5th Annual SuperContest Weekend at the Westgate SuperBook

SuperContest SuperBook

SuperContest weekend at the Westgate is one of the best times to visit Las Vegas if you’re a sports bettor. Regardless if you plunk down the money to participate in the football contest you’ll see people from the sports betting world that you’ve only heard or read about.

Here are details on SuperContest weekend from the press release:

LAS VEGAS – July 12, 2016 – Kick off the SuperContest, the ultimate pro football handicapping contest, inside the 25,000 square foot SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Don’t fumble when you step foot inside the world’s largest indoor 4k screen featuring 4,488 square foot HD video screens. The world’s largest Race and Sports SuperBook is excited to celebrate the 5th annual SuperContest Weekend. Be part of the two days of the SuperContest action Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27.

Open to the public, the SuperContest Weekend will kick off Friday, August 26 with a reception and the free Super Seminar. The Super Seminar will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature some of the top names in the sports gaming business and previous SuperContest winners, offering attendee’s advice on college and pro football handicapping. The weekend will conclude with a golf outing at the famous Las Vegas Country Club. Registration begins at noon on Saturday, August 27 and entry is $110 a participant. SuperContest Weekend entry includes a box lunch, five raffle tickets, dinner reception and the chance to win great prizes, including a free SuperContest entry. To reserve a spot, please call 888.457.3307.

Guests will also have the chance to win a free spot in the SuperContest, with raffles being held throughout the weekend. Raffle tickets may be obtained in the following ways:

1. Participants must register for the SuperContest** prior to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 27. Each entry will earn 10 raffle tickets. SuperContest registrants may only have two (2) entries and, therefore, a maximum of 20 raffle tickets are available via this earning method. Registrants must present their original entry form at the Race & Sports Contest Window from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 26 or between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.
2. Place a $20 Football Future Wager** (Defined by “Odds to Win”). Place a Football Future wager prior to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 and receive one (1) raffle ticket per qualifying wager.
3. Second Chance Baseball Wagers** Customers with losing $20 Baseball Parlays (2-team minimum) can receive one (1) raffle ticket per qualifying wager prior to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.
4. Second Chance Pari-Mutuel Wagers** Customers with losing Pari-Mutuel wagers that total $50 or more per day prior to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 can receive one (1) raffle ticket per qualifying wager day.
5. Enter the Super Golf event and receive five (5) raffle tickets at registration. Call 888.457.3307 to register for the golf event.
7. Fresh off of awarding more than $914,000 to the 2015 winner, the SuperContest is the ultimate pro football handicapping contest in the world’s largest race and sports book, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Contestants can win their share of the prize pool by paying a $1,500 entry fee prior to the start of the regular professional football season and then picking 5 games each week against the point spread throughout the 17-week regular season.

Entry fees are accepted for the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest through 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016. Sign up deadline for the Early Bird is 4:00 p.m. Monday, September 5th, 2016. The prize structure is based on the number of entrants and is structured so the contestants receive 100% of the prize money paid in. For 2016 SuperContest Rules, please visit www.westgatevegas.com.

Westgate SuperBook Sports Wagering App Now Available

Westgate SuperBook
Westgate SuperBook App

Westgate SuperBook now has sports wagering app. The long-awaited app was rumored to be released in time for the beginning of the NFL season. The release date may have missed that mark but it will be available in time to use during the Super Bowl.

The Westgate SuperBook is the king of prop bets for the Super Bowl. An app is a great way to navigate through the hundreds of wagering options that Westgate SuperBook will have for the Super Bowl.

Nevada sports wagering apps can only be used in Nevada. Your mobile signal is tracked by GPS and satellite. Your wagering account must be filled in person at the SuperBook. No credit cards are allowed.

The app uses Miomni Gaming software which you’ll find in the B-Connected Sports (Boyd Gaming), Aliente Sports and soon to be available Wynn sports wagering app. The downside with this app is that you must turn your wifi off to use it. The upside is that the SuperBook has odds you won’t find anywhere else (like Aussie Rules Football!).

