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For some, it will be their first time. For others... let's just say they've been around the
block Strip a time or two. But, for Twitter's @VegasBigGame, 2013 marks the 16th time of doing it big in Vegas. Big Game big, that is. Imagine it. Sixteen years of Super Sundays in Vegas. Amaze.
We instantly knew two things. One, we had to party with this group of friends. Two, we had to get them to share that wealth of knowledge. Below, you'll find their top tips for watching the Super Bowl in Vegas:
1. Cash is king. Expect to hand over big amounts of cash to get into any place worthwhile. The VIP services and advanced booking places generally can't help you too much on Big Game weekend. The demand is too huge. You're going to need cash. A lot of it.
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Half of the fun of the Super Bowl is betting on the Big Game. Earlier this week, we let you know that the point spread had the San Francisco 49ers favored by 4 points over the Baltimore Ravens with an over/under total at 48 points. Those numbers are still the same at William Hill. Now, it's time for the fun. The Super Bowl offers more betting opportunities than any other game and that's awesome.
Super Bowl prop (short for proposition) bets have become increasingly popular every year. There are legal proposition bets you can make with sportsbooks in Las Vegas that are based on the action and then there are the fun prop bets available online that are based on whatever the online sportsbooks feel like.
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Super Bowl Big Game was set last night when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New England Patriots. The Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers who came from behind to defeat the Atlanta Falcons. We now have two weeks to marinate on the final game of the NFL season. That gives us plenty of time to sift through the who, what, where and why's to wager on the game.
To get the ball rolling, the sportsbooks have already released a spread on the game with the 49ers being favored over the Ravens by 4 points. The total for the game has been set at 48 points. Even though some casino sportsbooks are beginning to offer prop bets on a few games a week nothing will match the amount of betting options available on the biggest sporting event of the year. The aforementioned prop bets, which will be released shortly, allow you to wager on everything that happens before, during and after the game ranging from how long it will take Alicia Keys to sing the national anthem to who the Most Valuable Player of the game will be.
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Coming to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl used to mean hanging out at the sportsbook with a bunch of dudes that also bet on the game. If you were a high roller, you may have been invited to watch the game in a suite with other high rollers by your host. When players clubs expanded so did the people that high rollers watched the game with. Special gatherings moved to ballrooms, but still offered free food and beverage.
It wasn't until the past few years that every bar and restaurant in Las Vegas decided to have a party for the Big Game. These parties all cost different amounts and range from just being allowed into the establishment to all-you-can-eat-and-drink parties (See VegasChatter's Guide To Big Game Parties for full details). Of course, Las Vegas still provides the traditional standby of the sportsbook. But, what's better? That depends on you. Here are some pros and cons for both.
The Super Bowl is right around then corner and we can't wait. Big Game weekend is the busiest sports time in Las Vegas. The crowds are huge and the energy is amazing. If you want attention, just wear something game-oriented and you'll have conversations every step you take. It's really unlike anything else related to sports.
There are plenty of options to watch Super Bowl XLVII, too. You can wake up early and snag a spot at your favorite sportsbook, you can walk into any bar and watch the game where seating may not be available, or you can guarantee a seat at one of the Big Game parties. Here are some of our favorite sports to watch the Big Game, depending on our mood:
The Big Game will be here before we know it with the next round of the playoffs set to eliminate four more teams this weekend. What are the initial prices looking like for Super Bowl Sunday? Let's check in with a few hotels on the Strip and their starting rates online:
Caesars Palace: Must stay Saturday to book Super Sunday.
SAT (02/02): $296
SUN (02/03): $384
Wynn: No minimum required.
SUN (02/03): $219
We know a lot of you will bet on the Big Game, but where will you party for it? Below, we've compiled a list of what's happening around town on Super Sunday. We'll add more as they are announced, or as we find them, so be sure to check back with us often. Know of some parties we don't? Zip us details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NFL wagering opportunities have been available since shortly after the
Super Bowl Big Game with futures odds on who will be the next Super Bowl winners. Now, the first week of NFL games are open for wagers thanks to LVH.
In recent years, the release of the NFL schedule has become kind of a big deal. Everyone from ESPN to Deadspin covers this day with almost the same vigor as they cover the March Madness bracket match-ups. If there wasn't a hungry market for this, then the coverage wouldn't be there. Speaking to a friend that works for a sports website, we learned that this is one of the busiest times of the year for NFL-related web traffic. It makes sense since every team still has a chance to win the Super Bowl.
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The odds were 50 to 1. But, SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand guest Jona Rechnitz walked up to MGM's sportsbook and plunked down a grand that the Giants would be the first to score with a safety during the Big Game. And, won. Big. $50,000.
So what do you do when you're newly flush with cash in Vegas? Nope, not that. Or, that. Or that. No, Rechnitz is giving it all away to charity, according to TMZ.
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Our list of Big Game parties continues to grow. While we still don't know where we'll watch the game, we've been looking more closely at all of those Big Game prop bets that are available. Since 400 is a bit much to read through, we've sectioned the bets into four categories so we don't get overwhelmed (Giants, Patriots, Game, Mixed Sport) and will be narrowing our betting options from there.
When our big sister, HotelChatter, posted up a screen grab on Facebook of crazy last-minute hotel rates for Big Game weekend ($1,075 for a Best Western in Indianapolis), we knew it was time to see if procrastinators could still score a reasonable rate in Vegas.
A check of hotelrates.hotelchatter.com found prices as high as $1,700 a night (granted for SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand) all the way down to $80 (at Circus Circus). So what will you find in between the high and the low? Check out our list below, good as of January 27, but always subject to change. And, for the sake of simplicity, we're limiting our highlights to Strip hotels. Prices cited are per night.
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LVH has been the casino to go out on the largest limb when it comes to legal sports betting for the Super Bowl. They're always the first casino to release prop bets in Las Vegas and they always have the most options to bet. These are legit bets on the Big Game. They even offer a slew of cross sport bets. Here's a fun example combining football and basketball:
Who will have more points:
Miami Heat 1st quarter points +2.5
New England Patriots 1st quarter points -2.5
There are prop bets that cross the Big Game with NBA (above), NCAA basketball, NHL and even golf. Keeping focused on the Big Game, you can make bets on who will win MVP and even who will be the first or last player to score: