Updated: June 10, 2022
Nevada sports betting is legal and has been for decades. It was the first to start accepting online bets in 2010 and was the only state with legal sportsbooks until 2018. While online sportsbooks in Nevada are numerous, the state requires users to register for an account in-person at casinos.
Nevada’s infrastructure for sports betting has ensured that the state has remained one of the top destinations for wagering on sporting events, especially big events such as the Super Bowl and March Madness. Read on for all the latest information about sports betting in Nevada.
Top Nevada sports betting offers for 2022
What’s happening in Nevada sports betting right now
- August 3, 2022 – FanDuel is finally coming to Nevada, but only as the new brand name for the sportsbook inside the Fremont Hotel Casino in downtown Las Vegas.
- July 22, 2022 – The Las Vegas Raiders led the entire NFL in ticket revenue last year at $119 million.
- July 12, 2022 – Circa announced the return of the Circa Million and Circa Survivor continues, for the 2022-2023 season with a guaranteed prize pool of $12 million.
- June 30, 2022 –Nevada’s sportsbooks collected $27 million in revenue, down 1% compared to May 2021. Handle was up 15% year-on-year.
- June 10, 2022 – Nevada operator SuperBook is expanding to Tennessee thanks to an enlarged deal with IGT.
- June 1, 2022 – Sports betting in Nevada saw a similar dip in activity than the rest of the US in April with the sports calendar starting to slow. Handle was $582.5 million for the month, down 32.5% drop from March, but up 28.1% year-on-year.
- May 23, 2022 – The Nevada Gaming Commission gave Barry Diller a two-year license for his ownership stake in MGM Resorts as he remains under investigation for insider trading by the SEC.
Comparing sportsbook apps in Nevada
Nevada was the first state to offer online sports betting in the US. STN Sports — the sportsbook app owned by Station Casinos — opened its virtual doors to the public in 2010. There are now nearly a dozen sportsbook apps active in the Silver State.
Some Nevada sports apps are unavailable anywhere else. Some of them have nearly identical names but are not the same app, despite being owned by the same company. Oddest of all, some companies have two different apps in their portfolio, and only one might be available in Nevada. Here is a breakdown of all the apps available in Nevada, including some of their best features.
Atlantis Sports Nevada
Atlantis Sports Nevada is the lone Reno-based app on the list. It is the sportsbook app for Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Atlantis Sports is well-known for its long history and for the fact that it often is the first major sportsbook to announce season win total predictions for the MLB season. Atlantis is also one of the few truly independent apps in the state and does not rely on any other sportsbook to set its lines.
B-Connected Sports represents a host of Nevada casinos like The Orleans, the Cannery, and Sam’s Town. All of these properties are owned and operated by Boyd Gaming, which has casino holdings across the United States. The app itself has one of the largest selections of betting options in all of Nevada, including the largest menu of prop betting.
BetMGM Sportsbook is the sportsbook app for the portfolio of Nevada properties owned by MGM Resorts. Visitors to Bellagio, Aria, Mandalay Bay, or any of the other major Strip properties can sign up to use the app wherever they go in Nevada. BetMGM Sportsbook is also one of the most popular sportsbook apps in the entire country, although its Nevada app is less robust than its national version.
Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill
The large properties throughout Nevada that are part of the Caesars Entertainment empire use this app for online sports betting. The app is both solid and fairly deep, if not particularly flashy. This is another app whose Nevada version differs significantly from that available in the rest of the US market.
Circa Sports app is the newest entry to the Nevada online sports betting market. It represents its namesake casino and the sportsbook at Golden Gate in Las Vegas. Circa operates on the philosophy of attracting “sharp” action and setting market-making lines for college football, among other sports.
Golden Nugget NV Sportsbook
Golden Nugget NV Sportsbook is an independent app and generates its own lines. What makes the app stand out from the rest, though, is its NBA lines. Because Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta owns the Houston Rockets, none of the book’s lines can reflect Rockets games. The most significant result is that Golden Nugget’s NBA futures are often different from any other sportsbook’s lines.
