Best Sports Book in Vegas?

A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
If you haven't heard, the sixth annual BYPAX (where Jim and I and the guys from the Personal Arrogants podcast go to a different city and hang out and play board games over an extended weekend) is going to be in the Sin City this time around.  We're going in October, which means it's football season, which means I'm blocking off Sunday to sit in a sportsbook and gamble and drink the whole damn day.

Now,  It's been about 8 years since I was last in Vegas.  Back then, the best book on the strip was the Bellagio.  I liked it because it's spacious, which means it's easier to get a primo spot without showing up at 6am, the seats were very comfortable, they had enough screens positioned so that you can easily watch all the games on at any one time without having to move or even crane your neck, and the staff was very attentive and quick to fill your drink and bring snacks.

That said, what's the best place to go and bet on football games now?  I'm sure a lot has changed, does anyone have any updated sportsbook recos?  
TravisFreddy

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  • MrXMrX CO
    edited March 26
    I've only been to vegas a couple times, and the only sports book we went to was Caesars (we were staying there) during the Final Four, and we ended up placing our bets and then heading to the pool area that had a nice bar and plenty of tv's and just watched the games from there. The sports book itself was nice - comfy leather chairs, plenty of tvs - but I have heard that others are better, maybe the Venetian? But one thing I don't like about the sports books and Vegas casinos in general: since most normal places in the US have banned smoking in bars for the last 15-20 years it's still jarring for me to hang out in a place where people can smoke indoors, even if they do have serious ventilation systems.
    Travis
  • TravisTravis CA
    edited March 26
    I've only been to Vegas three times since realizing that the best way to spend my gambling time is in the sports book and I've only really hung out in two of them, neither really set the world on fire, but I liked the one for the Madalay/Luxor (it's been too long and I can't remember which side it's on). I've had some good times in that joint. Plus, it's very near the Burger Bar which makes a fantastic hamburger and you can grab a nice tall beer, they have (at least as of the last time I was there 5-7 years ago) a very nice selection to take down the hall. That said, I've been getting the itch to head out there a bit recently and I'm curious to see where this thread goes and whether there will be a consensus pick to check out next time I go.

    I am bummed that it took me so many trips out to Vegas to even really notice the sports book. I love being able to focus on betting on games and thus have more control over your losses. There is nothing more deflating than sitting at a super cold table and just burning through your stake in a flash. You get to hang out and root for something and take your time, and even reason out your odds as opposed to just being at the mercy of the deck. Sports betting is way better than the tables.
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    Totally agree. Sportsbooks are the highest dollar per fun activity in Vegas for my tastes. I try to lay small amounts of my over all gambling budget actoss every game and then juice one or two of the active ones that I'm feeling good about. Then I bet what's left on the Colts for the hell of it. I make peace with losing it all, then watch the games. Coincidentally I've left up in the three times I've done it, so this trip will probably be the best one, haha. 
    Travis
  • TravisTravis CA
    edited March 26
    Ha! Keep the streak alive! Though, that is one thing about sports. It won't always work out, but at least be "on the right side of a game." 

    100% right, man. I bet really small amounts (like $20 a game or so and maybe two at a time) and kind of think of it like going to an expensive movie. Then I'll Hail Mary a three teamer or something (only because the first time I did the sports book my buddy said that I should and I walked with around $300 for my $25) and just figure it's all gone, but root like hell to be wrong about that. The thing that I really want to do is head out when they release the NBA over/unders and maybe tie a couple/few of them together and have something to root for over the course of the season armed with some Simmons "hot takes." If nothing else, since I don't really have a team it would be fun to have something to be invested in while I follow the standings.
    A_Ron_Hubbard
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    edited March 26
    It blows my mind that you can't just place a bet online in the US in the majority of places, or there aren't bookies all over the place like there are here. I can think of at least four places within a ten minute walk from my house lol. I literally have a betting app on my iPhone, spend a few pounds each week betting on different things like tennis and football and American football when it's in season, and whatever takes my fancy!
    TravisA_Ron_HubbardFreddy
  • The worst is, there are fucking casinos in CA but for some reason they can only do tables and slots. It's so ridiculous. I'll never understand the logic that you can play cards but not bet on sports (of course the real answer is that there are powerful interests that are opposed to sports betting and a stigma behind it, but there is absolutely no true logic to it). It's completely stupid.
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    A little over 5 years since last I've been.  The Sports Book was my favorite experience aside from $5 blackjack til dawn at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon which is no longer there sadly.  

