n Monday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board permitted the state's sportsbooks to offer betting for next month's NFL draft. For the second straight year, participating Nevada sportsbooks will take bets on the draft, being the full list made up of 32 different types of wagers.
Some new additions:
• Player X or player Y drafted first with odds.
• Player X with draft position handicap versus player Y.
• More offense players than defensive players drafted.
Since the 1980s, Nevada Gaming Control had restricted betting to events that took place on the field. The agency loosened its rules in recent years and began allowing wagering on events such as the Heisman Trophy presentation and the draft.
Multiple sportsbooks that took bets on last year's draft said the betting interest exceeded expectations.
The 2018 NFL draft will take place April 26-29 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Nevada sportsbooks will be required to halt betting on the draft at the close of business April 25.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Las Vegas is among the finalists to host either the 2019 or 2020 NFL draft. The Oakland Raiders are expected to begin playing in Las Vegas around the same time. As we await a Supreme Court ruling that could change the future of sports betting in the United States, ESPN Chalk is here to keep you up-to-date and informed.