LVH SuperBook tops our list of best books to bet in Vegas

May 4, 2012 |

An elegant, full-service resort, the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is located one block east of the Las Vegas Strip, between Desert Inn Road and Sahara Avenue. The LVH caters to a sophisticated, excitement-seeking clientele with 74,000 square feet of gaming space, restaurants ranging from casual eateries to fine-dining destinations, production shows and world-class entertainment headliners. Its location next to the Las Vegas Convention Center makes it a popular hotel among business travelers as well.

The Sportsbook

Sportsbook relevance: 10 

The size says it all. With more than 30,000 square feet of space, the LVH claims to have the world’s largest sportsbook. It has earned a reputation in Las Vegas as a “must see” destination for sports fans and bettors. Reliably busy regardless of the season, the sportsbook occupies prime real estate on the eastern side of the property with easy access to ground-level parking just off Joe W. Brown Drive. Sportsbook director Jay Kornegay  is one of the industry’s most experienced and respected sportsbook managers.

Service: 9

The LVH sportsbook staff members are among the most knowledgeable and helpful in the business, befitting a first-class operation. They are known to take the time to patiently answer question after question from novice bettors, looking to get in on the action for the first time. Cocktail servers are pleasant, friendly and attentive in the sportsbook and throughout the resort. They are refreshingly free of that chilly, detached attitude you might find elsewhere and though they’re not supermodel hot, most are certainly attractive. The LVH concierge desk, located in the main hotel lobby by the front entrance, can help you with sightseeing excursions, show tickets and dining reservations throughout Las Vegas.

Ambiance: 9

With its high ceilings, visually striking array of jumbo screens and décor focused on spectator sports and horse racing, the LVH offers visitors a timeless, classic sportsbook experience. For decades, the LVH sportsbook has been known as “The SuperBook,” and it lives up to the high billing. The sportsbook features 28 big screens, one huge screen measuring 15 feet by 20 feet and dozens of smaller viewing monitors. The sportsbook area includes more than 300 seats, all comfortable and up-to-date. Massive electronic odds boards and a 75-foot long sports info ticker make it easy to find the latest betting information.

The typical crowd in the sportsbook features a healthy mix of Las Vegas locals sweating their daily action and tourists soaking up the electrifying atmosphere. Thanks to the excellent odds and extensive betting menu offered by the LVH staff, the sportsbook tends to attract more than its share of savvy and experienced bettors. Beginners, of course, are always welcome. 

During major sporting events, you can practically feel the big room quivering with excitement as a capacity crowd immerses itself in the action. Even if long lines develop at the windows as kickoff approaches, they tend to move quickly and efficiently. Restrooms are conveniently located adjacent to the book but feature only the most basic amenities and, frankly, could probably use a remodeling job. 

Betting options: 10

The deep and varied betting menu available at the LVH is one of the sportsbook’s primary strengths. The LVH sportsbook is world-renowned for its enormous selection of Super Bowl proposition wagers. Its oddsmakers also post a tremendous selection of season-long major league baseball propositions as well as creative props on individual players’ performances throughout the football and basketball seasons. You’ll find the most in-depth betting opportunities on golf at the LVH, as well as odds on international soccer, rugby, tennis, auto racing, boxing and mixed martial arts along with the major American sports. First-half and halftime wagering is available.

The LVH stands as the undisputed pound-for-pound champion of betting options among Las Vegas sportsbooks. Posted limits vary by sport, ranging up to $20,000 on football sides. If they wish to exceed the posted limits, bettors are always welcome to ask for more at the LVH. In fact, Kornegay told me he prefers to use the term “guidelines” rather than “limits.”

The Property

Boys weekend (8)

If you’re here with your homies, you’ll definitely want to hit the seasonal “Cool by the Pool” promotion on the third-floor pool deck. It features a happy hour with drink specials, snacks including shrimp cocktail and ceviche, live music and drawings for prizes. 

For more libations, visit Vince Neil’s Tres Rios Cantina or Tempo lounge, both on the resort property.

When recovering “the day after,” choose from a variety of casual dining spots including the SuperBook Deli, the 888 Noodle Bar and the LVH’s traditional Vegas-style buffet. The superb Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam is just a five-minute drive from the LVH, in a very rundown strip mall at 953 East Sahara Avenue.

Girlfriend/wife weekend (7)

The LVH can be an ideal spot for a romantic getaway. If it’s a couple’s vacation, you might want to opt for a poolside bed or cabana. A spa conveniently situated by the pool deck offers a full range of services, including massages, body treatments and facials, at competitive prices. For fine dining, try TJ’s Steakhouse, Casa Nicola or Garden of the Dragon, all on site.

Although the LVH is just one block from the Strip, it is a long block, so you will most likely prefer to take a cab if you’re heading to the ritzy shopping areas of the center Strip. Hotel rooms and suites, some with a spectacular view of the Strip or surrounding mountains, offer exceptional quality.

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