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By now you probably (hopefully) know the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champs, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. The point spread in the game went off in many Las Vegas sportsbooks as a pick ‘em so the Patriots covered the spread. The game also went over the total which was somewhere between 47 and 48, depending when and where you wagered. The win and total score ended up in a four-way teaser win for bettors. Usually, when sports bettors win, the result is bad for casino sportsbook operators. In the case of the Big Game, it wasn’t entirely good for bettors or bad for the sportsbooks.
With a huge menu of prop bets available sportsbooks may have been able to eek out an overall win. Prop wagers make up the majority in Big Game bets at the Westgate SuperBook while they only make up about 15% of Big Game wagers at Wynn. Every sportsbook operator offers a different number of prop bets so the results will vary. William Hill released almost 700 and here are some of the results of their more popular prop bets:
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There are a plethora of ways to spend Super Sunday in Vegas, most of which we've detailed in our Big Game Party Guide, but another way to enjoy the game is at one of the many poker rooms that are offering special promotions for the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at some of the goings-on around town this Sunday, February 1:
The festivities at Excalibur get running four hours prior to kick-off. All cash game players will earn raffle tickets that will be used for various drawings during the event. Every field goal will be worth $50, touchdowns will be worth $100, and a safety will reward a lucky winner with $400. One hundred bucks will be given away at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters, and $200 will be rewarded at the end of the 4th quarter. Should the game go into overtime, there will be a drawing for $300. Players can earn addition drawing tickets at the beginning of each quarter during the game.
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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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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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After weeks of fielding queries, we finally have a roundup of Super Bowl -- sorry, BIG GAME -- parties in Las Vegas to share. Due to high demand, we're launching our annual guide now. Make sure to bookmark this page as we'll add events as they're uncovered/revealed. The newest parties will always be listed first so you won't have to do any unnecessary scanning. If you see one we don't have listed yet, email us the deets at email@example.com! Know that an event is sold out? We want to hear that, too!
Also, make sure to follow our friends and party experts, @VegasBigGame, on Twitter. If you've got a question about a party, they have an answer. Operated by a group of friends who've traveled to Vegas to view the Super Bowl for 17 years now (2015 will mark year #18), their Twitter account is an unmatched resource. They've already created this awesome infographic reviewing the parties of 2014.
William Hill is currently running a Suggest A Bet promotion that you don’t see very often at the sportsbook. The concept is as simple as the title sounds. If there’s a sports wager you’d like to bet on then just submit it on the William Hill website. If they take your suggestion and make it a legal wager, you’ll receive a $10 wager from William Hill. You’ll also receive one entry into their December drawing.
Even though this Suggest A Bet promotion is fun, it isn’t an absolutely original idea. Our friend Sportsbook Tom from The Vegas Parlay won a contest with ESPN’s “Behind The Bets” podcast earlier this year to have a bet of his choice posted at The Orleans during
Super Bowl Big Game week. ESPN and The Orleans ran a similar contest the year before as well.
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The Seattle Seahawks defeated Denver Broncos in the Big Game last night by a score of 43-8. The game wasn’t even that close, but that last score by Seattle made bettors who bet over 47.5 happy as they cashed in on one of the more popular bets. That’s probably the only solace for many as the sportsbooks did brisk business and cleaned up with a Seahawks win. Sportsbooks took in close to a record $99 million in bets on last year’s Super Bowl. All indications are that, this year, they took in 3%-5% more for a new record.
The more money in play usually means the more casinos win. With a short underdog (2.5 points) winning this year, they stand to profit even more since only about 35% of the money bet was on the Seahawks. The night didn’t start off all that well for the sportsbooks, though, as the first score was on a safety. The few people that placed that bet scored a payoff of anywhere from 50-1 to 60-1.
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Last year, a simple tip on skipping the line at sportsbooks during March Madness came in handy for many readers. And, it will likely do the same for many others when it comes to this weekend's Big Game.