Nevada Sports Books (South Point and Rampart)
These two apps are separate entities. However, they share odds with one another, so they are linked together. South Point represents the South Point Casino, and Rampart Sports serves the Rampart Casino in Summerlin. South Point’s bookmakers are some of the longest-tenured in Nevada and bring that expertise to their operation.
STN Sports is the original sportsbook app to launch in Nevada and, by extension, the first sportsbook app to debut in the United States. The app itself is populated with a number of betting options and is one of the only apps to offer a biometric sign-in feature as an added security measure. Bookmakers here often offer interesting prop bets based on local teams. STN offers live wagering as well.
TI Sports is another independent sportsbook app in Nevada that has odds not found elsewhere. It represents Treasure Island, the former MGM property turned independent Strip location. The TI Sports app is not particularly noteworthy, but it can offer a different flavor and set of odds than.
The Westgate Superbook app is the online version of the world’s most famous sportsbook. The Westgate Superbook at Westgate Las Vegas (the former Hilton) is a fabled destination because of its size and reputation among respected sports bettors. Although the app itself is simply functional, the reputation and options underlying it are unmatched.
To be clear, the William Hill Nevada app is not the same thing as the Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill app. Although owned by Caesars Entertainment, it is a different app entirely and remains a legacy brand under the Caesars umbrella. Any properties that formerly used Cantor Technology to power their sports betting, such as The Venetian, Hard Rock Las Vegas, and the Palms, use this app instead. It offers an extensive menu of sports from throughout the world.
Wynn Sports is the sportsbook app for Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas. However, it is not the sportsbook app for any other Wynn properties — they use WynnBet elsewhere. It is also an older app, but it does have a useful integration of the properties’ racebook into the presentation.
Latest Nevada sports betting news
How to start betting in Nevada
Getting started with a sportsbook app in Nevada is much more challenging than in other states. In short, here’s what to do:
- Download the app.
- Visit one of the app’s partner casinos in-person.
- Complete an application to create an account on the app.
- Make your first deposit in-person and in cash.
Once the app is installed on your mobile device, you must visit one of the land-based sportsbooks associated with your app. Some apps offer a host of different options around the state that can assist you in the next step of the process. Others, however, might only have one or two physical venues that work. Make sure to call ahead and double check that they are open and ready to help before you get into your car.
Below is the complete list of legal sportsbook apps and their local casino partner(s) in Nevada:
|Atlantis||Atlantis Casino (Reno)|
|B-Connected Sports||Boyd Gaming|
|Circa Sports||Circa Resort & Casino|
|Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill||Caesars Entertainment|
|Golden Nugget NV||Golden Nugget Casino|
|Rampart Sports (Nevada Sports)||Rampart Casino (Summerlin)|
|South Point (Nevada Sports)||South Point Casino|
|STN Sports||Station Casinos|
|TI Sports||Treasure Island Hotel & Casino|
|Westgate Superbook||Westgate Las Vegas|
|William Hill||Former Cantor Technology properties|
|Wynn Sports||Wynn Resorts|
Application and account creation
Once inside the physical sportsbook, you will need to fill out an application (including a W-9) with your name, date of birth, address, and other contact information. You must be over the age of 21 to establish an account. You must also provide a valid state identification, though it doesn’t have to be a Nevada ID to qualify. Finally, you’ll have to furnish your Social Security number or tax ID number to complete the registration for your new account. In most cases, the casinos require you to sign up for the player’s club card as well.
Making your first deposit in-person
Nevada law also requires that you make your first deposit in person at the land-based sportsbook counterpart of your app. In most cases, you’ll probably make that first infusion of cash at the same time as your registration, although you don’t have to do so if you want to wait. Generally, minimum first deposit amounts are either $50 or $100.
