The Nevada Gaming Control board has given permission to the state’s sports books to accept bets on the 2017 NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
While betting on the NFL Draft has been popular at offshore sports books for years, this year’s draft is the first on which gamblers can place wagers in the state of Nevada.
The types of bets Nevada books can take, though, is restricted to ones that are not player- or team-specific —for example, betting on which player will be selected No. 1 overall is not allowed. Bettors are allowed to wager on items like how many quarterbacks will be selected in the first round or which conference will have the most players picked.
Types of NFL draft prop bets allowed at Nevada sports books this year, per gaming control: pic.twitter.com/CG1XKmYewH— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) April 8, 2017
“It has to be something that makes us comfortable from a regulatory standpoint,” said A.G. Burnett, chairman of the Gaming Control board, per the Review-Journal. “Most importantly, that the outcome of the event can’t be affected by a bet that is placed.”
Karl Bennison, chief of enforcement for Nevada Gaming Control Board, added (via ESPN.com), “We tried to avoid wagers where knowing one team's intent could be used to gain an unfair advantage, before the wagering cut-off date."
Before taking action on off-field events, sports books must ask for permission from the state’s gaming regulators to do so. In recent years, wagering has opened in Nevada on things such as the Heisman Trophy, Super Bowl MVP and season-long individual honors across a variety of sports.
In the case of the draft, William Hill U.S., which operates 108 sports books in Nevada, made the request, ESPN reports.
The 2017 NFL Draft is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. Betting on the draft must stop by close of business April 26.
"This country loves football," Jay Kornegay, vice president of race and sports at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, told ESPN. "They love betting football, so I can understand that there will be some interest in these new options."