Nevada is the only state that allows legal betting on all major individual sporting events. There is no bigger event than the Super Bowl, which draws thousands of avid sports bettors to Las Vegas every year. Are you one of these people planning a trip to Vegas for the Super Bowl?
I’m here to help you with where to place your bets on the Super Bowl, while also providing you with some details of each sports book so you’ll know where to watch the big game. Some of the details I’ll cover are the numbers of TVs showing the action, as well as the different types of food and drink comps available at these books.
I’ll also list the seating arrangements as some sports books are more comfortable than others. However, you must keep in mind that it’s going to be packed in these Vegas sports books during the Super Bowl, so it might be in your best interest to search for a more low-key place. Here are some of my favorite places to not only bet on games in Vegas, but to also watch the games.
As Bob Weir once put it, “This must be heaven; tonight I crossed the line.” For high rollers, the Bellagio has some of the highest betting limits in town. This is an upscale property with 21st-century understated elegance. There are 51 televisions on the property, including 99 individual desk screens. You will find 13 big screens, including the largest at 18 foot by 22 foot. There are 200 seats to choose from to watch the big game, while drink tokens and free drinks are also available to the bettors.
With a number of leather circular booths and couches, the Golden Nugget has a clubby, living room-like feel to it. There are 57 televisions to watch games from, including a plethora of 60-inch screens along one of the walls. You will find 100 seats in all in this classy, proven sports book that has withstood the test of time.
Home of the NFL Supercontest which pits the top handicappers in the world up against one another, the Las Vegas Hilton’s Superbook is one of the most popular sports books in Vegas. It’s one of the largest race and sports books in town. The Superbook is $30,000 square feet and offers more than 1000 seats on two levels and an up-to-the-second 75-foot sports ticker. There are 60 televisions, 28 big screens, and one mammoth 15 foot by 20 foot screen that will showcase the Super Bowl. If you are a fan of proposition bets, the Superbook had 300 different prop bets to choose from on last year’s Super Bowl alone. Race an sports book director Jay Kornegay is one of the most famous in the city.
With over 300 seats and 17 big screen television, including a 28 by 30 foot projection screen, Mandalay Bay Race and Sports Book is a must for all sports bettors. There’s a full-service bar in the sports book area and the Turf Club Deli snack bar. This sports book hosts 84 televisions in all, so you certainly won’t be missing the big game.
Easily one of my top choices to watch the big game, the MGM Grand has it all. It promotes itself as “Maximum Vegas” as the resort strives to offer the ultimate Vegas experience. This 5,300-square-foot race and sports book offers Vegas’ only skyboxes. The MGM recently upgraded to 47 plama big screens, including a whopping 36 60-inch televisions and eight 42-inchers. There are also three 16-foot-by-12-foot screens. While there’s only seating for 104, the skyboxes are certainly worth a try for the ultimate Vegas betting experience.
Home to the former race and sports book director at the Stardust, Bob Scucci, the Orleans is one of the most respected books on the strip. Scucci is perhaps the best to ever do it as the line originated with him when he was at the Stardust. The Orleans offers nine 50-inch screens and 11 60-inch screens with 42 televisions in all. There are 125 seats available, and 95 individual 22-inch monitors in the race book.
When it debuted in 1989, the Mirage was the first major hotel-casino to open in Las Vegas since the early 1970s, so this sports book certainly has some history behind it. With 10 big screens and one jumbo screen at 16 feet by 20 feet, the Mirage is one of the best places in Vegas to watch the big game. There are free drinks in the sports book area, with 197 seats in the race book and 72 in the sports book. Football lines are posted by 9 a.m. every Monday morning by race and sports book director, Robert Walker. Betting lines that originate here are sent to MGM, Bellagio, Treasure Island and the Golden Nugget.
Winners will feel right at home at this sports book, which is one of the most respected and luxurious in all of Las Vegas. The dark-wood decor, plush-leather swiveling armchairs and the exclusive VIP lounge with seating for 20 make this a popular establishment. This isn’t the biggest sports book in town, but it certainly is one of the nicest. There are 37 plasma TVs and 125 seats in the race and sports book, as well as another 50 in the race and sports lounge.
You’ll be treated like a star at the Planet Hollywood Race and Sports Book. This recently remodeled venue has a cool feel to it due to the low lighting and the 75 black-and-red leather chairs. There might not be a more comfortable place to watch the big game in Vegas. Plus, there are a whopping 30 60-inch plasma screens for you to choose from.
Perhaps one of the more underrated venues in Sin City, Red Rock’s Race and SPorts Book puts you in the center of the action with the largest wall of televisions in town. You can catch the hottest sports action from coast to coast with a bank of monitors that measures 96 feet wide and 18 feet high. The west wall combines three giant, 25 large and 15 traditions big-screen TVs. There are 213 individual monitors and 200-plus seats to choose from. There is also a luxurious VIP section for you to enjoy. If nothing else, you must go see the massive wall of televisions.
The Las Vegas Review Journal names the Caesars Palace Race and Sports Book the top sports book in the city for four years running. It’s the visually-pleasing layout that sets this establishment apart from the rest. There are 12 50-inch plasma screens, and the cocktail waitresses aren’t afraid to show a little skin as you watch the big game. Watching a game here should be on every sports bettors’ bucket list.