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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.
Gaming / The Mirage / MGM Grand / Sportsbooks / Technology / → All Tags
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.
SLS Las Vegas / Openings / Casinos / Bazaar Casino / Blackjack / Video Poker / Craps / Poker Rooms / Sportsbooks / Gaming / → All Tags
SLS Las Vegas opens in a month on August 23 and this gambler gets more and more excited with each bit of news he hears about the casino. And, now I'm hearing SLS could have the most player friendly gaming on The Strip!
Last May when SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara) shared that it wouldn’t open with a poker room (execs will reconsider if there is demand) or a traditional sportsbook, I was slightly concerned about the kind of gaming that might be offered. A combination sportsbook-slash-restaurant sounds like a very modern way to extract revenue as opposed to offering an amenity to guests.
Earlier this year, however, promising details were revealed about the SLS Las Vegas casino itself. I became cautiously optimistic given the tagline, "generous pay tables you love." When details were revealed on Bazaar Casino (an evenings only gaming concept), I was pleased to learn there would be some very playable blackjack games available.
Palace Station / Renovations / Sportsbooks / Bars / Drinking / Gambling / Off Strip / Little Tony's / Openings / Dining / Restaurants / Charcoal Room / → All Tags
It’s great to see older casinos become more modern. Last week, this writer checked out Palace Station to see what their new steakhouse, Charcoal Room, was all about. I was pleasantly surprised with the food, decor and level of service. The restaurant, however, felt like an anachronism compared to the rest of the casino. I'm happy to report the Charcoal Room won’t be the only updated destination inside the off Strip property.
Palace Station has recently renovated their sportsbook, too. There are two key features to the upgrade. New, large-screen TVs have the ability to feature one game across a number of monitors or the screens can be split so patrons can watch multiple games at once. The other change is the addition of 85 new plush, faux leather chairs. The chairs are among the nicest you’ll find in any Vegas sportsbook. VIP booths have been added as well.
Betting / College Football / Sportsbooks / Golden Nugget / Gambling / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
To quote the great
Michael Bruce Buffer, ”It’s TIIIIIIIIIIME.”
Today marks the beginning of the college football season even though we’re still a few months from kickoff. This afternoon, Golden Nugget released point spreads for what they consider the 200 college football games of the year.
Bet limits are $1,000 and, since many professional gamblers sit at the Golden Nugget sportsbook waiting on the release of the point spreads, you can expect certain lines to change pretty quickly. The college football games of the year will still be available to bet at Golden Nugget even if some of the point spreads are different than the openers listed below.
College football season is less than three months away! That means it’s time for football bettors to get ready for the season. Earlier this week, CG Technology (Cantor Gaming) released their season win totals for college football. (See SEC totals, here.) That’s just the appetizer, however, for early college football betting.
Friday, June 13 will mark the eighth consecutive year Golden Nugget will be the first sportsbook to post college football games with points spreads. They will release point spreads for 200 games. Football is, by far, the most bet on sport in casinos and college football gets a good amount of that money.
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Yesterday afternoon, the LVH SuperBook released their 2014 NFL season win totals. While these aren’t the first NLF season win totals to be released, they’re probably the season win totals that sports bettors look to the most. Unlike some other early sports bets where you can only place a few hundred dollars per bet, you can place wagers of $3,000 each for these win totals.
When we're having a good time, we like to tell others. There's nothing wrong with that. Winning is fun. While it may not be the coolest thing to do, gamblers like to show off when they win. We may share pictures of the purple chips we received after hitting a jackpot in Mississippi Stud Poker on Facebook or maybe we can't believe we finally got a Royal Flush in video poker and Instagram'd it. Or, perhaps, our long shot at the sportsbook just won and we tweet out a shot of the betting ticket.
Unfortunately, showing off one of these wins is not like the others. When you hit a sweet jackpot in most games, you’ll immediately receive your winnings. When you win big at the tables, you can just head to the casino cage and cash in your chips. If you hit a machine jackpot $1,200 and above, you'll get paid cash right on the spot by a casino employee. However, you don't have to be in the casino when you win a sports bet. This is where showing off your winnings can get complicated. In the time between showing off your winning sports betting ticket and actually claiming your winnings, someone can jump ahead of you and take it.
SLS Las Vegas / Sportsbooks / William Hill / Blackjack / Video Poker / Slot Machines / Baccarat / sbe / Umami Burger / Beer Gardens / Gambling / Gaming / → All Tags
SLS Las Vegas has revamped their website and revealed some interesting facts about their casino that have us excited for its opening at the end of summer.
Last year, we relayed Sam Nazarian's vision for the SLS sportsbook. He mentioned that it would be operated by an outside company, later revealed as William Hill. He also said that it wouldn’t be a traditional sportsbook, rather it would be a combination sportsbook and bar/restaurant. A place to grab a beer and a burger while watching the game you just bet on. Now, we know the sportsbook will be attached to Umami Burger and a beer garden. Add in some 50 TVs and the concept sounds great. We can’t wait to see it in action!
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It feels as if we’ve been talking about March Madness all year (because we have been), but it’s finally here. The NCAA college basketball tournament begins tomorrow night. (Although, March Madness in Vegas doesn’t begin until Thursday at 9 a.m.)
It’s almost game time, odds to win the college basketball championship have been adjusted and point spreads are available. Sportsbook operators and the committee that pick the teams may not agree on how teams were seeded, but that tension only helps make the tournament so much fun.
If you’re in Vegas before March Madness begins and are looking for a different way to get in on the action, you can play a couple contests that cover the entire NCAA tournament:
Betting / Venetian / Palazzo / The Cosmopolitan / Tropicana / Hard Rock / Palms / M Resort / Silverton / Sportsbooks / NFL / Sports Betting / CG Technology / Cantor Gaming / → All Tags
Most of us are getting ready for March Madness or the first pitch of the Major League Baseball regular season. Football isn't front and center with most people that bet on sports, but that hasn't stopped Cantor Gaming (CG Technology) from looking forward to the NFL season. It's the first sportsbook operator to post season win totals for the next pro football season.
Over the past couple seasons, Cantor has become the first sportsbook operator to release NFL season win totals but this marks the earliest they've posted them to date. In fact, this is the earliest any sportsbook operator has released season win totals. Ever. Free agency hasn't begun yet and the NFL Draft is weeks away, but if you can see into the future maybe you're ready to place bets on how teams will perform. Take a look:
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For gamblers, the Cromwell's casino may seem as if it’s an afterthought, but it isn’t. Things have changed a lot since The C was the BC. There will, indeed, be a casino at The Cromwell, but it will be a more modern take on a casino. Gambling now accounts for less than half of the revenue for hotels on the Vegas Strip and operators are treating it that way. Sports betting and poker make up only 3%-4% of gaming revenue and casinos are beginning to treat them that way. Sportsbooks are also changing, just compare the huge, lounge-like sportsbook at The Mirage to the multi-purpose sportsbook that will open at SLS.