• VinnyT87

    Hey, not exactly a DFS question but I thought there might be a good knowledge base on this topic in this forum. My dad and I are planning a last minute trip to Vegas to watch the first weekend (Thursday/Friday) of the NCAA Tourney. I have a general knowledge of what the best books are, but didn’t know if anyone on here has had good experience in the past. I can guess staking out a seat might be difficult in some spots (Westgate). Not sure if I am better off at Caesars’s or the Venetian.

    Appreciate any advice from anyone who’s done this before.

  • Srmustangs

    The Stardust. Oh wait that was 15 years ago. Damn I miss it. The LV Hilton or whatever it is called now is great. All the other corporate places will now charge you an arm and a leg to rent a seat. Crazy. Better off staying home putting 4 tv’s a room and betting from home these days.

  • jimmyquinella

    • Blogger of the Month

    @Srmustangs said...

    The Stardust. Oh wait that was 15 years ago. Damn I miss it. The LV Hilton or whatever it is called now is great. All the other corporate places will now charge you an arm and a leg to rent a seat. Crazy. Better off staying home putting 4 tv’s a room and betting from home these days.

    I worked at the “Dust” back in the day…I loved waking the bums up that were sleeping under the chairs in the morning.

    Miss that place…..lots of stories I could tell.

    My opinion, The Mirage if you are on the strip.

    The Orleans (My favorite) if you are off the strip.

  • thedude404

    • 2015 FanDuel NBA Playboy Mansion Finalist

    1. Get there early. Like 4AM PST to claim a seat at any book. Every book on The Strip is going to be packed, not just Westgate (I know it’s not on the Strip but you know what I’m saying). And yeah that might not even help if you have to pay to reserve a seat. So check into that.

    2. If you plan on making any bets, get a betting app unless you want to stand in line for an hour + to place a bet. Per Vegas rules, you have to deposit money at the book in person ie you cant do it through the app. So if you are arriving Wednesday, get that all set up then. I personally have a Westgate account. I’ve also heard good things about William Hill. All books in Vegas pale in comparison to what is available online, so dont get your hopes up.

    3. Plan ahead. Don’t just wander around The Strip hoping to find a seat somewhere. Also, you might want to consider watching the game at a non-book location as like I’ve said, all the books are going to be a madhouse. Dont ruin your trip by not having a plan. Many bars you have to but a ticket for entry ahead of time…you just cant walk in and get a seat. So if that’s what you want to do, get your tix now. Here is a link to some opening weekend parties to get you started:

    4.As far as favorite books, I like the Wynn, but seating there is pretty limited so good luck getting a seat. I also like The Mirage. Books to take off your list IMO: Mandalay Bay(great new HUGE screens, but you have to sit in school desk chairs for 10 hours? No way), Excalibur, Luxor, MGM, Harrahs, Flamingo, Venetian (because nobody should be spending a dime in that joint).

    I live in Vegas now so if you have any specific questions, I might be able to help.

  • enchantedllama

    Westgate is amazing. It’s huge. Plenty of room, but yeah, get in line early to bet. There’s an amazing Facebook group, March Madness in Las Vegas, that has all the answers. We’ve done it twice but my friend had a baby and we’ll miss it this year. It’s the best way to do it. Also, avoid the trap of the all you can eat and drink parties…. it’s a pretty big ripoff and you just end up hammered and miss the late games. Good luck!

  • enchantedllama

    Also, we stayed at Venetian and it was our least favorite book… don’t bet there if you can avoid it! William Hill has some smaller books in the tiny older casinos in between the big ones on the strip. They are usually line free.

  • XxHeisenbergxX

    Westgate and off strip Red Rock

  • mtdurham

    The best sportsbook in Vegas is Lagasse Stadium next to the Venetian in the Palazzo… stadium seating, pure sports atmosphere, actual waitresses, extremely comfortable seating, electronic devices for in game betting, expensive enough to keep all the riff-raff out that is betting $20 on a game and screaming at the monitor, etc

    its a devoted sportsbook, its not in the middle of a casino

  • mr_papageorgio

    I’m going with a bunch of friends and we’re doing Hoops and Hops at the Cosmo. You have to pay a decent price to get in but my friends who have done it before said it was the best time they ever had.

  • Lathum

    TheDude404 has a lot of good advice.

    My friends and I have been going several years in a row now, we start planning 6-8 months in advance, once you are there you will see why.

    My advice is join the Facebook group, there is an insane amount of info there. March Madness in Las Vegas.

    You are coming in really late in the game and likely won’t get a seat at a boo unless you get there stupid early. A lot of them are reserved anyways for the high rollers.

    Westgate is the best atmosphere, but a seat will be impossible. that being said plenty of standing room in the book, but like mentioned above get an app or bet the night before. Where are you staying?

    A lot of places do watch parties that either charge a fee and include food/ drink, or they have a min spending requirement. Every bar has the games on, so you can also just bounce around to random places and catch the games if the books are too tough. Trust me, it is stupid crowded.

    We usually do Westgate Thursday and this year doing the Watch Party at Twin Peaks.

    Like I said earlier, the best thing you can do it join the FB group

  • jgAllDay

    Lagasse Stadium. Watched the final 4 there about 5 years ago. Killer set up. Call and make a reservation.

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