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Best new online casinos for US players May 2024

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Avid casino players always look for new online casinos to find fresh games or features. Our staff has played at all of the best sites and offer our current picks for the best new US online casinos below.

Most real money online casinos still qualify as new online casinos since they’ve only been legal in the US for a few years. We consider both new casino brands and more familiar casinos that have just gone live in newly legal states.

Note: If you’re in a state yet to legalize online casinos, you’ll see a list of top sweepstakes casinos, which are legal in most states (excl. WA, MI, and ID). All have casino-style games which you can play for free or redeem cash prizes.

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Best new US online casinos for 2024

1. FanDuel online casino — Known for daily jackpots and free spins (4.8/5)

  • Varied game library includes great table game selection and exclusive live dealer games
  • Excellent welcome offer and other ongoing promos
  • FanDuel Casino Reward Machine awards free spins every day
  • Highly rated and reviewed app well integrated with other FanDuel products

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  • Ongoing bonuses/promotions: Bet-and-get bonuses, refer-a-friend bonuses, FanDuel Casino Reward Machine
  • Free demo games? Yes
  • Number of games/types: Over 1,200 slots, table games, and live dealer games in MI; 1,000 in NJ; 700 in PA; 600 in CT; 200 in WV
  • Range of table game buy-ins: From $0.10 (min.) to $10,000 (max.)
  • Downloadable apps/ratings: Apple (4.8 out of 5 in App Store); Android (4.6 out of 5 in Google Play)
  • Full game library available on the app? For slots about 60% (varies by state), table games 80%, live dealer 80%
  • Live dealer games: Yes, including blackjack, roulette, craps, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Football Studio, and several exclusives
  • Fastest payout options: Play+ card, debit cards, PayPal, Venmo

Notable quotes about FanDuel Casino from user reviews:

  • I really love playing on this app… probably one of my favorites. I really appreciate the bonus and free credits they provide.
  • Great app, love that there are a lot of promotions. I’ve cashed out without any problems; games are reliable with smooth graphics.
  • I enjoy this app, but I really dislike that while you’re in the middle of playing you get kicked out of the game because of a 30-minute reminder.
  • What you don’t know about FanDuel Casino but should: The wagering requirement to claim most FanDuel Casino bonuses is only 1x, unlike some sites’ much more arduous requirements.
  • Responsible gambling features: Tools include limits on deposits, wagers, and time spent playing. Plus, you can set “timeouts” or “Reality Check” reports reminding you of time and money spent. There’s also a “Player Activity Statement” summarizing all your activities. Self-exclusion is also possible.
  • Customer support options: Live chat, email, phone, social media, comprehensive FAQ section
  • States available: Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

2. PlayStar online casino — Known for unique live dealer options (4.7/5)

  • Great variety of table games and live dealer games
  • Various ongoing bonuses and giveaways
  • Casino app carries nearly the entire game library
  • Solid banking options and customer support
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  • Ongoing bonuses/promotions: Bet-and-get bonuses, deposit bonuses, free spins giveaways
  • Free demo games? Yes (for selected games)
  • Number of games/types: About 275 slots, 30 table games, and 25 live dealer games in NJ
  • Range of table game buy-ins: From $0.10 (min.) to $5,000 (max.)
  • Downloadable apps/ratings: Apple (4.4 out of 5 in App Store); Android (4.1 out of 5 in Google Play)
  • Full game library available on the app? For slots 95%, table games 90%, live dealer 100%
  • Live dealer games: Yes, including blackjack, roulette, craps, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Crazy Coin Flip, Crazy Time, Football Studio, and more
  • Fastest payout option: Play+ card

Notable quotes about PlayStar Casino from user reviews:

  • Great app. Easy to use and easy to withdraw money. Support is fast and friendly.
  • So far, it’s an awesome casino with a lot of slot and table games with a variety of promotions. Highly recommended.
  • Games are great and the winning ratio on here is amazing compared to other sites…. Once in a while, the games have some issues opening up but that’s normal with most sites.
  • What you don’t know about PlayStar Casino but should: Unlike most online casinos, the PlayStar Casino app has almost every game found on the website.
  • Responsible gambling features: Tools include deposit limits, loss limits, session limits, “Cool Off” periods, and self-exclusion.
  • Customer support options: Live chat, email, phone
  • State available: New Jersey

