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Wife and I are thinking about you going to Vegas for New Year's Eve. We arnt huge gamblers, mostly slots, but I thought while she is playing it would be fun to sit and watch the bowls some where and place some bets. We are in our mid thirties, not really looking for a teeny bopper scene.
Side note ... Am I just asking for trouble flying into Vegas on New Year's Eve? Will the strip be insane? To crowded to find a seat at a club or bar? Thanks!
This is where I go. Get there early because it fills up fast. also all the popular clubs are always busy. went to one last year and had to leave because of how packed it was. kept getting bumped by other people, no where to stand or sit. if you stopped move for one minute the bouncers would make you keep moving.
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I've never been to Vegas on New Year's Eve but I imagine it will be crazy.
As far as bowl games, any large sports book would work. I like Mirage's SB and I believe they just added all new HD screens.
If u want to watch at a sports book, u better get there no later than 7 am (games start at 9 am pacific time , prob earlier for bowl season).
I've been there during football season during October and November (which are two of the slower months in Vegas) and every book I've went to is always packed on Saturday - usually standing room only. Can't imagine how crowded they'll be on New Years Day.
Never been there, but I heard the Hilton has the best book in town.
My wife and I used to go every new years eve to Vegas ( pre kids) and had reds season tix (pre kids) LOL.. Kids are expensive, but I would always go to the Belagio or Cesar's either are great.. you should get there at 7am as Games start at 9am... Enjoy the fun its a great time..
The rio hands down
I just moved from Vegas. Lived there for the past four years. I don't go down to the strip on new years. Its insane. Its a big party atmosphere but there are simply too many people. Fighting the crowds for pretty much everything can take a lot of the fun out of trip.
"The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM
They actually shut the street down on the strip for fireworks on NYE. So depending on when you arrive, that could be a pain. It will be crazy. We did it a few years ago, when OSU played Oregon in the Rose. Stayed at the MGM towers which are like condo's right behind MGM. That sports book was awesome for games on the 1st. I got there at 7am and had a great seat. Lots of various fanbases present so all the games were intense. I sat in that seat and drank, bet on games, ate and thoughorly enjoyed myself for around 15 hours!
The Rio is a dump.
I'm a big fan of Caesars Palace. The SB is fantastic. I've gone and watched College Basketball and enjoyed it greatly.
Planet HOllywood is solid too. I stayed there when I was there last and enjoyed it as well.
Green Valley Ranch Casino in Henderson has a very nice book with a huge elevated restaurant/bar right behind it (as part of it). Every game day it is dollar beer and hot dogs. Very nice Casino.
Bellagio is great....plush leather seats, great atmosphere and free drinks if you're betting. Another spot is Lagasse's at Palazzo.....awesome stadium seating.
Lagasse's Stadium at the Palazzo is the best sports book in the country - maybe the world.
I live in vegas now and go to a few different bars and restaurants fir all games. There are three buckeye bars out here. If interested PM me and I will get name and addressea for you.
Favorite strip sb ia ceacers.
Tropicanna has a great feature..
you can bet small amounts on run/pass 1st down... call the play... ect
constant free drinks because you are betting
So let me ask you all how this works in the sports books, can you place all your bets and kind come and go during the day or are you commited to staying there for the duration of the day? So if I bet on the Rose bowl in the morning do I have to stay the while day? Will my seat most likely be gone when I get back? Just can't see my wife letting me sit there for 12 hours lol!!
Your seat will definitely be gone if you leave...just like a slot machine, you get up, it's free game (is that an oxymoron?).
No, you do not have to stay there. You can place a bet the night/week before if there is a line on the game. If you win your bet, I believe you have 6 months to cash the ticket in.
Bellagio sports book ! Really good for all day football.
Cosmo is the hottest hotel in Vegas right now.
This is true and the talent walking around that place is top tier. Not so sure about watching football there, and I'd never take my wife there.
I think its hard to watch live games in a lot of the books id like more of a sports bar feel but they have to have the gigantic odds and scoreboards
I like mandalay bay. Their setup is as good as anybody
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Rio is not the nicest hotel as some have mentioned, however the Sports Bar there is a Buckeye Bar. I once caught a game there while on vacation and the bar owner had a blow up Brutus outside and all the staff was dressed in Buckeye gear with Buckeye band music on most of the time.
Sports books and Vegas bars to me are not really set up for long term viewing of games like a sports bar. It is sort of like how fast food restaurants don't make the seats that comfortable because they want to turn tables. Anywhere you sit in Vegas, they want you betting or playing video poker at least.
Lagasse's Stadium would be my first choice too as others mentioned. The sports book at Caesar's is roomy and has about 6 to 8 movie screens and tables and chairs with service. However, you have to get there early!
The old ESPN The Zone was a true sports bar, but closed a few years ago. I think the replacement sports bar was caught up in NY NY's latest remodel.
Someone above mentioned Planet Hollywood. From my memory that sports book has a great new set up of tvs, but it is very small.
If you want to really do it up right, rent a cabana pool side with a tv.
I would also echo the comments on Cosmo . . . really had fun there and my room with balcony facing the Bellagio fountains was NICE!
Forgot to mention the New Year's Eve tips . . .
They block The Strip and shoot fireworks off the roof of about 10 hotels at midnight. It is fun!!! It can also be cold . . . like hat and glove weather cold when I was there. There are tens of thousands of people out in the street.
You can fly in on NYE. However, some of the highest hotel rates of the year are 12/30 and 12/31. Most hotels that are $100 a night go to $300 to $400. Then, the night of 1/1 the rates drop back to normal. Even places like Excalibur will be steep those night. Also, official NYE parties at bars are pricey. Think about $250 to $500 per couple. You can check the rates online directly at most of the hotel websites.
You can bet on many things right now (months ahead), and certainly right before the games, then leave. Come back any time and collect your winnings.
Vegas rooms very expensive on New Years Eve.
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