Nevada used to be the sports betting capital of the United States, but that has changed a bit since 2018. This state, specifically Las Vegas, is still one of the biggest sports betting markets in the country, but now there is plenty of competition.
When the federal ban on sports betting was lifted in 2018, that ruling did not affect the state of Nevada. Sportsbooks were already in operation throughout the state because they were grandfathered into the new rules.
Nevada first legalized sports betting in 1949, and the industry became regulated at that time as well. Online sports betting in Nevada became legal in 2013, but there is an in-person registration requirement in place that has limited the growth of that industry.
Retail Sportsbooks in Nevada
Nevada is known for its retail sportsbooks, and there are close to 150 retail sportsbooks located throughout the state. Most of the retail sportsbooks are in Las Vegas, and some of the biggest names in the gambling industry offer in-person sports betting.
Most of the companies that offer retail sports betting in Nevada have several different properties. William Hill is the clear leader in Nevada, with more than 100 different retail sportsbooks available.
- Boyd Gaming (9 Locations)
- Caesars (9 Locations)
- CG Technology (8 Locations)
- Jerry’s Nugget
- MGM Resorts International (10 Locations on Las Vegas Strip)
- South Point
- Stations Casinos (7 Locations)
- Treasure Island
- William Hill (100+ Options)
Nevada Online Betting Options
Online sports betting options are available in Nevada, but this part of the industry works much differently than it does in other states. There are no online-only operators in Nevada, and that has kept out some of the top names in the US sports betting industry.
Some other states in the US have more than 90 percent of all wagers placed online, but that just isn’t the case in Nevada. The split in this state is closer to 50 percent as retail sportsbooks remain an attractive destination for sports bettors.
Only casinos that offer sportsbooks can launch a mobile app, and that limits the number of options for online sports bettors. William Hill and MGM are two of the most popular online betting options in Nevada, but there is a decent list available:
- CG Technology
- South Point
- Station Casino
- William Hill
Teams That Drive Sports Betting in Nevada
Nevada used to be the only place to bet on sports in the United States, and all betting markets helped drive the industry. This was also a state without any professional teams to call their own, but that has changed in recent years.
Here are some of the top teams or sporting events that drive sports betting in Nevada.
Las Vegas Raiders
The National Football League is the most popular sport to bet on in the United States, and that goes for Nevada as well. Now, Las Vegas has its own NFL football team, and the Las Vegas Raiders will draw plenty of betting interest.
The Las Vegas Raiders have named BetMGM as their official sports betting partner, but all of the sportsbooks in the state will feature the hometown Raiders.
Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights became the first professional sports team in Nevada, and that team had instant success. The Golden Knights made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals in the first season, and it is an extremely popular team in the state.
Hockey typically isn’t a large betting market in the United States, but the Vegas Golden Knights are popular in Nevada.
UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
Betting on collegiate sporting events is legal in Nevada, and the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels are the local team. All college sporting events are popular at Nevada sportsbooks, but betting on UNLV is a big hit with local sports bettors.
Las Vegas is home to a number of the biggest MMA and boxing fights each year, and these are popular betting markets. Boxing used to be one of the most popular sports to bet on, but that has died off a bit in recent years.
When a title fight is held in Las Vegas, sportsbooks in the state are flooded with betting action. The same goes for UFC Fight Night events, and this is one state where these combat sports remain popular.