Las Vegas reviews: Station Casino sportsbooks

Introduction

Station Casinos properties are ubiquitous throughout Las Vegas. They encompass 11 full service hotel-casinos as well as sportsbook outlets at smaller ancillary casinos.

The Station Casinos empire includes top-level luxury destinations such as Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch Resort, hotels for budget-minded visitors such as Texas Station and the Fiesta hotels, and several mid-range properties. A perennial draw for local gamblers, Station hotels also attract tourists looking for a change of pace from the Strip.

The sportsbook

Sportsbook relevance: 8 (on a scale of 1-10)

The sportsbook occupies a prominent spot in virtually all Station Casinos properties and several of the books have undergone renovations in recent years to ensure their amenities remain state-of-the-art. Lively crowds pack the books for big games and major horse racing dates, though the pace slows during down periods on the sports calendar. Industry veteran Art Manteris, the company’s vice president of race and sports operations, oversees the Station Casinos sports book. For his longevity and contributions to the business, Manteris could be a member of a Sports Betting Hall of Fame, if one is ever established.

Service: 8

Station Casinos properties are largely geared toward local gamblers rather than tourists who might visit once or twice a year. This allows sportsbook staff members, from supervisors to ticket writers, to develop more personal relationships with their regular customers. The clientele is generally savvier regarding sports betting than the average Las Vegas tourist, so staff members have to know their stuff. Cocktail service is efficient and downright neighborly, another reflection of the locals-oriented nature of the casinos. The selection of beer and liquor is quite limited compared with the cocktail menu at more extravagant Las Vegas resorts, though.

Ambiance 8

With a wide variety of sportsbooks at more than a dozen separate properties, Station Casinos offers something for every sports bettor. The well-appointed books at Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch Resort rank among the best places anywhere to watch a sporting event, easily holding their own or even surpassing the more famous luxury resorts on the Strip. Giant-screen TVs, dozens of individual monitors, the latest betting technology and plush VIP seating areas are all par for the course.

For sports bettors who just want to run in, cash their tickets, make a few wagers and get on with their day, some Station Casinos books are among the most convenient in the entire city. For example, Palace Station has several parking spaces with 15-minute time limits located approximately a 30-second walk from the sportsbook counter. The historic El Cortez downtown, which has a Station sportsbook, can even beat that: A designated “loading zone” on North 6th Street allows you to park for 15 minutes. It’s about a 12-second walk to the sportsbook counter. The Fiesta Rancho, another Station property, features a unique drive-through sportsbook betting window, allowing you to make wagers from your car.

The typical game-day crowd is made up of locals young (21+) and old, with some tourists mixed in. It’s common to hear rowdy cheering and shouting as the games progress, and it’s a good bet you’ll see plenty of jerseys and caps sporting team logos. A popular promotion features $1 beer and hot dogs for fans in the book.

Betting options 9

The sports wagering menu is deep and comprehensive at Station Casinos properties, featuring odds on all major U.S. sports as well as soccer, tennis, golf and more. Fair odds on boxing matches worldwide are always available, including round propositions on most major fights. Odds and propositions on NASCAR and other auto racing circuits are offered, with head-to-head driver matchups a house specialty. Future-book wagering is available on most sports, though the odds on those are unexceptional. You’ll often do better on futures by shopping around at other sportsbook operations.

Station Casinos books are especially strong in the area of sports-betting contests, however. Affordable contests focusing on football season, the NCAA tournament and other events give entrants the opportunity to make a nice score for a relatively small investment. Again, these are aimed primarily at local residents, although anyone is welcome to play.

Betting limits vary by sport, typically ranging from $500 or $1,000 on offbeat proposition wagers to five figures on major sports such as football.

The property

Boys weekend 7

If you’re visiting with your homies and looking for a strong pool scene, you cannot go wrong with Green Valley Ranch Resort. Located in Henderson, about 12 miles southeast of the center Strip, GVR features a world-class sand-bottom pool surrounded by stunning desert scenery. Cabana service, food specials and even bottle service are available.

Meanwhile, Palace Station often gets a bad rap because it’s an older, generally no-frills property, but its lowly reputation is unwarranted. The hotel rooms and amenities are perfectly fine and considering its good location near the Strip, it could be an ideal destination for bargain-hunters who basically just need a place to crash after their night of partying in Las Vegas. Plus, the outstanding Las Vegas Oyster Bar at Palace Station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Girlfriend/wife weekend 7

If you’re planning a romantic getaway, consider Red Rock Resort with its expansive pool area, great dining and stylish spa. Located in Summerlin, about 16 miles west of the center Strip, Red Rock features a wide selection of fine restaurants including Hachi for elegant Japanese dishes, Terra Rossa for house-made Italian fare and T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge for prime steaks and fresh seafood.

The spa at Red Rock offers a full range of reasonably priced services including massage, body treatments, aromatherapy, facials and more. Couples packages are available. Spa discounts are regularly offered for members of the military and local Las Vegas residents.

Red Rock’s hotel rooms and suites include plasma TVs, 320-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens and fixtures made from fine woods, crystal and marble. Many rooms have views of the Strip lights or the nearby spectacular mountains and canyons west of the city limits.

