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Westgate Has More New in Store For March, April

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
January 26, 2015 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (9)

Westgate's pool in October 2014.

Westgate owner David Siegel wasn't all talk. When he purchased the LVH last July, Siegel had big plans for the flailing off-Strip property. And, before year's end, he'd already started to deliver.

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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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The New Westgate SuperBook May Resemble Lagasse's Stadium

January 19, 2015 at 9:39 PM | by | Comments (4)

When the LVH was purchased and the name changed to Westgate, there were plenty of promises about breathing new life into the historic hotel and casino.

Unlike the transformation of the Sahara to SLS Las Vegas, Westgate never closed. So guests and visitors have watched as new ownership added Purple Reign and Sexxy. (yes, with a period) to the entertainment roster and opened Sid's Cafe, a 24-hour cafe that now resides in the old high limit gaming area.

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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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A Look Back At Gambling In 2014

December 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (3)

There’s been a slow shift in gaming over the past 20 years. And, much of it really started to stand out this year. Both casino floors and gaming companies have consolidated to, theoretically, create greater efficiencies. Aristocrat Technologies purchased Video Gaming Technology, Scientific Games merged with Bally Technologies, IGT was purchased by G-Tech and Multimedia Games was snapped up by Global Cash. You may be familiar with some of these names and not others. Mergers and acquisitions like this often create a more homogenized product for the customer by creating less competition. For the time being, these businesses are just streamlining activities.

After these manufacturers debuted their newest games at G2E this year, it doesn’t seem as though the industry can get any less creative than it already is. Let’s just take another TV show, musician or movie from 20-30 years ago and slap their name on a machine. Hopefully, this lack of creativity is just temporary.

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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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Vegas Strip Club Looks To Add Sportsbook

December 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (3)

On Friday, off Strip strip club Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club filed an application with the Nevada Gaming Commission to add a sportsbook its lineup. If approved, Hustler Club would become the first strip club with a sportsbook.

Officials say this isn’t a publicity stunt, but a legitimate way to expand their business. If the sportsbook is approved, the club plans to offer parlay cards, complimentary lap dances based on points earned from wagers made and the use of handheld devices so customers can make bets while receiving said lap dances.

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Great Cash Back Promotion From CG Technology (Cantor) Sportsbooks

December 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (2)

The sportsbook operator formerly known as Cantor Gaming and now known as CG Technology has a pretty great cash back promotion. They’ll refund 5% (up to $5,000) of net losses from wagers of $100 or more. The caveats are that bets must be placed through your CG Technology account (not in person) and that only sports wagers will qualify. And no, it's not limited to new members only.

Here are specifics on how the promotion works:

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The Nightly Happy Hour At Umami Burger Looks Like A Sweet Deal

Where: 89109
November 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (4)

Going back a year and half ago before SLS Las Vegas opened, we knew that Umami Burger Beer Garden and Sportsbook would be one of our favorite parts of the property. It wouldn’t be the traditional version of a burger joint, beer garden or sportsbook. The hybrid would, if nothing else, offer something different from other casinos in Vegas.

Since then, Umami seems as though it’s doing relatively well. Despite major cutbacks at other SLS restaurants, Umami Burger only snipped a few hours per night. If there’s been one major complaint about Umami, it’s been the beer prices which begin at $8. Well, they’ve taken some steps to fix that.

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