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Top 8 Sports for US Gamblers to Bet On

| December 20, 2020 5:28 am PDT
8 Sports That US Gamblers Should Bet On

The online sports betting industry is becoming increasingly popular and widespread in the US. With so much to gain in the form of additional tax dollars, states are scrambling left and right to get legislation in place.

As betting online continues to expand in America, the operators aren’t the only ones who have an opportunity to flourish. The sports bettors can thrive as well.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best sports for US gamblers to bet on.

College Football

It’s hard to beat betting on football.

However, despite not being near as immersed in college football as I am in the NFL, I find it much easier to turn a profit when betting on the college guys. Rather than chalk it up to being an anomaly, I have an inkling why this is the case.

I’m fairly selective when betting sports online and like to have lots of options. Now let’s compare what a typical Sunday “in-season” looks like to a Saturday.

Instead of deciding among 12 or 13 football games to bet on, we’re looking at upwards of 60 matchups to choose from. Now let’s consider the betting lines.

While it’s rare you’ll see an NFL game with more than a 17-point spread, we often see numerous NCAAF teams favored by 20+ points each week. By sticking to the programs proven to be the most trustworthy, churning out a respectable ROI is very much in the cards.

Speaking of the best college football teams to bet on, exactly nine schools have posted an ATS win % of at least 57% since 2014.

College Football Betting – Best ATS Records Since 2014
Team Cover % ATS Record
Liberty 63.4 26-15-1
Temple 60.5 52-34-0
Utah 59.0 49-34-1
LA Tech 58.4 52-37
UAB 58.3 35-35-1
Virginia 57.8 48-35-3
Miami (OH) 57.1 44-33-1
LSU 57.0 49-37-1
Buffalo 57.0 45-34


Picture Tiger Woods stepping onto the tee at “Golden Bell” Sunday at the Masters tied for the lead. Now imagine being able to bet on whether or not Tiger will hit the green at the famous par-3 12th-hole at Augusta National right then and there.

The top sports betting sites are working on making that a reality as we speak. At select sportsbooks, it already exists.

Aside from live betting golf tournaments, there are a myriad of reasons why golf is one of the best sports for betting.

First and foremost, there’s no extended offseason on the PGA Tour like there are in most professional sports leagues. There’s a PGA Tournament taking place on the majority of weeks throughout the calendar year.

Accounting for other tours you can regularly wager real money on (European Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, Korn Ferry Tour), the opportunities are endless.

  • Outright Winner
  • Top-5 Finish
  • Top-10 Finish
  • Top-20 Finish
  • H2H Matchups
  • Tournament Props

Attacking the H2H matchups is my personal favorite, specifically due to the opportunity to place “juice-free” bets in head-to-head situations. Each week there’s an event I’ll even release my top 3 matchups bets in our golf picks section.

And don’t forget about DFS golf where “milly-makers” have become quite prevalent. All in all, it’s no surprise that gambling on golf is surging around the country.


I made a case for why betting on college football is easier than betting on the NFL. Nevertheless, I still find myself more intrigued by what’s taking place on Sundays.


Few things in life are more enjoyable than parking my rear on the sofa on Sunday mornings and watching “seven hours of commercial-free football.” Those who watch RedZone know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

The NFL is the most popular sports league in the United States and the public just can’t get enough of the action.

Sports Viewers in the United States, 2018
Sport/League Annual Viewers
NFL 139 million
MLB 83 million
Esports 63 million
NBA 63 million
NHL 32 million
MLS 13 million

Perhaps you’ll have an easier time locating the “green-light specials” on the college slate, but there’s more than one way to find an edge betting on the pros. Between all of the fantasy coverage available on social media and various sites, a copious amount of useful information is easily attainable.

In fact, of all the professional sports leagues, the NFL is the most transparent when it comes to tracking down info related to injuries or schematic changes – things that would influence a bettor’s decisions.

Between the discernible entertainment and the chance to win a bunch of money, the NFL is undoubtedly one of the top leagues to bet on in the US.


If you study the list of the ultimate winners in other sports (Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Golf Majors, etc), you see quite a bit of variety from year to year.

In tennis, not so much.

Grand Slam Winners in Men’s Tennis Since 2004
Year Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
2004 Roger Federer Gaston Gaudio Roger Federer Roger Federer
2005 Marit Safin Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Roger Federer
2006 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Roger Federer
2007 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Roger Federer
2008 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal Roger Federer
2009 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Roger Federer Juan Martin del Potro
2010 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal
2011 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic
2012 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Andy Murray
2013 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Andy Murray Rafael Nadal
2014 Stan Wawrinka Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic Marin Cilic
2015 Novak Djokovic Stan Wawrinka Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic
2016 Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic Andy Murray Stan Wawrinka
2017 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Rafael Nadal
2018 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic
2019 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal
2020 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Canceled Dominic Thiem


Believe it or not Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic aren’t the only male tennis players who have competed in 2004. They just happen to be that much better than the rest of the competition.

