kneelb4zod
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August 31st, 2013 at 9:26:36 PM permalink
Can anyone recommend a spot for a group of guys to watch football near the strip? Do sports books comp drinks to small betters? I'm going to vegas in late October, and we'd love to watch football in a book. We would prefer not to drop 10 bucks a beer though. Anyone have any ideas? I appreciate any tips. Also, we're mostly from MN and WI, and plan on watching the GB vs. MN game on Sunday night....Any thoughts on a place to watch just one game?
tringlomane
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August 31st, 2013 at 9:52:26 PM permalink
Quote: kneelb4zod

Can anyone recommend a spot for a group of guys to watch football near the strip? Do sports books comp drinks to small betters? I'm going to vegas in late October, and we'd love to watch football in a book. We would prefer not to drop 10 bucks a beer though. Anyone have any ideas? I appreciate any tips. Also, we're mostly from MN and WI, and plan on watching the GB vs. MN game on Sunday night....Any thoughts on a place to watch just one game?



I have never been there on a football Sunday, but when it comes to strip sportsbooks, I would think you're better off trying to get a bar seat and slowly playing video poker/blackjack for your "free drinks" for as cheap as quarter per hand (and tip). Personally the Venetian is my fave sportsbook for this comped drink move, but I have never went during NFL, but did do this during the NBA playoffs though with no issue. But I assume those seats are locked up very, very early if people are smart. During football season, I have personally struggled to wake up before 10am. :D

Since your game is Sunday night, I'm not sure what's the best move, but you might be able to swipe a bar seat after the late game is over and before the Sun. night game began. Maybe others might have a better idea about that.
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August 31st, 2013 at 9:55:03 PM permalink
Mandalay Bay has one of my favorite books, and the last time I was in Vegas for a game (yes I'm an ultra low roller like yourself), we would just walk out to the penny slots on the floor (about 8 feet away), take a seat at a machine, order a drink, tip the waitress, and walk back into the book. Do it during commercials and you shouldn't miss too much of the action. Obviously the video poker/bj seat at $.25/hand is appealing as well, but if that's not available the casino floor is always a free option.
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August 31st, 2013 at 9:59:36 PM permalink
Realizing you're looking for first hand recommendations and I have none current, I pulled up this website which has reviewed a bunch of them in the areas I think concern you. I only took this on as a good Viking sister, you understand.... Go Vikes! Hope you find it of some use. Actually, I was going to recommend Harrah's because I liked it there, cool semi-quiet dark room to relax and watch games just off the casino. But they've remodeled since I've been there and are pitching it as sort of a high-roller place with not enough seats. I also liked the LVHilton - huge with comfortable stadium seating for 2-300 and several big screens, but they may have remodeled as well; they're now the "LVH" and advertising 25 dollar rooms for the fall on the website. Their drinks weren't out of sight, but it's been several years.

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August 31st, 2013 at 10:41:20 PM permalink
Quote: duckmankilla

Mandalay Bay has one of my favorite books, and the last time I was in Vegas for a game (yes I'm an ultra low roller like yourself), we would just walk out to the penny slots on the floor (about 8 feet away), take a seat at a machine, order a drink, tip the waitress, and walk back into the book. Do it during commercials and you shouldn't miss too much of the action. Obviously the video poker/bj seat at $.25/hand is appealing as well, but if that's not available the casino floor is always a free option.



Savvy move, imo. Sport books are often stingy on drinks, slot floors are not.
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August 31st, 2013 at 10:46:20 PM permalink
Books give horse players drink cards freely in my experience. Just be polite and put $10 on the chalk and get several drink tickets if you ask nicley say please and thank you. You will get 5 drinks for that bet and might win some money.
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August 31st, 2013 at 10:52:19 PM permalink
Quote: JW17

Books give horse players drink cards freely in my experience. Just be polite and put $10 on the chalk and get several drink tickets if you ask nicley say please and thank you. You will get 5 drinks for that bet and might win some money.



Not a bad idea either. The edge is much higher, but they are definitely more friendly toward these bettors. As long as the edge is < beer cost, that's a win in OP's spot I am thinking. It would be in my mind...haha
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August 31st, 2013 at 11:23:38 PM permalink
Quote: tringlomane

Savvy move, imo. Sport books are often stingy on drinks, slot floors are not.



To give you an idea of my stinginess when it comes to drinks (why the hell would I pay $6-10 for a drink when i can get the same one for a $1 tip?), we went with our group to dinner at Margaritaville on the strip during my last visit. There was about a 30 minute wait for a table when we got there, so the people I was with headed to the bar to order a drink. Landshark was $6 a bottle, so I excused myself to go to the bathroom, walked over to the margaritaville casino, and got two beers from the waitress for $1 each. I took both of them back into the restaurant and they were none the wiser.

To me, that $2 I spent on beer was $10 saved that I could make a few pass line bets with later in the casino. You are likely going to lose enough money while in vegas, might as well give yourself a chance to win some back rather than use it on ridiculously overpriced drinks.
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August 31st, 2013 at 11:55:53 PM permalink
As of last football season LVH gives free drinks to anyone with a ticket. If you go to Station you will get 2 drink tickets for every $50 ticket (you have to rebet for additional tickets).
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September 1st, 2013 at 12:10:59 AM permalink
Quote: duckmankilla

To give you an idea of my stinginess when it comes to drinks (why the hell would I pay $6-10 for a drink when i can get the same one for a $1 tip?), we went with our group to dinner at Margaritaville on the strip during my last visit. There was about a 30 minute wait for a table when we got there, so the people I was with headed to the bar to order a drink. Landshark was $6 a bottle, so I excused myself to go to the bathroom, walked over to the margaritaville casino, and got two beers from the waitress for $1 each. I took both of them back into the restaurant and they were none the wiser.

To me, that $2 I spent on beer was $10 saved that I could make a few pass line bets with later in the casino. You are likely going to lose enough money while in vegas, might as well give yourself a chance to win some back rather than use it on ridiculously overpriced drinks.



Totally with you there...bet small and tip your servers. It generally saves you money in the end!

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