Super Bowl or “Big Game” Sunday continues to grow in Las Vegas and the event has become a yearly pilgrimage for sports bettors all over the country. It goes without saying that sports books around town will be cranking over Super Bowl weekend and the experience can be overwhelming if you are not prepared. The sports book on Super Bowl Sunday is not the same as week 3 of the NFL as all Vegas sports books will be packed. However, there are different ways to make sure you score a seat or find a fun place to watch the Super Bowl in Las Vegas – some ways are easier than others, but with some planning you can assure yourself a comfortable experience during one of the most exciting sports days in Las Vegas – Super Bowl Sunday.
Super Bowl in Las Vegas Tips
This piece of advice is probably the most important. Scheduling some time at the sports book on Friday or Saturday to place Super Bowl bets is the way to go as lines will do nothing but get longer as kickoff approaches.All of the prop bets being made compounds the problem. Standing in a 45 minute line to get your Super Bowl action is no fun and getting shut out altogether is even worse so get your bets in as early as possible.
Lines at the Sports Book are Long During Super Bowl Weekend. Plan Accordingly.
Many Sports Books Charge for Seating
This year, places like Caesars Palace are charging for a seat at their sports book – to the tune of $200. Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo has held this practice for years as well, with food and drink minimums required to score a seat (this year’s reported charge is $400). This trend will continue as demand for watching the Super Bowl in Las Vegas continues.
Early Bird Gets the Worm
Do not arrive at any sports book in Las Vegas at 2pm on Super Bowl Sunday and expect to get a seat. What little non-reserved seating that is available at the sports book will be long gone by mid-morning. If you get up early enough and are lucky enough to score a couple of seats in the sports book, you are already a winner. Another option is looking to reserve seating via a casino host (which can be tough unless you are a BIG gambler at the tables) or simply arrive at the crack of dawn and stake a claim. Some sports books will block off entrances and ask patrons to form a line in the morning.
Seek Out a Big Game Party
There is no right or wrong answer to whether you should fork out cash for a Big Game party or attend one of the free events around town. The Vegas Parlay List of Super Bowl Parties in Las Vegas includes both paid and free events around Vegas. Paid events usually assure you a seat and a good vantage point to screens showing the game.
Not keen on forking some bucks for a Big Game Party? Well, there are plenty of spots around town that not only have multiple screens set up in resort ballrooms or theaters, but also have betting stations or kiosks set up for wagering on the games. The drinks and food are cheap, betting is available, and the crowd is just as much into the Super Bowl in Las Vegas action as the folks that scored seats at the sports book. These “makeshift” sports books that many casinos put together have ample space and seating is usually available with all of the amenities (large screens, betting stations) that you find in the sports book. Some of the spots to take a look at for free parties include The Westgate, Golden Nugget, The D, Gold Coast, Orleans and the South Point. As mentioned prior about sports books, get to these sports early as the best seating goes quickly.
Big Game Party at the Plaza – Downtown
Look Over Those Props
Virtually every sports book in town offers prop bets for the Super Bowl with the largest prop betting menus offered by William Hill (Hooters, Casino Royale, SLS, and several Downtown sports) and the Westgate Super Book. Prop bets have saved my hide in the past when I didn’t pick the winner of the game but still had many prop bet tickets to cash. It’s a nice way to spread your money instead of loading up on just one bet. Also, many prop bets are linked to other sporting events on Saturday, which can make NBA and College Hoops much more fun to watch the day before the big game.
WESTGATE SUPER BOOK SUPER BOWL PROPS
Alternatives to “Betting at the Window”
Just about all Las Vegas sports book operators in town offer a betting app that will allow you to place bets via your smart phone. This only works within Nevada however. Also, many William Hill locations have betting kiosk machines that can be used at any time to wager on anything on the betting menu. I used this to avoid lines during Super Bowl in Las Vegas last year and it was easy. Only thing – no drink tickets when you use the kiosk or the aforementioned apps.
Sports Book Betting Kiosks Can Save Time (William Hill Kiosk at Hooters Shown)
There is a network of Super Bowl in Vegas fans connecting via Twitter and Facebook. There are many Vegas based folks tweeting and re-tweeting info via Twitter in the days ahead of Super Bowl Sunday and also during the day of the “Big Game.” Twitter can be useful for more instant information about which sports books or parties have some empty seats available as well. If you are on twitter, @VegasBigGame is a great follow for Super Bowl in Las Vegas and their Facebook Group has nearly 2,000 members and is also a great resource.
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