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Sports Connection Prepaid Cards Are Now Available

October 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

Way back in January we alerted you that prepaid cards for casinos were a strong possibility. Shortly after the article published, the concept was approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission. Essentially, it allows a player to load a debit card and use it for gaming. Well, there’s finally a casino using the prepaid card technology, but it’s not exactly for use inside of the casino.

Station Casinos recently announced the availability of the Sports Connection prepaid card. It's to be used in conjunction with Sports Connection wagering accounts and, ultimately, the Sports Connection betting app. This card will be used to streamline accounts so the user doesn’t have to visit the casino when they want to add funds. Since the card is linked with Discover, you can use it anywhere Discover is accepted.

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So You Want The Scoop On Getting Drink Tickets With Your Sports Wagers

October 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM | by | Comments (12)

It seems like every time we post an article about what's happening in the sportsbook, the number one question, regardless of the topic, is "Can I get drink tickets there?" After posting last week’s article about getting seats are the Venetian sportsbook on Facebook,  the question about where someone can get drink tickets with their wagers was raised again by VC reader Sarah B.

The short answer is that policies are rarely the same -- even in the same casino at the same time. There are no longer hard and fast rules about drink tickets at any sportsbooks besides CG Technology (Venetian, Cosmopolitan, etc.) In the past, you could expect a drink ticket with your sports bets. This was a time when casinos didn't mind if you sat around watching a game and not spending money. Things have changed over the years and drink tickets are no longer the norm when placing your bets.

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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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Hard Rock Adds A Side Bet... Bar

Where: 4455 Paradise Rd. [map], 89169
October 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (4)

If you’ve been to the Hard Rock sportsbook you know that it’s cozy and can get quite full for football. With only seating for about 100, the upside of the small sportsbook is that it has those beautiful new TV screens that you’re used to from CG Technology. If you were in the mood for a drink, however, you’d often have to walk out to one of the bars or the coffee shop. Although, you won't have to venture quite that far, anymore.

The sportsbook at Hard Rock is receiving a semi-expansion and more drink service. The attached bar which was rarely an option has just finished a makeover and is finally open for business, even if it missed the kickoff of football season. The bar will now have a name. From here on out it will be called the Side Bet Bar.

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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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Changes At Caesars: New Sportsbook Bar And Food Court Renovations

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM | by | Comments (6)

Construction walls surround the former Cypress Street Marketplace at Caesars.

Caesars Palace, the sprawling compound that it is, has gotten a sports book facelift and is undergoing renovations to its food court, previously known as Cypress Street Marketplace. The former food court always had steady traffic and especially long lines whenever this writer wanted to pop in for her beloved BBQ pork sandwiches, mac & cheese and creamed spinach at the Bar BQ outpost.

Granted Mesa Grill, Rao’s and Nobu are also at Caesars and clearly in a different class, but the various Cypress Street offerings were solid food court options for those with less time or a smaller budget.

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Details On The Umami Burger Restaurant, Bar, Beer Garden And Sportsbook At SLS

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
August 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (11)

The hybrid burger joint/bar/beer garden/sportsbook at SLS Las Vegas is awesome, but it's not your traditional betting experience. Last May, we revealed Sam Nazarian’s vision for the sportsbook at SLS, a venue that would be more along the lines of Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo, a sports bar and restaurant where you can wager, too.

At SLS, that concept has found new roots with Umami Burger. Bartenders there wear shirts that read "Umami Burger, Beer Garden and Sportsbook" and, while there’s a William Hill presence here, there is no mistaking this is a Umami Burger that also has a sportsbook. It’s a great combination and, possibly, a look at the future in an era where every square inch of space must be maximized and monetized.

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Are You Ready For Some Football... Contests? Here's Your 2014 Roundup

August 14, 2014 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’re just weeks away from kickoff of football season and the sportsbooks are getting ready for the most popular sport for bettors by hosting a variety of football contests. Besides typical wagers on individual games, Las Vegas casinos offer contests at different price points to give gamblers a shot at making some, potentially, big bucks. Registration has opened for the following contests:

SuperContest at Westgate (Formerly LVH, formerly Las Vegas Hilton, formerly The International, formerly just sand)

The SuperContest is easily the most popular football contest in Las Vegas and that popularity is only getting bigger. Entries for this year's SuperContest are already ahead of last year which sent the grand prize winner home with over $500,000! Entry for this football contest is $1,500. Unlike other contests, you don't have to live in Nevada to participate, but you do have to register in person. If you want to participate in the SuperContest, but don't live in Nevada you can hire a proxy to submit your weekly picks. FootballContest.com has info on what a proxy can do for you.

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The New Table At The Mirage Is Way More Than A Table

Where: 89109
August 1, 2014 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (2)

This week, MGM Grand and The Mirage began a test run of pretty amazing tables. Yes, tables. These InteractivePro Tables (IPT) offer a unique 10-point, multi-touch experience that can be used for a wide range of applications including television, video and interactive entertainment to be used in bars, casino floors, hotel suites, restaurants and lounges. We saw the first table on display at The Mirage sportsbook. It was just being set up so it could only get online for the time being. That will change soon.

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