3. DraftKings Casino — Known for exclusive branded games (4.7/5)

  • Seamless access to sports betting and online casino
  • Exclusive branded and sports-themed casino games
  • Fast withdrawals
DraftKing Casino app

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  • Ongoing bonuses/promotions: DraftKings Jackpots, referral bonus
  • Free demo games: Yes
  • Number of games/types: 1,200+ online slots, 69 table games, and 43 live dealer games
  • Average range of table game buy-ins: $0.10 to $2,500
  • Downloadable app/ratings: 4.6/5 on Google Play, 4.8/5 on the App Store
  • Full game library available on the app? 97% of online slots and table games
  • Live dealer games: Yes
  • Fastest payout options: Affiliated properties

Notable quotes about DraftKings from user reviews:

  • “Arguably the best online casino platform in the US.”
  • “Lots of good games to choose from and the payouts are good.”
  • “Has the games, excellent pay out and very few glitches.”

What you don’t know about DraftKings for real money casino games but should: The main menu includes a list of “Exclusives” displaying the 65+ exclusive DK-branded and sports-themed games as well as partner exclusives.

What you might have heard about DraftKings that isn’t true: Some say DraftKings only mails out winnings and that takes time. It’s not true. DraftKings pays fast via the last deposit method used and only uses snail mail as a last resort.

Responsible gambling features: Limit setting, deposit setting, time limits, cool-offs, self-exclusion

Customer support options: Email, contact form

States available: New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Connecticut

4. Hard Rock Bet — Known for promos offering big prizes (4.6/5)

  • 500+ online slots and casino games
  • Leaderboards offering $1 Million in prizes
  • Multiple six-figure jackpots
Hard Rock Casino app

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Ongoing bonuses/promotions: Leaderboards, refer a friend, Golden Jackpots

Free demo games? Yes

Number of games/types: 500 online slots, 58 table games, and 45 live dealer games

Range of table game buy-ins: $0.10 to $2,500

Downloadable app/ratings: 4.7/5 on Google Play, 4.9/5 on the App Store

Full game library available on the app? 100%

Live dealer games: Yes

Fastest payout options: Nuvei Instant Bank Transfer

Notable quotes about Hard Rock Bet from user reviews:

  • “Really impressed with Hard Rock Bet! Great site! Very professional and well put together!”
  • “I’ve been able to cash out every time I’ve won.”
  • “The app is incredibly user-friendly.”

What you don’t know about Hard Rock for real money casino games but should: Hard Rock lists “Atlantic City” games in the menu with online versions of the same slots found on the casino floor at Hard Rock Atlantic City.

What you might have heard about Hard Rock that isn’t true: With only 500+ games, it might be said the game library at Hard Rock is small, but that’s not necessarily true. It’s growing. A total of 90 games just landed on Hard Rock’s most recent ‘Newly Added’ list.

Responsible gambling features: Customer age verification program, Deposit Limits, Wager Limits, Session Limits, Session Reminders, Timeouts, Self-Exclusion

Customer support options: Live chat and email 24/7, phone 12 pm to 8 pm EST, 7 days a week.

States available: New Jersey

5. BetRivers Casino — Known for great customer service (4.6/5)

  • Big selection of online slots and table games, including 1,500+ online slots
  • Banking is easy and backed by award-winning customer service and support
  • iRush Rewards program
BetRivers casino app

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Ongoing bonuses/promotions: Bonus Store, Happy Hour Multipliers, Daily Bingo, King Cash Community Chat

Free demo games? Yes

Number of games/types: 1,500+ online slots, 40 table games, and 25 live dealer games

Average range of table game buy-ins: $0.10 to $2,500

Downloadable app/ratings: 3.4/5 on Google Play, 4.4/5 on the App Store

Full game library available on the app? 95% of slots, table games, and live dealer games

Live dealer games: Yes

Fastest payout options: Play+ Prepaid Card

Notable quotes about BetRivers Casino from user reviews:

  • “BetRivers is a legit and safe online casino, which is great news for players.”
  • “They come out with new games like 3 days a week, and there’s a wide variety of games to play.”
  • “It’s easy to navigate.”

What you don’t know about BetRivers for real money casino games but should: The main menu includes “Hot Games” displaying the top payouts in the past hour.