So, what's the tip? Betting with your mobile phone is the quickest and easiest way to get a bet placed with a sportsbook. Over 60% of people in the US own a smartphone and, chances are that if you're in Las Vegas for the Big Game, you'll have one with you. You won't get a "free drink" ticket if you wager with an app, but if you're at an all-you-can-drink Big Game party, that probably doesn't matter. Not waiting in lines when you're in Vegas is the best way to have the most fun.
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Betting on the
Super Bowl Big Game has grown almost every year over the past decade for two reasons. Obviously, the increased popularity of the game is a major reason for general growth of the sports, but prop bets (prop is short for proposition) have become more popular every year.
When William “Refrigerator” Perry scored a touchdown for the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX it woke gamblers up to the potential for big wins with prop bets when he cashed a 20-1 prop bet for some people. Prop bets have become so popular that there are now around 400 prop bets at most sportsbooks for the Big Game. Almost half of the money wagered will be on prop bets. That’s serious.
The prop bets you can make with sportsbooks in Las Vegas are based on the action on the field. The
silly fun prop bets, like “what color gatorade will be poured on the winning coach?,” are only available online. Those aren't legal in Nevada. The point spread and total were released over a week ago but, as you'd imagine, it takes some time to come up with another 400 prop bets so it took some time for them to be released. They're out now and we're ready to get down! Let’s take a look at a few of the legit prop bets that the William Hill sportsbooks made available on Friday.
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While most people are gearing up for the
Super Bowl Big Game, others are looking a few weeks ahead to an event that you can actually call the Super Bowl. The Daytona 500 is also known as the Super Bowl of NASCAR and takes place February 23 in Daytona, Florida. The Daytona 500 is the biggest and most prestigious NASCAR race of the year. If we’re going to watch one NASCAR race a year, this is the one.
NASCAR isn’t one of the major sports in America like football, baseball and basketball, but it is still very popular. While those other sports may occupy most of the TVs in the sportsbooks, you will usually find the weekly NASCAR race on at least one TV and it will always be available to bet.
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There's a good amount of skepticism surrounding what the conditions will be like during the first outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl, but Vegas has plenty of pigskin parties to help you stay warm. Below is a list of the inclusive packages we're seeing around town. Be sure to check back, too, as we'll add more as they're announced. The newest additions will be place at the top so you know where to look for updates!
✔︎CRUSH at MGM Grand will host a Big Game party featuring a premium buffet and "butler-style tableside items" prepared by its executive chef. Priced at $65 per person, guests will enjoy such selections as Angus mini burgers, wings, potato salad, pizza, short rib sliders and more. The Super Bowl will be shown on 12 flat-screens placed around the restaurant. Call 702-891-3222 for more info.
✔︎PANDA! at Palazzo will offer a Super Sunday $48 ticket special. The offer is good for the 8 p.m. performance this Sunday only. Purchase via the Venetian or Palazzo Box Office, by visiting www.venetian.com/panda, or by calling 702.414.9000.
✔︎Off Strip Poppy Den will open at noon on Sunday for a Big Game watch party. Chef Angelo Sosa will host the patio tailgate bash and will grill on the downstairs patio. He'll serve up $5 burgers and chicken wings, $3 hot dogs, $4 chili dogs with Angelo’s Asian beef chili and $3 for bowls of Chef Sosa’s chili. Drink specials will include $2 Budweiser products and $1 customized green Seahawks shots and orange Broncos shots. Guests will also enjoy a complimentary kickoff shot with Chef Angelo as the game begins. The championship game will be displayed on three flat-screen TV’s at the bar along with remote sets throughout the upstairs dining room as well as the restaurant's patios. Poppy Den will be open from noon to 9 p.m. only on Sunday, Feb. 2.
✔︎Mr. Lucky's Cafe at Hard Rock will offer the following specials on February 2: $15 buckets of beer (Bud or Bud Light), $8 Electric Lemonade, $10 Red Death shots, $28.99 appetizer platter (10 wings, 8 chicken fingers, French fries, onion rings, carrots, celery sticks and quesadillas), and $12.99 for foot-long chili hot dog.
