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.
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