For a state that basically built America’s gambling empire – the state of Nevada legalized gambling in 1931 – live horse racing is not a major player in the Nevada gaming industry.
Two small tracks, Elko County Fair Board Thoroughbred Horse Racing, and White Pine Horse Races, are offering short fair meetings each summer in Ely and Elko. They conduct live racing for thoroughbreds and quarter horses.
The beauty of being a horse player in Nevada is that all of the major casinos offer a racebook. Racing from all of the major tracks in North America is available to horse bettors on a daily basis.
Nevada Horse Betting Sites And Mobile Apps
Since Nevada law demands that all operators in the gaming industry undergo a rigid licensing process, the major ADW horse racing sites that are accessible in the majority of states aren’t available to Nevada horse bettors.
Fortunately, all of the major Las Vegas casinos offer race books that are available for both in-person and online/mobile wagering.
Current Bonus Offers by Nevada Horse Betting Sites
All of the major Las Vegas casinos operate online sites that provide horse players with the option to sign up for online betting services. They will use enticements such as a lucrative signup bonus offer to lure new players to sign up for their horse betting services.
Popular Online Horse Bet Types & Races
Straight betting offered on Nevada horse racing includes win, place, show and across the board. With a win wager, the horse must win the race in order to cash the wager. A place bet requires that a horse finishes first or second in the race. A show bet is a winner if the horse wagered finishes anywhere in the top three positions. An across the board wager cashes if the horse finishes first, second, or third. If the horse wins the race, it pays off for win, place and show – across the board.
Exotic wagers include exactas (first two finishers), trifectas (top three finishers), and superfectas (top four finishers). All of these wagers must finish in the order bet to cash. However, bettors can box these wagers. A boxed wager will win if the horses end up in the correct finishing positions in any order. A quinella bet is similar to an exacta, except the horses can finish in either order as long as they are the top two finishers.
Other exotic bets featured are:
- Quinella (you must select the first and second horses in any order);
- Superfecta (you must select the first four horses to finish in exact order);
- Superhigh5 (you must select the first five horses to finish in exact order);
- Daily double (you must select the winner of two consecutive races).
Multiple wagers include the daily double, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, and Pick 6. Bettors must correctly pick the winners of that many successive races on the card.
Major Horse Betting Events In The USA That You Can Bet On In Nevada
Naturally, Nevada horse bettors can wager online or in person on any of the major stakes races held across North America, including the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup.
At the Elko County Fair, one of the most anticipated races for locals is the “Nevada Blackjack Challenge.” The Black Jack Challenge is run on the last day of racing and consists of nine local stables all competing for bragging rights.
Nevada Horse Racing Betting Legal Overview
Thunderbird Downs and Las Vegas Downs were once prominent thoroughbred tracks in the state of Nevada, but both closed their doors years ago.
Both White Pine and Elko County have been offering live horse racing since 1934. Racing is held as part of Elko County Fair for six days and consists of 9-10 races each day featuring both thoroughbred and quarter horses.
White Pine conducts a brief race meet each year, attracting 150-200 thoroughbreds from states such as Oklahoma, Utah, Idaho, California, and Arizona.
Elko County Fair Board Thoroughbred Horse Racing – 700 Moren Way, Elko NV 89801. Offering live thoroughbred and quarter horse racing August-September.
White Pine Horse Races – 947 S Baltimore Ave, Hastings NE 68901. Offering live thoroughbred racing every year.
Nevada Online Horse Betting FAQs
In Nevada, most of the online racebooks operating through the state’s casinos will provide bettors with the ability to live stream the races. Generally, the only condition is either that the player has funds in their account, and/or they have a live wager placed on the race or races they are seeking to stream.
You must be 21 or older to bet on horses in Nevada.
All of the major Las Vegas casinos offer race books that are available for both in-person and online/mobile wagering. ADW horse racing sites aren’t available to Nevada horse bettors.