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Best Sportsbooks in Vegas – Big Screens & Great Atmosphere

Until the recent repeal of PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Provision Act), Las Vegas was the only spot in the United States to place a legal sports wager.

Although each state now has the power to legislate and legalize sports betting, it’s hard to fathom their sports betting scene living up to the experience Las Vegas is able to provide via top-tier sportsbooks and surrounding attractions.

Although sports betting is a low-margin activity that makes up a comparatively small percentage of casino revenue, bookmaking still equates to a healthy chunk of change – In 2022, Strip casinos won more than $209 million from the public.

In addition to direct revenue, sportsbooks drive valuable traffic and revenue across the rest of the resort.

So, what are the top spots to catch the game? Here are my favorites.

Top Books in Las Vegas

Westgate SuperBook

The SuperBook at Westgate is a 30,000 square foot monstrosity, complete with a massive 220-foot-long by 18-foot-tall 4K video board.

All the amenities you could ask for are part of the deal at Westgate – Free WiFi, phone charging stations, and a quality mobile app allowing you to skip the lines. Best yet, the book is a smoke-free environment.

While Westgate is located away from the Strip, you can hop on the Monorail to be delivered at the front door.

Bested only by Circa (more on that below), Westgate ranks as my 2nd favorite sportsbook in town.

Westgate's Superbook screen
Westgate’s Superbook is a glorious monstrosity.

Caesars Palace Sportsbook

The sportsbook at Caesars is also spacious, boasting an enormous 143-foot, HD LED video board. 

The sportsbook bar is one of my favorite vantage points in Vegas to watch sports, chase royals, and rack up an impressive BAC.

The book can be jam-packed for large events like March Madness, NFL Playoffs, etc, but there is generally standing room available and the screen is large enough to see at a distance.

As an “Opening weekend of March Madness connoisseur”, I can attest that the big game atmosphere at Caesars is tough to beat.

Sportsbook at Caesars Palace with bar in the foreground
With plenty of standing room in the rear of the massive book, Caesars is a good spot to catch major events.

Wynn Sportsbook

Wynn is known for luxury, and the sportsbook wasn’t left behind featuring one of the more unique screens in Las Vegas.

The 1,600 square foot LED screen is the book’s crown jewel, elevating Wynn as one of the best places to place a bet in Las Vegas. Grab a seat at the adjoining sportsbook bar in the center of the action which serves 100 types of beer on tap or in cans.   

I was also harshly scolded for taking the picture below. Lighten up, Wynn!

Sportsbook at Wynn Las Vegas
The book at Wynn – A thing of beauty.

The Venetian’s Sportsbook

The Venetian’s brand-new screen is 1,770 square feet and is made up of 46 million pixels. Yea, she’s crisp.

During big-time events like March Madness or the NFL Playoffs, The Venetian can be a great spot to find a seat at the machines just outside the book. The picture is good enough you won’t miss the action and you won’t have to drop any cash up for a chair in the sportsbook itself.

Screen and seating at Venetian's sportsbook
Grab a cheap beer at the Walgreens next door, then settle in to watch the game at the Venetian book.

Cosmopolitan Sportsbook

A much more intimate book than the mammoths listed above, Cosmopolitan offers an LED Video wall and additional HD TVs littered about.

The book is anchored by a beautiful sports bar with a wraparound video scoreboard. It certainly isn’t the biggest space, but what Cosmo has done with the area is beautiful.

As an added bonus, there’s a pool table in case you want to gamble with your buddies while you gamble on sports. Gambling + Gambling = Fun.

Sportsbook at Cosmopolitan with a square shaped bar in the foreground.
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Circa Sportsbook – (Easily) The Best Sportsbook in Vegas

Save the best for last right?

For my money, Circa isn’t only the best sportsbook downtown, but in all of Vegas. The 78 million pixel screen is 3 stories tall and the largest in Vegas. The screen is so intrusive (I say that lovingly) that it’s seemingly omnipresent as you navigate the casino floor.

It’s inescapable.

Circa Las Vegas Sportsbook
It’s better than the renderings. Overpowering, in the best way.

In addition to their indoor sportsbook, Circa’s Stadium Swim pool deck doubles as a sports viewing amphitheater. It’s tough to beat catching the game submerged in 86-degree water with a cocktail in hand.

As one of the few pools in Las Vegas anyone can use, Circa charges non-hotel guests a cover of $20 or more, depending on demand.

It’s worth every penny.

View of Circa's Stadium Swimm rooftop pooldeck from my hotel room.

Honorable Mention – Durango

One of the newest and more unique sportsbooks in Las Vegas, I’d be remiss to leave Durango out of the conversation.

For those unfamiliar, Durango is a new casino serving the Las Vegas locals market and is located about 20 minutes from the Strip by car.

The book at Durango features a bar crowned by a wrap wrap-around screen in addition to the traditional video wall.

While there’s seating for 200+ indoors, the spot you want to be (when the weather is nice) is in the outdoor portion of the book.

It’s a thing of beauty.

The George, a restaurant perched alongside both the indoor and outdoor portions of the book, commonly hosts march madness and Super Bowl watch parties, and would be a rock solid home base for a day of sports.

Another angle of the bar top wraparound screen and the main sportsbook screen in the background.
A wrap around video screen above a bar is on the left. To the right and in the distance is the main sportsbook screen.
An outdoor seating area at The George. On the left is a large video wall. In the foreground is a yard game area.

While states around the country are legalizing sports betting, Las Vegas will retain its “destination status” due to the absurdly opulent sportsbook experiences found nowhere else.

Sure, you can place a bet in Iowa or Wisconsin, but you’ll never convince me that the experience at Diamond Jo Dubuque or Turtle Lake Danbury will match the experience at Caesars Palace or Circa.

 Avoid the big crowds in the sportsbook – Check out my piece on when Las Vegas is the busiest!

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Saturday 13th of October 2018

Love the Westgate Sports book!!

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