Nevada legalized sports betting alongside live and off-track horse betting on March 29th, 1949 becoming the first state to have a regulated sports betting market. In the decades since, the state has become synonymous with all forms of gambling and until quite recently, it was the only state where you could legally bet on sports.
In fact, from 1949 right up until 2018, Nevada had a monopoly on sports betting in the USA.
But that all changed when New Jersey challenged the the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed by Congress in 1992 mounting a legal challenge that eventually made its way to the US Supreme Court.
And on May 14th, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that PASPA was unconstitutional. Since then, Nevada’s monopoly on legal sports betting has ended and many states now have regulated sports betting markets.
That said, Nevada is still the biggest gambling market in the US thanks to the huge number of casinos both in Las Vegas and the state as a whole. This has resulted in a thriving slots industry that only the likes of Macau can hold a candle to.
Who regulates the Nevada sports betting industry?
The Nevada sports betting industry is regulated by two agencies. These are the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The Board consists of three members who administer gaming laws and regulations, and make recommendations to the Commission with regards to licensing.
The Commission consists of five members who are appointed by the state Governor. These members act on the recommendations of the Board and are the final say on all licensing matters. The Commission also decides on whether any sanctions recommended by the Board are imposed on operators.
Which legal sportsbooks are available in Nevada?
As you can imagine, there are quite a few sportsbooks available in the state with the vast majority of casinos having at least one sportsbook on the property. These range from huge operations with massive screens to small kiosks that resemble an ATM.
Most of the sports betting industry’s biggest players have a presence in the state with many operating sportsbooks in multiple casinos with an understandable focus on those located in Las Vegas itself.
Here are the state’s licensed sports betting operators and where their sportsbooks are located.
Boyd Gaming is a huge name in the Nevada gambling industry and as you’d expect, the gaming company has sportsbooks dotted throughout its casinos. Boyd Gaming sportsbooks can be found at the following locations:
- Eastside Cannery
- Gold Coast
- Jokers Wild
- The California
- The Orleans
- Sam’s Town
Caesars operates a sportsbook in nine Las Vegas casinos and three outside the city. These are:
- Caesars Palace
- The Linq
- Planet Hollywood
- Harrah’s Laughlin
- Harrah’s Reno
- Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
MGM Resorts International
The world-renowned MGM brand operates 10 casinos on the strip all of which have a dedicated sportsbook.
The MGM casinos are:
- Circus Circus
- Mandalay Bay
- MGM Grand
- Monte Carlo
- The Mirage
- New York-New York
South Point & Rampart Casino
South Point is a casino owned and run by Michael Gaughan that has its own independent sportsbook.
Interestingly, it’s also the primary sponsor of Gaughan’s son Brendan Gaughan’s race car and the sponsor of the NASCAR Las Vegas South Point 400.
Rampart Casino is another independent casino located in Summerlin, Las Vegas. Like South Point Casino, this casino runs its own sportsbook.
Both South Point and Rampart run mobile wagering apps through Nevada Sportsbooks.
Station Casinos runs a number of major casinos in Las Vegas and was the first Nevada sportsbook to jump into the online market and launch a sports betting site. It was also one of the first companies to launch a mobile sports betting app in Nevada.
Some of the company’s most well-known sportsbooks include:
- Red Rock Resort
- Green Valley Ranch
- Palace Station
- Santa Fe Station
- Texas Station
- Boulder Station
- Treasure Island
Westgate Superbook (image credit: Ron Mader / CC BY-SA 2.0)
Formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino claims to have the world’s largest sportsbook. It comprises 30,000 square feet and over 350 seats. There’s also a 220 x 18 foot 4K video wall where gamblers can watch live events.
William Hill is the biggest sportsbook operator in the state with sportsbooks at over 100 locations. Many of these sportsbooks operate under the William Hill name but there are some that operate under the name of the casino where it is located.
In 2020, William Hill acquired CG Technology’s Las Vegas sportsbooks which were located in casinos including:
- Hard Rock
- M Resort
- The Palazzo
- The Venetian
- Jerry’s Nugget
Wynn Las Vegas runs two sportsbooks. One at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort and another at Encore Resort. The sportsbook at the Wynn Resort has recently been remodeled and now includes a 1,600-square-foot wraparound LED video screen. All seats at the sportsbook are equipped with personal so gamblers can watch the race or game of their choice.
Sports betting apps in Nevada
Nevada was a little late to the mobile sports betting scene as tourism had the local industry more focused on retail betting locations. However, that has all changed in recent years and now every major sportsbook operator in the state has a mobile sports betting app. That said, there are still only about a dozen or so sports betting apps available in the state as many casinos partner with online operators such as William Hill to provide their mobile wagering tech.
The list of mobile sports betting apps in Nevada and their associated sportsbooks includes:
Atlantis Race and Sports App
Aliante, Cannery, The California, Eastside Cannery, Fremont, Gold Coast, The Orleans, Sam’s Town, Suncoast
Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, The Mirage, New York-New York, Park MGM
Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill
Harrah’s Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, The Cromwell, The LINQ, Bally’s Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Caesars Palace, Harrah’s Laughlin, Harvey’s Resort Hotel/Casino, Harrah’s Casino Hotel Lake Tahoe
Although branded as a dedicated Caesars app, this app is the exact same as the William Hill standalone app.
Circa Las Vegas, Golden Gate, The D, Tuscany Suites & Casino
Golden Nugget NV Sportsbook
Boulder Station, El Cortez, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station, Texas Station, Wildfire Casinos
Rampart Casino, South Point Casino
Westgate Las Vegas
Binion’s, Downtown Grand, Four Queens, OYO Hotel & Casino, Plaza, Silver Sevens, SLS Las Vegas, CG Technology’s Las Vegas properties, and many more including the Caesars properties.
Encore, Wynn Las Vegas
It’s important to note that new players must first register in-person at a sports betting app’s associated retail sportsbook before they can use the app. It’s also worth noting that although many casinos use the same app to run their online services, they will often generate their own odds. So don’t be surprised if a William Hill app connected to the Plaza offers different odds to the same app connected to a Caesars property.
Nevada sports betting frequently asked questions
How old do you have to be to place bets at a Nevada sportsbook?
Gamblers must be 21 years of age or older to create an account with a Nevada sports betting app or to place bets at a retail sportsbook.
Can a player use a Nevada sports betting app outside of the state?
Some apps will allow you to look at odds and check your account status. However, you must be physically located in Nevada to place a wager.
How do I deposit money for a Nevada sports app?
As all sports betting apps are tied to a retail sportsbook, you can go deposit cash into your account by visiting the sportsbook and doing so in person. Some apps such as the William Hill app will allow you to deposit at kiosks located throughout the state. Other sportsbooks have online deposit options but you'll need to check with the operator to see what deposit methods are available to you.
How do I create an account for a sports betting app?
The only way to do this is to visit the retail sportsbook that the app is associated with. You'll need a valid ID and your Social Security number.
What happens to my sportsbetting account if my ID expires?
As with most betting apps, if your ID expires, you'll need to visit the retail sportsbook with a new valid ID. Some sportsbooks will allow you to scan the document and send it by email.
Can I download Nevada sports apps for iOS and Android devices?
Yes, all Nevada sports betting apps have both iOS and Android apps available.
Are there any sports betting websites in Nevada?
No, any sports betting websites that were live in Nevada have long since migrated their operations to sports betting apps.