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What's the best sportsbook in Vegas?

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What's the best sportsbook in Vegas?

I'm heading out to Vegas for the first few days of March Madness 2011 and trying to figure out what sportsbook we should hit up. I've been to Mandalay Bay's before and it was awesome but wondered if anyone had any other suggestions. Obviously, I know the Venetian and Bellagio are solid as well. Does anyone have any hidden gems?

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1. Re: What's the best sportsbook in Vegas?

Not a hidden gem, but Aria's books kicks all shades of booty. Its newer and really nice.

I like Caesars, MGM's and Bellagio's personally. For off Strip casinos, the Hilton is legendary for its SB.

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While I like Aria's tv's, it's an "intimate" book compared to several others. Hilton is the best book for its odds, types of wagers, and especially for the size of the bets it will accept. It's a players book.

It's also huge and has great rear access.

Caesars is good also but Hilton is year in and year out the hands down winner on most LV polls.

Edited: 09 February 2011, 19:06
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I've gone every year for the Sweet 16 for the past 5 years (this year will be my 6th) - here's a bit of a rundown of what I've seen (from South to North).

Mandalay Bay - Big sportsbook, decent amount of seating. If you're stuck South Strip, this is a good place to watch. My only complaint - the room feels cavernous, and I feel like the energy just "escapes" through the ceiling.

Luxor - Smaller book. Not a bad option, but the TV viewing isn't as good. Would go next door to MB. I am staying Luxor this year, and will either go to MB, or will try...

Tropicana - Here's a wild card. I know they have just redone their book, and I am very excited to scope it out. Has anyone been there yet? I'm going to scout it out this year and see.

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MGM Grand - I like this sportsbook...the setup is nice, and TVs are nice. However, it's a bit small, cocktail service has been uneven, and when I last went, they had trouble with the sound (especially during commercials - almost went deaf!)

Bally's - An underrated stadium-style sportsbook. I love watching games here mainly because the seating setup is really nice, with plenty of TVs to watch on, and it's usually not too crowded due to its location way in the back of the casino. A dark horse, for sure.

Bellagio - Watched USA lose to Ghana in the world cup here. Crowded, limited seating, but otherwise a nice book.

Caesars - A classic, although not my favorite. Too many people show up here for my tastes.

Harrahs - This on-again/off-again sportsbook only needs mentioning because they occasionally have table games here - and this was the site of my first-ever hot streak in blackjack.

Venetian - Hands down, my favorite. Huge numbers of TVs. High energy room. And, to their credit, they bring in a ton of extra chairs for March Madness. Finally, and this is the best part - the last three years running, the cocktail waitresses (for the most part, but not always) stopped asking for drink tickets, and just passed out drinks. Amazing.

Those are the books I'm familiar with. If you're south strip, I'd go MB or MGM Mirage, with Trop as a dark horse. If I was mid strip or north, I'd go Venetian, with Bally's as my dark horse.

Just my two cents.

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Venetian is my favorite but I find that off strip casinos offer better odds in their books.

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5. Re: What's the best sportsbook in Vegas?

Picking a sportsbook for the first weekend of March Madness is differernt than the rest of the year. The books are all overwhelmingly crowded. Space, ability to get a seat, get a bet down all become key considerations. As does the availability of extras.

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"It's also huge and has great rear access."

Sounds like my ex-girlfriend...hey oh!

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7. Re: What's the best sportsbook in Vegas?

Thanks everyone for their posts, in particular, A5Roaddog and Zekekelso. I agree with Zekekelso, during the first weekend of March Madness, it's probably busier, etc. With that in mind, would you change any of your choices A5Roaddog?

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I like the in game betting at The M. Meaning you can bet on games as they progress, the line is always changing so you can place bets all game long on the same game. They also have the beer bar 32 degrees there with a very good beer selection so you dont have to drink crap beer all day long like you would in most sports books.

Edited: 10 February 2011, 00:49
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Thanks Goodbeer, that's a huge selling point for me,

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10. Re: What's the best sportsbook in Vegas?

In-Game betting is through Cantor Gaming and is also (I'm pretty sure) at Palazzo (a very nice book that one can reserve seating in..for a price) and now at Hard Rock.

And Mirage, Wynn, & Bellagio all have way, way better set ups than Bally's or Luxor, no disrespect to A5R, IMHO. MGM's is nice and so is the poker room as per your parameters.

And the Stardust was the best of them all. More's the pity.