Sports Connection App From Station Casino
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Station Casinos Sports Connection Sports Betting App

Station Casinos is the largest player in the Las Vegas locals gaming market. Sports Connection is the branding used by Station Casinos for its mobile betting app and associated website.

Station Casinos was among the early entrants into this niche. Its original sports betting app was released in 2010. The company used sports pagers before the legalization of apps.

Sports books affiliated with Sports Connection include all Station Casinos and two managed shops:

  • Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Texas Station, Santa Fe Station, Palace Station, Fiestas and Wildfires are among Station Casinos’ brands.
  • Station Casinos also manages the sports books at El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas and Baldini’s in Sparks, which is its only location outside of Clark County.

Station Casinos uses proprietary mobile betting software. It includes an app for Android and iOS.

Sports Connection is one of just two Nevada sports betting groups that offers a website for action. CG Technologies is the other.

Types of wagers offered by Station Casinos

Station Casinos offers nearly every wager available at its sports books through the Sports Connection app:

  • This goes well beyond straight wagers on major sports like football, basketball, hockey and baseball. Other sports include boxing, auto racing, golf and tennis.
  • Many of the exclusive parlay and teaser cards spread in Station Casinos’ sports books are also posted on the Sports Connection app and website. The ease of making these types of wagers on the Sports Connection app or website is a major advantage of the service.
  • Station Casinos also offers live betting, futures and prop bets.

One betting niche that used to be noticeably absent from the Sports Connection app is UFC. That is because the Fertitta family, majority owners of Station Casinos, also owned the UFC (a sale is pending). The company is not permitted to spread sports betting on any product it operates under Nevada law.

Every other sports betting app available in Nevada offers UFC action.

The minimum wager is $5. This applies to straight bets and exotics.

Sports Connection deposit bonus and promotions

Opening bonus

New Sports Connection players receive a $50 match play. The bonus is a free bet. Only the winnings may be cashed out. The free bet is lost regardless of the outcome of the wager.

Rewards

Sports Connection players receive $1 in cashback or free play for every $500 wagered, for a return of 0.2%. This is doubled for certain parlays, teasers and horseracing wagers.

Wagers made on the Sports Connection mobile app and website accrue points for the Boarding Pass player status. This may be combined with status points earned at slots, video poker, bingo, keno and table games.

Sports Connection deposit options

There are two ways to deposit into Station Casinos’ Sports Connection accounts.

  • Cash may be processed at any Station Casinos sports book. The minimum amount is $50 for a first deposit. The same limit applies to reloads.
  • Sports Connection offers a prepaid debit card. It is issued by Discover. The Station Casinos prepaid debit card may be funded through an electronic bank transfer, Visa, Mastercard or Discover. This option is beneficial to players outside of Las Vegas that do not have access to a Station Casinos sports book. Credit card depositors should be aware that the issuing bank may charge a cash advance fee on these deposits.

Sports Connection withdrawal options

Sports Connections players have two cashout options available.

  • Any Station Casinos sports book can process a withdrawal in cash.
  • The Station Casinos prepaid debit card is the other method. Players may use the debit card at any ATM or point of sale that accepts Discover. The minimum withdrawal amount is $50. The exception is if the account balance is lower than that and the entire balance is requested for a cashout.

Bricks-and-mortar casinos related to Sports Connection

All Station Casinos properties operate a sports book under the Sports Connection brand.

These casinos include Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Texas Station, Santa Fe Station, Palace Station, Boulder Station, Fiesta Rancho, Fiesta Henderson, Wildfires and Wild Wild West.

Station Casinos also operates the sports book at El Cortez on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. The only Sports Connection location in northern Nevada is Baldini’s in Sparks.

Advantages Sports Connection has over other apps

  • The $50 minimum deposit amount is the lowest available for Nevada betting apps.
  • Players do not have to deposit cash at a sports book. The Station Casinos prepaid debit card allows players to deposit directly from a bank account through an electronic funds transfer. Visa, Mastercard and Discover are also accepted through the Station Casinos prepaid debit card.
  • Players receive $1 for every $500 wagered. This may be used as free slot play, sports bets or straight cash. This number goes up as high as $1 for every $200 wagered on horses and exotic bets.
  • Boarding Pass status points are awarded on this action. This helps players obtain higher tiers in the program that can include a host, high end restaurants and mailers.

Disadvantages Sports Connection has over competitors

  • The biggest disadvantage to Sports Connection is its lack of offices in northern Nevada. Bettors in Reno, Tahoe, Carson City, West Wendover, Ely, Elko and other parts of the state outside of Las Vegas have no way to make cash deposit and withdrawals. The only Sports Connection location outside of Las Vegas is Baldini’s in Sparks.
  • Players in Northern Nevada away from Sparks must rely on the prepaid debit card. This comes with fees that cash players do not have to pay. This includes a possible cash advance fee on deposits, as well as ATM fees for withdrawals.
  • The minimum bet for Station Casinos Sports Connection is $5. Some Nevada mobile sports app providers accept action as low as $2.
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