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Vegas Sportsbook Crowds During NFL Playoff Divisional Round (Jan 10-11th)

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by Check-Raise, Sep 23, 2014.

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  1. Check-Raise

    Check-Raise Low-Roller

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    I was hoping you fine folks might be able to provide some insight into the "crowded-ness" of Vegas sportsbooks during the NFL Playoff Divisional Round time frame. I'm working off the assumption that it's probably a fairly light crowd since a low-roller like myself is comped at Mandalay Bay but I'm checking to see if anyone has experience during this time.

    I figured after New Years and before the Superbowl should be a lull and I'm hoping to take advantage of it and not need to fight off people while trying to keep a chair ducking in and out to use the restroom. I understand if I went somewhere special like Legasse's I may run into larger crowds but if I keep it generic and just use Mandalay Bay or Mirage sportsbook, should I really see that many people there or will things be fairly open?

    Thank you for your responses!
     
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    Its the NFL playoffs, so the sportbook will be full. I have been at MB in the past for the divisional round. They do a good job of bringing in a lot of extra chairs (like march madness), but every seat for the Saturday games and at least the later sunday game will be full.
     
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    Check-Raise Low-Roller

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    Wow, really? I guess it makes sense.. I'd watch a sportsbook in a casino if I were a local! :)

    Ok, so how early should I plan to get there? It would be cool to get a bartop VP machine but honestly I'm probably not going to play it the whole time while watching the game and it's probably fairly difficult seat to get. How early should I go for either a bartop seat or just a seat in the middle of everything?
     
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    At Mandalay Bay, there are not many actual bartop seats at the bar in the book. My guess (and its only a guess), you would probably want to get there at least two hours before Saturday kickoff. For a non-bar seat, you can probably get there an hour before kickoff and still find a seat. The early game on Sunday, you can probably get there a half hour or less before kickoff and still get a seat. The early sunday game is the easiest to get because the game starts earlier and people are still sleeping in from Saturday night in vegas
     
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    I was in town to watch the Monday Night game before last ([email protected]). I got to Bellagio's book about an hour before kickoff and barely snagged two chairs. There were a lot of reserved areas for parties. I'm assuming it's the same situation, at least at Strip properties.

    For the playoffs, I would suggest getting there at least two hours early and get up early to place your bets. From personal experience, I love the atmosphere of Venetian, Bellagio and the Wynn's books. I'm trying to squeeze in a trip during the divionsal round as well. Should be a blast.
     
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    Check-Raise Low-Roller

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    Yeah, I'm really excited for the trip! $133 round trip airfare, free suite at Mandalay Bay. 5 day 4 night trip, I can't wait to see which teams are in the divisional playoffs. I'm really hoping for a Seahawk / Bronco's matchup though I'm not entirely sure the Seahawks are gonna pull it off this year, I think the Bronco's are a better team overall
     
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    I've never been to a sportsbook for the playoffs, but even just going there on a Sunday during the regular season in October, November and December the sportsbooks seem to get pretty busy from both locals and visitors.
     
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    Check-Raise Low-Roller

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    I never would have expected that and honestly I'm not sure why... But it sounds like I'm gonna need to grab a lawn chair and camp out overnight! :p

    Thank you for the responses! Gave me a bit of context :)
     
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    Not at Mandalay Bay. Its a larger book to begin with and like I said above, they bring in a lot of extra chairs for the playoffs. An hour or two before kickoff should be fine.
     
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