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Posted by ShadowWarrior
1 year ago

Sam's Town is nice.
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Posted by stats1
1 year ago

LVH is the best book by far...
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Posted by shubox88
1 year ago

I've had an online account w/Stations for the past few years when they first introduced "Sports Connection". I got it because they were the first to offer online action in Las Vegas. It's a good place to play if your an underdog or under player, they always shade the lines on fav's and overs. Now that Cantor is also offering phone accounts it gives me the best of both. All Las Vegas brick and mortar casinos want the player "in-house", that's why they have been slow to technology. Stations is a chicken shit book. If I make a full game bet they will not post a number for a half time play on the same game. However they will usually have a half time line up for all the major sports games "in-house".
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Posted by vegasslim
1 year ago

Why do prop bets seem to determine which sportsbook is "better?" Besides they are for suckers. its not just props and by the way the last 5 years we have won some $$$$$ on props its the odds they offer and the bets they dont offer the fertitta brothers could care less as they have the ufc stations went into bankruptcy and was bought for pennies on the dollar by these 2
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Posted by houseman
1 year ago

I will give you a prop winner in the fall,,,I prefer the individual team total pts,,,,agreed with sucker bets for most part , I don't recommend player props as alot can happen (injury, lopsided lead resulting in benching, or just bad night).
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Posted by vegasslim
1 year ago

great point about getting the lines out early...at stations if you want nascar matchups they will post the odds just a few hours before the race starts WHY? because art is scared
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Posted by kjmontalv
1 year ago

Why do prop bets seem to determine which sportsbook is "better?" Besides they are for suckers. I personally have laid tons of wagers @ Red Rock, Santa Fe, and Green Valley with little complaints. Its not a Lagasse's or LVH, but they offer a good atmosphere, local oriented service, and a huge convenience for local bettors such as myself. Why would I drive all the way to the strip if I reside in Summerlin?
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Posted by VegasGourmet
1 year ago

This reads like someone in the public relations dept at Staions wrote this or, at best, it was copied word for word by the "writer.".....The 2 best books in Las Vegas are LVH (the old Hilton) and The Wynn because they are run by the 2 directors , Jay Kornegay and Johnny Avello, who know what the bettors want.. Both in terms of lines coming out early and being risk-takers as well as a multitude of betting options on a range of sports, these two directors and their books far outweigh the competition. The other books have an aversion to appealing to the majority of bettors....
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Posted by sharpstick
1 year ago

You understand Kornegay has literally nothing to do with the odds/moving lines.... right?
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Posted by vegasslim
1 year ago

sorry but stations books are a joke they are just above leroys and they offer horrible value for a sports bettor there is much more to having a good book then looking pretty and that is all stations has going for it STAY AWAY
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Posted by Yavapai
1 year ago

Slim has it right, most station books are low level low life environments like Leroys, all you need to know is Palace Station.
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Posted by Plisskin76
1 year ago

GVR is nice and spacious book and im 5 min away! LVH is a great book,but the guys behind counter need and attitude adjustment. You say hi and they dont even reply. I wont go there anymore.
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Posted by houseman
1 year ago

I like the Hilton for NFL props especially. You can get Sunday and Monday nights contests on the same sheet by Sunday afternoon. I love the feel of Santa Fe station, where everyone has their own tv (just like RR,GVR.) I go to the Hilton to buy but not watch as the parking stinks as does the trash patrons leave on the counter.
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Posted by sports_Network
1 year ago

Best place to watch an event, with Red Rock book possessing the largest screens available in LV...unfortunately, Stations offers the worst line in LV, this includes 'teasers' and parlay payout odds, the majority of patrons are from Cali, and are perpetual 'regulars' locals are rare, and far between, this says it all... The most accommodating book in LV? by far, the LVH SuperBook, best props, with a very comfortable ambiance, attached to the best Odds LV has to offer...
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Posted by Jamile1988
1 year ago

LVH is king
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Posted by LeRinkRat
1 year ago

"betting options 9"? NOT IF your an NHL hockey bettor. although they DO offer 1st period bets which most don't, they do NOT offer "Puckline" or "Goalline" +1 1/2 - 1 1/2 bets on games which is similar to the "Runline" in baseball. the "more better option" for NHL bettors is the LVH Superbook which offers BOTH betting by periods AND Puckline which they call "Goalline". Stations are also "cheap with their drink tickets". any tickets given to you must be used that day. after that, they are "void". because the Mrs and I live on the south side of Las Vegas, we frequent Green Valley Ranch, South Point and LVS a lot. South Point is a much bigger and friendlier sports book and they let you use any drink tickets received for betting any day. BEST is STILL the LVH Superbook. some will say it's "old and smelly" BUT Jay Kornegay's people usually put up the best odds and most props esp during the College and NFL Football season. Oh, and they don't even HAVE drink tickets. you just show the cocktail waitress your bet ticket for free beer, wine or well drinks.
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Posted by Yavapai
1 year ago

" Slim has it right, most station books are low level low life environments like Leroys, all you need to know is Palace Station."