    I liked the Mirage sports book.  Like @Travis, I didn't hang out there too much.  But it was nice since I was staying at the Mirage to sit down before I headed out & soak in all the games going on, make a few bets and then watch a little bit or move to a sports bar.  Mirage sometimes has drink tickets laying around from big ballahs who bet a lot and just left their leftover drink tickets.  Full price drinks at the bar next to the sports book are insanely high, as is Vegas, but there is a small convenience store in the Mirage that sells booze and you can get normal priced beer there and bring it over to the sports book.

    I didn't do too great on hoops, ironically, like trying to bet on stuff like 1st team to score 15 points. But I did turn $40 into $240 on a Texans-Bears game.  My co-worker, in his early 60s at the time, piggybacked off my bet and we were all jumping and hi-fiving in a sea of Bears fans at some Sports Bar near Planet Hollywood. Good times.

    Have fun dude I'm jealous.  

    My pics from that Sports Book:

    Travis
  • amyja89 said:
    It blows my mind that you can't just place a bet online in the US in the majority of places, or there aren't bookies all over the place like there are here. I can't think of at least four places within a ten minute walk from my house lol. I literally have a betting app on my iPhone, spend a few pounds each week betting on different things like tennis and football and American football when it's in season, and whatever takes my fancy!

    Pretty sures you bet online in most states at places like Bovada.
    gguenot
  • TaraC73TaraC73 Manchester NH
    We were in Vegas back in May and spent one night at the Bellagio sportsbook. It was heads and tails
    better than Caesars (where we were staying) 
    Travis
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    edited March 27
    i usually go every november (doing it again this year) with 3 of my closest buddies. i always do $50 on a 4 team parlay card (11-1 odds). i place my bets at the Aria sports book, watch the morning games the pub in the Aria over bloody mary's, go grab pizza at Five50 for lunch, then find a random spot to drink more and watch the afternoon games. i always end up hitting 3 outta 4 on my parlay and being turbo grumpy for the rest of the night.

    vegas is like the one place that i can't wait to get to and can't wait to get the fuck out of.

    edit: Five50 is cool too cause it's a pizza bar so you don't hafta worry about missing games. plus their pizza and food is pretty damn good.
    TravisA_Ron_Hubbard
  • Chinaski said:

    vegas is like the one place that i can't wait to get to and can't wait to get the fuck out of.


    Perfect summation, @Chinaski. I've decided that any Vegas trip has a 3 day maximum, and really the bell curve starts to fall on day 3 (not including the travel days). 2 seems to be the perfect number, and if you get to 4 it just starts to feel a weird combination of depressing and gross. Kind of like the city is somehow staining your insides.
    ChinaskiTaraC73
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    Travis said:
    Chinaski said:

    vegas is like the one place that i can't wait to get to and can't wait to get the fuck out of.


    Perfect summation, @Chinaski. I've decided that any Vegas trip has a 3 day maximum, and really the bell curve starts to fall on day 3 (not including the travel days). 2 seems to be the perfect number, and if you get to 4 it just starts to feel a weird combination of depressing and gross. Kind of like the city is somehow staining your insides.
    haha right? i do sat-mon and i'm good. anything more than that and i feel like i took a cheese grater to my soul.
    Travis
  • TravisTravis CA
    edited March 27
    Yeah man, and a rusty cheese grater that customarily sits a little too close to the fryer and has soaked up years of residue at that. Ha!
    Chinaski
  • I don’t trust people who can do a 5 day arrive Monday leave Friday trip
    TravisChinaskiTaraC73
  • TaraC73TaraC73 Manchester NH
    gguenot said:
    I don’t trust people who can do a 5 day arrive Monday leave Friday trip
    5 Days in Vegas is waaaaaaaah too long unless you *don’t* take the red eye Home and that 5th day is like a half day; and then you take a second day to do Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon.
  • emnofseattleemnofseattle Mason County, Washington USA
    If you haven't heard, the sixth annual BYPAX (where Jim and I and the guys from the Personal Arrogants podcast go to a different city and hang out and play board games over an extended weekend) is going to be in the Sin City this time around.  We're going in October, which means it's football season, which means I'm blocking off Sunday to sit in a sportsbook and gamble and drink the whole damn day.

