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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.
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The biggest weekend in Las Vegas for sports fans is Super Bowl weekend. Next year, the Big Game (XVLIII) takes place on Sunday, February 2. If you’re thinking about coming to Las Vegas, you may want to start making plans now. Just a few weeks ago, hotel rooms on the Vegas Strip were still being comped as if it was still a slow winter weekend. In the past two weeks, rates increased and this writer's comp offers dried up for rooms at Caesars properties. Hotel room rates are still reasonable, but the freebies are gone (at least for me).
We’re now 5 weeks into the NFL season and, as the teams are separated into pretenders to contenders, we can expect to see hotel room rates increase. During yesterday’s games, countless talking heads mentioned that teams with a 3-2 record after five weeks have a 52% chance of making it to the Big Game. Those teams include:
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We've done it again. Football season is finally here and so is VegasChatter's Guide to Everything Pigskin in Las Vegas.
Bookmark this at-a-glance guide for the latest on where to party, who's got the hottest specials, betting advice, and more. We'll be updating it all season long. Find out everything about football in Vegas by just scrolling down. Interested in a specific hotel or company? Then click on the links below to jump right to that section. Know of something we've missed? Shoot us the info and we'll throw it in!
If you want to pick a winning team based on more than what city you like better (hey, don't knock it. We've won a football pool with that strategy!), this year we've expanded our list of phenomenal resources from six to nine. From The National Post to Beyond The Bets, make sure you know them all by checking here.
Pick a gaming company and it's likely got a football contest for you. Here's a run down of the biggies:
For some, it will be their first time. For others... let's just say they've been around the
block Strip a time or two. But, for Twitter's @VegasBigGame, 2013 2014 marks the 16th 17th time of doing it big in Vegas. Big Game big, that is. Imagine it. Sixteen Seventeen years of Super Sundays in Vegas. Amaze.
We instantly knew two things. One, we had to party with this group of friends. Two, we had to get them to share that wealth of knowledge. Below, you'll find their top tips for watching the Super Bowl in Vegas:
1. Cash is king. Expect to hand over big amounts of cash to get into any place worthwhile. The VIP services and advanced booking places generally can't help you too much on Big Game weekend. The demand is too huge. You're going to need cash. A lot of it.
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Half of the fun of the Super Bowl is betting on the Big Game. Earlier this week, we let you know that the point spread had the San Francisco 49ers favored by 4 points over the Baltimore Ravens with an over/under total at 48 points. Those numbers are still the same at William Hill. Now, it's time for the fun. The Super Bowl offers more betting opportunities than any other game and that's awesome.
Super Bowl prop (short for proposition) bets have become increasingly popular every year. There are legal proposition bets you can make with sportsbooks in Las Vegas that are based on the action and then there are the fun prop bets available online that are based on whatever the online sportsbooks feel like.
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Super Bowl Big Game was set last night when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New England Patriots. The Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers who came from behind to defeat the Atlanta Falcons. We now have two weeks to marinate on the final game of the NFL season. That gives us plenty of time to sift through the who, what, where and why's to wager on the game.
To get the ball rolling, the sportsbooks have already released a spread on the game with the 49ers being favored over the Ravens by 4 points. The total for the game has been set at 48 points. Even though some casino sportsbooks are beginning to offer prop bets on a few games a week nothing will match the amount of betting options available on the biggest sporting event of the year. The aforementioned prop bets, which will be released shortly, allow you to wager on everything that happens before, during and after the game ranging from how long it will take Alicia Keys to sing the national anthem to who the Most Valuable Player of the game will be.
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Coming to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl used to mean hanging out at the sportsbook with a bunch of dudes that also bet on the game. If you were a high roller, you may have been invited to watch the game in a suite with other high rollers by your host. When players clubs expanded so did the people that high rollers watched the game with. Special gatherings moved to ballrooms, but still offered free food and beverage.
It wasn't until the past few years that every bar and restaurant in Las Vegas decided to have a party for the Big Game. These parties all cost different amounts and range from just being allowed into the establishment to all-you-can-eat-and-drink parties (See VegasChatter's Guide To Big Game Parties for full details). Of course, Las Vegas still provides the traditional standby of the sportsbook. But, what's better? That depends on you. Here are some pros and cons for both.