The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, which opened in 1986, is the largest in the world. The sportsbook, also known as the “Superbook,” is a sports bettor's playground and has earned a reputation in Las Vegas as a “must see” destination for sports fans and bettors.The sportsbook occupies more than 30,000 square feet and with more than 300 seats and 28 large viewing screens — including an enormous 15-by-20 foot monstrosity — there might not be a better place to watch a big game anywhere in Las Vegas.
In many ways, the Superbook sets the standard for betting lines, as it has an array of options that other books don’t offer. One of the best offerings is NFL Games of the Year lines and advance lines. Essentially, you can bet on marquee games weeks — or even months — in advance, which allows you to get better line value on a game that you have a strong handle on. The Superbook also allows bettors to wager on Super Bowl odds, conference odds and division odds, in addition to over/under regular season win totals and a handful of other propositions.The Superbook caters itself to sharp bettors, and hundreds of them flock to the Westgate each fall to compete in the Hilton’s NFL Supercontest. With a $1,500 entry fee, the Supercontest is considered the sports betting equivalent of the World Series of Poker. With six parlay cards, mini and super-teaser cards and the ability to bet on sides, totals or props, the Westgate has without question the largest wagering menu in Las Vegas.
One of the great things about the Westgate is that it’s off the Strip, but also an extremely close commute for those who want to walk around on Las Vegas Boulevard. The parking at LVH is one of the best you’ll find anywhere, especially for sports bettors, as you can park virtually right outside the door. If you don’t feel like dropping $200 per night at a hotel on the Strip but still want comfort and a nice place to stay, the LVH is one of the best options. And while the LVH definitely has an “old” Vegas vibe, you can’t ask for much more than clean rooms with nice furnishings, which is what the Westgate provides. There are a number of great places to eat, but one place in particular is TJ’s Steakhouse, home to mouth-watering steaks at a reasonable price (as low as $30). There are a handful of other restaurants that can cater to those looking for casual or more formal settings.The Superbook Deli is perfect for sports bettors who want to sneak away for a quick sandwich. Located in the heart of the Superbook, it’s a convenient stop and your food will be ready before Carson Palmer has time to throw his next interception.
The Superbook is so massive there will be times when you’ll feel like you’re watching sports in a bingo hall. Good news is, not many bingo halls have plush, leather chairs, 22 large monitors and 11 giant screens. On gameday, the Superbook is filled with mostly tourists, which means you never quite know what to expect. Except, of course, a fun — sometimes loud — environment in which bettors are encouraged to cheer on their teams without getting snarky looks.The Ultimate Fan Cave offers perhaps the best viewing experience. Located adjacent to the Deli, the Fan Cave has comfortable lounge seating and a smoke-free environment where bettors can watch up to 16 games at once on 120-inch HD screens. The Superbook will comp free drinks to active players, and the friendly staff is more than happy to answer questions, even those that are seemingly elementary. Sportsbook director Jay Kornegay and his staff know and understand their customer base, which is critical to creating a festive, friendly environment.
You might need to stay at the Westgate multiple times before you have a chance to experience all that the resort has to offer. For those interested in taking in a show, you can’t go wrong with the Westgate Theater, dubbed the “last remaining great showroom in Las Vegas.” The 1,700-seat theater, a former stomping ground of Elvis Presley and Barry Manilow, is home to some of the best acts in town. The Shimmer Cabaret, another venue, provides a more intimate setting and hosts several well-known comics each year.Your girlfriend might enjoy the Westgate spa or a trip to the pool, which features poolside cocktails, a skyline view of the Strip and a 25-seat Jacuzzi. When she returns to the Superbook, give her a couple hundred bucks and send her off to the Charisma, where she can pick out a new outfit to wear for your next night out.