It’s March and that means college basketball fans will be heading to Vegas in droves to wager on and watch all of the action on the courts. If you’re a sports bettor there are many choices when it comes to sports books around town. Here are 10 of our favorites where you can watch the games in style and comfort with all of the big screens, good food and amenities you’re looking for.
Aria: Place your bets in a comfortable environment at the 10,000-square-foot Aria Race & Sports Book. Conveniently located off the main floor of Aria, guests can relax on comfortable couches or in chairs with separate monitors. A total of 90 monitors are placed throughout the sports book. There are also two 220-inch big screen televisions. The sports book has full drink and food service. Another perk is that you’re right next to Five50 pizza bar where you can grab a tasty slice at their takeout counter.
Bellagio: The 5,600-square-foot Bellagio race and sports book is one of the most luxurious places in Vegas to make bets and follow the basketball action. Nestled in a corner of the upscale hotel-casino, the sports book is open and inviting, yet more intimate than some of the larger sports books found elsewhere in Vegas. From deep, plush leather commander’s chairs to impeccable service, an understated elegance is the theme here. Always catering to high rolling sports fans, the Bellagio has some of the highest betting limits in town. There are 51 TVs including six large screens for sports and 38 sports bar flat screens. There are also 99 individual desks. Enjoy full cocktail service and head to Snacks next door for sandwiches.
Caesars Palace: Pleasantly dark and atmospheric, the Caesars Palace race and sports book is a quintessential Las Vegas “mega-book.” Follow the action on several monstrous TV screens and an ample number of smaller monitors. There are six 12-foot by 15-foot screens, a 20-foot by 50-foot LED board and 12 50-inch plasma screens on which to view the games. There are 140 sports seats and a 12-inch flat screen at every table. Plus, when hunger hits, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill is only steps away, as well as Munchbar, which serves items like burgers, sandwiches, chili and desserts.
Hard Rock Hotel: The Hard Rock could be the perfect venue for music-loving sports fans. Bets on the games can be placed at the sports book, which features six HD projectors, configurable up to 25 screens total. The sports book at Hard Rock offers a more intimate experience than most others found in Vegas. If you’re hungry, walk over to The Ainsworth for a bite to eat. You won’t miss a minute of the action at this upscale lounge and sports bar. There are HD flat-screen TVs throughout and a betting station operated by Cantor Gaming. Enjoy classic game day food like wings, sliders and burgers.
LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino: When the LVH sports book opened in 1986, it set the standard for a new generation of race and sports books in town. Boasting more than 350 seats, it soon became known as the “SuperBook.” The sports book’s 28 giant screens make every seat in the house a good one. The 30,000-square-foot SuperBook also features a massive 15-foot by 20-foot screen and a grand total of more than 60 viewing monitors. For those who would like to watch the games in a smoke-free environment, the LVH also offers The Ultimate Fan Cave, featuring 120-inch HD screens, comfortable lounge seating and audio available for your game on your mobile phone. The adjacent SuperBook Deli offers convenient food options.
Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo: Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo features luxurious seating with plenty of pillows to sink into and watch your favorite game. A highlight of this sports-viewing mecca comes in the form of a large, 10-foot by 20-foot projection screen, complete with stadium style seating.
There are more than 100 TVs spread out throughout the venue and well as several private party rooms. Even better, Lagasse’s Stadium also has a tasty full menu designed by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and a full bar. Menu items include giant pretzels with cheesy beer sauce, pork nachos, beer steamed mussels, burgers and more.
Mandalay Bay: With 84 TV screens and 300 seats, the sports book at Mandalay Bay is one of the best in town. The book features 17 large screens and an enclosed luxury VIP box for groups of up to eight. For serious sports gamblers, Mandalay Bay offers some of the highest betting limits in all sports. While high rollers appreciate that old-school attitude, Mandalay Bay also is a great sports book for beginners. A knowledgeable staff is always willing to talk sports or answer customers’ questions in depth. There’s a full-service bar in the sports book area and the Turf Club Deli snack bar, which serves burgers and other sandwiches.
MGM Grand: This modernistic, sleekly designed sports book offers an expansive, state-of-the-art vantage point into the game. There are 104 seats, 36 65-inch televisions and 24 42-inch plasma TVs.
The highlight of this sports book is the Skyboxes, which offer a view from the second level and can fit eight to 10 guests. SkyBox 2 and SkyBox 3 can be configured to comfortably accommodate up to 20 guests with their own beverage server and complimentary food. The sports book is located adjacent to Stage Deli, which serves amazing sandwiches and New York deli classics.
Planet Hollywood: Despite its intimate size, Planet Hollywood’s race and sports book is cleverly designed, making every seat perfect. Seating areas are arranged stadium-style, and the 33 plasma TVs are strategically placed on the bottom level for optimum viewing. There are two big screens. The surrounding sports bar has additional seats and TVs and is a comfortable, modern place to enjoy a drink and catch some action. Earl of Sandwich is located next door, serving a variety of fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts.
Wynn: The Wynn hotel is one of Las Vegas’ most luxurious resorts and the sports book at the property is probably the most upscale place in town to place a bet or watch a game. The sports book features dark wood décor and there are plush leather swiveling armchairs with drink holders and desks. There is also a VIP lounge with 20 seats including comfortable couches. Gamblers can watch the action on one of 37 plasma TVs and three 12-foot-by-12-foot big screens. An adjacent bar features TVs and plenty of seating including plush banquettes. The sports book at Wynn is also located adjacent to the Zoozacrackers deli for those who want to grab a bite to eat while watching the game.