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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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Here's Your Chance To Wager On A Bet You Create

November 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (3)

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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Sign Up for These Sports Betting Apps And Be Rewarded

November 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (4)

Boyd Gaming released their sports betting app called B-Connected Sports right in time for football season. In an effort to generate more new users, a new promotion has been added that provides new users with up to a $50 dining credit... depending on how much they deposit.

One of the reasons for signing up for a sports betting app is that you don’t have to visit a casino to place wagers. A dining credit will make sure you head there, anyway. It's a sound marketing strategy for the casino chain.

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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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