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Nevada online sports betting laws

Bright lights, world-famous casinos and big sportsbooks. For decades Nevada has been the home of US sports betting. The state, and Las Vegas in particular, has made the most of its special status. Even though the shackles are off in rest of the country, it’s highly doubtful anywhere will ever match Nevada.

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Jennifer Gaynor Bio

Jennifer Gaynor

Administrative law and government relations attorney

Jennifer has a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C, in 2005. She's been living in Las Vegas helping clients in the casino and gaming industry, as well as other regulated businesses, across Nevada for over 15 years.

She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on US gaming law, including most recently,  The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers , American Bar Association (2020), and  That (Expletive) Broad: Women Who Broke Barriers in the Casino and Gaming Industry (2020) .

Is sports betting legal in Nevada?

Most definitely. Sports betting has been legal here since 1949, nearly 70 years before the rest of the US.

Is online sports betting legal in Nevada?

Absolutely. There is a huge selection of apps for you to use – but you have to register in person.

How old do I have to be to place a bet in Nevada?

The minimum age for all sports betting in Nevada is 21 years old. Since 1955, the Nevada Gaming Control Board , paired with the Nevada Gaming Commission, have had the responsibility of overseeing all elements of gaming within the state.

How do I start betting in Nevada?

  1. Go to your nearest or favorite casino.

  2. Find the sportsbook area – almost all casinos have one – and start betting.

  3. If you want to bet online, sign up for one of the sports apps available in the state.

  4. You’re good to go!

Is sports betting legal in Nevada?

Nevada Legalizes Sports Betting
Growth in Online Sports Betting
Online Sports Betting Licenses
Are Nevada Gambling Winnings Taxable?

Who is allowed to bet on sports In Nevada?

You Must Be At Least 21 Years Old to Bet in Nevada
You Must Be in Nevada to Bet
Restrictions Apply to Certain Gambling Industry Employees

What can’t I bet on in Nevada?

Amateur Sporting Events
Nevada-based Sports Teams
Virtual Events or Other Non-race or Sporting Events

Daily Fantasy Sports in Nevada

The situation over Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in Nevada is complicated . DFS is allowed in the state, as you might expect from the mecca of sport betting.

However, DFS operators have been asked to apply for a sports betting license. Such an act would constitute an admission that DFS is a form of betting.

As a result, neither of the two US giants of DFS, FanDuel and DraftKings, has applied for a license to run fantasy games in Nevada.

No other operator has taken their place – with so many opportunities for Nevada sports betting, the lack of DFS in the state is apparently not felt particularly keenly.

Top sports to bet on in Nevada

The millions who flock to Nevada each year are inclined to be fond of a bet on sports. Huge sums are wagered with the sportsbooks in Las Vegas and elsewhere in the state – and Nevada has recently become the home for two sides in the highest echelons of US sport.


Football is massively popular among Nevada sports betting fans. Indeed, the Super Bowl is the biggest annual event for sportsbooks in Las Vegas. The fact that the LA Raiders became the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 can only heighten the profile of the US’s biggest sport.

Responsible gambling in Nevada

For more than 20 years, the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has spearheaded the drive to ensure people who engage in betting and gaming in the state do so responsibly. Since 1998 the council has worked with the gaming industry through its “When the Fun Stops” program.

The NCPG offers a huge range of resources to people in Nevada who feel their betting may be getting out of control. Its website is full of authoritative detail and constructive advice and support.

They’re not alone in their fight to raise awareness and provide resources for tackling responsible gambling, you’ll also find organizations such as the:

  • Gamblers Anonymous : A listing of dozens of GA meetings in the Nevada area.

  • National Council on Problem Gambling : not to be confused with the Nevada Council on Problem Gaming, the National Council develops policy and programs to combat and treat problem gambling. They have a national helpline, plus moderated support forums and groups.

  • Gam-Anon : providing information for the general public and professional community about problem gambling and its financial and emotional effects on the gamblers' families and loved ones.

Timeline of sports betting in Nevada


Sports betting is legalized in Nevada.


The federal government imposes a 10% tax on legal sportsbooks in Nevada.


Restrictions on sports betting in Las Vegas are loosened as the tax is reduced to 2%.


Jackie Gaughan opens a sportsbook in the Union Plaza – the first Las Vegas sportsbook in a casino.


The betting tax is cut further, to 0.25%, and licensees can now operate more than one book at a time, making it easier for casinos to introduce sportsbooks.


PASPA is passed, making sports betting effectively illegal everywhere in the US – except Nevada.


The first online sports betting app in Nevada is launched.


PASPA is declared unconstitutional, opening the way for the legalization of sports betting in other states.

Who can you bet With in Nevada?

Most of the state’s 136 casinos have their own sportsbook, and are affiliated with a provider of an online sportsbook.

OperatorPartner Casinos
Atlantis SportsAtlantis
B-Connected SportsBoyd Gaming – Aliante, Cannery, The California, Eastside Cannery, Fremont, Gold Coast, Joker’s Wild, Main Street Station, The Orleans, Sam’s Town, Suncoast
BETMGMAria, Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, The Mirage, New York-New York, Park MGM
Caesars Sports Book by William HillArizona Charlie’s, Bally’s Las Vegas, Binion’s, Bonanza Casino, Boomtown Casino, Caesars Palace, Casino Royale, Circus-Circus, Club Cal Neva, Downtown Grand (Las Vegas), Eldorado Resort Casino, Ellis Island, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Four Queens, Grand Sierra Resort, Hard Rock (Lake Tahoe), Harrah’s Casino Hotel (Lake Tahoe), Harrah’s Las Vegas, Harrah’s Laughlin, Klondike Sunset Casino, M Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas, OYO Hotel & Casino, M Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas, OYO Hotel & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Plaza Hotel & Casino, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Sahara Las Vegas, Silver Sevens, Silverton Casino Hotel Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Cromwell Las Vegas, The LINQ Las Vegas, The Palazzo at the Venetian Resort, the STRAT, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, Tropicana Las Vegas, Tropicana Laughlin,
Circa SportsCirca Las Vegas, Golden Gate
Golden NuggetGolden Nugget
STN Sports (Station Casinos)Station Casinos – 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 Sports App/South Point NVRampart, South Point
TI Sports (Treasure Island)Treasure Island
Westgate SuperbookWestgate Las Vegas
WynnEncore, Wynn

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