A world renowned resort, The Bellagio’s plush, well-appointed sportsbook draws plenty of foot traffic thanks in part to its location adjacent to the casino’s poker room and the Starting Gate bar. You won’t find a swankier book. Every inch of its 5,600 square feet exudes luxury.The draws here are the deep leather commander’s chairs, high betting limits, and unparalleled service. High rollers get their own lounge, so if you’re offended by that kind hierarchy, be warned. “We’re a little more high-end than most of the places,” sportsbook manager Jimmy Crowley said. “We get a few locals but the majority of our people are all guests in the hotel. And most of them are returning guests.”It’s not one of the biggest books, but it might be the nicest.
Betting/Lines: Bellagio is part of the MGM Mirage group, so the book’s limits mirror those at the Mirage: $30,000 max on NFL sides, $10,000 max on moneylines, $5,000 max on totals. Loyal casino players can get higher limits. For college football, the max bet on a side ranges from $5,000 on low-profile games to $15,000 on marquee matchups. On college hoops sides, the book takes bets ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. For college totals, the book takes $2,000 bets on football, $1,000 on hoops.NFL lines go up around noon Monday for the following Sunday. The book puts up basic props, except for Super Bowl Sunday when a wide array is offered. In-game betting is not available.Bellagio has 20-cent baseball lines, just like the Mirage.
Value: Majestic dancing fountains let you know you’re entering a five-star atmosphere. Monets grace the hotel’s fine art gallery, and the Botanical Gardens are equally breathtaking. You’ll pay a premium at this exclusive 13-year-old establishment.The sportsbook lies on the east end of the main casino floor, next to the poker room. Grab a quick bite next door at Snacks, which sells fresh sandwiches and a variety of items, visit the buffet or choose from several AAA Five Diamond-awarded restaurants in the hotel.
Experience: The race area has 99 individual racing monitors and seven large screens. There are six large screens for sports, plus 38 flat screens and other sleek screens throughout. With only about 50 seats in the sports area (not counting the high-rollers lounge), up to 200 people will stand and watch on busy sports days. Arrive early if you want a seat.Drinks are free if you have action going, and waitresses are attentive. Cocktail service is even better in the lounge area. During football season, the book is open until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays, and midnight Sundays. It opens at 6:30 a.m. on weekends, 8 a.m. on weekdays.
Extras:While you’re following your action in comfort, your wife or girlfriend can stroll through Via Bellagio, a lavish fashion row featuring Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci, Hermes and much more. They can explore Jeff Mitchum’s world-class photography, the art of Richard MacDonald, or the Gallery of Fine Art landscapes. They can also indulge in spa and salon services in a 65,000-square foot beauty oasis. That should keep them busy for hours.