You’ll need to be a member of the Westgate players club and deposit at least $100 to start. If you’re a bigger bettor you’ll be happy to know that limits should be about half of what you can place in the casino. The upcoming Wynn app will supposedly have limits between $300-$500.

Download the app here:

iPhone – iTunes
Android – Direct Download

More pictures of the app below:

Westgate SuperBook Should Have Mobile Wagering Soon

LVH SuperBook - Las Vegas Hotel
LVH SuperBook

On the latest episode of the “Behind The Betspodcast (download at itunes) Jeff Sherman from the Westgate SuperBook mentioned that the sportsbook is working on mobile wagering and hopes to have it ready by end of the year.

I listen to podcasts on 2x speed so I had to rewind the podcast to make sure that I heard it correctly. I tweeted looking for confirmation and I received it from Jeff (@golfodds) shortly thereafter.

@MeltzVegas @LVSuperBook correct

It’s only a matter of time before every sportsbook operator in Nevada offers wagering via mobile device. Last year I hinted that MGM would offer mobile wagering soon and that was confirmed earlier this year in an article I wrote for Vegas Chatter.

Westgate having mobile wagering will certainly help their bottom line and will offer the best odds to more bettors (like me) but it won’t be a game changer. They’re still only a single casino and as @John_Mehaffey states it will take a lot more coverage to reach as many people as the larger sportsbook operators.

That being said this is still an exciting moment for sports bettors. I rarely visit the Westgate so this gives me a chance to wager with their lines without driving out to the other side of the Vegas Strip. This gives everyone an opportunity to wager with the best odds without visiting the Westgate.

The Westgate is undergoing a lot of renovations (see 5 at Vegas.buzz) and the sportsbook renovation should be finished by football season. I actually look forward to my next visit to the Westgate – that’s something I’ve never said before (even when it was LVH or the Hilton).

Sportsbooks In Vegas Crush The Public In Week 1 Of The NFL Season

NFL Logo
NFL

Casinos in Vegas have sportsbooks because they make money. Sportsbooks did great business in the first week of the NFL season. Underdogs were 10-3 against the spread (!) and 7-6 straight up in the first week of the NFL season.

Underdogs winning almost always favors the casino. While there are more educated sports bettors they still make up the minority of sports bettors.

From Linemakers:

“This was the best opening day we’ve ever had here,” said Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller. ”Just about every game we needed came through for us beginning with our biggest, the Falcons, and then the rest just followed suit like the Browns, Dolphins and then the Panthers. It wasn’t a good day for those that bet parlays.”

Note, it’s never a good day for parlay bettors. Casinos win over 35% of parlay wagers.

From Vegas Insider:

Wins by the Miami Dolphins (33-20 vs. the New England Patriots), the Atlanta Falcons (37-34 in overtime vs. the New Orleans Saints) and Buffalo Bills (23-20 in OT at the Chicago Bears) as dogs set the tone for a great day, according to Jay Kornegay, the (WestgateSuperBook’s Vice President of Race & Sports Operations.

From Covers:

Carolina was the biggest win for us, beating the Bucs,” Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager at the MGM Mirage, tells Covers. “That, then the Bills and the Bears tied for second. A short third was the Falcons beating the Saints.”

This sounds like a big win for the sportsbook operators but it could have been bigger. The Jacksonville Jaguars jumped out to a 17 point lead against the Philadelphia Eagles, who were favored by 10 or 10.5 only to lose by 17. Thankfully I teased this game to 17.5.

The first week of the NFL season was fun to watch and fun to bet. There was too much early game action for me to consider heading out to a sportsbook to watch. I had a single wager on the Tennessee Titans, a 7 team tease and my first two daily fantasy football games (more on this later) to track. I couldn’t handle tracking this much action in a public setting.

