Game on, baby: These Vegas sports books bring the heat

After a crazy exciting football season, the Big Game is just around the corner. Whether you’re cheering for the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Feb. 7, you gotta do it the Vegas way. Why? The sports books in Vegas alone are worthy of their own team jerseys. We want to say watching here is better than the actual bleachers.

We know that’s a super bold statement but with stadium-style seating, larger-than-life viewing screens and an awesome vibe to match, Vegas is one of the prime destinations to root for your team. The entire experience on game day will be bananas.

“It’s not just about the game,” said Jay Kornegay, VP of Race and Sports SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas. “It’s about all the other options and parties Vegas has to offer that make it very appealing for many.”

Plus, you won’t have to deal with obstructed views and long lines out of the parking lot. And since you’ll be amongst fellow fans, we’re sure you’ll be making friends and drinking brewskis together like old pals.

Check out a few of our favorite Vegas sports books:

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SuperBook is not only the largest sports book in the world, it also has the largest LED video wall and its very own garage. Photo courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas.

SuperBook, Westgate Las Vegas

SuperBook, SuperBook! Sorry, we couldn’t resist putting a little Rick James flair right there. Westgate Las Vegas calls it SuperBook for a reason. It spans almost 3,000 square feet, making it the largest sports book in the world. Heck, it even has its own designated parking garage!

The true gem here is the sports book’s massive 4K LED video wall that measures 20 feet high and 220 feet long. The pixel resolution is so clear (65 million pixels, to be exact), it’ll be like Cam Newton and Peyton Manning are right there with you.

“The atmosphere in the SuperBook will be electric,” said Kornegay. “I would compare it to being at the game itself. Many have said if you can’t go to the game, Las Vegas is the best place to experience the festivities. In recent years, many have said they prefer coming to Las Vegas than the game itself.”

SuperBook is an attraction on its own. The resort recently spent $13 million in sprucing up the place. The sports book has tri-level stadium seating, 300 lounge chairs, as well as a 60-seat bar that directly faces the LED video wall. There’s also VIP area with private seating, complete with leather armchairs and a big-screen TV. If  you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s a deli nearby. Another cool perk? If smoke gets on your nerves, SuperBook has a smoke-free section called the Ultimate Fan Cave.

If you really want to take your experience to the next level, the hotel opens the International Theater, which houses more than 1,500 seats and a giant HD screen in a smoke-free environment. Admission is free, but seats will fill up fast.

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Burgers, football and booze? Count us in! Photo courtesy of SLS Las Vegas.

William Hill Sports Book, SLS Las Vegas

What could be better than sports and beer? How about sports and a beer garden? Or, sports, a beer garden and burgers? That’s exactly what you’ll get at SLS Las Vegas’ William Hill Sports Book. This Vegas sports book teamed up with the hotel’s Umami Burger Beer Garden to create the ultimate game day experience.

The William Hill Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas has 91 seats total, 50 big-screen TVs and one giant six-foot-by-18-foot screen. You can watch the big game inside the restaurant, or outdoors at the beer garden. The outdoor beer garden has sweet views of the Strip and a sweet craft beer menu to match. If you’re here for the grub, the burgers are delish. There are a total of 50 big-screen TVs, along with one giant six-foot-by-18-foot screen.

On Sunday, Feb. 7 football fans can attend The Big Game Bash at Umami Burger. For $75 a person, the special viewing party comes with open bar and free goodies. Table packages, which include open bar and food credit, start at $100 per person.

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The revamped sports book is located on the casino floor on the east side of the hotel (near Chandelier Bar). Photo by Erik Kabik.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Just in time for game day, the revamped sports book at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be double the size of its original layout. It will have a combination of lounge-style seating areas, traditional betting stations and separate VIP areas where you can have a 90-inch high-definition TV all to yourself.

Located on the casino floor, you can enjoy betting stations with plush seating, digitally-advanced viewing screens. Powered by CG Technology, there are more than a dozen high-definition TV screens, as well as a new race and sports bar with video poker and even more high-definition TVs.

Additionally, there will also be a new sports-themed table game area right next to the new race and sports book. It will have its own high-definition TVs and direct views of the main LED walls.

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The rows of long couches are genius — we’ll be seeing tons of teal or orange jerseys dotted along these seats. Photo courtesy of Lagasse’s Stadium.

Lagasse’s Stadium, Palazzo

All Lagasse’s Stadium is missing is a championship ring. It’s been voted Top 10 Sports Bar in the U.S. by USA Today and Gayot. This swanky sports bar inside Palazzo has more than 100 HD TVs, including a nine-foot-by-16-foot main TV, plush stadium-style seating and luxury VIP box areas.

You can also dive into plenty of seafood options like chilled Alaskan king crab legs or seared Maine sea scallops atop creamy polenta with black truffle oil. We think you’ll enjoy just about everything from the Emeril Lagasse-designed food menu. On game day, enjoy pitchers of Bud Light for $15 (or buckets for $25). There’s a full bar in case you want a cocktail instead of a beer.

What we love about it is that there’s really not a bad seat in the house. But it’s the long couches (seen above) that sold us. It almost has a living room vibe, doesn’t it?  Lagasse’s Stadium seats about 600 people.

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It’s a man cave… but in a casino. Photo courtesy of Planet Hollywood.

The Playing Field, Planet Hollywood

Talk about a man cave. That’s the vibe we get with Planet Hollywood’s sports bar, The Playing Field. It feels more like a lounge than anything else. Tucked away in the corner of the casino, this sleek Vegas sports bar is the ideal place to chill out. It has about 75 lounge chairs, 33 flat-screen TVs, two jumbo screens and a VIP area. The bar offers draft beer yard-longs to add the right amount of rowdiness to this relaxed space.

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Pour us a glass, will you? Photo courtesy of Caesars Palace.

Caesars Palace

It’s really hard to miss Caesars Palace’s sports book — it takes up so much space in the resort’s casino.  You can watch the game from six 12-foot-by-15-foot screens, a 20-foot-by-50-foot LED board, as well as 12 50-inch plasma screens. Since we’re on a number kick, the sports book has a total of 223 TVs, if that gives you a better idea.  There are plenty of comfy spots to watch the game… so comfy, you might be lounging here long after the game is over. And that’s OK. We’re sure the Romans would be doing the same thing.

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We’ll take a scotch with our game, please. Photo courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas.

Wynn Las Vegas

Now this is a vibe we’ll take any time of the year. Wynn Las Vegas is known for its fancy, upscale interior, and the sports book is no exception. Catch all the action on more than 50 TVs, as well as three 20-foot-by-20-foot big screens.

Located in the back of the sports book, the stylish lounge area is a perfect spot to round up your friends and root for your team. And if you’re hungry, the Zoozacrackers deli is right next to it. We highly recommend the deli’s vegan-friendly burger and shake meal.

Get your team jersey ready and check out more Vegas sports books and all the fun and crazy Big Game parties in Vegas.

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