What you might have heard about BetRivers that isn’t true: Some say there are no bonuses, free spins, or any other promos. That’s not true. BetRivers runs regular promos that currently include Happy Hour Multipliers and Daily Bingo games.

Responsible gambling features: ID verification, responsible gaming limits, deposit limits, spending limits, time limits, self-suspend process, Cool-Off Period, player support services

Customer support options: Help Center, Live Support Chat

States available: New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia

6. Caesars Palace Online Casino — Known for its loyalty program (4.5/5)

  • Renowned Caesars Rewards loyalty program
  • Well-curated game library with more titles added frequently
  • Good selection of exclusive games and jackpot slots
  • Rebranded and updated the established Caesars online site in 2023
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  • Ongoing bonuses/promotions: Daily casino deposit bonuses, games of the week (reward credit multipliers), prize drawings, Caesars Rewards loyalty program
  • Free demo games? Yes
  • Number of games/types: Over 600 slots, table games, and live dealer games in MI and NJ; 350 in PA; 150 in WV
  • Range of table game buy-ins: From $0.10 (min.) to $25,000 (max.)
  • Downloadable apps/ratings: Apple (4.7 out of 5 in App Store); Android (3.6 out of 5 in Google Play)
  • Full game library available on the app? Around 75-80% of slots, 75-100% of table games (depending on state), and 100% of live dealer games
  • Live dealer games: Yes, including baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and more
  • Fastest payout options: Direct to debit, PayPal

Notable quotes about Caesars Palace Online Casino from user reviews:

  • A lot of games to choose from! The look and feel is better than other apps.
  • Lots of new games added over the last few weeks. Love the colors, animations, and easy access to tons of games.
  • Really enjoy the games for the most part, but… [on] multiple occasions I’ve received notices that I won a promo or got credit for my loyalty, only to get an email hours later basically saying ‘oops our mistake, sorry not for you.’”
  • What you don’t know about Caesars Palace Online Casino but should: Some bonuses have arduous wagering requirements attached.
  • Responsible gambling features: Tools include setting deposit limits, spend limits, daily time limits, cool-off periods, and self-exclusion.
  • Customer support options: Live chat, phone, email, social media (Twitter/X)
  • States available: Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

7. Golden Nugget Casino — Known for its large casino game library (4.5/5)

  • Excellent game selection, especially online slots
  • Banking options and fast payouts
  • Helpful customer support
  • Expanded to fourth state (PA) with new online casino in 2023
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  • Ongoing bonuses/promotions: Daily offers, refer-a-friend bonuses, Golden Rewards Club
  • Free demo games? Yes
  • Number of games/types: Over 1,500 slots, table games, and live dealer games in NJ; 925 in MI; 750 in PA; 220 in WV (with no live dealer)
  • Range of table game buy-ins: From $0.10 (min.) to $10,000 (max.)
  • Downloadable apps/ratings: Golden Nugget used to have distinct real money casino apps for each state, but now it’s consolidated a bit, so the separate app is only for New Jersey. Here are the Apple ratings by state (4.6 in MI, WV, and PA; 3.1 in NJ); here are the Android ratings by state (4.4 in MI, WV, PA; 3.3 in NJ).
  • Full game library available on the app? For slots 35-40% in NJ, 50-60% in MI and PA, and 95% in WV; for table games 70-90% in all states; live dealer games 75-100% in MI, NJ, PA.
  • Live dealer games: Yes, including blackjack, craps, roulette, Three Card Poker, and more (except in WV where there are no live dealer games)
  • Fastest payout options: PayPal, Venmo, ACH/VIP Preferred

Notable quotes about Golden Nugget Casino from user reviews:

  • I’ve tried all Michigan online casinos and find Golden Nugget the most rewarding.
  • Overall a good online casino, with just a few quirks.
  • iPhone user of this app for two years. Loved the app but now just about every game glitches [and] freezes.
  • What you don’t know about Golden Nugget Casino but should: Golden Nugget has a strong game library wherever you play, but the sites are differently designed depending on your location. The New Jersey and Michigan sites feature Golden Nugget’s own design, while the newer Pennsylvania site is essentially a skin of DraftKings Casino (DraftKings being GN’s parent company). Meanwhile, in West Virginia, the site features yet another site design.
  • Responsible gambling features: Tools include deposit limits, wagering limits, max wager limits, time limits, “cool off” periods, and self-exclusion.
  • Customer support options: Live chat, phone, email
  • States available: Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

