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Sportsbook

Hi all,

I'm heading for my third Vegas trip in a few months and, for the first time, I intend to spend a bit of time in the Sportsbook.

Betting on sports in the UK is easily done with a bookies on every street and mobile betting apps (a bit too easy at times!), whereas it's always appeared a bit of a different affair to me in Vegas.

My questions are:

-What's the etiquette in the Sportsbook in terms of placing bets (do you go to a cashier at a booth, for example?) I've seen those with individual screens; what are they for?

-What kind of bets are standard on US sports? I'd probably be watching basketball, so is it similar to over here where you can bet on points spreads, winning margins etc...?

-Are there minimum amounts you need to bet on games?

-Do you have to be gambling to watch games in the Sportsbook?

-Can I take drinks from elsewhere (craftily secured from minimal slot action!) into the Sportsbook?

Apologies for naivety, but I'm determined to enjoy the experience without seeming a total novice at the time! Please feel free to direct me to websites which might give me some more insight, or to give any other tips from your combined wealth of experience!

Thank you all in advance

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1. Re: Sportsbook

you can sit and watch games without betting. you can bring drinks in, in casinos drinks are mobile from one casino/store to another so no big deal. many people will buy a couple tallboys at one of the cheaper 7/11 type stores and take into sports books to watch games. I like the layout of the mandalay bay sportsbook

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Might want to be a little careful on this answer as some will be wheeling a cooler full of bud light in - but yes you can bring your drink in. But it would probably be frowned upon (like masturbating on an airplane) to have that red cooler filled with hotel ice sitting between you and your buds.

Mostly you go to the counter to place bets - there will be many betting options displayed on the board above or nearby. I'm a neanderthal as far as tech goes - but I do know many casinos also have mobile apps for sports betting also (must be within Nevada).

I had never encountered a minimum until this year at LVH (although not a big sports bettor) - DW was told $10 minimum bet on March Madness.

She used to be able to bet $2 on a game - don't know if that ws just a NCAA tournament thing or not.

You can do about anything you want in the sportsbook except sleep in those comfy chairs (guards will send you on your way) - you don't have to bet.

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Masterbating on a plane is frowned upon ??? Who would have thought.

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thanks alot Bin Laden

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I think the sportsbook "etiquette" questions have been answered but I will tackle your other questions. Basically, the types of bets are the same here as across the pond. However, you will notice that we do not use the decimal odds or fractional odds system here that you are most likely accustomed to. You will see moneyline odds here which I know, from following this forum for years, is foreign to Brits. You might want to do some research to get a grasp on how the odds displayed here translate to what you are familiar with. They basically boil down to the same odds but will probably look strange to you.

Also, not sure when "a few months" is exactly but if it's beyond June, there won't be basketball available for betting (at least not pro or major college). The major summer sport is, obviously, baseball. Which, especially if you're not familiar with the sport, presents some unique betting scenarios.

Edited: 14 April 2014, 22:10
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Unless you get one of them fancy-smancy digital betting gizmos, you'll be placing bets at the window. Note that there are windows for race betting, and for sports betting. If you go up to a sports betting window when things are slow, they guys will be very helpful if you tell them what you want to bet.

But here's the 30 second version. Every game you can bet on will be listed on both overhead screen (hard to read, IMO) and on printed sheets. Get yourself one of the printed sheets.

Before each team name, you will see a number. For example

201 Indiana

202 Miami

If you want to bet $10 on Indiana using the point spread, you just say 201, $10.

If you want to bet $10 on Indiana on the money line, you say 201, money line, $10

If you want to be the over (under), you say 201 (or 202, doesn't matter), over, $10

Those are your most common bets. If you want to bet first/second half, those will be listed separately with different numbers before the teams. If you want a parlay or teaser, say somelike like "three team parlay, 201, 216, 218, $10".

Tip - ask for drink tickets. They clerk will let you know if you qualify. Minimum bets are usually $5 or $10 on sports, less on the ponies.

If you've got more questions, just ask.

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Less than 5 months until NFL..... these threads always get me hyper!

Toronto, Canada
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Yeah KatMan, if the OP's "few months" means September he'll be in sports bettor heaven!!

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"(craftily secured from minimal slot action!)"

This is the reason why Aria is cutting down on comp drinks at thier bars,players are skirting the system, drinks are going to get tougher to come by in the near future. Give the Casino some action for that comped drink. I am not saying you have to sit there and blow $20 but don't be a putz and put money in and not gamble then cash out when you get your drink.Who knows you might get lucky

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Golden, the Buffalo/Niagara casinos are no doubt dependent on alcohol sales but to suggest that Aria is hurting because some people are getting free booze and not playing $20 through a slot machine! Geez! I know your TA rep is to be controversial and adversarial but c'mon....

Edited: 14 April 2014, 23:26