Depending on the app you’ve chosen, your involvement with the land-based casino might or might not be over. Some Nevada sportsbook apps allow you to deposit and withdraw funds remotely from that point.
Banking and depositing at Nevada sportsbook apps
Deposits and withdrawals in Nevada are completed either via payment processors or in-person. You might need to plan a trip to the casino that corresponds with your preferred app, although many now work with Play+ to deposit funds (for a service fee). You may also be able to write a check or use a money order, depending on the casino’s rules.
There are a few notable exceptions to this requirement. William Hill allows deposits to occur on its many kiosks scattered around the state. You can use PayNearMe at bars, convenience stores, and other similar locations to fund your William Hill account.
The other possible option is the use of a branded debit card at a handful of different casinos. Station Casinos, MGM, and Westgate each offer a card that can be funded with debit cards, credit cards, or electronic transfers.
|Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Nevada sports betting law
Nevada sports betting law is the oldest of its kind in the US. As such, it has evolved many times over the course of more than 70 years of service. The current state of the law, therefore, is a mishmash of different policies over the decades, particularly since the year 2000.
As it stands, there are few events that are off-limits from bettors in the Silver State, as dictated by law. The only definitive prohibition is on “any amateur non-collegiate sport or athletic event.” The intended target of the ban is high school sports, but the language of the law required an adjustment later to exempt some Olympic sports from the prohibition.
The other point of contention for many years revolved around collegiate sports. All betting on college events was illegal at one time, but changes to the law made any university outside of the Silver State eligible for wagering. Then, another change came and removed the in-state prohibition. So, Nevadans are free to bet on UNLV, the University of Nevada, or any other school that plays sports in Nevada.
Even more esoteric events like esports competitions and virtual sports are fair game if approved individually by regulators, but Oscars betting or other entertainment bets are off the board.
Nevada’s in-person registration requirement
The most notable feature about the current state of the law is its in-person registration requirement. When Nevada allowed mobile sportsbook apps to launch in the state, some believe they were meant as a supplement to the land-based sportsbooks at casinos. The law requires that patrons visit one of the partner casinos of each app in order to complete their registration and make their first deposit.
In all likelihood, the rule could be causing Nevada to lose out on potential handle each year. However, the precedent of the in-person requirement still maintains a relatively firm grip on the gaming commission and various players in the industry. Major operators including MGM and Caesars have asked regulators to remove the requirement, but local power Station Casinos fights to keep it each time.
Retail sportsbooks in Nevada
There are nearly 200 different sportsbook locations in Nevada, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. More than half of those locations are William Hill kiosks, and William Hill’s presence in the state also includes several hundred deposit locations.
Out of the long list of books in Nevada, five of them stand out as particularly noteworthy. They are either some of the largest in the state, some of the most prestigious, or both.
1. Westgate SuperBook
The Westgate SuperBook was the largest sportsbook in the world for decades, though newcomer Circa Sports now holds that title. SuperBook is the most famous, prestigious, and well-known sportsbook in the country. The book continues to be a crown jewel for both the Westgate Las Vegas and Nevada sports betting.
- App: Westgate SuperBook
- Location: Westgate Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas 89109
2. Circa Sportsbook
Circa Sports is the newest major sportsbook to debut in Nevada and has seemed determined to hit the ground running since the opening of flagship hotel Circa in 2021. The book itself is more than 30,000 square feet and three stories tall. There is seating for 1,000, and the viewing screen on the main wall features a whopping 78 million pixels of space. Circa has made no bones about its intention to surpass the SuperBook. It certainly has the physical facilities to make a serious challenge to the throne.
- App: Circa Sports
- Location: Circa Resort & Casino, 8 Fremont St., Las Vegas 89101
3. South Point
South Point Sportsbook is likely the most underrated sportsbook in all of Nevada. Its physical location on the south end of The Strip leaves it out of sight for many bettors. However, South Point is a locally owned book and creates its own odds. South Point is managed by veteran bookmakers including Jimmy Vaccaro and Chris Andrews. It is the home base for VSiN, a sports betting-focused radio station that is the brainchild of veteran sportscaster Brent Musberger and his family.
