Seven super sports books for catching football in Vegas

Where are the best seats during football season? In Las Vegas, they’re in the sports books. If you’ve been under the impression that the city’s betting dens are dark and dreary, think again. Most sports books offer contemporary décor and a high-energy atmosphere. They not only feature jumbo-sized HD screens, but an array of seating options and special services too. Head to one of these seven state-of-the-art sports books to enjoy all of this season’s NFL action. Maybe you’ll get lucky!

1) The Race & Sports Book at Aria Resort & Casino

The Race & Sports Book at Aria Resort & Casino

The Race & Sports Book at Aria Resort & Casino recently got new living room-style furnishings.

Everyone knows that the best place to watch a football game is on your own sofa. So Aria has made an important update to their already impressive sports book for the 2012-13 NFL season. They’ve created an area that feels just like a living room. It’s furnished with plush couches, armchairs and coffee tables. For your viewing the pleasure, the Race & Sports Book at Aria also boasts a total of 90 HD monitors (ranging in size from 32 to 103 inches) and two self-betting kiosks. Plus, when hunger pangs hit, the Skybox Sports Bar and Grill is steps away, so you won’t miss a moment of the excitement. American cuisine favorites are on the menu (imagine a juicy burger topped with bacon, smoked Gouda and a bourbon-flavored barbecue sauce!). And there’s a Skybox To Go takeout counter, in case you want to grab something quick and reclaim your spot on the sofa.

2) The Race & Sports Book at MGM Grand

Desire more privacy when you watch all the gridiron drama unfold? The Race & Sports Book at MGM Grand is the only one in town with four “SkyBoxes.” These exclusive rooms range in size from 300 to 325 square feet and are equipped with 42-inch plasma TVs. You can host between 10 and 20 guests. They also come with free food and your own personal beverage server. On a smaller scale, there are 49 seats on the floor that are outfitted with individual 15-inch color screens. In general, the resort’s Race & Sports Book is a visual wonderland. Take heed as your eyes may get locked in cognitive overload when you survey 60 plasma TVs, varying  from 36 to 42 inches and capable of receiving 53 channels of simultaneous action! Moreover, the Race & Sports Book is adjacent to the New York-style Stage Deli, where mouthwatering sandwiches are stacked higher than the eye can see!

3) The SuperBook at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

The Ultimate Fan Cave at LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Sit back and relax while watching the game in the Ultimate Fan Cave at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

With the ability to wager on and watch 40 different sporting events at any given time, the SuperBook at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino offers a truly exciting experience. At 30,000 square feet and with a capacity for 350 guests, it’s the world’s largest sports betting venue. There’s no more highly charged environment in town. Envision being surrounded by 28 giant TVs and one colossal 15-by-20-foot screen. The hottest seats in the house are in the smoke-free Ultimate Fan Cave, which features multiple big screens for viewing up to 16 games at once. You can even get audio for your favorite game on your MP3 player or cell phone. Plus, there are rows of comfy leather armchairs. Convenient food options are only a short stroll away at the SuperBook Deli, which serves giant sandwiches, burgers and salads. And since the crowd is often swelling in the SuperBook on Sundays during football season, free viewing parties – called “Football Central” – are also held in the nearby LVH Theater with $2 hot dogs and snacks, deals on beer and raffles for NFL merchandise and other prizes.

4) Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo

If you could combine all the best things about a sports book and a restaurant/bar, they would unite to become Lagasse’s Stadium. The wagering side of things is handled here by Cantor Gaming. And after placing a bet, you’ll definitely want to stay and hang out. This joint has been tricked out with more than 100 HD TVs, including a massive 9-by-16-foot one. You’ll also have access to sofa-style stadium seating, skyboxes and luxury boxes, billiard tables and an outdoor patio. When it comes to food, beloved chef and TV personality Emeril Lagasse – a diehard sports fan himself – provides the tasty eats. Tuck into everything from spice-rubbed baby rack ribs to a classic burger, Reuben or French dip. The Creole-boiled shrimp cocktail and pretzels dunked in a three-cheese dip are also amazing.

5) The Race & Sports Book at Bally’s

The Race & Sports Book at Bally's

Enjoy a true stadium experience at Bally's Race & Sports Book.

Even though you’re not physically at the game, you can feel like you are thanks to the stadium-style seating for more than 200 people and 11 large overhead projection screens at the Race & Sports Book at Bally’s. Exclusive VIP viewing areas and a VIP lounge (that accommodates about 100 guests) are also on hand for parties and promotions. Be sure to order drinks from the hip bar at the back. A handful of screens hang above it broadcasting the day’s top games. Tables and chairs have been set up nearby as well. They provide a patio-like experience by opening out onto the resort’s Avenue Shoppes.

6) Cantor Race & Sports Book at the Palms

This is no ordinary sports book. In Cantor Race & Sports Book at the Palms, you’ll be awed by the chic décor: hand-stitched leather walls and marble flooring. There’s an eye-catching multicolored display board and a gigantic 1,290-square-foot LED video screen capable of showing 33 independent sporting events simultaneously. Wagering can be done from 93 sleek carrels. The hip Tonic Bar is in the vicinity for those who want a creatively crafted cocktail. In addition, the Cantor Race & Sports Book at the Palms marries its sports wagering technology with poker. Eight tables are available, one of which is located in an elegant private room with glass walls and ebony wood paneling. Sports and poker fans are sure to find this merger both convenient and exciting.

 7) The Playing Field Race & Sports Book at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

The Playing Field Race & Sports Book at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is something of a hidden secret. Tucked away at the back of the property’s casino floor, its décor is sleek. There are 41 plasma TVs and two gigantic 103-inch screens, so fans will have a great view no matter where they sit. And you’ll discover a chic bar that specializes in draft beer and an Earl of Sandwich close at hand.


I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.