Delaware and New Jersey both attempted to expand into this gaming segment. Delaware faced a legal challenge from the sports leagues when it tried in 2009. The state lost on appeal in the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals. However, today you can wager on parlays in Delaware today.
Nevada sports bettors can wager on more sports and events every year. Sportsbook operators see demand and will act as quickly as the Nevada Gaming Control Board allows.
Sports available to bet on in Nevada include:
It wasn’t always the case, but collegiate sports are legal for wagering in Nevada. In fact, even after wagering on college sports was legalized in Nevada, you couldn’t bet on colleges in the state. That changed in 2001 when it became legal to wager on University of Nevada (Reno) and UNLV games.
US Sen. John McCain was pushing to remove all college games from the betting action in Nevada. McCain cited that Nevada gaming regulators must agree that there is some level of corruption in accepting college wagers if the state’s two major universities were blacked out from the betting menu. The Nevada Gaming Commission responded by legalizing wagers on UNR and UNLV.
The law passed in 2001 included language that excluded wagers on “any amateur non-collegiate sport or athletic event.” This may have been to prevent high school sports and other loosely organized amateur events from finding their way onto the boards in Nevada. It also made betting on the Olympics illegal. This policy changed in 2015. Olympic sports betting is now legal in Nevada.
College football and basketball are the major sports offered by Nevada sportsbooks. Odds for other college sports may be available but are limited. Some books will make lines available for major events, like the College World Series.
Nevada sportsbooks offer a wide, and growing, menu of sports betting options.
A sports wager may only be offered if the result is reconciled during a game, series of games or season. You won’t find ancillary wagers, like national anthem times, available in land-based casinos.
The most common wager on a football or basketball game involves a point spread. This is a handicap that sets a favorite and requires that team to win by a certain number of points. A bet on the underdog adds the number of points to that side.
A 5.5-point favorite for the game would have to win by six to cover the point spread. The underdog would cover the spread if it lost by five or fewer points or won the game outright. Point-spread wagering is the same for quarters in basketball or halves in football.
The typical point spread wager is set at a -110 money line (see below) and requires the player to lay $11 for every $10 he hopes to win. A football game on 3 or 7 may have a larger money line. For example, a team may be listed as -3 -120. This means that the +3 side does not have to pay any vig for the bet.
A money line is where a bettor picks a side to win the game outright. This involves a money handicap, as opposed to a point spread.
A money line favorite will show as a minus. For example, a two-to-one favorite will be -200 on the board. This means that a bettor must lay $200 for every $100 he hopes to win. The underdog on a -200 game would be about +170. This means that a $100 wager would win $170 if the underdog won outright.
Money lines are usually in addition to a point spread for football and basketball on the betting menu. Hockey, baseball, soccer, tennis and golf often only have a money line. These sports may also have an alternative small point spread. In baseball, that is called a run line. In hockey, it is a puck line.
A total wager is made on the number of points scored when both teams are added together. This is often called an over/under bet.
For football and basketball, this number usually has the same -110 lay as a straight bet. Baseball and hockey will usually include a money line with the total because those numbers are typically less than 10 where there is significant value moving a total by a half-point.
This is a growing area of wagering at Nevada sportsbooks. The lines and totals are only for action that takes place during a certain part of a game. These wagers can be fun for the bettor that wants to watch the wager, but can’t stay for the entire game.
The partial game wagers can be for point spreads, totals or just a simple proposition. Some examples are:
Parlays come in many forms in Nevada sportsbooks. These bets always include two or more outcomes. A parlay is only paid if all wagers win. The more games in the parlay, the more the parlay will pay.
There are a large variety of parlay cards available at most Nevada sportsbooks. These cards can include ties win, ties lose, half-point, props and jackpots.
Parlay cards have two parts. The top part of the card is where the point spreads and totals are located. The bottom part of a parlay card must be filled out in pencil and handed to the ticket writer.
An off-the-board parlay involves a bettor telling the ticket writer which games and sides he wants to parlay. These are paid based on the number of teams involved.
Parlay bets have become so popular that sportsbook operators now offer a growing number of cards during football season.
Like a parlay, a teaser involves two or more outcomes. This wager is different from a parlay because the bettor receives extra points on each line within the teaser.
For example, in football, a teaser may receive six points. That would make a two-point underdog an eight-point underdog. It would add this number to every leg of the teaser.