In a nutshell, the frequency at which the best players are winning the biggest events makes tennis one of the top sports to wager on.

Don’t be afraid to bet big in these instances either. For example, Nadal has won 13 of the last 16 French Opens on the heels of his superb play on clay.

Next time the boys roll into Roland-Garros, consider wagering some cash on the left-handed Spaniard.


Some of the savviest bettors around will tell you that the NBA is one of the best sports leagues to bet on. All of the back-and-forth action keeps viewers enthralled, and there are several ways to get money down.

Money-line and point-spread bets are the two most popular ways to bet on the NBA, and it’s been well documented that casual fans love hammering “overs.” On top of that, NBA player props are gaining ground as one of the most compelling ways to place real money wagers. And boy are they plentiful.

The bookmakers release a bevy of player props for every game that is played. Maybe you’re not sure if the Mavericks will beat the Nuggets but feel confident that Luka Doncic will score more than 29 points. Perhaps someone else is keen on Nikola Jokic pulling down at least 8 rebounds but has no real interest in touching the actual game.

That’s where these props come in, and there’s no need to be shy about firing away on individual player’s performances. After all, the NBA is one of the easier leagues when it comes to projecting the range of player’s outcomes.

While the final score of games isn’t always a “slam dunk” to predict, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that LeBron and AD are going to dominate the ball (and take the bulk of the shots) in Los Angeles.

College Basketball

As the interest in the NBA is waning for a chunk of the population, I’ve heard zero rumblings about anyone wanting NCAAB to go away. The college basketball regular season provides us with ample opportunities to bet on games, but let’s cut right to the chase.

In terms of sporting events with the biggest handle in the US, March Madness is the only event that can even sniff the Super Bowl.

More than $300 million is wagered on March Madness each year – in Las Vegas alone.

Throw in the other states and the betting sites….

In 2019, “The American Gaming Association estimates that more than 4 million Americans will engage in legal sports betting during March Madness.”

Accounting for all of the money changing hands in the underground markets – we’re talking about a massive amount of money being bet on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The opening two days of March Madness (Thursday and Friday) when the field gets narrowed down from 64 to 16 – I’d put those two days up there with any when it comes to pure joy and raw excitement.

Seriously, is there anything in sports betting that’s more fun than filling out a bracket?

Not in my book.


Betting on the UFC isn’t really my cup of tea. I’m a peacemaker at heart and don’t want to root for people to get hurt.

With that being said, I understand that I’m in the minority. I get it that a lot of men and women enjoy watching other human beings getting their faces bashed in.

Whether they think MMA is an art form or they actually like seeing people getting beaten to a bloody pulp, there’s no denying that UFC gambling is a growing attraction.

Being the first sport to resume when a pandemic shut down the country is another big reason a large audience has been captured. Plus, anytime a major UFC event is scheduled, there are multiple avenues of getting money down.

Most cards feature at least three or four preliminary bouts as the anticipation builds for the main event. While the final duel receives the most recognition (and betting action), viewers have the option to rally around multiple fighters.


Let me preface this by stating that as a whole, baseball might not be among the best sports to wager on. However, what makes it one of the top US sports for gambling is that you can find favorable spots by being especially choosy.

I might study a daily slate and not see a single MLB bet I want to place. And that’s fine. Eventually, pitching matchups and specific scenarios will arise that pique my interest. Among those particular situations that captivate my attention are the following.

  • Substantial reverse line movement
  • Plus-money underdogs 

I don’t just follow which direction the odds are moving, I pay close attention to the percentage of tickets on each side. This allows me to be in tune with fading the public – or more importantly – emulating the sharps.

Another thing I like to do when betting MLB online is back the plus-money underdogs and avoid laying juice on the favorites. If I back 10 underdogs and go 5-5 in my bets, I walk away as a considerable winner.

In Closing

Generally speaking, football and basketball are probably the best sports for US gamblers to bet on.

Between my expected ROI and the pleasure I gain from watching, golf is my personal favorite sport to bet on.

Of course, nothing is wrong with betting on hockey or horse racing. NASCAR can be wildly entertaining if “fast cars” are in your wheelhouse. Heck, you can even place wagers on college lacrosse.

The important part is to figure out what keeps you stimulated, and what gives you the best chance of winning some money.

Once you figure out which sports you’ll be betting on, you’ve then got to work out which selections to make. The following posts can help with that.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

Michael's a Las Vegas native and has been with the company since 2017.

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