Boyd Gaming BConnected Sports Introduction
The Boyd family played an integral part in the expansion of the Las Vegas casino industry in the 20th century, managing multiple properties before creating the Boyd Gaming Corporation in 1975. The company now operates 10 different casinos across the valley, nine of which have offer a sportsbook.
While there are no Boyd locations on the Strip, there are two nearby in the Gold Coast and Orleans. There is a downtown presence at the Fremont and California casinos. Other locations such as Aliante, Sam’s Town, and Suncoast are on the outskirts of town and predominantly see local action. Boyd does not strive to stand out from the competition in terms of their sportsbook product, but provides an adequate alternative when looking to avoid the Strip.
Boyd properties have wagering on professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, MMA, UFC, NASCAR, along with college football, basketball, and baseball. Prop bets are offered on selected events and offer in-play wagering on marquee events.
Rarely do you see Boyd get creative with their menu, as they do not offer any unique markets from competition. The hold percentage on most of the future markets is tragically high, driving savvy customers to look elsewhere in town if wanting to bet futures. BConnected Sports will hang a morning point spread before anyone else in Vegas on occasion, but the limits are usually minuscule, and the bet might not even be allowed on the mobile app.
Player’s card members can earn comp points with each bet, with the comp amounts varying based on the wager odds.
Pick the Pros Contests
There is a free weekly contest Boyd runs during football season called Pick The Pros, where participants try to pick the winner of every NFL game straight up. $30,000 in cash prizes is guaranteed each week. A player’s card is required to enter.
The conservative bookmaking approach that has led to a small betting menu and futures markets with higher holds has also led to lower limits than most Vegas operators. Boyd is not known to offer bigger bets to sharper players, instead trying to cater to a recreational local customer base. The limits do vary some between the counter and mobile app. Players are typically able to play more if they are in the casino.
Boyd uses Nevada-based Stadium Technology and Miomni Sports to run its mobile app. You can sign up at any sportsbook location, where you must fill out a W9 and will need a valid driver’s license and a player’s card from the casino. One alternative to funding the app in person is the PayNearMe option, which allows you to deposit at a nearby CVS or 7 Eleven. There are currently no sign-up bonuses for new mobile accounts.
Floor space in Boyd Gaming’s BConnected sportsbooks is divided evenly between the race and sports sides, leading to a smaller viewing area than most shops in town. Most follow a cookie cutter approach with the layout being identical at Orleans, Gold Coast, and Suncoast; Aliante and Sam’s Town are a bit larger in size, while the downtown and Henderson locations are tiny. Regardless of size, locals and tourists are quick to fill any available seats when sports are in full swing.
Parlay and Teaser Odds
Boyd properties offer parlays on most straight bets and futures, with certain exceptions for markets that are correlated. Teaser bets for pro and college football and basketball are available. There are parlay cards, teaser cards, and reverse teaser cards available for pro and college football.
Here are the teaser and parlay odds tables, per the Boyd house rules:
|Pro Football Teaser Odds||6 points||6.5 points||7 points|
|NCAA Football Teaser Odds||6 points||6.5 points||7 points|
|Basketball Teaser Odds||5 points||5.5 points||6 points|
|Off the Board Parlay||Payout|