Super Bowl weekend is one of the busiest in Sin City. Las Vegas hotels, sportsbooks and restaurants are packed with football fans, gamblers and their guests.
The Super Bowl is the most bet-on game of the year in Nevada. Last year, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) reported that a record $179.8 million was bet on the Super Bowl in the Silver State.
If you have never visited Sin City during the Big Game, there are a few things to know about Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas. First and most important, Nevada sports betting apps operate differently than other legal sports betting states. We’ll explain why.
Nevada sports betting apps only work in Nevada
Nevada sportsbook apps are not connected with sports betting apps of the same brand name in the other 35 states with legal sports betting.
BetMGM’s, Caesars’s, Circa’s, (Westgate) SuperBook’s, William Hill’s and Wynn’s apps from other states do not work in Nevada. You must download the Nevada version of these apps and then fund the NV betting app’s wallet at a retail sportsbook inside the respective casino.
For example, to bet using BetMGM’s sportsbook, you must download the BetMGM Nevada sports betting app.
Sign up for an NV online sportsbook inside a Nevada casino
Anyone who doesn’t have a Nevada-specific sports betting account will have to visit the sportsbook’s retail casino to set up the account.
Depending on the day, this process could take a few minutes to a half-hour or more. Anyone visiting Las Vegas for the Super Bowl should plan to set up their sports betting accounts before that weekend when Vegas is less busy. The difference could be waiting 10 minutes to waiting 45 minutes or more.
The sign-up process is simple to start. New sportsbook account registration can begin on your phone. However, you must visit a sportsbook inside of a Nevada casino to have your identification verified by another human.
Then you must fund your sports betting account in person at the sportsbook. Subsequent funding can take place through the app, like in other states.
Additionally, some sportsbooks require you to sign up for a rewards account, which is sometimes in a different part of the casino.
Nevada sportsbook sign-up locations
Sportsbook brands in Nevada are tied to unique brand names, and these brands may have multiple Las Vegas casinos. Hopefully, this overview of sportsbook brands and casinos will help save you some time.
BetMGM sportsbook casinos
- Mandalay Bay
- MGM Grand
- The Mirage
- New York-New York
- Park MGM
Caesars sportsbook casinos
- Caesars Palace
- The Cromwell
- Horseshoe (formerly Bally’s)
- The Linq
- Planet Hollywood
Circa sportsbook casinos
- Circa Resort
- The D
- Golden Gate
- Tuscany (near Vegas Strip)
William Hill sportsbook casinos
There are a lot of full-service sportsbooks to sign up for a William Hill account in Nevada, including all Caesars properties. Here are a few other casinos with a full-service William Hill sportsbook:
- Casino Royale
You can find more with the Willliam Hill location finder.
Independent Nevada casinos, like Wynn and Westgate, have their own sportsbooks linked to Nevada sports betting apps.
Thousand ways to bet on the Super Bowl in Nevada
Nevada sports betting apps have small menus compared to other states most of the year. The Super Bowl is the rare occurrence where Nevada sports betting apps have as many or more sports betting options as the rest of the country.
Super Bowl prop bets started in Nevada for the 1986 game when the Chicago Bears played the New England Patriots. The yes or no wager for “Will William Perry score a touchdown?” was a hit.
Nowadays, some Nevada sportsbooks offer more than 1,000 ways to wager on the Big Game. Each sportsbook has its own menu and odds, so it may take some preparation to choose where to open an account.
SuperBook and William Hill have had the most Super Bowl prop bets in recent years. Caesars owns William Hill, and the two apps share a betting menu.
You won’t find these Super Bowl prop bets in Nevada
Heads up, Nevada Super Bowl prop bets are only game-related, which includes the coin toss bet. So, you won’t find the following:
- Gatorade color bets
- Halftime show prop bets
Have a great Super Bowl Vegas experience
Lastly, grabbing a seat to watch the Super Bowl in Las Vegas isn’t as simple as watching sports during the rest of the year. We’ll explain how to find a great Super Bowl experience in Las Vegas.
Watching the Super Bowl in Las Vegas isn’t as simple as walking to the sportsbook and grabbing a seat. Having said that, there are limited numbers of general admission seats at many sportsbooks away from the Vegas Strip.
Many of the more popular casinos on the Vegas Strip and elsewhere will charge a reservations fee or table minimum for most, if not all, sportsbook seats. Check your favorite property for specifics.
There are both paid and complimentary Super Bowl watch parties. Again, the farther away from the popular casinos, the easier it is to find a watch party without a fee. These parties are typically general admission and pay-as-you-go for food and drink.
Paid parties in casino ballrooms or restaurants typically have reserved seating and often include some form of food and beverage. The Vegas Big Game group on Facebook is a great community to get the lowdown on specific parties.
Visiting Las Vegas is finding a special “Only In Vegas” experience. There are often parties — with a fee — at locations you’d never imagine watching the Big Game. Since Las Vegas doesn’t get too cold, watching the Super Bowl outside might be a fun option.
Lastly, check with your casino host for a VIP party if you’re a high roller. These are complimentary and only for a limited number of people. The VIP party is great if you don’t mind watching the game in a relatively sterile environment. Complimentary food and drink can help make up for the lack of atmosphere.
Watching the Super Bowl at a retail sportsbook is the most fun since about everyone has skin in the game,