Teaser payouts are lower than parlays because of the adjusted point spread. It takes at least three teaser sides to bring the payout in line with a straight bet. A push drops the payout by one team unless it’s on a teaser card that discloses that ties lose.
A round robin is a more simple way of betting multiple parlays all at one time. This is similar to boxing a number of horses for an exacta or trifecta in a horse race. The bettor will select between three and eight teams. Then the bettor will select the number of teams in each parlay.
For example, three teams may be selected for three different two-team parlays (A vs. B, A vs. C, B vs C). Each winning parlay in the round robin is paid at the same rate as the particular sportsbook pays for single parlays.
Futures bets come in several forms. The most common one is where a bettor picks a team or individual to win a championship.
For example, picking the Atlanta Falcons on a Super Bowl 52 futures bet would pay 10-1, depending on when the wager was made. There are futures to win the Super Bowl for all other 31 NFL teams. This kind of future may also involve a team winning a division, conference or league. A football bettor can choose a team to win the NFC South, AFC South, or either one of those conferences and every other division.
The same applies to other sports. The futures structure is also used in golf, tennis and NASCAR events on individual athletes.
You can now wager on award winners for different sports. For example, baseball fans can wager on Cy Young and MVP for the season. College football fans can wager on a player to win the Heisman Trophy.
Thanks to mobile sports wagering apps, in-play betting is one of the fastest growing types of wagering in Nevada. This is where a bettor places a wager on a game that is already in progress. The live line takes into account the current score and is based on the final outcome.
In-play wagers typically include point spreads, money lines and totals. These wagers permit players late to the action a way to get money on the game. It may also be used for hedging and arbitrage purposes.
These types of wagers are most commonly called “props” for short. These are exotic bets that are based on outcomes that are not dependent on the full game.
One example is the over/under on the number of passing or rushing yards by an individual or team in a football game. Another example is the first-inning line in a baseball game.
Sportsbook operators are using these wagers to grow the betting menus almost every day. If something major happens in a sport, a related wager can be offered right away. For example, in 2016, Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs. The next day there was a wager available if he would throw another.
These wagering opportunities are not only fun for the customer, but they can generate publicity for the sportsbook offering the wager.
Pleasers are reverse teasers. While a teaser adds points to the player’s advantage, a pleaser takes them away. A pleaser bet may require a bettor to give up between 7 and 14 points on a football game. For example, a pleaser card would turn a seven-point underdog into a pick. A seven-point favorite would need to win by more than 14 to cover a pleaser.
Ties often lose. Pleasers require multiple outcomes. Pleasers lose nearly every time due to the massive disadvantage of giving up the points across multiple outcomes. But when they do hit it can be life-changing money for the winner.
Nearly every Nevada casino offers a sportsbook. The size and scope of the operation varies drastically depending on the size and customer base of the casino. Some Las Vegas resorts offer massive sportsbooks, while others are little more than a couple of televisions and a betting window. Some are as simple as a kiosk that resembles an ATM.
Westgate is the gold standard when it comes to Nevada sportsbooks.
It was long-known as the Las Vegas Hilton. After that, it was LVH, before ending up as Westgate. There was a remodel of the Westgate in 2015 that put it in line with modern sportsbooks near the Vegas Strip.
This sportsbook offers some of the best odds on parlays, teasers, and futures. It is one of the first bookmakers in Las Vegas to post overnight lines.
Westgate is known to accept large wagers from known professional bettors. The sportsbook even offers a $1,000 minimum bet window so that whales may avoid the betting queue. Jay Kornegay is the sportsbook manager.
Wynn is another independent sportsbook known for its generous payouts, early lines and acceptance of large wagers. It also operates a smaller betting shop at Encore, Wynn’s sister resort.
The Wynn Las Vegas sportsbook will close for renovations in late April of 2017. A temporary sportsbook will be open during the summer at Encore. The sportsbook will reopen at Wynn in time for football season. Johnny Avello is the sportsbook manager at Wynn and Encore.
Station Casinos is the largest locals’ casino company in Las Vegas. It was the first Nevada sportsbook to offer a betting website. Likewise, it was among the early entrants to the mobile app market.
Station Casinos isn’t known as a bookmaker that takes large wagers from professional bettors. They specialize in small wagers from the public. You’ll see this reflected in odds and point spreads.
