Las Vegas Sports Books – The Forgotten 3 Mid Strip

A portion of the center strip area of Las Vegas Boulevard has also been a “no man’s land” for sports bettors as historically, the Flamingo, Harrah’s, and Casino Royale left a lot to be desired in terms of sports book amenities. Heck, Casino Royale didn’t even have a sports book until earlier this year.

The aforementioned “forgotten three” casinos are all throwbacks compared to their newer/renovated neighboring properties such as the Venetian, Mirage, and even TI. And as far as their sports books go? There’s no comparison to the screens at The Mirage and TI, as well as the opulence of the Venetian sports book. But there is hope for the forgotten three, and if you’re a sports bettor with some frugality in mind or are just simply looking for something different, there are things to like about Harrah’s, Flamingo, and Casino Royale. 

William Hill Sports Betting Counter at Casino Royale

William Hill Sports Betting Counter at Casino Royale

Let’s start with Casino Royale, where you won’t get the best screens for viewing – in fact, the screens at the bar are some of the worst on the strip. However, what you will find here is cheap beer ($1 Michelob bottles) cheap food ($2.49 foot long hot dogs) and most importantly, a William Hill operated sports betting counter. If you’re looking at making a future bet like Super Bowl champion or MLB home run leader, you will find the best odds on the strip here at the William Hill counter.

Also, this is a good spot to shop for a better point spread if you plan on hanging out at the adjacent Harrah’s or Flamingo. One more thing about Casino Royale’s sports book is the big odds on parlays as well as the 3-team 10 point teaser parlay offered by William Hill.

Harrah’s is becoming sneaky good as far as strip sports books go. It has always been a cool space with a connected “neighborhood bar” type of set up, which is hard to find on the strip. I’ve always found the bartenders to be extra friendly here and you can get free drink tickets rather easily if you are tipping the ticket writers a buck or two.

Harrahs Sports Book Las Vegas

Harrahs Sports Book Las Vegas

What makes the Harrah’s sports book more appealing now is the recent addition of dozens of upgraded HD flat screens, which replaced the very old smaller screens that had been in place for since at least 15 years.

To wrap up the mid-strip sports books is the Flamingo. Unlike its sister property Harrah’s there are no new screens here, which are sorely needed. The plus side of the Flamingo is that it is one of the more liberal spots when it comes to drink tickets.

Flamingo Sports Book Las Vegas

Flamingo Sports Book Las Vegas

Make a friend with one of the ticket writers here and you can be set for a whole weekend.  Also, the seating at the Flamingo is pretty comfortable   - this is also a spot where you might have a fighting chance to find a seat during football season.  So if you like comfy seats and liberal free drink tickets, the Flamingo just might be a spot for you.

Flamingo Sports Book Free Drink Tickets

Flamingo Sports Book Free Drink Tickets

As sports betting becomes more main stream, many casinos are upgrading their sports book spaces – and this is definitely a good thing. However, paying a visit to the more “vintage” Las Vegas sports books, especially those mid-strip properties, can be a fun way to spend a day betting sports in Vegas.

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