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« on: April 17, 2013, 08:55:14 PM »

Haven't done Vegas in over 20 years and find myself out there this year for the first Saturday in May.  Any of you had any recent experiences with where to go for the big event?
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2013, 09:10:16 PM »

If youre on the strip Mandalay Bay has a decent sport book that isn't as crowded as a lot of the others. LUxor (attached to Mandalay) has a recently updated sports book that's very nice as well. Avoid Bally's (it's always packed) and places like NYNY and Flamingo are way too small.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2013, 09:24:41 PM »

Some hotels have ballrooms open for viewing parties like they do for march madness and the super bowl.  Luxor and all the Cantors are smoke free.  Personally im a LVH and Southpoint fan.  The strip has become overrated and off strip joints treat you right.  Sams Town has improved. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2013, 09:30:52 PM »

Haven't done Vegas in over 20 years and find myself out there this year for the first Saturday in May.  Any of you had any recent experiences with where to go for the big event?

A friend goes out to The Orleans for their Derby bash every year, and swears by that.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2013, 11:03:43 PM »

I agree with what everyone has said here.
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2013, 09:13:43 AM »

A friend goes out to The Orleans for their Derby bash every year, and swears by that.

The Orleans is the most thoroughbred racing oriented casino in Vegas.  I was there on Preakness Day a few years ago.  Its about a mile off the strip on Tropicana.
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2013, 11:53:41 AM »

Thanks everybody!  Went to a few hotel sites yesterday to see what they had posted and not word one.  I'll be staying center strip so you guys gave me lots of options!
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2013, 01:38:07 PM »

Orleans and the "Coast" group -- Orleans might be one of them -- do have the atmosphere you like.

The Bellagio book is luxurious, but it's small and food options are not readily apparent.

Las Vegas Hilton is a great sports/race book and pretty big. But it's popular so you might have to camp out to get a seat.

You may want to give the just-out-of-town joints, like the Red Rock, a call.
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2013, 07:09:53 AM »

Gold Coast caters to racing and race fans as well as any casino in Vegas, on or off strip.
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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2013, 01:25:21 PM »

 coast casinos cater but their facilities are crappy except for sams town.  The rest have a bunch of little tvs and one mid size jumbo tv.  Its like playing horses in a cafeteria.
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« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2013, 04:41:14 PM »

I recommend ARIA's sports book. The Wynn used to be my favorite spot to watch the races until Aria opened. I fell in love with their sports book. It's very CLASSY for a sports book. It's the only sports book I've walked into in Vegas and felt like I was underdressed. They separate the horse racing book from the other sports too. So you get to watch nothing but dozens of simulcast screens of horse racing only...no basketball or baseball games scattered among screens with racing.

I feel like Aria's sports book is one where you either love it or hate it. It want to watch the big race in a classy martini lounge like sports book...Aria is the place.

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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2013, 07:46:15 PM »

Wynn is the best on the strip.  If you are staying there they give hotel guests first choice of seats.   Aria is nice, but not many horse racing seats.  Its kind of set up like the saddle room.  The thing that sucks about vegas books is the smoke.  The best non smoking is m resort.  Again small, but a bar and deli right there.  Must note, sports come first there.
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« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2013, 12:41:10 AM »

I was in the Caesar's Palace racebook in 2007. Probably 2,000 people by post time. Long queue's to wager, but quite an experience. Mayweather and De La Hoya fought later that night. Oh Vegas.
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2013, 03:49:40 AM »

coast casinos cater but their facilities are crappy except for sams town.  The rest have a bunch of little tvs and one mid size jumbo tv.  Its like playing horses in a cafeteria.


This is misleading information.

For big days like Kentucky Derby day, the Coast Casinos open up one of their ballrooms for horseplayers -- the same ones they use for their periodic contests.

Lots of room, giant TV's, easy drink service, easy to get bets in...hardly a "cafeteria" experience.
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2013, 09:28:54 AM »

Its not misleading.  Thats my opinion regarding coast on non big days.  Because im sure when hes there some of the days will be an average race day.
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« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2013, 10:50:28 AM »

Its not misleading.  Thats my opinion regarding coast on non big days.  Because im sure when hes there some of the days will be an average race day.