Unlike the other sportsbook operators, Station Casinos is tightly connected with the casino players club. Boarding Pass members earn one base point for every $1 in wagers for sports straight bets, parlays, teasers and parlay cards placed in person or through the mobile app.
Major Station Casinos sportsbooks include:
Station Casinos also operates the sportsbook at El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas. The casino operator owns Palms, but does not operate the sportsbook.
CG Technology was previously known as Cantor Gaming. It is a subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald. Its flagship location is at the M Resort on the far south end of the Las Vegas valley.
CG Technology leases and operates sportsbooks in major Las Vegas resorts that include:
Its books are among the most modern in Las Vegas, although other operators are catching up. The company is willing to accept high-limit wagers that many Nevada competitors refuse.
Caesars Entertainment is one of the largest casino operators in the world. The vast majority of its customers are tourists visiting Las Vegas.
Point spreads and odds are tailored to recreational sports bettors who may not be the sharpest sports gamblers. Caesars Entertainment operates a sportsbook in the following eight Las Vegas casinos:
Caesars Entertainment operates four casinos and three sportsbooks in Nevada that are outside of Las Vegas.
Caesars Palace renovated its sportsbook in 2016. The new screens are beautiful but it will cost money to sit and watch the games during NFL Sunday and other major events.
Caesars Entertainment is the only major sportsbook in Nevada without a sports wagering app.
MGM Resorts International is a national casino operator with properties from the east coast to Las Vegas. MGM operates the 10 casinos and sportsbooks on the Vegas Strip:
MGM is a sportsbook operator that caters lines and odds for their tourist customer base in large markets. The oddsmakers have a somewhat difficult task of creating one line that fits different customers in every casino.
They’re also known to take some of the largest wagers in Las Vegas. In 2016, they released one of the most beautiful sports wagering apps available.
William Hill manages more sportsbooks than any other operator in Nevada. The company specializes in locals casinos throughout the state. Most William Hill sportsbooks are small with a couple of betting windows and TVs.
William Hill acquired American Wagering Inc. in 2011. That company did business as Leroy’s at the time, which was the original online betting company in Nevada. William Hill offers kiosks at many of its sportsbook locations for quick wagers or depositing funds for its mobile app.
Boyd Gaming casinos market to a similar local customer as Station Casinos. However, it has a greater presence in downtown Las Vegas. It operates sportsbooks in six of its Las Vegas casinos. Downtown Las Vegas properties include The California and Fremont, while locals properties include:
South Point is an independent sportsbook located on Las Vegas Boulevard south of the Strip. The casino is famous for its split of a separate race and sportsbook. South Point odds can also be found at the following sportsbooks:
These sportsbooks use the NV Sports Books mobile app, which uses the same software as William Hill but has odds set by the South Point staff. South Point is now home to VSIN, the first media network dedicated to sports betting information.
Jerry’s Nugget is a small casino located just inside the North Las Vegas city limits a couple of miles from Fremont Street. The sportsbook offers the best parlay and teaser odds in Las Vegas. It does not currently offer an app.
There was once a time that Nevada bettors had to visit a sportsbook to make a wager. Despite the interest in betting on sports many locals found the trip inconvenient for smaller wagers. A visit to a locals casino can require having to deal with parking lots and long lines. Players in the outskirts of Las Vegas or in rural areas had no convenient access to a sportsbook to make a bet.
This kept money that may otherwise have been wagered on the sidelines. In 2010, the first sports betting app was released in Nevada. This made it convenient for bettors to place a wager anywhere in Nevada. A trip to the locals casino was no longer required each time a player wanted to make a bet on a game.
Mobile apps on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices have helped get locals into the game more than ever. Some sportsbook operators are touting the apps for generating 25 to 50 percent of the sports wagering handle.
Tourists are now discovering the convenience of sports apps so that they can avoid lines during major events like the Super Bowl and March Madness.
|Company||iOS||Android||Min First Deposit||Min Reload||Min Bet||Comps||In-Play Betting?|
|William Hill||Yes||Yes||$100||$5||$2||$1 per $600||Yes|
|Station Casino||Yes||Yes||$100||$50||$2||$1 per $500||Yes|
Nevada sports wagering app accounts must be created in person. An account takes about 10 or 15 minutes to open. An application must be filled out that includes the player’s name, address, date of birth and contact information.
