Las Vegas is a great place to watch the annual NCAA D1 women’s basketball tournament. Sports betting is legal in Nevada, in both Vegas casinos and online allowing fans to take their consumption of the product to a new level with Nevada March Madness betting.
Although state law hampers access a bit with an in-person registration requirement, the ability to wager on March Madness online otherwise is a first-rate experience in Nevada. It’s important to understand the rules and how the process works in order to get all you can out of the activity.
How to get in on Nevada March Madness betting
If you haven’t yet tried any of the legal sportsbooks in NV, it’s a great time to do so. Many of the legal books will be offering some great promos throughout the tournament. 2022 is also the first time that the D1 women’s field will contain 68 teams, so this year is even more special.
More than 10 different online sportsbooks operate in NV legally. Most of them are branded similarly to their brick-and-mortar casino counterparts. There is a good reason for that, as you’ll need to visit one to get started.
State law requires bettors new to each sportsbook to finish their account registration in person. So, if you want to bet online with BetMGM Sportsbook, for example, you need to visit one of MGM’s properties in the state like Mandalay Bay.
You can start the registration process on your mobile device right within the app, though. That’s if you meet the legal requirements for wagering on sports in NV.
What are the legal requirements for sports betting in Nevada?
According to state law, you must be at least 21 years of age to wager on sporting events. That applies the same whether you’re doing your betting in person or online. You do not have to be an NV resident, however.
If you participate in any of the state’s gambling self-exclusion programs, you can’t gamble in this way either. The only other requirement applies when you actually go to place your bet(s).
While you’re submitting your betting slip, you must be somewhere within the state’s borders. That’s the only time when the geolocation restriction applies. If you don’t live in NV, you can conduct all of your other business with the sportsbook of your choice anywhere. That includes most of the registration process, depositing funds, browsing the odds, and withdrawing winnings.
In some states with legal sports betting there are special rules around wagering on college sports. That isn’t the case in NV. For betting purposes, state law treats college sports the same as any other event.
If you’ve identified which online book(s) you would like to try, getting started is easy, free, and quick. All you need is your device, an Internet connection, and a few moments to share some identifying information.
Getting started on your new accounts in the apps
Whether you’re running on an Android or iOS device, the process is very similar. Visit either the App Store or Google Play and search for the name of the sportsbook you want to use. After installing the app, open it up and follow the prompts.
After you submit the necessary information that the registration process asks for, it’s time to visit the corresponding retail sportsbook to complete your signup. The staff at the book will verify your account using your ID.
At that point, your account is good to go. You can conduct all of your business online if you wish. However, you’re free to deposit funds and place bets while you’re at the casino, too. It’s all up to you.
If you’d prefer to make your first deposit in the app instead, most of the apps offer a variety of options for you to do so. Don’t be in a rush to get that done, however. Pay attention to your emails and notifications before you hand over that money.
Once you’ve made your deposit and qualified for any promos you selected, you’re ready to start browsing the lines and placing your bets. This is when you’ll need to consider all the different ways to approach Nevada March Madness betting.
What are the different ways to bet on the tournament?
Most of the wagers you will find fall in one of three main categories depending on the timing of the markets. Those are futures, in-game, and pre-game. A good example of a futures bet for March Madness is which team will win the entire tournament.
You might also find markets for whether a certain team will reach the Final Four and/or which player will win the Nancy Lieberman Award. Those are both futures markets as well.
In-game markets and pre-game markets can be quite similar. The difference is self-explanatory. In-game markets are live while an individual game is ongoing whereas pre-game markets close when the game tips off.
If you want to bet on a specific game within the tournament, you can find a lot of different options like moneylines, props, spreads, and totals. Prop bets might be available for both entire teams and specific players.
As long as you’re staying within your budget and playing responsibly, Nevada March Madness betting can be a lot of fun. Good luck with your wagers and may your favorite team go deep.