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Canadian newbie with a hockey question

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by wpgmini, Jan 19, 2013.

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  1. wpgmini

    wpgmini Newbie

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    I'll be travelling to vegas at the beginning of March to celebrate my wife's 40th B-Day. Anyways like a good husband I have booked her into a spa for an afternoon. Of course I will be timing it so that I can go and watch some hockey.

    Anyone have any suggestions as to my best bets for catching a noon hockey game in vegas between Winnipeg and Washington on Saturday March 2nd? Being able to place some sports wagers while I watch would be great but isn't a necessity.
     
  2. DBear

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    Which hotel are you staying at? Which spa will your wife be going to? Chances are any of the sports books will have the game on a Saturday at noon. May not get the big screen but you could easily get one of the tv's in the books to play it. You can place bets in any of the books.
     
  3. Auggie

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    It really will depend on the sportsbook you go to and what else is on at the time. If there isn't anything else going on you might be able to see the game on the big screen in the sportsbook with sound.

    Some sportsbooks have little betting booths set up with monitors where you can pick what you watch and you could also try that sports bar at NYNY (they have monitors at the tables you can set to watch what you want plus big screens).
     
  4. angelo

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    Well I don't know about the hockey, but wish you to spend a very nice birthday in Vegas!
     
  5. dalej42

    dalej42 Low-Roller

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    I'd suggest the Luxor The sports book manager at Luxor is very well aware of hockey, and he makes sure all games are shown, even the day games.
     
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    you are only allowed to bet on real sports in vegas, not exhibition sports like pro wrestling or hockey.
     
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    ...or NASCAR?? :wink2:
     
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    I know in the past folks have suggested Bellagio and I've watched a game there. In fact they set up a little area by the bar and put several games on the TVs there and this was during a Monday Night game.
     
  9. wpgmini

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    We are staying at the Golden Nugget (first time staying downtown) and she has her spa day setup with the eforea spa at the Hilton Vacation club on the strip (close to Circus Circus I think).

    We are renting a car so I'll drop her off at the spa and then make my way to the strip. I've watched hockey before at the Excalibur, and while they had a huge amount of TVs from what I remember, I didn't find it super comfortable (of course it was the final day of a 4 day stag so I was in rough shape.)

    NYNY sounds like it could be a good possibility. Anyone have any experience with the sportsbook at the GN?
     
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    Last spring, Mandalay Bay sports book had action on all the NHL games. A freindly Bartender put the game up for us on one of the monitors.
     
  11. dalej42

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    The Mandalay Bay is also quite good, I found that even with a minimal amount of play at VP at the bar, the drinks came quickly. The VP is 8/5 Jacks or Better, $1, not the greatest, but the bartender didn't care about frequency of play.
     
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    Bellagio! The sports book manager is a big hockey fan. Have also had good luck at MGM Grand
     
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    I always like Bally sports book.

    But afterwards, you should look into the Orleans and the Wranglers (ECHL) for some live hockey. ($17 for a ticket).
     
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    To answer your question about the GN sportsbook. I was there in November. Its not very big compared to the ones on the strip but probably one of the biggest and best downtown. There were 4 or 5 semi-circle couches. And only 2 rows of on the comfy lounge chairs but they are directly in front of the tv screens. Then the entire center section were the individual desks. They have all the screens along one of the walls. They are all flatscreens but not all of them were the highest quality displays.

    When I was there, the entire sportsbook was packed for a thrusday night NFL game. I'm not too familiar with college basketball so I dont know if March madness games start that early in the month. If they don't you should have no problem grabbing a seat.
     
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    To add to the golden nugget sportsbook. The staff was really friendly but I didn't see more than 2 windows open most of the time.
    There is a small bar just outside of the sportsbook that has video poker and a few tv's with the games on. I enjoyed hanging out at that bar drinking guiness and blue moon while playing VP and watching the game. Plus it helped that the party pit was right behind it so you could turn around for entertainment during the commercials.
     
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    If you're heading to Hilton Vacations club to drop off your wife, I'd stick to a sports book close to that end. Either Palazzo or Wynn. Wynn is more of the traditional sports book feeling but in opulent surroundings. Palazzo feels like a big sports pub to me, but both are nice. Palazzos "stadium" seating looks nice but i can never find a seat even in the afternoons. Since you are driving to the strip and picking your wife up afterwards, it doesn't sound like drinks are a priority.
     
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    Our fave is either the LVH or Bally sports book - both show hockey when we go. My fave memory is watching the US vs Canadian women olympic gold hockey game at Bally sports book, liquor was flowing freely and we won. Was a good moment :evillaugh
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion on the live hockey, don't think I'll make it, but under $20 a seat is a great price as I pay close to $70 per game for my season tickets to the Jets.

    I do like the idea of sticking towards the north end of the strip, makes it easier to get in and out. I've never been in the Wynn, so I might have to check it out.

    Now what is the protocol in these sports book lounges. I am free to sit and watch the game without ordering booze or food as long as I've made a wager or two (probably bet under $50).
     
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    Go Jets Go!

    Just to add to the conversation, last January during CES we had a group of Winnipeggers and we convinced the Luxor sports book to put the Jets game on the big screen. A couple days later, the last two of us in Vegas went to Treasure Island and watched on the small tv's. We only wagered a little, but the drink service was awesome.
     
  20. DBear

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    Just walk in and find an empty chair. There's literally hundreds of them. No obligation to make a bet or drink or eat. Just watch the game if you want. Others can help you on whether you can get free drinks (most have gone to a drink ticket system where you get tickets when you place a bet). Worst case, you just pay for a drink from the cocktail waitresses that come by.
     
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