- App: NV Sports Books
- Location: South Point Hotel Casino & Spa, 9777 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas 89183
4. Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace boasts one of the swankiest sports betting operations in Nevada. Although it is of moderate size, there’s no denying that the opulence of the resort bleeds over into the soaring ceilings and elaborate display boards on the wall. Caesars Sportsbook also places you next to the poker room and roughly equidistant between the property’s two main gambling areas. The company has made a major push into sports betting in the past few years.
- App: Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill
- Location: Caesars Palace, 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas 89109
The Mirage sportsbook sits inside the casino of the same name, which was dubbed the first supercasino in Las Vegas when it debuted in 1989. The book spreads itself across 10,000 square feet of gaming space and features seating for hundreds of bettors. Large screens adorn two of its walls, with betting options cast in red, green, and yellow above the numerous teller windows below. There are individual betting booths, lounge seating, and couch areas. Mirage might have the most comfortable sportsbook in Nevada.
- App: BetMGM Sportsbook (pending the property’s takeover by Hard Rock)
- Location: The Mirage, 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas 89109
Top Nevada sports for betting
Nevada has become a hotbed for sports in the past few decades. Between the NBA Summer League, the founding of the Vegas Golden Knights, and the relocation of the Raiders to Las Vegas, the Silver State has become a certified destination for the sports-minded. Even the Super Bowl will come to Nevada in 2024. Here are some of the top options for Nevadans who want to place a wager.
NFL betting in Nevada
- Las Vegas Raiders: Allegiant Stadium, 3333 Al Davis Way, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Nevada earned its first NFL franchise in state history when NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders’ request to relocate to Las Vegas in 2017. The team finally made the move in 2020 and took up residence in the brand-new Allegiant Stadium. Raiders games became a hot commodity for sports bettors in nearby Strip casinos.
NBA/WNBA betting in Nevada
- Las Vegas Aces: Michelob ULTRA Arena, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
- NBA Summer League: Thomas and Mack Center and Cox Pavilion, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Nevada is not home to an NBA team yet. However, given the success of the NFL and NHL’s placement of teams in Las Vegas, it would not be a surprise if a pro basketball team took up residence in Nevada soon. The WNBA already has the Las Vegas Aces inside the Silver State.
MLB betting in Nevada
- Las Vegas Aviators: Las Vegas Ballpark, 1650 S Pavilion Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135
- Reno Aces: Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave, Reno, NV 89501
Nevada is not home to any Major League Baseball teams at the moment. Two Triple-A teams call the Silver State their home base, but finding options for betting on the Aviators’ or Aces’ games is rather difficult. It is possible, however, thanks to a rule change in 2019.
Nevada might not be without an MLB presence for very much longer. Las Vegas has been identified as a site for relocation for many years, and it appears that the Oakland Athletics are becoming quite serious about following their NFL counterparts into the desert. MLB might become part of the Las Vegas Strip experience in the near future.
NHL betting in Nevada
- Vegas Golden Knights: T-Mobile Arena, 3780 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158
The Vegas Golden Knights became a member of the NHL’s Pacific Division in 2017 and immediately found great success. The team reached the Stanley Cup Final during its first year of action and has made the playoffs every year of its existence through 2021.
The public response to the Golden Knights’ debut has only served to strengthen the viability of Las Vegas specifically and Nevada generally as a destination for major sports teams. Nevadans quickly became rabid fans of the franchise and have consistently ranked in the top five for attendance every season that the Knights have played.
