettors most trust for fast payouts, good service and fair bookmaking policies. While the other five sites listed on our right side menu are also decent options, Bookmaker is by far the top choice for bettors who want to be absolutely certain they’ll get paid promptly and hassle free.