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March Madness Sportsbook Reviews

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by UKFanatic, Mar 26, 2013.

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  1. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    This year during MM was probably the least time I have ever spent in actual sports books during the games (makes sense since my team was getting bounced from the NIT :cry: ). But I thought it might make for interesting thread for people to give their reviews of the books from the first weekend of MM.

    How were the crowds, energy, drink or food specials, seating specials, etc? How did the book manage the lines? Stuff like that.

    I only ducked in the Mandalay Bay book to palce some bets and strolled through the MGM book on a tour. So I don't have much to report. But I would be curious what other people experienced and what they would reocmmend to improve the MM sportsbook experience in the future.
     
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    undathesea Grandissimo

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    I am most definitely interested in seeing the same information. UK... could you at least give a report on crowd and betting lines at the MBay and MGM?
     
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    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Other folks can do better, I am certain. The crowd at MB was pretty large. Makes sense, they have a large book. They snaked a line from the book out into the hallway, but it moved pretty fast. They were well staffed for the weekend.

    MB also had separate windows designated for $1000 and $5000 bets, but its not really clear to me how those worked. Seems like people from the regular snaking line just used those windows as well. At one point when I knew I was close to a tip off time, I flashed my Noir card to the security officer standing at the head of the main line and he let me skip everybody. But I am guessing anyone could have walked up to him and said they were making a $1000 bet and received the same treatment.

    The snack bar on the side of the MB book was packed the entire weekend!

    Can't say much about the MGM because I only spent a few minutes there. The VIP seats on their second level are pretty cool, but I was there in the middle of some games, so it was hard to judge how they handled the lines at the windows
     
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    I can add to UKFanatic's assessment of Mandalay Bay. Hubby and I were in the MB book for roughly 12 hours on Thursday, 10 hours on Friday, and intermittently Saturday and Sunday. Yes, the betting lines were long at times - especially prior to tip-off of the first game of the day. It didn't appear to take more than 20 minutes to work through the queue. The book was at or near capacity all day Thursday and Friday. The setup for VIP reserved seating at MB is decent, with excellent CWs. The VIP couch seating we had was comfortable and the view was awesome. Did I mention that our cocktail waitress was the fabulous Terri?

    Can't wait for next year!
     
  5. Sinatraatthesands

    Sinatraatthesands Low-Roller

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    LVH is the only place left set up to handle crowds like that, and Ceasers. I love those huge old books like Stardust. Strat isn't too bad. MGM couldn't make it more obvious they want to make it uncomfortable to linger in that book after you make your bet.
     
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    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Personally, I wouldn't go quite that far. The MB, bellagio and Mirage books are pretty large. MGM isn't large, but they certainly want to make it comfortable for the higher rollers. Agreed that MGM smaller properties have pretty dinky books, but no less so than the smaller CET properties (e.g., PHo and Harrahs)
     
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