Online gambling, ranging from poker to sportsbooks, was an industry that was growing by leaps and bounds in the United States. That was up until the mid-2000’s when the government started to step in and crackdown on what it perceived to be illegal activities. The legal status of gambling sites in the United States is still a bit of a grey area.

While some online sportsbooks, casinos, and poker rooms closed up shop, many continued to offer services. They did not want to take the risk of legal prosecution and took their business offshore.

While this allowed players to still participate in the games and activities that they enjoy, it also brought new risks to players in the U.S. With business being conducted outside of the U.S., players had no legal recourse if they were refused payouts or if a site closed down while they still had money in their account. Unfortunately, this brought a lot of bad businesses into the market, and there have been numerous cases of players not being paid their money.

Although there are no absolute guarantees or certainties when it comes to who you do your gaming with, we have developed a scoring system to help players make better decisions. We call it our Sportsbook Index. The SI Score is based largely on our personal experiences and the experiences of other players, contacts within the industry, and online reports from the gaming community.

When scoring a website, we take into consideration the customer service provided, betting options offered, the ease of doing business, and the largest weight is put on the likelihood of receiving your payouts quickly and hassle free. The scoring is done on a scale of 1-100, with 100 being the best possible score. Using our Sportsbook Index Score, we feel that gamers can make a decision on where to play with a certain degree of confidence that otherwise would not be there.