TOP-10 LAS VEGAS SPORTS BOOKS July 26, 2004 - Fezzik
Last week, Fezzik gave us numbers 11-20 of his top Las Vegas sports books. This week, he gives us his top 10. Which book will be No.1? You might be surprised
10. Hard Rock
Jamie Shea does a great job running this book. It has a hip environment and has just been remodeled. In addition, the games aren't the only thing to watch at the Hard Rock.
- Golden Nugget
The Nugget is the best place to stay and play downtown. The book takes surprisingly high limits and isn't afraid to let you gamble.
- Casino Monte Lago
If you haven't been out to Lake Las Vegas yet, it is worth the drive. The area is a great place to spend a day, and the sports book is awesome. It has plasma screens and pricing specials, including select minus $1.05 football vigorish.
- Rampart Casino
Yes, another sleeper! This book in Summerlin is very nice, with surprisingly high limits. You will feel like you are at a Ritz Carlton. Want to get away from the noise and stress of the Strip? Head up to Summerlin and play some golf at Angel Park or Badlands. Then kick back at this resort sports book.
- The Mirage
You simply cannot beat the sports book at the Mirage for its layout and excitement. Bet the games, soak in the excitement, and then kick back at California Pizza Kitchen while watching the Hawaii game late Saturday night.
The 'Dust is a great throwback to old Las Vegas with plenty of 'wise' guys calling it their main book. Check out The Stardust Line radio show held weekdays at the book. During the weekend, the radio show is on late at night. The best presentation occurs from 9-10 p.m. Friday nights during football season when two of 16 competitors compete each week in a single elimination tourney.
- Coast Properties
The other properties may have the glitz, but the Coast is the one property that has the most gamble. Want to make a big bet? The Coast will take it, and you don't need to be staying in their hotel, have a double-diamond card, or clearly be a losing bettor. Also, in sports, the Coast simply does not sweat winners. Places like Station Casinos may advertise that they love winners. However, what the Station promises, the Coast delivers. Win a bundle, and they will shake your hand.
- Caesars Palace
Everyone should spend at least one NCAA tournament during opening weekend at Caesars just taking in the games and the environment. The book can get very crowded, but it's all worth it once you have a seat looking at the big screens. Be assured that if you want to make a substantial bet on a game, your action will be welcomed.