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Nevada Sports Betting

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Nevada legalized sports betting in 1949. The state legalized live and off-track betting on horses at the same time.

Nevada was the first state to regulate the activity that previously operated under organized crime syndicates. Nevada remains the only state where betting on single games is legal.

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. Delaware lost on appeal in the Third Circuit. New Jersey’s second attempt to legalize sports betting is awaiting an en banc hearing by the Third Circuit.

Types of sports available for wagering in Nevada

Nevada bettors may place a wager on any professional sporting event as long as there is a bookmaker willing to post a line.

This includes:

  • NFL
  • NBA
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • soccer
  • boxing
  • NASCAR
  • tennis
  • golf
  • mixed martial arts

Collegiate sports are also legal for wagering purposes in Nevada. Football and basketball are the major events offered by Nevada sports books. The College World Series is the only time of the year most Nevada sports books post a number on baseball. College hockey lines are almost nonexistent.

There was a longtime exception to the college sports betting rule in Nevada. The University of Nevada in Reno and UNLV games were off the board until 2001.

U.S. Senator 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 was changed in 2015. Olympic betting is now legal in Nevada.

Types of legal sports betting in Nevada

Nevada sports books offer a wide menu of gambling options. Nearly any type of wager available at online sports books is legal in Nevada.

Point spread

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 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.

The typical straight bet requires the player to lay $11 for every $10 he hopes to win. A football game on 3 or 7 may require one side to lay more juice than the other side. For example, a team may be listed as -3 -120. This means that the +3 side does not have to pay any juice for the bet.

Money line

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.

Totals

A total is the number of points scored when both teams are added together.

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.

Straight bet

Straight bets are the most popular type of wager in Nevada sports books. This is where a player places a bet on a single outcome. It may be from a point spread, money line or total. The bet usually has a -110 lay but this may vary depending on the sport and number.

Parlay

Parlays come in many forms in Nevada sports books. These bets always include two or more outcomes.

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.

There are also exotic parlay cards at most sports books. These can include ties win, ties lose, half-point, props and jackpots. Exotic parlays have cards players must fill out in pencil and hand to the ticket writer. A parlay is only paid if all legs win. Off-the-board parlays drop by one team if there is a push unless it is otherwise disclosed on the card.

Teasers

A teaser involves two or more outcomes. It 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 favorite an eight-point one. It would add this number to every leg of the teaser.

The payout reflects this advantage. 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 is from a teaser card that discloses that ties lose.

Futures

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 Denver Broncos on a Super Bowl 50 futures bet would have paid as high as 12-1, depending on when the wager was made. The other 31 NFL teams lost the Super Bowl 50 futures bet. It may also involve a team winning a division, conference or league. A 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.

In-play

In-play is the newest form of Nevada wagering. 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.

Propositional wagers

These types of wagers are known as props for short. These are exotic bets that are based on outcomes that are not dependent on the full game. One example is a first inning line in a baseball game. Another is over/under on the number of passing or rushing yards by an individual or team in a football game.

Alternative point spreads also fall into this category.

Pleasers

Pleasers are reverse teasers. While a teaser adds points to the player’s advantage, a pleaser takes them away.

A pleaser 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.

Nevada sports books

Nearly every Nevada casino offers a sports book. The size of the operation varies drastically. Some Las Vegas resorts offer massive sports books, 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

Las Vegas Hilton 1993Westgate is the gold standard when it comes to Nevada sports books.

It was long-known as the Las Vegas Hilton. After that, it was LVH, before ending up as Westgate. A 2015 remodel brought Westgate in line with modern sports books on the Strip. This sports book 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 happy to accept heavy action from known professional bettors. It even offers a $1,000 minimum bet window so that whales may avoid the betting queue. Jay Kornegay is the sports book manager. Westgate released a sports app in 2016.

Wynn

Wynn is another independent sports book known for its generous payouts and early lines. It also operates a smaller betting shop at Encore, Wynn’s sister resort.

Wynn released an app in 2016. Johnny Avello is the sportsbook manager at Wynn and Encore.

Station Casinos

Station Casinos is the largest locals’ casino company in Las Vegas. It was the first Nevada sportsbook to offer a betting website. It was among the early entrants to the mobile app market.

Station Casinos is known as a bookmaker that specializes in small action.

Major Station Casinos sportsbooks include:

Station also operates the sports book at El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas and Baldini’s in Sparks.

CG Technologies

CG Technologies was previously known as Cantor Gaming. It is a subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald. The group is based at the M Resort on the far south end of the Las Vegas Valley.

CG Technologies leases sports books in major resorts that include Cosmopolitan, Palms, Venetian and Tropicana. Its books are among the most modern in Las Vegas. CG Technologies offers a proprietary mobile app. The company is willing to accept high limit action many Nevada competitors refuse.

