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Sports Book during the Triple Crown

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by gpenguins67, Feb 13, 2014.

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  1. gpenguins67

    gpenguins67 High-Roller

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    I know I am a bit early on the triple crown, but I was just wondering what the atmosphere is at the Sports book during the Triple Crown races. I will be there during the Belmont Stakes this year and definitely plan on making a day of it.
    Is it crowded? if so, how crowded? (superbowl crowds, regular season sunday football size crowds or less?)
    Do they have parties or extra booths setup to take bets for the races?
    Does one sportsbook have a better viewing than any others? I'm staying at MGM and since it is in June and too hot to walk we don't mind taking a cab somewhere else if they have a better setup.

    Also, I'd like to hear any other past experiences from previous years

    thanks in advance
     
  2. wisconsin terp

    wisconsin terp Tourist

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    I think for the Belmont you are not going to see much of a bump as far as huge crowds unless a triple crown is on the line. Derby and Breeders cup seem to be the big days for horses in Vegas. I'm not a big fan of the book at MGM, I am a big fan of the horse racing set up at LVH. A great place to get info on horses in Vegas is from the website run by Dave Tuley who is the Vegas writer for the Daily Racing Form. And he can answer any real specific questions and tell you about any special events that some sportsbooks may be running.
     
  3. dankyone

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    Books are very busy for Kentucky Derby. I was at CP last year the day the Belmont ran and it was about like an NFL Sunday, but did get very jammed in the 30 mins leading up to the race. Don't expect to hear the TV, the people who are into it are really into it. The Belmont with a potential triple crown winner would be near Super Bowl level crowded in the books.
     
  4. gpenguins67

    gpenguins67 High-Roller

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    thanks guys. I appreciate the responses.
     
  5. hornhiyo

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    Was at Flamingo for the Funny Cide Triple Crown attempt. It was only really busier the 15 minutes before the race. Get your bets in early and you'll be fine.
     
  6. DonD

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    We have been going to Vegas for the Kentucky Derby for years. Most of the newer books have great TV's to watch the Derby. Some place have parties and they can be fun. For me, I go to my room to watch the actual race because of all the noise in the books.

    As for the Triple Crown, it all depends on the hype. If the Derby winner is not in the Preakness there's not too much hype and thus smaller crowds. If the Triple Crown is still alive for the Belmont there's tons of excitement.

    I'd suggest booking rooms early for all three and cancel if a better offer comes along or if there's little interest in the final two legs.
     
  7. nystocktrader

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    Been in LV for a bunch of Triple Crown races. Like others have said, the Belmont will only have NFL type crowds if a triple crown is possible.

    That being said, for watching, still a big fan of LVH but my favorite is Wynn book.

    Best of luck.
     
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