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Sportsbook Newbie

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by WIZARD, Aug 12, 2016.


    WIZARD Low-Roller

    Mar 27, 2005
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I am going to Vegas in December and I plan on watching and betting NFL football on a Sunday at the Flamingo.(where I am staying)
    I am cheap and I like to drink a lot.

    My first question: Is the Flamingo an OK place to watch NFL games all day? or should I look for another close by venue?

    Second Question: we will be arriving around 8:30 in the morning, do you think that we will be able to find 2 comfortable seats in the Sportsbook? if not, how about just any 2 seats? (I have been told that the seats are a first come, first served basis unless you are a big spender.

    Third Question: How is the complimentary drink situation? I am aware that the policy is 1 drink ticket for a $40 bet, do they stick to that?

    Fourth Question: If you get up to go to the restroom, can somebody take your seat? Can a person save your seat if you get up for a while?

    Fifth Question: Could I just bet $40 on each team, get my 2 drink tickets and break even on the bet?

    Any other information or suggestions are also welcomed.

    Thank you in advance for your responses.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2016
  2. Snidely

    Snidely VIP Whale

    Nov 2, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    1. Not sure
    2. games start at 10am so you should be fine to get seats
    3. They always offer me drinks. Guess I look thirsty or a big tipper.
    4. Yes, you can save seats.
    5. You won't break even on the bet, NFL is -110. Your $40 bet will net you $76.36. So you'd lose $3.64, Still, cheaper than buying a beer but a pretty boring way to go.

    Sometimes you'll get lucky and make friends with people with a lot of drink tickets and the party is on! Some folks buy the buckets of beers. Don't know about Flamingo but I've seen them other books.
  3. Odelay77

    Odelay77 Tourist

    Apr 27, 2012
    Champaign, IL
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Fellow cheapo football fan here...

    Seats are a little hard to come by in any strip book on NFL Sunday. 8:30 might be early enough, but have a plan B.

    Flamingo is a nice book. Seems to have quieter, more serious gamblers whenever I'm there, but they don't seem to mind me yelling like an idiot when I win.

    Even if you don't have a seat, watching a slew of games all day in a Vegas book is a blast if you don't mind standing. If your feet get tired you can always go sit at a casino bar (Garden Bar is right by the book), drop a twenty in a bartop VP machine and get a free beer to nurse while you watch on the TVs there. The TVs are smaller and fewer, so you'll wanna get back to the excitement of the book.

    It's been a couple years, but I have bet several times at the Flamingo book. I've always had good luck with drink tickets. Even just placing 100-200 in bets, I've gotten 2-4 tickets when I tip a few bucks. The problem is that service can be slow over that way. So I walk the tickets over to Garden Bar to get a drink instead of waiting.

    One random story... My buddy and I once got a case of beer at a nearby CVS. He was wearing a leather jacket with a shitload of pockets. He was able to carry a 12-pack in his coat pockets without it really being obvious. We were able to get a couple of lounge chairs at the Flamingo book and just keep filling our cups from the beer in his pockets. When we finished it, he went up to the room and refilled his jacket for the late games. Oh, to be 25 again...

    Finally, no one will take your seat if you leave something on it. I always scribble "TAKEN" on a slip of paper and lay it on the seat while I go to the bathroom. Especially if you have someone else with you, you'll be fine saving your seat as long as you're not gone for more than a few minutes.

    Hope this helps!
  4. Wedgefromhere

    Wedgefromhere Tourist

    Jan 9, 2010
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  5. lionelhutz

    lionelhutz Low-Roller

    Jul 11, 2011
    somewhere outside of Toronto
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    you may end up finding some fairly large lines at the windows to place your bets that close to game time.
  6. j2k7

    j2k7 Tourist

    Aug 13, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Flamingo's sportsbook sucks. I think it is a miserable place to watch. The TVs are tiny and it is cramped. You're better off walking next door to the Linq. It is a smaller book but much nicer. They are fairly liberal giving out drink tickets at the linq. I always come home with about 20+ unused drink tickets. You are also fairly close to The Mirage.