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Are these the 5 best sports books in Las Vegas?

Last updated: September 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm. Posted by in Gaming. Comments Off on Are these the 5 best sports books in Las Vegas?.

Sure, watching your favorite sports teams go at it on the field or court is fun, but as all fantasy football players know, actually participating in the action is better. And making money while doing it? Much better. Placing a few bets on a game or race raises both the stakes and your emotional involvement, and there’s nowhere better to do so than inside a Las Vegas sports book.

Vegas race and sports books offer not only a place to make wagers, but also a spot to gather with your friends to have a drink and watch a game while surrounded by the excitement of other bettors and sports lovers. Of course, there are plenty of casinos from which to choose, so where can you find the best sports books in Las Vegas? We’re glad you asked…

Bally’s Las Vegas

Bally's has the best Las Vegas Sports

Bally’s Las Vegas merges the vibe of vintage Vegas with the features of a modern resort, and the Race & Sports Book at Bally’s likewise brings together the classic and the contemporary.The multi-level venue features a variety of seating options, a full bar, and dedicated sections for horse racing and sports betting. The race book replicates the feel of being at the track, with a mural depicting the live action of a horse race, replete with cheering crowds and a sky-painted ceiling. And Nathan’s Famous is right next to the Race & Sports Book, offering hot dogs, burgers and crinkle-cut fries to fuel a day at the virtual stadium or track.

Pigskin Specials at Bally’s Race & Sports Book:

  • Buckets of Miller Lite or Coors Light: 5 for $30
  • Patrón, Ketel One or Crown Royal cocktails: $9
  • Fireball or Crown Apple shots: $7

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace has the best sports books in las vegas

You’d expect the Race & Sports Book at Caesars Palace to be as luxurious as the resort itself. And you’d be right. There’s a reason readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal voted the Caesars Palace sports book the best sports betting destination four years in a row. Located right in the center of the action near the entrance to OMNIA Nightclub, the Race & Sports Book features plush, lounge-like seating surrounded by 12 50-inch plasma screens and six 12-by-15-foot projection screens abutting a 50-foot-wide LED stats board.

The Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book also offers VIP packages for the ultimate sports betting experience. Each VIP package includes a reserved seat at the sports book plus such complimentary beverages as Miller Lite, Coors Light and Ketel One, Patron or Crown Royal cocktails, as well as shots of Fireball and Crown Apple, house wine, champagne and non-alcoholic beverages. Seating is limited, so book your VIP packages now!

Pigskin Specials at Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book:

  • Buckets of Miller Lite or Coors Light: 5 for $35
  • Ketel One Bloody Marys: $12
  • Patrón, Ketel One or Crown Royal cocktails: $12
  • Fireball or Crown Apple shots: $8

Harrah’s Las Vegas

Harrah's Las Vegas Sports Book

With high ceilings, plush lounge chairs (complete with back pillows) and a full-service bar flanked by 40 HD TVs, the Race & Sports Book at Harrah’s Las Vegas offers a refined, comfortable spot for sports lovers to gather. Whether gathering with your fantasy football pals to watch as your picks face off or settling in for a virtual day at the racetrack, Harrah’s Race & Sports Book offers a welcoming atmosphere for sports bettors of all stripes.

Pigskin Specials at Harrah’s Las Vegas Race & Sports Book:

  • Buckets of Miller Lite or Coors Light: 5 for $25
  • Patrón, Ketel One or Crown Royal cocktails: $10
  • Fireball or Crown Apple shots: $6

Planet Hollywood

The Playing Field has the best sports books

The Playing Field at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino isn’t your typical race and sports book. It’s a high-tech hangout that resembles a club or lounge more than it does a traditional sports betting venue. But that doesn’t mean The Playing Field is all style, no substance. There are plenty of TVs on which to keep track of pro and college games, auto racing and horse racing—33 of them, in fact. There’s also a VIP race area featuring two jumbo screens and sound piped in directly from the track.

The Playing Field offers a full bar to keep your glasses full while placing your wagers and cheering on your teams. And if you need something to soak up those libations, you won’t have to go far: Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders is just steps from the viewing action, offering unique wing flavors, all-beef sliders, and cheesy slices from Pin-Up Pizza.

Pigskin Specials at The Playing Field:

  • Buckets of Miller Lite or Coors Light: 5 for $25
  • Ketel One Bloody Marys: $8
  • Patrón, Ketel One or Crown Royal cocktails: $8
  • Fireball or Crown Apple shots: $8

Rio Las Vegas

Rio Sports Book Bar

Just in time for the 2015 football season, Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino recently completed a full remodel of its Race & Sports Book. The renewed space has 12 new booths, 24 new lounge chairs and 14 new seats at its long, wrap-around anchor bar. To ensure visitors catch every snap of every game, there are big-screens everywhere, including 10 70-inch HD TVs and 18 55-inch TVs in the race book. For those playing the horses, the race book also offers closed-circuit broadcasts from America’s top racetracks, displayed on dozens of individual flat-screen TVs.

If you work up an appetite betting on horses, pro ball or auto racing, you won’t miss a second of the action, either: The Sports Deli is located right next to Rio’s Race & Sports Book. This walk-up eatery is open nearly every hour of the day, and offers much more than your basic concession stand fare. From wood-fired pizza and Philly cheese steak sandwiches to grilled burgers and even breakfast specialties, Sports Deli will keep hungry bettors satisfied, no matter how their picks perform.

Pigskin Specials at the Rio Race & Sports Book: 

  • Buckets of Miller Lite or Coors Light: 5 for $30
  • Patrón, Ketel One or Crown Royal cocktails: $9
  • Fireball or Crown Apple shots: $7

Of course, sports books aren’t the only game in town when it comes to enjoying sports in Las Vegas. If you prefer to meet up at a bar or restaurant on game day without necessarily placing a bet, we also scoped out the top spots for watching football in Las Vegas. Or for watching any game, really.

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Pj Perez is a longtime Las Vegas resident and UNLV graduate who has been writing about his adopted hometown for a variety of travel guides, websites and magazines since the 1990s, which isn’t possible, because he’s not that old. When not jockeying behind a keyboard, he can be found with a bass guitar in one hand and a gin cocktail in the other.

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