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SPORTS BOOKS
In Las Vegas, more than $2 billion is wagered annually on horse races and other sporting events. You can bet on a single game, or attempt to predict which team will make it to the playoffs; try an exacta at any of a dozen racetracks, or guess which 2-year-old will grow up to win the Kentucky Derby. To juice the action, many books also offer “prop” bets that have little or nothing to do with the final score of a game.
The propositions include guessing which player will score the most touchdowns or if someone will hit more than 70 homeruns in a season.
Ever since Caesars Palace Las Vegas built the sports book to end all sports books, each new casino has tried to raise the ante when it comes to comfort, convenience, service and the number and size of the televisions delivering the myriad sporting events to patrons. Free drinks are available, and most books are near delis and buffets.

Remember that many local residents as well as tourists flock to the sports books, crowding facilities particularly on Saturdays and Sundays during football season and for such events as the Breeder’s Cup races, Super Bowl, NCAA basketball tournament and World Series. Securing reservations ahead of time is a must on these days.

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