Marc Meltzer

Top 10 Las Vegas Sportsbooks

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Think you can beat the Vegas oddsmaker? Here are the best places to make that bet.

We are kicking off football season with a revised list of our favorite Sportsbooks in town. If you are in town and want to put some action on the games, here are some of the best places to visit:

1. The Mirage Race & Sports book

The Mirage Sportsbook

The Mirage once had the best sportsbook in Las Vegas. That luster was fading, due to neglect, but a major renovation in 2013 has the Mirage back on top!

The renovation removed most of the old desk seating and replaced it with big comfy chairs. As part of the renovation The Mirage also added a gigantic TV screen that spans almost the entire huge sportsbook. This screen is flexible and can fit just about every game with each game being sized to the amount of interest. The sportsbook manager decides which games are shown and what size they are based on bets made, so if you want to see a game make sure you place your bets here.

Unlike many other sportsbooks you may be able to score a drink ticket here. If you’re concerned about having a seat for football you can reserve a VIP couch. It will cost a few bucks but it guarantees a seat and drink service. It’s great to see such a historic part of Las Vegas casinos come back to life.

3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, (702) 791-7111 mirage.com

2. Venetian

Venetian Sportsbook

The Venetian sportsbook underwent a large renovation in 2011 and you can definitely see where the money was spent. The lighting and TV screens at The Venetian sportsbook are as good as it gets. The Venetian sportsbook is operated by CG Technology (Formerly Cantor Gaming) and looks similar to their other sportsbooks in Las Vegas with red desks and big high back office style chairs. If it wasn’t for those beautiful TV screens this sportsbook would have zero vibe but those TV screens make up for any lack of atmosphere from the decor. The desks have outlets should you need to power your phone. Cocktail service is hit and miss (mostly miss). The saving grace for drinkers are the quick and polite bartenders. You may just want to sit at the bar and watch the games if you plan on drinking. The Venetian sportsbook is one of the best traditional (free) sportsbook in Las Vegas but unless you’re a high roller during football season you may not get a seat. Those are reserved for their best customers.

3. Westgate Las Vegas

Westgate Las Vegas Superbook

Westgate Las Vegas (the hotel formerly known as LVH, which was formerly known as Las Vegas Hilton before that) has one of the most famous sports books in Las Vegas. The sportsbook even has a name – Superbook. Superbook has the biggest football contest called the SuperContest. By itself this contest has garnered more publicity for the Westgate Las Vegas sportsbook than any other sportsbook in town and for some people it’s the main reason they visit the hotel. The Superbook is almost finished with an amazing renovation. The huge sportsbook has upgraded its old TVs to the largest individual screen in any Las Vegas sportsbook. A new 100 foot bar will be opening within the next week and a new seating plan will be revealed. These changes should keep the Superbook as the mecca of sportsbooks in Las Vegas. Note, every NFL Sunday they open the 1,500 seat theater and have all of the games on huge HD screens. There is a remote betting station and cheap beer and hot dogs just outside the theater. There is a lot of history in this sportsbook and hotel and it’s definitely worth a visit for any hardcore sports fan.

Do you have a favorite place to watch the big game or bet on the ponies? Join in the discussion and let us know.

  1. Mark November 15, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Can you tell me the status of the Westgate renovation. I’ll be in Vegas in two weeks, but don’t want to go there if it’s not done.
    Thanks.

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    • Matt December 18, 2015 at 2:18 am

      Mark.

      We hope you had a good trip and are sorry we didn’t get a chance to respond sooner.

      The Superbook renovations are ongoing, although two of the main features, the new screens (video wall) and the bar, are both complete. We visited last week and did not find the renovations an inconvenience. Check out the photos here:
      http://www.top10vegas.com/gaming/superbook-renovation/

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  2. Mark January 25, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Did Caesars remodel their race and sports book recently? I have been going there for years for big events but haven’t been in a while. If so what is the new setup like? I saw something about a new bar area and the photos look very different. Thanks, Mark

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    • Matt January 29, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      I think it was remodeled in mid-late 2014. You can read some of Marc’s thoughts at the end of this article.

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  3. Matt Talus January 26, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Hey Marc,

    I’m making my way out to Vegas for the first weekend of March Madness. I was just in town and wasn’t able to scout all sports books. Are there any that serve free drinks if you’re betting on games? Which ones have the comfy chair and tables to watch and drink at, say 3/4 people? I want to have the best experience for the weekend as if it’s awesome illness back.
    Thanks
    Matt

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    • Matt January 29, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      March Madness is big business and the sports books fill up early. Many places will offer drink tickets if you are betting enough, but getting a table at a sportsbook is unlikely without connections. They are mostly reserved for high-rollers during this event. Here’s a good article with a few tips that may help. You typically won’t find a lot of info on March Madness parties until the football season wraps up.

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  4. Jim May 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    My wife and I are headed to Vegas in a couple of weeks. What’s the best place to watch the NBA Finals? Go Cavs!

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  5. Guy wilson June 22, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Marc,
    like to play the ponies.Love the Bellagio sports book but looking to stay some where different with a similar racebook.
    Non smoking section, free racing forms,and seating with personal tv screens.
    Any recommendations?

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  6. Paul January 16, 2017 at 1:31 am

    What sports book allows cigar smoking and has drink specials during big games

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