Except he didn't ask about an "average race day" -- he asked about Ky Derby day. I'm quite sure BT can find any one of a dozen adequate race books on the Strip (where he is staying) on some non-descript Friday; I wouldn't send him to one of the Coast joints (all are a cab ride away, some very pricey) on an average day, why bother?

So yes, your answer *was* misleading: you either don't know what you are talking about (i.e., you didn't know they open up the ballrooms on big racing days)...or you have some beef with Coast Casinos that you aren't telling us about. Take it somewhere else.
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« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2013, 10:59:05 AM »

Oye HV is everywhere.... head shake

Been to Vegas over 100 times & played at every casino  *miss little Caesars  laughing guy"

I think its about the experience & just finding a place you are comfortable gambling..I used to love Imperial Palace  (mostly for waitress staff), & like to go to Ballys as well...The bottom line on most big days the books are going to be packed no matter where you play.

Mu only suggestion when going to Vegas for any period of time is to rent a car...The one thing left in Vegas that is free is all hotels have easy on site parking that is FREE....after you stand in a few cab lines & pay for cabs, you can actually save money by renting a car.
I stayed at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay last month & they had free valet parking to boot.
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« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2013, 11:35:18 AM »

Oye HV is everywhere.... head shake

...says the creepy stalker guy!  Shocked

Mu only suggestion when going to Vegas for any period of time is to rent a car...The one thing left in Vegas that is free is all hotels have easy on site parking that is FREE....after you stand in a few cab lines & pay for cabs, you can actually save money by renting a car.
I stayed at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay last month & they had free valet parking to boot.

I drive all over LV and I've *never* been charged a hard fee for valet; last week I went to: Orleans, Rio, Gold Coast, Palazzo, TI, Wynn and Mandalay Bay, so a fair mix of places, with no valet fees imposed. I just give the kid a deuce when he brings the car around.

One note about the valet at Mandalay Bay: it SUCKS. Understaffed. I waited 10+ minutes both times, and both were off hours with no one else picking up their car besides me. Instead, go right to the top of the parking structure (level 4), park for free and just walk -- it will be faster, which is shameful: valet should ALWAYS be faster.
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« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2013, 11:46:39 AM »

LISTENING IS A SKILL

THE HOTEL AT MANDALY BAY, NOT MANDALAY BAY...i typed extra slow for you...
i have never noticed extra long valet service, figure those guys are working as hard as they can...& some places do charge a flat valet fee for your entire stay or a valet charge..they are not all free..


I am surprised you haven't left for Derby yet with the expected crowd & traffic  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2013, 01:02:48 PM »

There were other posts that didn't stick to derby day and elaborated.  Why waste another thread.  Vegas is going downhill anyway.  There are other casinos and otbs in other states that aren't smoke filled.  I'm just warning players to not waste $, and airport time to play in a cafeteria.  There are better options in their state.
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« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2013, 01:33:28 PM »

Southpoint which I love has a not so great race area(smokey, no privacy dividers, one jumbo screen). But people are great and many other things to do at the hotel.
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« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2013, 10:05:51 PM »

Three good vegas sites:  thevegasparlay.com, beyondthebets.com, and vegaschatter.com.   last time in Vegas I played roulette with Ronnie Mund.  Thats a kudos to vegas because wouldnt happen at an il casino.

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« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2013, 05:43:52 AM »

Three good vegas sites:  thevegasparlay.com, beyondthebets.com, and vegaschatter.com.   last time in Vegas I played roulette with Ronnie Mund.  Thats a kudos to vegas because wouldnt happen at an il casino.

You mean, the Ronnie Mund?

Yep...chalk one up for ol' star-studded Vegas. I mean, come on...Ronnie Mund!
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« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2013, 06:52:17 AM »

Who knew Ronnie Mund could count?

Looking like sticking around after my meeting for the Derby is becoming a good call thanks to the idiocy here in Illinois.  No ADW, potentially no live racing, possible blockage of the Derby feed....I am so proud to be a citizen of this fine state!  How much longer this sport lasts here remains to be seen.

I hear if you go play horses up at Potawatomi you might get the chance to roll craps with Studdering John!
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« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2013, 09:56:24 AM »

Southpoint which I love has a not so great race area(smokey, no privacy dividers, one jumbo screen). But people are great and many other things to do at the hotel.

Good call.  I was also very comfortable in the Paris simo area.  I also loved the Paris buffet, but that was a few years ago and the quality of food changes regularly.
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