8. Borgata Online Casino — Known for its table game selection (4.5/5)

  • Solid game selection, especially for table games
  • Ongoing bonuses and promotions
  • Unique live dealer games
  • Added new online casino in Pennsylvania
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  • Ongoing bonuses/promotions: Bet-and-get bonuses, slot leaderboards, sweepstakes drawings
  • Free demo games? Yes
  • Number of games/types: Over 1,600 slots, table games, and live dealer games in NJ; about 800 in PA
  • Range of table game buy-ins: From $0.10 (min.) to $2,500 (max.)
  • Downloadable apps/ratings: Apple (4.7 out of 5 in App Store); Android (4.0 out of 5 in Google Play)
  • Full game library available on the app? For slots 40%, table games 70-80%, live dealer 90%
  • Live dealer games: Yes, including blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps, and unique titles like Crazy Time (a wheel game) and Crazy Coin Flip
  • Fastest payout options: PayPal, Venmo, Direct to debit, Play+ card

Notable quotes about Borgata Casino from user reviews:

  • Overall the Borgata Casino app is wonderful. No bugs… I’d say best I’ve seen overall for any online casino app.
  • A blast playing, fun games and rewards, nice online casino, easy navigation.
  • Great way to win some or lose some. Entertaining for hours if you spend wisely.
  • What you don’t know about Borgata Casino but should: In both NJ and PA, the Borgata Casino operates under the auspices of MGM International, which means both the web-based site and app features the same look and feel (and huge game selection) as the BetMGM Casino.
  • Responsible gambling features: Tools include deposit limits, time-outs, and temporary or permanent self-exclusion.
  • Customer support options: Live chat, email
  • States available: New Jersey, Pennsylvania

New online casinos vs. “old” online casinos

We place “old” in scare quotes when referring to online casinos since, in truth, most of these sites are relatively new. Online casinos have a much shorter history than their in-person retail counterparts.

That said, there can be differences between new online casinos with updated, state-of-the-art software and the older sites that haven’t kept up with advances in software, added features, and gaming experiences.

Here’s a breakdown of some advantages and disadvantages for both new online casinos and the older, established ones.

New online casinos Older, established online casinos
Pros – Feature the latest software and most advanced technology, including optimization for mobile play
– Offer frequent (and better) bonuses to attract new players
– Customer support can be extra responsive as part of the effort to attract and keep new players
– Experience often translates to better platforms, game selection, other positives
– More reviews, information available about site by which to evaluate
– Have earned reputation for brand, especially for older, popular online casinos
Cons – Might lack brand reputation or track record of success among players
– Sometimes late to an already saturated market, causing site to fail and withdraw
– Can occasionally be inexperienced and exhibit problems with certain aspects of the gaming experience (e.g., banking operations)
– In some cases might feature outmoded software, lack of new games
– Lack of novelty
– Customer support can be lacking or more focused on VIP players

With new online casinos, you might find more options beyond the usual real money online slots, table games, and live dealer games triumvirate. Newer sites sometimes add other casino favorites like keno, bingo, “scratchers,” and the like to provide different ways to play and win.

New online casinos tend to offer the best of what older sites have and then some. Older casinos can be great for slots, especially progressive jackpot slots and high RTP slots. Some of the more established online casinos often feature very large top prizes that exceed what the new sites can offer.

New casinos can be better for table games like online blackjack and online roulette, with a higher volume of online-only variants.

See more: Fastest payout online casinos

Which new online casinos are expected to launch soon?

Looking ahead, we can report at least two new online casinos should launch in 2024.

  • Bally Casino Rhode Island
  • Bet365 Casino Pennsylvania

Rhode Island will be a new online casino state this year, having only recently legalized online casinos. The state currently plans to have just one operator, which means Bally Casino should be the only option for those in Rhode Island in the near future.

By contrast, Pennsylvania keeps adding new online casinos, with more than 20 different sites available. Fanatics Casino just launched there in January 2024, and Bet365 Casino is expected to go live soon in PA as well.

Looking at the other legal states, both Michigan (15 licenses, 15 sites) and Connecticut (3 licenses, 3 sites) have all of their available spots taken for online casinos, which means neither state should be launching any new sites any time soon.