All players must be at least 21 years of age. Nevada residency is not required. Locals and tourists, even those from other countries, may create an account. The setup process includes providing the sportsbook with a government-issued ID and Social Security number or tax ID number.
The minimum deposit is $50 or $100, depending on the casino. Players must return to the casino where they signed up to pick up winnings.
Prior to making a deposit, the player should download the app from the sportsbook operator’s website or from the appropriate app store. Once the account is created, the player will use an account number and PIN number to login. Once logged into the account, a player chooses a sport from the main menu. There are a variety of betting options for each sport.
Odds and point spreads available on the app are usually the same as the casino and often include a straight bet, parlay, teaser or future. A player chooses a team and the amount of the wager. The bettor must then confirm the choice. Some sportsbook operators are offering parlay cards now.
A geolocation system is used to make sure that the device using the app is located in Nevada. This is a requirement for use of the app. If the mobile device is not inside Nevada, or the geolocation service cannot find the phone or tablet, the wager will be rejected. This sometimes causes issues for players close to the state line or in rural parts of Nevada.
Station Casinos is the largest locals casino operator. It owns Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch, and the brands of Station, Fiesta, and Wildfire. These locations are within residential areas throughout the suburbs of Las Vegas.
Wagering on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, NASCAR, golf, mixed martial arts and horse racing are offered. The minimum wager for sports is $5. STN Sports offers parlays, teasers, round robins and parlay cards. Some of the special parlay and teaser cards for NFL, NCAA football, NCAA basketball and NBA that are found in the live sportsbooks are also available in the app.
Station Casinos moved on from the Sports Connection brand when the new STN Sports app was released in 2016. The app now uses miomni software that you’ll find with other apps. Unlike some other miomni apps, you can use with a wifi connection and wager on horses and sports.
Station Casinos offers comps to sports players. Every $1 wagered receives one point for the connected Boarding Pass players club account.
Players may deposit funds for STN Sports at any brick-and-mortar sportsbook or via a Station Casinos prepaid card. This may be funded with a bank account or credit card. Using the prepaid card saves a trip to the local sportsbook.
There is often a new player sign-up bonus offered. The minimum deposit for new players is $100. Existing players may deposit $50. Withdrawals must be at least $100.
MGM launched the PlayMGM sports betting app in 2016. PlayMGM has its own unique software platform that was developed by IGT. Players can open and fund the account at all of the MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas: Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM, Monte Carlo, The Mirage and New York-New York.
While the initial account funding of an account must be made in person at an MGM Resorts International property, subsequent additions may be made via mobile device.
CG Technology is the company once known as Cantor Gaming. All sports that are on the board at live CG Technology sportsbooks are available on the app. Wagering limits may be different for customers based on previous play at their brick-and-mortar locations. However, the wagering options are the same for everyone in the apps.
Sports available include major professional sports, NCAA football, and basketball, as well as golf, NASCAR, tennis, MMA and arena football. Futures, parlays and teasers are also available on the app. This includes some of the special parlay and teaser cards found at the betting shops.
CG Technology also offers live betting for many major contests. This is where players may make a wager for an event in progress. This allows players that missed the start of a game to still get action. Some players use this in an attempt to middle a sportsbook and try to win both sides of a game.
CG Technology operates the sportsbooks at Cosmopolitan, Hard Rock, M Resort, Palms, The Palazzo, Tropicana, The Venetian and Silverton.
The minimum deposit is $100 for the CG Technology app. However, any amount may be withdrawn.
William Hill acquired the Lucky Sportsbook brand in 2012. With the purchase, it also inherited the mobile betting platform used by the company.
William Hill offers a huge menu of sports and betting options with a low minimum wager of $2. Sports include all major professional leagues, NCAA football and basketball, tennis, golf, NASCAR, MMA and even the Olympics.
William Hill offers live betting for all of its NFL games, major college football, as well as NBA and NCAA basketball.
There are more than 100 William Hill locations in Nevada to deposit for its mobile app. Locations include all casino sportsbooks and kiosks, participating Golden Gaming taverns (PT’s & Sean Patricks), 7-Eleven stores and some other small taverns around the state.
Players receive cash back on wagers. Parlays and teasers receive $1 for every $500 wagered. Straight bets receive $1 for every $1,000 wagered. Players must opt into this promotion.
