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How To Avoid Lines When Betting On The Big Game

January 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (8)

Last year, a simple tip on skipping the line at sportsbooks during March Madness came in handy for many readers. And, it will likely do the same for many others when it comes to this weekend's Big Game.

Football is more popular than ever. Bookmakers expect to take more bets than ever before on the Super Bowl. There are more prop bets available than in years past.

So, what's the tip? Betting with your mobile phone is the quickest and easiest way to get a bet placed with a sportsbook. Over 60% of people in the US own a smartphone and, chances are that if you're in Las Vegas for the Big Game, you'll have one with you. You won't get a "free drink" ticket if you wager with an app, but if you're at an all-you-can-drink Big Game party, that probably doesn't matter. Not waiting in lines when you're in Vegas is the best way to have the most fun.

MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment don't offer mobile wagering, but you can start a sports betting account at any Cantor Gaming (now called CG), Nevada Sports Book (South Point, etc.), Station Casino & El Cortez (Sports Connection) or William Hill book. The different operators are easy to find with locations throughout the Vegas Strip, Downtown Vegas and suburbs.

You'll have to visit one of the respective sportsbook locations to sign up for an account and load the app with funds in person. We recommend doing this before the weekend arrives. The whole process should take about 5-10 minutes, but once you're set up, you'll be able to bet games from anywhere, at anytime, which will allow you to watch and enjoy the games without the hassle of standing in line. You can only use the apps when you're in Nevada, though. So, when you're done with your games, you can either withdraw your funds or leave them in the account for the next time.

Here are some tips on picking a sports betting app so that you don't have to waste your time messing around with that, either.

[PHOTO: The Vegas Parlay]

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Good idea

Also applies to March Madness.
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I know I can't use the William Hill app on my phone as I rooted it.  Anyone know whether the same is true for the other options?

Foreigners ahem "tourists"

Will they permit friendly tourists like us Canadians to sign up too, or solely US residents?  Wondering how they would block 'offshore' betting via an app once we return back to the frozen north? (or is that permitted, so long as we load up funds up front?)

@jimmybond009

Yes, they allow both foreigners and tourists to sign up for accounts. You have to start account with some kind of money and can withdraw whenever you want. You can leave the funds for future trips, which is nice.

I'd just be careful leaving money in a Cantor/CG account if you don't plan on returning for a while. They were just fined $5.5 mm and have had a slew of problems over the past year.

@binciong

I'm not familiar with how rooted phones work but I'd assume that you can't use the NV Sports Book app because it's the same software. Not sure about the other two.

@eastcoastgambler

thx for info, but am wondering - are you still able to place wagers once leaving the area (and Nevada?)  Or do they regionally lock it?  For example could I load up the app with a few hundred when visiting Vegas and then come back to Canada and have those funds tide me through several months of conservative wagering using the app from Canada, until either the funds run out or I want to cash out?  Or will I be blocked from accessing those funds to place bets until I return to a suitable area (Vegas/Nevada?)

@jimmybond009

The apps are only usable in Nevada. The accounts are tracked by gps on your phone and triangulated by satellite somehow. Here's a pic of what happened to me when I tried to bet out of state. http://bit.ly/1ewdasx

Link

I thought it was going to be a photo of you frowning at your phone.

@702Becca

I knew it wouldn't work, I was just testing so I had the pic as reference.

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