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Big Game Prop Bets Are Live At Westgate

January 23, 2015 at 12:12 PM | by | Comments (2)

Prop bets on the Big Game have become big business for sportsbooks in Las Vegas over the years. When the Las Vegas Hilton (now Westgate) first started releasing Super Bowl prop bets, they were seen as a nice addition to the wagering menu, but not much more. Today, the amount of money wagered on prop bets for the Big Game are almost equal to the amount wagered on traditional side and total options. Westgate's SuperBook is traditionally the first sportsbook in Las Vegas to release prop bets on the Big Game and to boast the most and they did so again last night.

As we mentioned a couple weeks ago prop bets are, generally, wagers made on specific actions during a game that don’t necessarily affect the outcome. There are more prop bets offered on the Big Game than any football game all year, but you’ll only see game-related and quantifiable prop bets in Las Vegas casinos. Prop bets in Nevada must confirmed through official league statistics. You won’t see “what will Katy Perry wear?” or “how long will it take to sing the national anthem?” here. Those novelty bets are only available in overseas sportsbooks.

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Early Look At The Big Game Point Spread

January 19, 2015 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (8)

One of the most exciting days in the football season was yesterday. For some football fans, watching two Conference Championship games in one day is more fun than watching one Super Bowl.

We now know that, in two weeks, the New England Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Big Game. The Super Bowl is big business in Las Vegas as you’ve seen by the ever growing list of parties that we continously update. Watch parties are secondary for people like this gambler. Betting on the game is the real focus.

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Prop Bets Everywhere For NFL Playoffs

January 5, 2015 at 7:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Prop bets are the untraditional sports bets that have made wagering on the Super Bowl Big Game so popular over the years. The SuperBook at Westgate became famous for releasing more prop bets than any other casino for the Big Game back when the hotel was still known as Las Vegas Hilton.

Things are different today and sportsbook operations have evolved to the point where prop bets have become a part of the wagering menu for all major sports events. This year, you can find a plethora of prop bets available for every NFL playoff game at almost every sportsbook in Vegas.

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The Best Sportsbook Of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.

For the longest time, whenever someone asked us to point them to the best sportsbook in town, we were like, bam! Lagasse's Stadium. But, this year, we started crushin' on another venue right across the Strip. It was older, but knew just how to make us happy. And now, we're ready to pledge our love publicly.

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You May Soon Be Able To Bet On The Olympics And Oscars

December 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (7)

There are some who say if people could legally bet on lab rats running through mazes, they would. While not that extreme the South Point has petitioned the Nevada Gaming Control Board to amend regulations to allow some non-traditional bets in their sportsbook. Execs are asking that wagering be allowed on events sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee as well as non-athletic events like the Oscars and the Heisman Trophy winner.

According to ESPN.com, the Westgate SuperBook and William Hill have sent Nevada Gaming Control official letters of support. There will be a public hearing to discuss the issue February 26.

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Why We're Not Digging The Renovated Sportsbook At Caesars Palace

Where: 89109
December 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM | by | Comments (10)

Caesars Palace is the latest to squeeze the regular guy out of sportsbook. The resort's recently(ish) renovated sportsbook is less of a remodel than it is gentrification. By that we mean, the sportsbook added a bar to make the tired old space look new.

If you remember the glory days of the Caesars Palace sportsbook, you probably recall the giant space with lots of seats where anyone could watch the games. Fast forward to 2014 and that space has been enhanced (read: drastically reduced). The sportsbook is now blocked off by a bar and the actual sportsbook TV screens haven't been replaced. The majority of seats inside the sportsbook are reserved for Diamond and Seven Stars Total Rewards members or people spending large sums of money on booze. This makes Caesars' sportsbook accessible to about 5% of Total Rewards members.

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At The Venetian Sportsbook, Seats Can Require Hefty Wagers

October 15, 2014 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (8)

The sportsbook at the Venetian is one of the biggest and best in Las Vegas. The bright screens and comfortable seating draw a lot of people. Additionally, the Venetian is one of the biggest hotels on the Vegas Strip. The crowd on the weekend to watch and wager on football games has the sportsbook bursting at the seams.

