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Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by Buckeye Bob, Jan 30, 2013.

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  1. Buckeye Bob

    Buckeye Bob Low-Roller

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    My group is going to be in Vegas the weekend before March Madness. This is the weekend of all of the Conference championships so there will be lots of games going on throughout the day to bet on. We plan on spending Friday in the Sportsbook watching games and betting. It's been a while since I've done that and a few questions. We are staying at Aria.

    Do Sportsbooks give free drinks anymore if you aren't playing VP at the bar or do we have to pay? I remember they used to give drink tickets with a certain size bet but wasn't sure these days.

    How is Lagasse Stadium? Is it worth paying extra for food and drink?

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    Buckeye Bob
     
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    As of a few months ago, Aria was on the drink ticket system. Not sure how much you had to wager to get a ticket, but they gave me a handful last time I was there
     
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    How is the Aria sportsbook? Thought it was kind of small. We were thinking of going over to Caesars but was also curious about Lagasse.
     
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    I thought Lagasse’s was great. The only problem is that they require a food/beverage minimum during big games. I was there a few years ago to watch a BCS Bowl Game (not the Championship) and they wanted $50 per person minimums. Last year during an NFL Playoff game, they wanted $100 pp. And my friend called the next week – conference championships – and they wanted $200.

    $50 was easy since we were eating and drinking. But you’d have to be pounding some pricey booze to hit $200. I have no idea what the supply/demand dynamic will be for conference championship week. But I’d definitely call to ask before you made plans to watch the games at Lagasse.

    The food was pretty good and it was a great place to watch a game. We were in one of the booths that surround the “stadium” area. The booth had its own TV that you could control. But it was still very easy to see all the big screens as well.

    If I’m not mistaken, the waitress said that there wasn’t a food/bev minimum to be seated at one of the normal restaurant/bar type tables. But the views of the TVs weren’t too good from those – and most could only see one or two TVs.


    As far as drink tickets: I know I saw a sign at Monte Carlo fairly recently that listed how many tickets you get for whatever bet. I think it amounted to something like $100-150 bet per drink ticket. And a few months ago Wynn told me I needed to bet $300 for a drink ticket. Those are the only two places I’ve asked for a drink ticket lately. I always tip $10 or so and usually get more tickets than I can use, though.
     
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    I like Aria ok. Its very different. There is a separate area entirely for the race bettors, which I like. The sports area has a lot of couches and cushy seats. So get there in time to grab one
     
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    I thought the Aria book was closed down for renovations due to that new pizza place they are adding?
     
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    It was still open when I stopped in there two weeks ago. The skybox resturant is boarded up next to the sportsbook (and the skybox express is now a Zarkana ticket window), but the book itself and the bar next to the old skybox were still open
     
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