William Hill

William Hill manages more sportsbooks than any other shop in Nevada. The company specializes in locals casinos that otherwise may not have a sports book. Most William Hill sports books are small and are little more than a couple of betting windows and some monitors.

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 for depositing to its mobile app in dozens of taverns in the state.

Boyd Gaming

Boyd Gaming is a downtown and locals gaming company in Las Vegas. It operates sportsbooks in six of its Las Vegas casinos. The largest is Sam’s Town on Boulder Highway. It also has a sports app.

Stratosphere

Stratosphere is located on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. It is an independent sportsbook. It does not currently offer a mobile app.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island is an independent casino with its own sports book. It launched a sports app in 2015 but quickly pulled it from the market.

Aliante Casino

Aliante is a locals casino on the outskirts of North Las Vegas. It was once a Stations Casino but it was lost in the company’s 2009 bankruptcy.

Aliante Casino’s sports book offers a mobile app. The book is best known for its -104 baseball lines and generous parlay odds.

South Point

South Point is an independent sports book. It is located on Las Vegas Blvd south of the Strip. South Point also manages sports books at Rampart, Cannery, Eastside Cannery and Virgin River Casino in Mesquite.

All of these sportsbooks use the NV Sports Books mobile app. It uses the same software as William Hill but has unique odds.

Jerry’s Nugget

Jerrys Nugget Las VegasJerry’s Nugget is located just inside the North Las Vegas city limits a couple of miles from Fremont Street. The sports book there offers the best parlay and teaser odds in Las Vegas. It does not currently offer an app.

Nevada sports betting entities

The Nevada Legislature legalized sports betting entities in 2015. The Nevada Gaming Commission discussed regulations for these companies later that same year.

Sports betting entities will work similar to mutual funds, once they come to market. Bettors will be required to visit Nevada to make a deposit. From there, fund managers will place wagers on behalf of these individuals, based on the language of the law on the books.

Gamblers will be able to view the picks from their home state so they know which teams they are backing. Betting entity depositors may not use those funds to place their own bets.

Sports betting apps legal in Nevada

There was once a time that Nevada bettors had to visit a sports book to make a wager. That is a trip that most locals found inconvenient. A visit to a locals casino can require having to deal with big parking lots and long lines. Players in the outskirts of Las Vegas or in rural areas had no convenient access to a sports book 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. Tourists are starting to discover the convenience of sports apps.

Nevada sportsbook apps 2016

CompanyiOSAndroidMin First DepositMin Reload Min BetCompsIn-Play Betting?
William HillYesYes$100$5$2$1 per $600Yes
WynnYesYes$100$50$5NoneNo
CG TechnologyYesYes$100$100$2NoneYes
Station CasinoYesYes$100$50$2$1 per $500Yes
AlianteYesYes$50$50$2NoneNo
BoydYesYes$100$100$2NoneNo
South PointYesYes$100$50$2NoneYes
MGMYesYes$100$50$1NoneYes
Atlantis RenoYesYes$20$20$1YesNo

How to create a Nevada sports app account

Nevada sports 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.

This process includes providing the sports book with a government-issued ID. A Social Security number or tax ID number must also be submitted. The minimum deposit is $50 or $100, depending on the casino. Players must return to the casino to pick up winnings.

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.

How Nevada sports apps work

Once making a deposit, the player downloads the app from the company’s website. The account number and PIN number are used to login. Once logged into the account, a player chooses a sport from the main menu. There are then betting options for each sport.

These 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.

A geolocation system is used to make sure that 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.

Nevada sports betting apps in detail

Station Casinos Sports Connection

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.

Station Casinos launched the first sports betting app in Nevada in 2010. It used pagers before that point for select bettors.

Football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, NASCAR, golf and mixed martial arts are offered. The minimum bet is $2 for these games. Sports Connection offers parlays and teasers. Many of the special parlay and teaser cards for NFL, NCAA football, NCAA basketball and NBA that are found in the live sports books are also available in the app.

Sports Connection has one feature not offered by any other Nevada sports betting company. There is a website that also accepts bets from registered players. It is found at Sportsconnection.com. Players can make all of the same wagers that the app offers on the website.

Station Casinos offers comps to sports players. Every $500 wagered receives $1 in comps or free slot play.

Players must be on a Cox Communications connection in Nevada to use the website. The connection will remove players from the Internet and connect to an intranet only available on a Cox connection. Players will be unable to access any Internet functions while logged into Sports Connection. This is done to prevent remote logins to the website.