On to the next one…

Best Sportsbooks In Las Vegas

It’s time for my semi-annual update of the best sportsbooks in Las Vegas. There hasn’t been much change since the last time I detailed my favorite Vegas sportsbooks. Here are some things to note with my rankings:

  • I’m mostly concerned with great TV screens and comfortable seating.
  • Since I bet mostly via apps I don’t concern myself too much with finding drink tickets. Besides, they’re usually only good for a well drink, Bud, Miller or Coors. Bleh.
  • I care about access to charging my mobile phone.
  • Drink service is important as is access to grabbing a quick bite.
  • I like a clean environment. I don’t want to itch when I walk in or out of a casino.

1. The Venetian

Venetian Las Vegas Sportsbook
Venetian Sportsbook

Without a doubt there are no better TV screens at any sportsbook in Las Vegas than The Venetian. The combination of crisp color of the TV’s and the dark ceiling and perfect lighting make this almost like going to a movie theater. The seating is the same as every CG Technology (Cantor) sportsbook. The ugly red work desks don’t really matter since you’re watching the games. The chairs are comfortable office chairs. Each betting station has an outlet so you can charge your mobile phone, tablet or laptop. Even though the staff isn’t always nice there isn’t a better sportsbook to watch the games.

2. The Mirage

The Mirage Las Vegas Sportsbook
The Mirage Sportsbook

The Mirage was the Mecca of sports betting in the 70’s and 80’s 90’s but had fallen into disrepair until a couple of years ago. The space remains as one of the largest sportsbooks in Vegas but there is now a huge TV screen that takes up the entire wall and plenty of lounge chairs. They even installed some interactive tables that will come in handy for drink service and more (see article on Vegas Chatter). The sportsbook is open to the casino so the lighting isn’t as good as The Venetian but it doesn’t hamper visibility. It’s great to see this classic sportsbook restored to its glory.

3. MGM Grand

MGM Grand Las Vegas Sportsbook
MGM Grand Sportsbook

I’ve come around on this sportsbook. I don’t really like MGM Grand because it’s huge and has way too many kids for Vegas. That said, the sportsbook here is large with many upgraded seats. It’s easy to watch games here since there are so many large screens. With its proximity to TAP sports bar (review on Vegas Chatter) and the Sigma Derby game make it a great location. Pro-Tip don’t use the restroom near the buffet. Instead head toward the Sigma Derby game to relieve yourself without the leftovers from someone’s buffet.

4. Red Rock Resort

Red Rock Resort Las Vegas Sportsbook
Red Rock Sportsbook

This is my local sportsbook so I may be partial. The space is huge with seating for hundreds. The three main screens are massive and change size depending on how many games are on. The downside is that they’re older and could use updating. I’ve been to many of the sportsbooks off the Vegas Strip and no other sportsbook matches the intensity of when there are football games being shown here. Additionally, drink service is quick and they do offer drink tickets.

Notable omissions:

1. Lagasse’s Stadium (The Palazzo)

Lagasse's Stadium Sportsbook And Restaurant At Palazzo Las Vegas
Lagasse’s Stadium

2 years ago Lagasse’s Stadium was the benchmark for a great sportsbook. What’s happened? Poor service (which matters a lot since it’s a restaurant) and the same screens from when they opened. It’s still a good sportsbook when it’s not busy but there are now issues during large events and NFL games. 1) Seating is limited and reservations no longer secure space needed for large parties. 2) Mediocre restaurant service 3) Table minimums around $50 per person for most Sunday’s.

2. Westgate (LVH, Hilton, International) Superbook

LVH SuperBook - Las Vegas Hotel
LVH – Westgate SuperBook

SuperBook has the best linemakers in Las Vegas. There’s no questioning that. Even though they don’t allow smoking in the sportsbook it feels like they do. Sitting at this sportsbook is not fun. The sportsbook smells bad and the air makes me itch. I’ll revisit after they complete the pending renovations. Maybe they’ll add a working air filter and new carpet.

LVH Is Out, Westgate Las Vegas Is In. Here’s What To Expect.

Westgate Las Vegas Marquee
Westgate Las Vegas Marquee

Last week LVH was sold to Westgate. In turn the hotel formerly known as LVH, Hilton and International will now be known as Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The purchase price was somewhere around $180 million and the owner says that they will put more than twice that much into rehabbing the old property.