✔︎Pink Taco at Hard Rock will offer the following deals on February 2: $19 buckets of domestic beer, $20 buckets of imported beer, $5 Chile and Lime Roasted Nuts, and a $16 appetizer platter (sweet corn tamales, cheese quesadillas, chicken and streak skewers, chicken taquitos and guacamole).
✔︎Gold Spike in Downtown Vegas will host a Big Game viewing party. The Super Bowl will be shown on 18 screens including a 12-foot projection screen. No other information was provided.
✔︎The Race and Sports Book at Jerry's Nugget will host a Big Game viewing party February 2. Make a minimum $20 wager and get in for free. Betting windows will open at 6:30 a.m. and bettors can enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts until 10 a.m. The game will be shown throughout the Sports Book which features seven 80-inch flat screens and 20 LCD TVs. Game Day bites, ranging from deli sandwiches to hot dogs, will be priced from $1 to $2. Bettors who lose their Jerry’s Nugget Big Game bets will be able to redeem their losing ticket at the pit for $5 in table games match play.
✔︎Andre's at Monte Carlo will host a Super Sunday party in its cigar lounge. Admission is priced at $180 per person and includes a full buffet featuring such choices as sliders, wings, and cheese plates as well as bottomless beer, house wine and well cocktails. Doors open an hour before kickoff. Call 702.798.7151 for reservations.
✔︎ Local bar Aces & Ales, offering two off-Strip locations in town, will host a $45 all-you-can-eat-and-drink bash. The menu will include chili, mac & cheese, wings, BBQ brisket, and more. Draft beers and mimosas will be included in the offer. Call 702.436.7600 for more.
✔︎Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar at The Linq will offer the following specials on February 2: $25 buckets of Coronas (5 bottles), two tacos (lobster or carnita) and a draft beer for $10, 2-for-1 house margaritas and well drinks, and $8 Chayo nachos.
✔︎Cypress Street Marketplace at Caesars Palace will host a Super Sunday party priced at $50 per person and including an all-you-can-drink-and-eat menu. The game will be shown on four HD TVs. Reserve a spot by calling 702.731.7967 or emailing LVCityWideRestaurantGroupSales@Caesars.com.
✔︎The Tournament Poker Room at Caesars Palace will offer several Big Game viewing options, ranging from general admission access ($140 per person, includes unlimited beverages and food) to man caves ($1,500 for group of six, includes unlimited beverages and food). Two-person couches are also available for $400 each and include bottomless drinks and unlimited food. Call the Colosseum Box Office at (702) 731-7110 to reserve. Update: Man Caves and Couches are SOLD OUT.
✔︎Renaissance Las Vegas will host an all-you-can-eat Big Game viewing party with live-action buffet stations run by ENVY Steakhouse. The bash, held in the bar as well as the lobby areas of the off-Strip hotel, will kick-off at 1 p.m. A $29.99 admission includes two draft beer tickets. For reservations, call (702) 784-5716.
✔︎Tacos & Tequila at Luxor will feature all-you-can-eat-and-drink specials ($75) starting at 3 p.m. on February 2. Bites will include chips and salsa, wings, quesadillas, nachos, and more. Booze options will range from Dos Equis to well cocktails. For more information call (702) 262-5225.
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If the current Vegas odds turn out to be an accurate reflection of reality, this year's Super Bowl will pit the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos in the league's first cold-weather outdoor championship game. We're sure the weather will have a big impact on betting odds as the game gets closer and could end up being a nightmare for the NFL who has already said it will consider rescheduling the game if it snows.
The weather situation might be as fun to watch as the game itself, though, and in case you're looking to make plans early or give someone a "Super Bowl in Vegas" Christmas present, here's a peek at rates for that weekend, Friday, January 31st through Sunday, February 2nd (checking out on the 3rd). There are some good bargains out there, especially for the night of the 2nd itself, so don't be afraid to jump on it. We'll give you another update sometime in January after the New Year, but we imagine they will only go up from here.