3-Point Check: Verifying Legal US Sportsbooks, Casinos, Lotteries

3 point check

The most common questions people have when deciding whether to bet online are:

1. Is it legal to bet on sports online in the US?
2. Is it legal to bet on online casinos in the US?
3. Are online lotteries legit?
4. Are the sports betting websites on Lineups.com legal?
5. Will my money be safe?
6. Will I be paid out quickly?

To address these questions, we came up with a Verification process, which we call the 3-Point Check. This check is performed by our Editor and each online sportsbook we review is verified individually. Each website we list on Lineups Betting is a Legal, Licences and Secure website. When you see the 3-Point Check image to the right on a review or promo code page for an online sportsbook, daily fantasy sports site, or online lottery site, you know the site is 3-Point Check verified. It’s our way of helping you worry less and concentrate on finding the right sports betting operator for you.


The legality of betting comes down to Federal Law and State Law. Currently, PASPA is no longer banning federal gambling. So, the legality for betting is reliant upon the state government and laws. We verify that a state has what is deemed to be legal legislation allowing sportsbooks to apply to operate in the state.


In order to legally offer gambling in a state, the sportsbook operator must apply with the Division of Gaming or equivalent state office. Once approved, they will receive a Vendor ID. There is a detailed process for companies wanting to offer gambling online and land based. What’s been happening most frequently are partnerships with existing land based and licensed operators. As an example, DraftKings partnered with Resort Casinos (NJ land based operator) to provide their DraftKings Sportsbook mobile app. FanDuel partnered with The Meadowlands to provide their online FanDuel Sportsbook.


We have verified that the website is using an SSL certificate and is an HTTPS domain. This means there is a higher level of security, and SSL certificates usually cover users for a certain amount of loss related to a security breach on the website. What’s not to say, there can’t be a data breach on a website, or they could go out of business. What you do know is that if a website has SSL/HTTPS security, it’s using a secure protocol. SSL/HTTPS protocol is recommended by Google..

**Note: the 3-Point Checks are manual verification on the date and time the page you are reading was created on lineups.com. The original date and time under the article title on each page may differ from the original date as this date changes each time there is an update on the page. Licenses can expire, and websites can become insecure at any given time. We are not lawyers, and our verification is based on online data provided by each state and website. It is ultimately your responsibility to check the gambling website at the time you are performing an action, whether it be signing up, depositing, or withdrawing.

Sam Shefrin is the founder of Lineups.com, Inc. Before Lineups, he started Daily Fantasy Cafe, Inc. in 2014. Armed with a passion for sports and every Atlanta team, his journey continues with the goal of making Lineups a premier sports analytics destination. He has been quoted on Forbes.com for industry insight and his websites featured on NBATV, Yahoo! Sports, Fantasy Pros, Bleacher Report and SB Nation.