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There's An App For That In Las Vegas

06/26/2016 at 7:51am EDT

via John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun,

The wagering opportunities for NHL games at T-Mobile Arena once the Las Vegas franchise begins play in 2017 have been specified. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman commented about wagering on the team during Thursday’s formal announcement that the league’s Board of Governors had unanimously approved an expansion team for Las Vegas. Bettman said NHL games were not as “susceptible” to wagering as NFL or NBA games.

Which means there will be no live betting stations inside T-Mobile Arena, though the arena exists on the Strip and is co-owned by MGM Resorts. But you can legally wager on the Las Vegas team from any MGM Resorts sports book (or any sports book in the city), and also from apps on your smartphone. Handily, MGM Resorts is in the trial stages of its own betting app, called playMGM, which is similar to those operated by William Hill, Cantor Gaming and Station Casinos. The trial should be completed within a month or two, then be ready to go live.

What this means is, you can indeed bet on the Las Vegas NHL team inside T-Mobile — from any online application — even if manned wagering stations are not set up in the venue. How this affects the atmosphere inside the arena remains to be seen. It might be a little like pulling for your home NBA or NHL team even if you have players on your fantasy league team playing against your own team.

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