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Sports books charging for seats

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by BillDonovan, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. Breeze147

    Breeze147 Button Man

    Aug 15, 2013
    Southern Maryland by way of Philadelphia
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    One of the bet takers at The Mirage told me the floor seats are first come, first served. The sofas and chairs to the right as you’re looking at the screens are the reserved ones. I don’t know if that’s true, because the floor seats had reserved signs all over them last October.

    They had meeting room chairs set up along the back wall and I totally lucked into one of those, because people left after the early game and the Eagles were on the late game.
  2. BillDonovan

    BillDonovan Low-Roller

    May 20, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Many of the floor seats reserved by the book manager for high rollers, leaving almost nada for walkup people, (except the meeting room chairs lined up at the back.) And those non reserved floor seats are usually taken really early in the morning, with somebody sitting there for hours before the games start.

    With sports betting now in many other states this year, will be interesting to see if there is a dropoff of fans in Vegas after the opening weekend football rush. Lets see if all those pay per view seats are taken each week as the season goes on.
  3. Nittany1

    Nittany1 VIP Whale

    Jul 6, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Gonna be in Vegas for NYE with friends.
    I have been given the job of finding a spot to watch the 1/1/20 bowl games.
    There is no way these guys are gonna pay $200 a seat to watch bowl games and it may be higher New Years Day.
    Anybody know what Lagasse Stadium charges?I heard it is a F+B min.
  4. RushAndRoulette

    RushAndRoulette Tourist

    Jul 7, 2018
    New Jersey
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Having the ability to bet and watch sports on your phone instantly is more of a sportsbook seating killer than having sports gambling legal in other states. You can go to ANY sportsbar now in Vegas, even outside a casino, and make bets on your phone or online instantly without even getting up and waiting on line for a teller. Having the jumbo TVs is nice, but a place like Chickey & Pete's serves the same purpose, has more food options, and flexibility of seating that a sportsbook does not.

    In time, I think the sportsbooks will still get people in the seats, but will trend to older folks who bet the "old fashioned" way with slips and tellers offline, and are willing to spend to have their "saved" seat rather than wing it at a sportsbar or have to try to squat somewhere else all morning before the game.

    The casinos charge because demand is greater than supply, but I think that is changing as mobile betting gets stronger and more games can be watched anywhere you and your phone happen to be.
    • Agree Agree x 2
  5. bubbakitty

    bubbakitty Doing retirement again and happily so....

    Feb 17, 2003
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I agree and I am one of the members of the older group you mention. It would appear the sports books are driving the mobile customer away with the extra costs. Eventually they may all look like the the NYNY book which may be the goal altogether. Although I don’t see Westgate headed that way.
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