Nevada has long been known as the gambling capital of the world thanks to Las Vegas! Everybody knows that you can gamble at land-based casinos in Nevada, but what about playing at Nevada online casinos.
Casinos and Nevada are synonymous, but have you ever heard of horse racing in Nevada? And more importantly, is it legal to bet on? Unfortunately, there aren’t many horse racing tracks located in Nevada.
This is mainly due to the extreme heat of the desert and also in part, because of past attempts to open horse racing tracks proved unprofitable. However, that being said, you can still bet on horse races at most of the casinos that offer sports betting. How does all of this translate to online though?
Currently, there are only 3 types of legal online gambling available in Nevada. The first kind is off-track betting. This is betting on racing when you aren’t at the event. Likewise, mobile apps and websites are legal for OTB.
You can place all the same kind of bets that are allowed in a normal sportsbook. This includes horse racing and is how you will be able to bet on horse races online.
Betting at online casinos is technically legal, but only when you play while on the physical property of the casino. Because of this, there currently aren’t many online casino options available. People also don’t really make use of these few apps available, since you have to be in the actual casino to play on them.
Daily fantasy sports are also technically legal, but they require a gaming license and very intense vetting from the gambling board, so these online services are few and far between.
Are Online Casinos, Horse Racing Betting Legal in Nevada?
As of 2020, Nevada still hasn’t officially legalized online casinos. There is currently very minimal online gambling legislation and no domestic companies have been able to launch online casinos that operate outside of the jurisdiction of its brick and mortar counterpart.
There is, however, a very large grey area when it comes to gambling at online casinos in Nevada. It is illegal to play on unlicensed offshore online casinos, but there aren’t any laws regulating playing at licensed offshore casinos.
According to Nevada’s federal and state laws, you aren’t breaking any of them by choosing to play at a licensed online offshore casino that follows industry standards. There are also, however, no laws permitting this, which puts offshore online casinos in a massive grey area.
Most industry experts believe that Nevada will ban offshore online casinos and instead move to legalize local online casinos within the next 5 years. This move will be following fellow states recent regulations, such as New Jersey and Delaware.
When it comes to horse racing, as previously mentioned, there currently aren’t any dedicated horse racing tracks in Nevada. However, it is still completely legal to bet on horse racing.
Betting on these races (international or local) fall under the same rules as Nevada sports betting laws. To bet on horse racing events online, you have to register with a regulated bookmaking service whose book must be based physically in the state of Nevada.
These online sportsbooks will most likely be associated with Nevada land-based casinos. You will also have to be physically present in the actual state of Nevada in order to make use of these online sportsbooks for horse race betting.
The Future of Legal Online Gambling in Nevada
While there are no changes currently in progress, there are quite a few guesses we can make based on the new gambling legislation happening in surrounding states. Here are some of our predictions for the future of gambling in the state of Nevada:
Sports Betting Apps
The legalization of online sports betting in Nevada is pretty recent (2010), so we expect to see big movement in sports betting apps as time goes on. As previously mentioned, with these apps you can make a sports bet online from anywhere in Nevada, the only caveat is that you have to register in person at the app’s associated casino premises.
You will also need to make deposits and withdrawals in person. In future years, we can see the in-person deposits and withdrawals switching to online, but we think that signing up for the account in person will stick around.
There is currently about 20+ sports betting apps in Nevada (most of which recently started to offer horse racing). We expect this number to double, if not triple, in the coming years.
Brick and mortar sportsbooks that have brought out apps say that the apps generate 50% to 75% of their wagers – so, we are sure that the many more land-based sportsbooks will want to make use of this opportunity.
While Nevada based online casinos aren’t legal yet, we expect them to become legal within the next few years (based on states legislation). A lot of the more prominent land-based casinos – based in Las Vegas – have already been given rights to let players bet online if they use the app within the confines of the land-based casinos’ property.
These, however, haven’t really taken off due to these restrictions. Since Las Vegas is one of the gambling meccas of the world, we expect that it will follow the likes of New Jersey and legalize online gaming within the next couple of years.
Horse Racing Apps
Horse Racing is quite a niche market in Nevada and sportsbook operators have only recently started picking up on this. Most of the sportsbooks that offer online apps have now added horse racing to their repertoire – with some even making new apps solely dedicated to horse racing.
Horse racing in Nevada isn’t as popular as traditional sports betting, but there has been a surge of interest in this market recently and online sportsbook websites and apps are definitely starting to provide for the increasing demand.
The Best Casinos in Nevada
Since there aren’t any Nevada based online casinos available (except for the ones where you have to be in the land casino to play), we are going to talk about which land-based casinos will likely create an online counterpart when online gambling in Nevada becomes legal in the future.
The most popular land-based casinos in Nevada expected to go online are:
The best casino for sports betting hands down in Nevada is Caesars Palace. They are currently owning the online sports betting market and are expected to be tough competitors when online casinos become legal.
Likewise, many people know ARIA casino has one of the biggest slot machine floors in Nevada. With the popularity of slot games at online casinos, we expect that they will be very big in the online slots market.
The Bellagio is well known not only for a great casino floor but also their poker tables. With legal online poker in Nevada, we expect the Bellagio to open an online casino with ease.
A trip to Nevada is incomplete without making a turn at the golden nugget. They have the biggest diversity of table games in the whole of Las Vegas. We predict Golden Nugget will be a favorite for live table games online in the future.
How to Play Slots Online in Nevada
At the moment, the only way to play slots online would be to visit a land-based casino that has an app component. However, actually traveling to the casino negates the need for it to be accessible online in your pocket.
Unfortunately, until Nevada based online casinos become legal, you will have to settle for delving into the grey area (licensed offshore online casinos) which we wouldn’t recommend.
Best Nevada Online Horse Racing Sites
The following table contains info about the best Nevada online horse racing sites.
|B-CONNECTED SPORTS||Sports and Horse Racing||Aliante, Cannery, The California, Eastside Cannery, Fremont, Gold Coast, The Orleans, Sam’s Town, Suncoast|
|CAESARS||Sports and Horse Racing||Aliante, Caesars Palace, Cannery, The California, Eastside Cannery, Fremont, Gold Coast, The Orleans, Sam’s Town, Suncoast|
|STATION CASINOS||Sports and Horse Racing||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|
|SOUTH POINT||Horse Racing Only||South Point Hotel & Casino|
How to Bet on Horses Online in Nevada
In order to bet on horse racing (or any sports) in Nevada online, you will have to go and create an account in person at its brick and mortar counterpart. This entire process usually takes about 15 minutes.
All you need to do is travel to the location of the sports app you want to play on and fill in an application with your verified details, such as names, address, social security number, contact information, etc.
You have to be 21 years old and you don’t have to be a Nevada resident, you just have to be located within Nevada state lines while using the app. You will then have to make a minimum deposit, also in person, to start off your account. This is usually between $50 to $100 but varies based on the casino.
You will usually have to return to the land-based counterpart of your online sports betting app in order to make a deposit or withdrawal, although there are a few apps popping up recently that let you withdraw your winnings via the app.
Once this process is complete, you will then be able to bet on horse racing and other sports from your app, no matter where in Nevada you are located. The betting process follows usual horse race betting procedure and the apps will usually offer the same odds and options as their brick and mortar counterparts.
Our Final Thoughts on Nevada Online Casinos
While Nevada online casinos are not legal yet, we expect a push for their legality soon enough. Naturally, they want to counter revenue going into offshore online casinos. The more relaxed online gambling laws become in America, the more pressure states like Nevada feel to follow suit.