The large crowd is a major part of what makes watching football at the Venetian sportsbook so great. Unfortunately, there are less than 15 seats inside the Venetian sportsbook that are open to the public. The rest are reserved for the biggest CG Technology customers who wager $500 or more per game. The more you wager, the better your seat.

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Rumblings From G2E

October 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM | by | Comments (7)

The expo floor at G2E (the Global Gaming Expo) is where the focus is for casino visitors because of all of the shiny new toys. What you may not know is that G2E is much more. In addition to the expo, there are seminars and speakers. One of the goals is that the casino, hotel, food and beverage businesses can educate each other on the state of their business. Much of the discussion is inside business speak, but there are a some nuggets of information the average casino visitor will find interesting.

Fantasy Sports

MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren stated that his company is “considering investing in fantasy sports leagues.” Murren went on to say that MGM Resorts already sponsors fantasy sports events and has been incorporating elements into slot machines.

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Westgate's SuperBook Offering Reduced Juice On Thursdays

September 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

Most of the time we see a "deal" by a casino for gamblers, it's usually a bad bet. New bonus bets are often employed by casinos to take our money. They're a business and that's their prerogative. That's not the case with a deal we discovered by Westgate. Right now, sports bettors will get reduced juice when placing bets at the Westgate sportsbook Thursday afternoons.

Juice is sometimes called commission or, more commonly, vig, which is short for vigorish. When placing most football bets, the juice is usually -110 on a point spread. This means you’ll have to bet $110 on a game to win $100. The juice here is 10% for the casino. Reduced juice means that the sportsbook is lowering that juice/commission/vig. This is a legit discount.

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Boyd Gaming Unleashes A Sports Betting App In Time For Your Next $5 8-Team Parlay

September 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM | by | Comments (7)

Back in July, Boyd Gaming announced they would have a mobile sports betting platform. Last weekend they made good on that promise and launched B Connected Sports. You can sign up for an account and deposit funds at these six Boyd Gaming locations in Las Vegas - The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam's Town, California and Fremont (Main Street Station doesn't have a sportsbook). You can also sign up and fund your accounts at Eldorado Casino and Jokers Wild Casino in Henderson.

The B Connected Sports sports app is available for iPhone and Android (direct download here). While aesthetically different than the CG Technology, NV Sports Book, Station Casinos and William Hill sports betting apps, they’re all fairly similar. B Connected Sports operates very smoothly but there is one strange operational quirk. Yeah, we’ll call it a quirk. B Connected Sports only works if you have wifi on your phone turned OFF. The other apps recommend using wifi so this is a bit strange.

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If You're Not In Westgate's Football SuperContest, You May Want To Prepare For 2015

September 16, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (3)

It’s already time for football bettors to plan for the 2015 NFL season. The SuperContest at Westgate is the largest and most popular in Vegas. In fact, SuperContest grew almost 30% this year and should only get bigger in 2015. Not everyone, however, has the $1,500 entry fee laying around so you might want to planning for next year’s contest now.

Mainstream media coverage on ESPN has helped SuperContest become popular, but that’s not the only reason. The prize pool returns 100% of the money entered which is awesome. Over 1,400 people entered the SuperContest this year and the grand prize winner will receive more than $700,000. Prize money also will be rewarded to 30 runner-ups. That's all awesome, too, but the biggest reason SuperContest is growing is that you don’t have to be in Las Vegas to make your weekly picks.

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TAG Bar Adds Mobile Betting Stations For Football Season

Where: 89109
September 9, 2014 at 7:38 PM | by | Comment (1)

TAG Sports Bar & Lounge at The LinQuad Hotel may be the best spot on the Vegas Strip to experiment and enjoy new and different imported and craft beer. But, it's best not to forget it's general purpose as a sports bar and lounge.

Located on the southern side of the casino (the one closest to the Linq mall), there are TVs throughout the bar as well as different gaming options. And now, just in time for football season, a mobile sports betting window that's open Thursday through Sunday. Instead of making the 45-second walk to place your bets at the sportsbook you don't need to leave the bar, at all.

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