Updated on November 13, 2019
Gambling has been legal in the state of Nevada for decades. It remains one of the leading sports betting states in the country with almost all casinos offering a sportsbook.
Online sports betting is available through phone apps but sports bettors have to sign up for an account in-person. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) is reconsidering this policy and may change it in the early months of 2020.
Nevada was one of the first states to allow online poker after the Department of Justice issued a reinterpretation of the Wire Act. Players can easily sign up for an online poker account, so the objections to creating an online account for sports betting are falling away.
Online and mobile sports betting now accounts for over half of all sports wagers placed in the state.
Long before the rest of the U.S. joined the legalized sports betting trend in 2018, Nevada has dominated the market. It was one of only four states grandfathered in after congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 1992. Nevada was the only one of these that continued active sports betting.
States, led by New Jersey, eventually began to challenge the federal ban on legalized sports wagering until the US Supreme Court overturned PASPA on May 14, 2018. Nevada is now the best practice role model in sports betting regulation.
While in the state you can find the following sportsbook operations:
Boyd Gaming casinos have a noteworthy presence in downtown Las Vegas, operating sportsbooks in six of the Las Vegas casinos. Downtown Las Vegas properties include The California and Fremont. Local properties include:
- Eastside Cannery
- Gold Coast
- Jokers Wild
- The Orleans
- Sam’s Town
Caesars operates a sportsbook in nine Las Vegas casinos including:
- Caesars Palace
- The Linq
- Planet Hollywood
The company also operates four casinos and three Nevada sportsbooks that are outside Las Vegas: Harrah’s Laughlin, Harrah’s Reno, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe.
CG leases and operates sportsbooks in major Las Vegas resorts including:
- Hard Rock
- M Resort
- The Palazzo
- The Venetian
This is a small casino located just inside the North Las Vegas city limits but it currently does not offer a sports betting product.
MGM Resorts International
MGM operates 10 casinos and sportsbooks on The Strip, including:
- Circus Circus
- Mandalay Bay
- MGM Grand
- Monte Carlo
- The Mirage
- New York-New York
South Point is an independent sportsbook located on Las Vegas Boulevard whose odds can also be found at the Rampart Casino in Summerlin.
The largest locals’ casino company in Las Vegas and it was the first Nevada sportsbook to offer a betting website as well as being one of the pioneers in providing a mobile app, (which eventually replaced its betting website completely).
Some of the more familiar Station Casinos sportsbooks include:
- Red Rock Resort
- Green Valley Ranch
- Palace Station
- Santa Fe Station
- Texas Station
- Boulder Station
Another independent sportsbook on the Las Vegas Strip.
William Hill has a major operation in Nevada providing more sportsbooks than any other provider. At over 100 locations, William Hill offers sports betting in partnership with big name casinos or under its own brand name. It is William Hill that provides the technology behind most of the sports betting kiosks to be found in many casinos.
A familiar name when talking about Nevada sportsbooks, the Westgate claims to be the world’s largest sportsbook integrating 4K screens to watch the games.
An independent sportsbook that operates a smaller betting shop at the Encore.
Apps currently available to download
Nevada sports wagering app accounts must be created in-person, however, Nevada residency is not required. Both locals and tourists are legally allowed to place bets as long as the bets are placed within the borders of Nevada.
Sports betting apps currently used by sportsbooks in Nevada are:
- B-Connected Sports
- Caesars mobile betting app
- CG Technology
- The Golden Nugget
- NV Sports Books
- Station Casinos
- SuperBook Westgate
- Treasure Island
Nevada Sports Betting FAQs
Is proxy betting legal in Nevada sportsbooks?
No, if you want to bet on odds provided by a Las Vegas sportsbook or a Nevada sports betting app you will have to be physically located in the state. Certain gambling opportunities like the Westgate Superbook Super Contest are able to take in contestants that live outside of Nevada, but those are special cases.
How many online sports betting apps are available in Nevada?
Even though there are dozens of sportsbooks located in the state, there are only 8 sports betting apps in Nevada. Those apps are provided by William Hill, Wynn, CG Technology, Station Casino, Boyd, South Point, MGM, and Atlantis Reno.
Why was Nevada the only state able to provide legal sports betting?
Nevada was the only state with traditional single-game wagering at the time PASPA was passed by the federal government. Because of that, Nevada was grandfathered into the law and able to carry out its operations. Now that PASPA has been repealed other states are able to sign sports betting legislation into law.