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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.
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.
Off Strip / Hard Rock / Drinking / Bars / CG Technology / Side Bet Bar / Sportsbooks / → All Tags
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.
Betting / Westgate / Sportsbooks / SuperBook / Deals / → All Tags
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.
Boyd Gaming / Sportsbooks / Betting / B Connected / Apps / → All Tags
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.
Sportsbooks / Off Strip / NFL / SuperContest / Westgate / Contests / Football / Betting / → All Tags
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.
Betting / The Linq Hotel / The Quad / TAG / Sportsbooks / Beer / Bars / Drinking / → All Tags
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.
Caesars Palace / Openings / Closings / Renovations / Sportsbooks / Food Courts / Dining / Gambling / Drinking / Bars / Casinos / → All Tags
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.
SLS Las Vegas / Umami Burger / Sportsbook / Burgers / Bars / Beer / Eating / Drinking / Sportsbooks / → All Tags
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.
Football / Contests / Sportsbooks / Westgate / Station Casinos / William Hill / Palms / → All Tags
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.