A lot of changes are planned for the new Westgate Las Vegas, here’s what you need to know:

Continue reading “LVH Is Out, Westgate Las Vegas Is In. Here’s What To Expect.”

LVH SuperBook Set For Renovations

LVH SuperBook - Las Vegas Hotel
LVH Westgate SuperBook

In case you didn’t hear the news, LVH was sold last week to Westgate. LVH is no longer but the SuperBook will continue and become better than ever!

he (Westgate CEO, David Seagel) vows to make Las Vegas’ largest race and sports book the best in the market with new video screens and other comforts.

This is great new for a legendary sportsbook. I’ve never been a fan of the Hilton or LVH sportsbook because it’s old and makes me feel dirty. That said I think I’ll like the newly renovated Westgate SuperBook when the work is done.

There are no dates for renovations but don’t expect anything before football season later this year or March Madness next year.

UPDATE: Since you’ve asked, SuperContest will not be affected by the sale of LVH to Westgate.

Life On The Line Movie

Life On The Line Movie Art
Life On The Line

I caught wind about “Life On The Line” earlier this week listening to Teddy Covers on the radio. “Life On The Line” is a documentary on sports bettors and the sports betting industry (at least LVH sportsbook). “Life On The Line” won’t be in theaters and it won’t be available on Netflix but you can download and stream the movie from the Las Vegas Vegas Advisor website beginning January 27. Here’s how they describe the movie.

With unprecedented access behind the scenes at LVH’s “SuperBook” and featuring a cast of legends from the Las Vegas sport-betting world, including long-time Hilton/LVH oddsmaker Jay Kornegay, two-time Supercontest champion Steve Fezzik, hedge-fund manager John Netto, long-time Vegas pro-bettors including Erin Rynning, Teddy Covers, Bryan Leonard, Bruce Marshall, and Alf Musketa, and well-known local sports talk radio hosts Brian Blessing and Ken Thompson, Life on the Line promises to take viewers deep inside the esoteric and usually closed world of that rare breed of gambler who’s able to make a successful living betting sports.

The website doesn’t have prices for download or stream but I think Teddy Covers mentioned it would be only $5, but don’t hold me to that. The trailer looks like this will be an interesting movie if you’re into sports, sports betting and Las Vegas. I like all of those things and I look forward to checking this out.

Interview With Jay Kornegay From LVH

Jay Kornegay from the LVH SuperBook is one of the more senior sportsbook bosses in Las Vegas today. He’s often the go-to guy for mainstream media when they have questions about sports betting.

In most of his interviews he comes across as being candid, which isn’t something you see from many casino executives. This interview from Calvin Ayer is no different and touches on the current state of sportsbooks, LVH SuperBook and the future of sportsbooks.

Interview with Jay Kornegay of The LVH SuperBook Video 

If you’d like to read more, there is an accompanying article with the video on CalvinAyer.com.

If you read really fast or have 10 hours to kill, there’s a very long article on the SuperContest at LVH on SBNation. I haven’t read this yet, but people say it’s a good read.

LVH (Formerly Las Vegas Hilton) Sold

LVH (formerly known as Las Vegas Hilton) was sold today in a foreclosure auction. For the time being, nothing will change.

“The future is bright for the LVH on all fronts,” said Rick Stevens, chief operating officer of the Navegante Group, which said the sale ended uncertainties about the property.

Today’s sale capped a tumultuous 12 months for the Paradise Road property, which went into foreclosure proceedings last fall, early in the year lost its Hilton franchise and then was placed under control of a court-appointed receiver.

People are saying all the right things about LVH and that’s because they’re paid too. The future is the opposite of bright for LVH on all fronts.

Besides the historic SuperBook (and overrated sportsbook) and it’s connection to the Las Vegas Convention Center there is little good at this dirty old non-strip casino.

Expect more news to follow. If you are a fan of LVH I recommend you keep an eye on SuperBook boss Jay Kornegay. If he stays with LVH you should expect that good things are coming. If he leaves, expect bad things to follow.