    Now,  It's been about 8 years since I was last in Vegas.  Back then, the best book on the strip was the Bellagio.  I liked it because it's spacious, which means it's easier to get a primo spot without showing up at 6am, the seats were very comfortable, they had enough screens positioned so that you can easily watch all the games on at any one time without having to move or even crane your neck, and the staff was very attentive and quick to fill your drink and bring snacks.

    That said, what's the best place to go and bet on football games now?  I'm sure a lot has changed, does anyone have any updated sportsbook recos?  
    I don’t know what makes a good sports book versus a not good one, I mostly play blackjack, I have done sportsbook at the Stratoshpere however, and if you plan on drinking the bar at the top of the tower is really nice, even if a little spendy. 
    Travis
  • gguenot said:
    I don’t trust people who can do a 5 day arrive Monday leave Friday trip
    My wife and I did 3 nights / 4 days once for a wedding and after day 2 it suuuuucked.

    An aside: I would say probably one of my favorite things about Vegas is getting to check out different restaurants. Not that there aren't better foods cities to visit, but it's fun to be have restaurants from all those famous chefs in a one mile stretch.
    Travisgguenot
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    Hold on, are there sports books now that don't comp your drinks as long as you're gambling? I'm getting that vibe from some of you. That's a borderline deal breaker for me. I know they do that bush league shit out in the Midwest, but surely not Vegas? If I have five hundred bucks worth of slips on my table I better be getting at least watered down drinks.

    That's really the only reason I don't set foot in any of the casinos around here. I'm not playing 20/hand blackjack and buying 8 dollar cocktails. It's crazy. It's like giving your prison guard a tip.
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    The ticket writer at the sports book window will give you drink comps when you make your bets.  $500 of slips, they better be giving you like 10 fuckin' drink comp tickets at least.

    This was interesting and fairly recent:
    http://thevegasparlay.com/vegas-free-drinks/las-vegas-sports-books-free-drink-game/
  • @A_Ron_Hubbard It's very possible that I don't lay down enough dollars for it. Figure if you're laying out about $500 that should be worth some tickets. I can't say for sure though.
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    That's some sorry shit. 
  • TaraC73TaraC73 Manchester NH
    edited March 28
    Hold on, are there sports books now that don't comp your drinks as long as you're gambling? I'm getting that vibe from some of you. That's a borderline deal breaker for me. I know they do that bush league shit out in the Midwest, but surely not Vegas? If I have five hundred bucks worth of slips on my table I better be getting at least watered down drinks.

    That's really the only reason I don't set foot in any of the casinos around here. I'm not playing 20/hand blackjack and buying 8 dollar cocktails. It's crazy. It's like giving your prison guard a tip.
    WE certainly didn’t get comped drinks at the Bellagio or Caesar’s sportsbook on our last trip - but we did make quite a few purchases from the kiosk right outside the sportsbook: 2 big cans of beer and one nip of alcohol for $15! That’s a goddamn fucking good deal for anywhere - especially Vegas!! As you can see we chose Michelob ultra and fireball on this run. But these kiosks are at every hotel on the strip (I ASSume - they were at every one we went to and we hit almost all of them!) and there’s a pretty good variety of choices for both liquor and beers!

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  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    @A_Ron_Hubbard - they'll give you 'drink tickets' based on how much you are throwing down. introduce your cashier to your friends 'George Washington' and or 'Abraham Lincoln' and she/he may hook you up with more ;)

    Travis
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    Anyone listen to Cousin Sal’s latest gambling podcast with Lenny Dykstra? Jesus. That dude was on like 15 beers. It was hilarious. 
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