William Hill also accepts PayNearMe as a deposit option. This is a cash transfer service available at all 7-Eleven convenience stores in Nevada. The minimum initial deposit at William Hill is $100. Reload deposits can be as small as $5 when using a kiosk.
NV Sports Books is operated by South Point. It also services Rampart and Don Laughlin’s Riverside casino.
NV Sports Books uses the same app software as William Hill. However, the lines and exotic wagers are unique to NV Sports Books. This includes parlays, propositions, teasers and futures.
Unlike other Nevada sports wagering apps, NV Sports Books assigns a player to the sportsbook where the account was created. All deposits and withdrawals must be made there. The deposit minimum is $100. There is no minimum for withdrawals.
Boyd Gaming uses Miomni for its Nevada sports app. This offers any wager on the board at a Boyd Gaming sportsbook as well as horse racing.
An account may be created at Aliante, Cannery, Eastside Cannery, Fremont, California, Suncoast, the Orleans, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Like other miomni apps, you may look at odds without an account. However, the device must be located in Nevada. This feature makes it easier to line shop.
All basic sports are offered by Boyd Gaming, but its exotic selection is not comparable to its competitors. Neither are its parlay, teasers and futures prices.
The minimum deposit at Boyd Gaming is $50. There is no minimum amount to withdraw. The Boyd Gaming sportsbook will provide the link to download the app once an account is established.
Westgate introduced the much anticipated SuperBook app in 2016. The odds and point spreads are the same that you’ll find in the brick-and-mortar sportsbook. This app uses miomni software like many other sports wagering apps in Nevada. Wagering limits are lower on the app than in person, but the odds and point spreads are the same.
The Golden Nugget launched its sports wagering app in 2017. The stand-alone shop offers the same fair odds on the app as they do in the casino. The app uses miomni software and can be used over wifi and while charging. This app operates similar to many sports wagering apps in Nevada besides the different wagering options.
You must be 21 years of age to create an account with a Nevada sportsbook.
Boyd Gaming, CG Technology, Golden Nugget, MGM Resorts, Station Casinos, South Point, Westgate, Wynn and William Hill offer Nevada sports apps.
No. Sports app players must be in Nevada to place a wager.
It pings nearby cell phone towers. It determines the location of the mobile device by the time it takes to receive a signal between multiple towers. William Hill and South Point also use a wireless connection comparing the nearby networks with a list supplied by Google.
It depends on the app. The William Hill and South Point app will allow a login outside of the state. This permits players to look at the lines but not make any wagers. The other apps check location before allowing a player to access the account.
The minimum bet for Nevada sports apps is either $2 or $5 depending on the sportsbook.
It depends on the sport and sportsbook operator. For example, Boyd Gaming has a $500 maximum, while other apps go up to $3,000. The sportsbook operator may raise limits upon request and review of the account.
New players must deposit $100 at most sportsbooks to create an account. Existing accounts have a $5 minimum deposit at William Hill, and $50 to $100 at other books.
Station Casinos gives players one Boarding Pass players club point for every $1 wagered. William Hill awards players $1 for every $500 bet on parlays and teasers and $1,000 on straight bets. The other Nevada sports apps do not offer comps.
A deposit may be made in person at all sportsbooks related to the app. William Hill also accepts PayNearMe and deposits at kiosks located at Golden Gaming taverns. Station Casinos offers a debit card that accepts credit cards, debit cards and electronic funds transfers. MGM Resorts offers a prepaid debit card.
Players can either swipe a Golden Gaming players card or enter the William Hill account number. The PIN used to log in is also required. William Hill apps accept deposits of at least $5. Only cash is accepted at William Hill kiosks.
PayNearMe is a cash bill pay service William Hill uses. Players go to a 7-Eleven convenience store with a merchant code and deposit cash. An email or phone call to William Hill is all it takes to get the deposit into the player’s account.
You must go into a live sportsbook related to the company that offers the app to create an account. A Social Security number and a valid state-issued ID are also required. An application is filled out and filed with the account that includes a signature card.
The sportsbook will lock any account where the ID on file expires. A player must return to the book or scan the new ID and email it to support with the site to get the account reopened.
Yes. All Nevada sports apps are available on both iOS and Android.
No. Station Casinos closed their Sports Connection website when releasing the first version of the STN Sports app.
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