NCAA betting in Nevada
Betting on NCAA games has not always been possible in Nevada. In fact, the subject even made it to the federal level, where Sen. John McCain famously sought to ban wagering on all collegiate athletics. Since Nevada was the only location in the country with legal sports betting at the time, it was the only state affected by McCain’s quest. However, subsequent changes to the law have opened up wagering for college sports, both on games taking place inside Nevada and on Nevada schools themselves. Here are the most popular schools to bet in the Silver State:
- University of Nevada – Las Vegas
- University of Nevada – Reno
Is there horse racing in Nevada?
No. Although live horse racing is legal under Nevada law, there are no live racing venues active in Nevada at this time. There are some sporadic harness races and events that take place at county fairs and other similar locations, but no professional or regular racing is available in the Silver State. Horse betting itself is legal in Nevada.
But Nevada’s simulcast handle is not terribly high. Although the state’s racebooks have banded together as the Nevada Parimutuel Association to negotiate rates with racetracks, the low amount of wagering in the state has not made the racetrack authorities terribly generous or flexible in their dealings with the NPMA. Racebooks in Nevada are sometimes limited in terms of the tracks that they can offer for wagering. Even top tracks have reached impasses with the racebooks in recent times.
Nevada DFS law
Daily fantasy sports contests, or DFS, are unavailable in Nevada at this time. Neither DraftKings nor FanDuel, the definitive market leaders, operate their DFS service inside the Silver State. Furthermore, there is no projected timeframe for daily fantasy to become a reality for Nevadans.
Technically, DFS is legal in the state. According to a 2015 memo from the state attorney general, the contests are either sports pools, gambling games, or lotteries. Nevada required that all DFS providers secure a gambling license in the state. Otherwise, the companies became subject to a cease-and-desist order.
At the time, FanDuel and DraftKings both ceased their operations in Nevada and have yet to return. They could reappear in the state as sports betting operators, and DFS might come back at that time, but there’s no guarantee. Only USBookmaking has attempted to offer DFS in the post-license world, and the company ceased operations shortly after the debut due to lack of demand.
The bottom line is that DFS is not part of the experience in Nevada, and it’s not clear when that situation will change.
Nevada sports betting FAQ
Is sports betting legal in Nevada?
Yes. Sports betting has been legal in Nevada since 1949. It was the first state in the US to regulate wagering on sporting events, and the first to offer sports betting apps.
Who regulates sports betting in Nevada?
The Nevada Gaming Commission and the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The two agencies are essentially part of the same entity. The Board issues licensing recommendations and serves as the prosecutor in the cases of licensee violations, while the Commission decides on the final form of the licenses and adjudicates the hearings. Even the government website likens the relationship to that of a judge (the NGC) and a prosecutor (the NGCB).
Does Nevada allow mobile sports betting?
Yes. Although registration and some financial transactions for sports betting apps must be completed in person, the actual wagering is permitted anywhere inside Nevada state lines. There are no sportsbook websites in Nevada — all of the options require a phone or tablet to access.
Can I bet on college sports and Nevada teams?
Yes, you can bet on college sports in Nevada. UNLV and other in-state college teams are available for betting at Nevada sportsbooks, as well as all college football and basketball events no matter the location. While this wasn’t always the case, changes in the law removed any prohibitions that were in place in the past.
What is the legal age to bet on sports in Nevada?
You must be 21 or older to bet on sports in Nevada. The same rule applies for betting and gambling at Nevada casinos.
Some sites say they don’t need in-person registration. What is the story on these?
Those sites are based outside of Nevada and outside of the United States. They are not subject to US law and are on rather dubious legal footing. Even if we set the legal question aside, there are numerous reasons not to play on these books. They can be unreliable in terms of their care of your money and information, and you can find yourself without many options for legal recourse if things go south. You are also opening yourself to a wide range of identity theft concerns. Even though the in-person aspect of Nevada sports betting apps is frustrating, it is much better than some of the chances you take with these other sites.
What is the minimum bet in Nevada?
The minimum bet for Nevada sports apps is either $2 or $5 depending on the sportsbook.
What is the minimum deposit at Nevada sportsbook apps?
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.