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Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 | 4:14 p.m.
Sports betting is going mobile. Slowly but surely, gamblers have been getting away from placing their wagers over a physical counter for the past several years. Instead, they’re loading money onto a phone account so they can bet from anywhere within Nevada’s state lines. At the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, action has been roughly split evenly between live betting and mobile betting over the past year.
“It will keep going further in the direction of the app,” SuperBook Vice President of Risk Jeff Sherman says. “Some of these states are going to get into sports betting, and you’re going to see it’s only the app. You won’t even have a book to walk into.”
Currently, you still have to walk into a book—if only to set up a mobile account. You present identification and a casino’s players card, fill out a couple forms, make an initial deposit and download an app to get started.
Enjoy the convenience of betting from your phone by signing up for one or more of these 10 available apps.
B Connected Sports: Boyd Gaming, which operates six brick-and-mortar sports books locally—including those at the Orleans and Suncoast—incentivizes mobile betting with a strong rewards program. Gamblers earn B Connected points with each wager.
Caesars Sports: If you’ve ever felt compelled to place a bet after the odds flash across the screen on SportsCenter or other ESPN programming, you’ll want Caesars Sports. ESPN exclusively uses Caesars’ odds, having announced a partnership earlier this year.
Circa Sports: Though other apps don’t accept overnight wagers, Circa Sports stays open for betting 24/7. The newest sportsbook company in Las Vegas also typically offers the best prices among future odds.
CG Sports: CG Sports, which has seven physical sports books including the Venetian’s and the Palms’, isn’t afraid to differ from its local competitors by a point or half-point on spreads. Those add up over time, so it’s important for any successful gambler to get the best number available.
playMGM: MGM offers a user-friendly interface, allowing bettors to see which games are trending and search using anything from team name to betting pool. And unlike on most other apps, users can easily peruse the lines here without an account.
South Point Sports: With an average of four stars in Apple’s app store, South Point Sports is the highest-rated among sports betting mobile apps. Having the security of knowing you’ll be able to get your bet through goes a long way.
Station Sports: Stations is unrivaled in awarding bonuses for betting on the app. In addition to (often) receiving sign-up special free play from $30 to $50, bettors can earn points on their Boarding Pass cards that can be redeemed for food or gifts in any of Stations’ 10 local casinos.
Westgate Sports: The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook offers the biggest betting menu and the biggest handicapping contest in town, both now fully available on the mobile app. After signing up in person for the $1,500 buy-in SuperContest, which requires five weekly picks during the NFL season, contestants can now submit their selections on mobile.
William Hill: William Hill makes it easy for you to maintain its app, allowing bettors to add or withdraw funds through the app itself (provided their GPS locator is active, to confirm they’re in Nevada). For those who prefer to maintain their account in person, the state’s biggest sports book operator in terms of locations features more than 30 physical locations in Southern Nevada alone. And William Hill offers the highest-number of games for live, in-progress betting.
Wynn Sports: For those who prefer “dark mode,” Wynn might have the most visually appealing app. With a black background and white text for all the betting options, there’s a luxurious feel, not unlike the resort itself.