Las Vegas Night Club or Sports Book?

If one thing has stayed traditional in Vegas, it’s the sports book. Sure, over the last several years, the “super book” layout that is found in places like Caesars Palace, The Mirage, and The LVH has made way to the more boutique-style sports book set up employed by The Aria and several of the Cantor operated sports books in town (i.e. Hard Rock, Cosmopolitan, and Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo). Although the look and design of Vegas sports books have evolved (you can be the judge of whether you like a large and spacious sports book or a more intimate lounge feel) the nuts and bolts of a sports book hasn’t changed much over the years. You walk in, grab the odds sheets, parlay cards and racing form then find yourself a nice seat to watch the action. No pole dancers, party pits, or casino DJs…just you, your pen, a favorite refreshment, and a myriad of sports and horse racing puzzles to take your cares away.
A recent Vegas Chatter article however shows that things are changing at one sports book at least. What was once reserved for the night club scene at places like Tao, Marquee, and Drai’s, has now hit the sports book: bottle service. Yes, the good old “pay a 1000% mark up for a bottle of booze and guarantee yourself a nice booth” is now available at Mandalay Bay – The MGM Resorts property is now offering bottle service on football weekends in order to sit in a prime spot in their sports book. They aren’t the only one’s charging for  certain types of seating as Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo also requires food/beverage minimums for their prime seating.  If you decide to hit the Mandalay sports book don’t fret, the space is plenty big and the bottle service is only for a certain area of the sports book, so normal seating shouldn’t be a problem.
Hey, it is Vegas, so I can understand the thought. And yes, I am sure there are those that will gladly fork over the dough for a little party at the sports book – nothing wrong with that. However, I know just as many that would rather swing for the fences on a few parlay cards with the $100 bucks.
-T. Lorenzo
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