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The SLS Las Vegas Casino Looks Like It Will Live Up To Its Promises

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 24, 2014 at 12:08 AM | by | Comments (14)

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.

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Renovations At Palace Station Bring Upgrades To Its Sportsbook

Where: 2411 West Sahara Avenue [map], 89102
July 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM | by | Comments (2)

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.

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Highlights From Golden Nugget's Release Of College Football Point Spreads

June 13, 2014 at 6:04 PM | by | Comments (4)

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.

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We're Less Than 100 Days From College Football And One Week From Point Spreads

June 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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LVH Releases NFL Season Win Totals

May 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer unofficially kicks off this in a few days with Memorial Day Weekend! What better way to get pumped than thinking about football?

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.

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Don't Be So Quick To Show Off That Big Sports Bet

May 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM | by | Comments (9)

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.

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The SLS Las Vegas Casino Is Promising

April 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (14)

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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March Madness Is Finally Here

March 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM | by | Comments (2)

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:

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Cantor Releases 2014 NFL Season Win Totals

March 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

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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The Cromwell Will Not Have A Sportsbook... Or Poker Room

Where: 89109
March 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM | by | Comments (13)

The Cromwell will not be Barbary Coast and it will not be Bill’s Gambling Hall. The Cromwell is a boutique hotel with nightclubs, a pool and, oh yeah, a casino.

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.

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Now That Spring Training Is Here, Learn The Basics Of Betting On Baseball

March 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

MLB Spring Training is underway and professional baseball games are on the board and available to bet at sportsbooks. The two most popular sports to bet on, football and basketball, are most often bet using point spreads. Baseball is the third most popular sport for bets and that's possibly because people are simply confused about how to do so. Most bets on baseball use a money line where you just have to pick a winner. The money line can be intimidating because just about every game is different, but it's really quite simple.

The money line is based on bets of $100. For example, +200 means you will win $200 on a $100 bet. On the other hand, if the money line is -200, you must bet $200 to win $100. It’s always easiest way to explain money line betting with an example:

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Vegas And The World Cup

February 7, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (4)

The largest sporting event in the world is just 125 days away. The 2014 World Cup, which takes place in Brazil, kicks off Thursday, June 12.

The international soccer tournament goes for a month and culminates with the final Sunday, July 13. The set-up for the World Cup is a different tournament than March Madness and most American tournaments. The World Cup begins with a round-robin tournament of eight groups. Each was selected at random and is made up of four teams. You can see the schedule, here. The two teams in each group with the most points move on to the second stage which is a standard, single elimination tournament of the remaining 16 teams. In America, we might call this the Sweet 16, but it’s typically just called the 2nd stage or elimination stage in the World Cup.

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