You wouldn't believe how many times we get emails asking if it's legal to bet online at the Las Vegas sportsbooks, therefore we decided to compile this brief guide to answer to question if internet sports betting is available at the Vegas books.
Why are people asking if they can bet online at the Las Vegas sportsbooks? Most folks assume that since the sportsbook are legal in Nevada, licensed and regulated, and they have internet presence, that they would likely be available for online wagering. Not to mention that legal online horse racing betting is available to almost everybody in the United States, which leads to some people thinking that sports betting is now legalized online, which, in truth, is still a long way away from now. The answer to whether one can bet online at the Vegas sportsbooks is both "yes" and "no", i.e. not as simple to answer.
You see, online sports wagering is legal in Nevada, but the state gambling laws prohibit people from placing bets online from outside Nevada. In addition, only Nevada residents are allowed to open internet betting accounts with the sportsbooks. Therefore, while Nevada residents can visit some of the Las Vegas sportsbooks and open a personal account, which would let them bet online, residents of other states are not allowed to open said account and wager online. In addition, according to Nevada gambling laws, if the account holder moves out of Nevada - they cannot place bets anymore outside of the state, although they could still use their account when visiting Las Vegas.
Thus as you can see, on one side, yes, you can bet online at the Las Vegas sportsbooks, but only if you are a Nevada resident. If you live anywhere else in the country - Vegas sportsbook betting online is not available to you. There is a reason so many people use the offshore sportsbooks.