There is no news at present regarding any new online casinos in New Jersey, but with 20-plus sites, NJ often sees operators drop out and new ones come along. Thus, we are always staying tuned to any new developments there.

Finally, West Virginia currently has nine online casinos and can potentially have as many as 15, which means we could potentially see new online casinos in West Virginia.

Meanwhile, West Virginia recently entered the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement that allows different states to share online poker pools, which means it is like WV will be launching its first online poker sites in 2024. PokerStars, WSOP, and BetMGM are all possible operators that might bring their poker offerings to West Virginia soon.

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Beware ‘new’ unlicensed casinos

A quick web search might suggest several “new” online casinos ready to accept your deposits. The fact is, many of these sites are not licensed to operate in the US and are, in fact, located outside the country.

Such “offshore” sites are risky. They do not abide by US laws or regulations. If you run into problems with your funds or suspect the games are not fair, you have no legal recourse.

We recommend you steer clear of these unlicensed casinos and avoid taking unnecessary risks with your money. Play only on licensed sites operating in states where online casinos are legal.

See more: Best legal online gambling sites in the US

How do you know if you can trust an online casino?

When choosing a new online casino, always make sure the site is legal and licensed to operate in your state. Online casinos are licensed by state regulators. These bodies conduct audits to ensure the sites’ games are fair and that all necessary measures are taken to ensure players’ safety.

When you visit the website or open the app of a licensed online casino, you should be able to find a seal or other marker identifying the regulatory body that has granted the online casino its license. For instance, if you are in New Jersey, you’ll see the seal for the NJDGE (New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement) showing the site is indeed licensed to operate in NJ.

If the online casino is legal and licensed, you know you can trust the site with your money and personal information. You also know that if you ever have trouble or questions, the site is legally obligated to respond to your queries. Overall, you are protected by your state’s laws against fraud or any other potential issues.

See more: Alabama online casinos

Responsible gambling and new online casinos

Whenever you play at new online casinos or gamble in any way, you should always be certain to practice responsible gambling. Know your limits, gamble only with money you can afford to lose, and if ever you feel as though gambling might be starting to become a problem, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

As mentioned above, the best new online casinos offer tools to help make it easier for players to be responsible when they gamble. You can usually find these tools in the site settings or under “Help” or “Support.” You can also ask customer support directly about where to find and activate these tools.

Responsible gambling tools at new online casinos can include:

  • Deposit limits: set a maximum on how much you can deposit per day, week, or month
  • Wagering limits: set a maximum on how much you can bet when playing the games
  • Time limits: set a limit on how much time you spend playing and
  • “Cool” off periods: set up a period of time when you aren’t allowed to play on the site
  • Self-exclusion: exclude yourself entirely from the site either for a particular period or permanently

Finding new online casinos and enjoying the games can be great fun, but always gamble responsibly and remain mindful of the risks involved.

FAQ about new online casinos

Why play at a new online casino?

Playing at a new online casino can add some variety to your usual gameplay. Maybe you want to try new games or experience a different platform. Playing at new online casinos also gives you a chance to take advantage of new bonuses and/or promotions, giving you free play, free spins, or other benefits just for trying out a new site.

Can you trust a new online casino?

If the online casino is legal and licensed in your state, you can trust the site to be fair and safe. Don’t be afraid to do some research first, though, by checking out the site and reading reviews. A new online casino that carries an established brand to a new market often brings with it a longstanding reputation. Meanwhile, brand-new online casinos without any previous track record probably deserve a little extra scrutiny before you begin depositing funds and playing the games.

What are the perks of new online casinos?

New online casinos tend to feature the latest software, meaning the platform runs smoothly and features the best animation, graphics, and sound. New casinos also usually have the latest and most popular slots and table games, plus other favorites like bingo, keno, and scratchers. New online casinos will also often have big welcome offers to help them get established in a new market, yet another reason to keep an eye out for them.

Which new online casinos offer the biggest bonuses and best games?

We like Golden Nugget Casino’s selection of games and frequent bonuses for regular players. New sign-ups at BetMGM Casino and Borgata Casino can claim no deposit bonuses to get started in states where available).

Caesars Palace online casino isn’t technically a new online casino (but a rebrand of the old Caesars site), but the new site has a nice, updated design and lots of great games. Of course, players can still participate in the Caesars Rewards loyalty program, which offers great benefits.

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