Superbowl. My favorite time to be in Vegas. I've been to a few Big Game casino parties (comped by host). These are some of the things that I prefer: 1) Ability to place or cash bets inside the ballroom 2) Decent food options 3) Raffles / Drawings / Betting Squares (the big boards where you buy a spot and the score at the end of each quarter determines the winner) 4) Comfort (seating) Of course, sound & big screens are a must, but most of the casino's have over the top sound & viewing systems. Unlimited food & drink should always be free. This will be my 11th straight year going to a Vegas for the superbowl. Each of those times I have gone to a casino invite party. These include the Golden Nugget (3), Caesars (1), Venetian (3), Palazzo (1), Mandalay Bay (1), Aria (1), and the old Hilton (1). Here are my thoughts on a couple of the above properties. Aria - One of the biggest big game viewing party I've been to (tons of people). Also, instead of tables, they had couches, hundreds & hundreds. The food was the best I've seen at a big game party as they had numerous food sections, each with their own theme (seafood variety, Mexican variety, deserts, standard stadium food ie. dogs, burgers, etc.). I think I ate 3 or 4 dozen jumbo shrimp. Scantily clad cheerleaders. Big screens around the perimeter. Downside - No raffles, drawings, or betting squares. I can't remember if there was a betting station inside. Golden Nugget (Grand Ballroom) - About 1/5 the size of Aria's big game party. Mixed seating (big tables, small tables, seats without tables). Food is average and was standard stadium food for the most part with a mix of pasta, meatballs, salad, etc. A betting station is inside. They also have 4 or 5 big boards to purchase squares for end of quarter payouts ($50 & $100 level). Love the big boards. Also, 4 or 5 gaming tables inside (blackjack & craps). They also give away sports memorabilia sometimes (jerseys, signed stuff, etc.). Cheerleaders working the door area. Screens around the perimeter. Palazzo - About 2/5 the size of Aria's big game party. Went here last year. Not my favorite place. The experience was still great because of the atmosphere, and I got drunker than any other year, but the food variety was seriously lacking (below average), there was no betting station inside (although there was one outside in the hallway), and there were no big boards for end of quarter payouts. Seating was round table style. Restrooms were way too far away. Don't remember seeing any cheerleaders. Mandalay Bay - Went here 2 years ago. About 4/5 the turnout of Aria's party and held inside the stadium. Total capacity is larger, but because it's in the stadium, there were tons of seats up above that were empty. They have 4 huge screens hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the stadium, so that regardless of whether you sat on the floor, or in the stands, you could see the game in the middle of the room. This was one of the only places where they didn't have big screens around the perimeter. Not a fan of this viewing setup. Betting station was outside the stadium and wouldn't take winners after the game (had to go to sportsbook where the line was insane). No big boards for end of quarter payouts. Food options were above average. A few cheerleaders near the entrance. Might be the only time I can remember tons of confetti coming from the ceiling at the end of the game. Hilton was 11 years ago and I don't remember much. Venetian was a long time ago too, but I believe it is similar to the Palazzo review above. Caesars was also a long time ago, but it seemed on par with most others. All of the above properties included a gift bag when you pick up your big game wristbands. This would typically include a superbowl hat, a superbowl shirt, and possibly some other small item. For those who have been to a big game casino invite party, what did you like or dislike (seating, food, betting station, or other thoughts)? I'm curious about the event put on at Bellagio & Wynn if anyone has been there. Also, I'll be happy to answer any questions.