Players may deposit for Station Casinos’ Sports Connection at any brick-and-mortar sports book. There is also a Station Casinos prepaid card. This may be funded with a bank account or credit card. This saves the trip of having to visit a local sports book. It also provides an opportunity for Nevadans outside Las Vegas to make a deposit.

The minimum deposit for new players is $100. Existing players may deposit $50. Withdrawals must be at least $100.

MGM

MGM has recently launched the PlayMgM sports betting app.  PlayMGM has it’s own unique software platform that was developed by IGT. Players can open and fund the account at all of the MGM property sportsbooks: Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM, Monte Carlo, The Mirage and New York-New York.

CG Technology

CG Technology is the company once known as Cantor Gaming. It offers a proprietary sports app. All sports that are on the board at live CG sports books are also available on the app.

This includes 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 sports book and try to win both sides of a game.

CG Technologies operates the sports books at:

  • M Resort
  • Tropicana
  • Palms
  • Venetian
  • Palazzo
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Silverton
  • Hard Rock Casino

M Resort is the flagship sportsbook.

The minimum deposit is $100. Any amount may be withdrawn.

William Hill

William Hill acquired the Lucky Sportsbook brand in 2012. With that, it also inherited the mobile betting platform used by the company.

William Hill offers a wide menu of sports and betting options. These include all major professional sports, NCAA football and basketball, tennis, golf, NASCAR and MMA.

William Hill offers live betting for all of its NFL games, major college football, as well as NBA and NCAA basketball.

William Hill offers more than 100 places in Nevada to deposit for its mobile app. This includes all of its betting shops, most of which are located in smaller locals casinos. William Hill also has kiosks in all Golden Gaming taverns that accept deposits. This includes PT’s and Sean Patrick’s. Kiosks in full-service casinos also accept wagers directly on the machine.

Players receive cash back on action. 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 7-11 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

NV Sports Books is operated by South Point. It also services Rampart, Eastside Cannery, Cannery and the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite.

NV Sports Books uses the same app as William Hill. It also offers the same sports. The lines and exotic wagers are unique to NV Sports Books. This includes parlays, teasers and futures.

Unlike other Nevada sports 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 Sports App

Boyd Gaming uses Miomni for its Nevada sports app. This app has basic functionality and offers any wager on the board at a Boyd Gaming sportsbook.

An account may be created at Fremont, California, Suncoast, the Orleans, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. One feature of the app is that it may be opened without an account. The only requirements are that the device is located in Nevada and that wi-fi is turned off.

The lines may be viewed this way. That 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.

Aliante Casino Sports App

Like Boyd Gaming, Aliante Casino uses Miomni software for its Nevada sports app. Aliante is the only standalone casino with its own app. While it uses the same software as Boyd Gaming, Aliante Casino has its own lines.

This includes eight-cent lines on baseball and some of the best futures, teasers and parlay prices in town. Aliante uses its lower vig to attract players to its location in the outskirts of North Las Vegas.

The deposit minimum is $50. There is no withdrawal minimum. Players are given the link to download the app when creating an account. It will be provided upon request over the phone.

Nevada sports betting FAQ

How old do you have to be to use a Nevada sports app?

You must be 21 years of age to create an account with a Nevada sportsbook.

What companies offer a Nevada sports betting app?

William Hill, CG Technology, Boyd Gaming, Station Casinos, South Point and Aliante Casino offer Nevada sports apps.

Can a player make a wager outside of Nevada?

Sports app players must be in Nevada to place a wager.

How does the Nevada sports app know where I am?

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.

What happens if I try to log into a Nevada app outside of the state?

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.

How much is the minimum bet?

The minimum bet for Nevada sports apps is $2.

What is the maximum bet?

It depends on the sport and site. Boyd Gaming has a $500 maximum bet. Other apps go up to $3,000. The sports books will raise limits upon request and review of the account.

What is the minimum deposit?

New players must deposit $100 at most sportsbooks to create an account. Aliante Casino is only $50. Existing accounts have a $5 minimum deposit at William Hill and $50 to $100 at other books,

Do Nevada sports betting apps generate comps?

Station Casinos gives players $1 in comps for every $500 wagered. It is placed on the player’s Boarding Pass card. 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.

How do I deposit money for a Nevada sports app?

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.

How do I deposit at a William Hill sports kiosk?

William Hill offers sports kiosks that accept deposits for its app. 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.

What is PayNearMe?

PayNearMe is a cash bill pay service used by William Hill. Players go to a 7-11 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.

How do I create a sports app 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.

What happens if my state ID expires?

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.

Are Nevada sports apps available on both iOS and Android devices?

Yes. All Nevada sports apps are available on both iOS and Android.

Are there any sports betting websites in Nevada?

Yes. Station Casinos’ Sports Connection offers a website at Sportsconnection.com in addition to its mobile apps.

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