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Sports betting simplified
Nevada is the worldwide mecca of sports gambling. While the rest of the United States is beginning to catch up to the Silver State, Nevada remains the industry's flagship. In particular, the Las Vegas "brand" is so strong that sports gambling will continue its association in the public's mind for decades to come. When sportscasters discuss the sports betting odds, they still use the phrase "what Vegas thinks." They never use Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, or anywhere else in that context. Although Nevada is no longer the only game in town, they maintain their platinum status with the sports wagering public.
With technology and the pandemic, we live in an age where online or mobile betting is most preferred because of the obvious conveniences. However, a trip to Las Vegas is something that almost every sports gambler dreams of doing. While the Super Bowl and first round of March Madness (The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament) attract the most visitors, more veteran players will tell you to do a football weekend in Las Vegas at least once in your life.
In particular, College Football Saturday at a Vegas Sportsbook is the closest thing you will ever experience to being a kid on Christmas ever again. The first block of college football games kicks off at 9 a.m., Las Vegas time.
You will hear incredible morning pregame buzz about matchups and bets as you look at the board rotation that usually has in the area of 40 or more games. Once the games start, you will be able to watch almost every game all at the same time. The second block of games will begin at 12:30 p.m. local time, with the evening block kicking off at various times between 4 and 5 p.m. Just for good measure, games such as "Pac 12 After Dark" kickoff at between 7 and 8 p.m. All told, you get non-stop multiple game college football for 14 or 15 hours.
There is nothing like it in all of sports. The NFL Sunday and Monday Night Football cap off a perfect weekend complemented by the other sports taking place. It's not uncommon for gamblers to have a college football, NFL, NHL, NBA, and or MLB multi-sport parlay for the ages at that time of year.
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Despite a staggering loss of over $550 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, Caesars Entertainment is bullish on the sports gambling industry and believes that it will eventually lead to a renaissance on the strip. Caesars said in April 2021 that growth is expected in the months to come.
And based on reports from March 2021, that is not blind. Despite the remaining challenges of the pandemic, the state of Nevada saw sports betting increase 13% over the previous year. What is most interesting is that online betting, while up, is not increasing nearly at the same rate as it has in other states. This report further leads to the "experience" factor theory that gamblers enjoy betting in person in Sin City.
Although you can download the sports wagering apps for the state of Nevada from anywhere, you must open your account in person. That sets the Silver State apart from others, such as Iowa, that do not require in-person registration. Some, though not all, Nevada online sportsbooks even require you to show up in person to get paid your winnings. Thus, attention to that detail is quite important if you want to avoid such hassles.
You must be 21 years old to place a sports bet in the state of Nevada. The Nevada Gaming Commission regulates all sports wagering within the state. There is a Nevada sports betting app that offers Boyd Gaming, CG Technology, Caesars, Golden Nugget, MGM Resorts, Station Casinos, South Point, Westgate, Wynn, and William Hill. However, you must be within the state of Nevada to wager on sports with those apps.
At the onset of the online and mobile betting expansion, the state of Nevada was caught somewhat flatfooted. But the 2020-21 pandemic forced the Silver State to get up to speed. Although Nevada will remain a mecca for in-person gambling, it is now offering the best online and app sports betting options.