I’m connected to a mobile device or computer all day so it’s not too surprising that I’d be so active with my sports betting apps. Mobile sports betting is only a few years old and I didn’t think that it was catching on too quickly. I think that thought can go out the door.
In an interview with Vegas Seven magazine Station Casinos Race & Sportsbook Director, Chuck Esposito, estimates that almost 1/3rd of their handle comes from mobile wagering.
Station Casinos was one of the first to offer mobile wagering within Nevada’s borders with its Sports Connection. How much of a game changer has that been?
It’s been a huge game changer. It’s a phenomenal piece and added a new dimension to what we have to offer. It enables a guest to have the sportsbook in the palm of their hand; they’re able to get on their smartphone exactly what they get when they come into [a sportsbook]. Educated guess, mobile wagering probably makes up roughly 30 to 33 percent of our overall handle. And it’s going to continue to grow. We’ve only scratched the surface of it right now, but there are things coming down the pike that are going to expand that offering industry-wide.
Before reading this I would have guessed that Station Casinos handle from mobile would have been closer to half that number. Station tends to have an older and less sophisticated customer who doesn’t seem to be very mobile-centric.
Looking for a comparison I checked in with William Hill to see how their mobile hold compared. William Hill has a slightly larger hold of 36% from mobile wagering. This isn’t too surprising in hindsight since William Hill is an independent sportsbook operator they have less ties to land-based casinos.
It looks as if mobile sports betting is catching on faster than I thought. These hold numbers are only going to increase as more people get used to mobile wagering. Betting with apps will never take over all sports betting in Nevada since most tourists don’t want to have an account sitting around with funds in between trips but this is a step forward for mobile sports betting.
A couple of days ago I found a survey from MyVegas that asks a lot of questions about playing blackjack on mobile devices.
If blackjack was an available on MyVegas mobile I would give it a whirl. Right now I play blackjack on my mobile devices with the ODDcase blackjack training app. It looks great, reminds me when I make a bad move and helps me keep count of the cards. If there was an aesthetically appealing option for MyVegas I’d give it a whirl.
It also looks like MyVegas is even contemplating adding more table games to the Facebook version of MyVegas.
When I play MyVegas on Facebook I usually just let the slot machine games run in the background on another tab and check in to see if I have a bonus round to activate. When I’m bored with my day I’ll fire up blackjack. If any of the other games in this survey were available, besides roulette, I’d give it a whirl.
There are some open-ended table game questions and I recommended that they add craps. I’m guessing it’s difficult to create an exact replica of a craps game based on true odds and that’s why it was left off of the survey.
There’s nothing official about new games for MyVegas yet. This is just speculation for based on the MyVegas survey. Here are some quick links for you.
Earlier this week MyVegas launched a new Facebook game, Sherluck Hound, then they launched a new game for their mobile appAround The World in 80 Days. MyVegas is a great way to get freebies or discounts in Vegas and now they’ve opened the rewards to MGM Resorts and partner businesses outside of Las Vegas. Here are some highlights.
PLAYSTUDIOS and MGM Resorts International expand rewards program to Beau Rivage and Gold Strike in Mississippi
For the first time, myVEGAS players can redeem rewards at 2 new destinations outside of Las Vegas, NV
Reward offerings from Beau Rivage and Gold Strike casino resorts include hotel suite upgrades, rounds of golf, tickets to Saltoriya and Taganai shows, and more
I’m not sure why anyone would want rewards outside of Vegas, but that’s just me. 🙂 Here are some of the rewards available.