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Sports Book Review for recent trip

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by Motorcat, Nov 3, 2015.

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  1. Motorcat

    Motorcat Low-Roller

    Nov 26, 2013
    Raleigh, NC
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    In the past I have posted brief summaries of my experiences in sportsbooks after recent trips.

    For those interested ........

    We just returned a few days ago .........OCT 25th thru 31st.

    Visited several books new and old ................ 1st noticable thing - the amount of horse race betting was the most active I have ever seen it. Not a horse guy but I think I heard it was Preakness week.

    MGM - busy book not many changes, drink tickets a plenty and cockail service very good. Generous with the high end brands of Makers and Crown. They were more active than in the past from stopping people sleeping in the book during the games but the book still has a heavy loitering presence. My first moring (In from East Coast) I walked by the book at 4am and the back wall was well occupied by sleeper inners.

    Mandalay Bay ........ nice book, low activity. drink tickets per every 200 bet - limit of 4 not enforced but mentioned. No cocktail service, just go to bar. Loved the craft beer variety offered.

    Luxor - maybe it was an off night but everybody who worked here just seemed to have the vibe of being inconvienced and not wanting to be there. After spending a small amount of time here I felt the same way and went back to Mandalay.

    Mirage - Our first stay and visit. Book was awesome the first night, Nice plush leather chairs and generous with the drink tickets. Cocktail service horrible but easily remedied by a quick trip to the nearby bar - stingy with the high end brands though. They also have several plush couches to sit in. One thing I saw there that I have not seen anywhere else was a coffee table sized (tv table) that you could pick up to 4 of your games to watch on. Very Nice but in use all the time. 2nd night - they had pulled out all the chairs and put in set up tables with fold out chairs for some event during the day and failed to set the book back up for night. It really made for a less than desirable experience,

    Bally's - walked by this book towards the tail end of one night (plenty of late games going on still) Stadium seating and TV's everywhere but it was roped off and had closed signs up. Not sure why such a nice book was closed or closed that early.

    SLS - ended up down this way one night and took in the Arizona St/Oregon game............. nice open air book with a fantastic large screen - clearest picture I have ever seen. You could see the blades of grass on the field and sweat beading up on the players. The book had a few people in it and had a sports bar resterant feel to it.---- I'd go back and watch a game here.

    Ceasar's - nice book - mobs of horse racers. Not my kind of crowd. Did not stay long.

    All the books as I have mentioned had a heavy horse betting vibe going on. These guys are a different breed ....... a bit too hardcore for me with their notebooks of betting slips and cigars. They also basically act like they are the only ones there. They have no problem walking right in front of you and carrying on an extended conversation . On more than couple occasions I had to ask guys move from my line of sight to a game.

    --- up and down week in the book for me. 7 days worth and I treaded water between 300 up to 300 down. Just never could break out of that range despite betting even larger and larger as my nights waned. Ended up with 179 more dollars than I took. I was hoping for more but just could not string multi win nights together. It was go up, break even, go up, go down, get almost even, then end slightly ahead kind of trip.

    At least the bank roll is protected for the next trip
  2. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

    Jul 11, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Bellagio has a couple of those tables and MGM has one tucked away in the back corner of the book (and they have a couple in Whiskey Down). The one at MGM is easy to miss
  3. 44inarow

    44inarow VIP Whale

    Sep 8, 2012
    New York, NY
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the report.

    The horse racing activity was almost certainly due to the Breeder's Cup, which is pretty much the biggest major race series outside of the Triple Crown. It was an especially big deal this year because American Pharaoh, who won the Triple Crown, was racing (and actually became the first horse ever to win the Triple Crown and the Breeder's).
  4. 2Beers

    2Beers Newbie

    Dec 3, 2015
    Nice review. Sounds likw the MGM is the best place for "free" boozing. Will be there on sunday for 10!!! Days ;-)
  5. anewbs315

    anewbs315 Tourist

    Dec 30, 2015
    United States
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the review!
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