By Steve Beauregard
The best sportsbook in Las Vegas is…the one you win at.
Opinions differ on the best sportsbook in Las Vegas, and it really is a personal preference. Some prefer the loud, high-octane energy of a massive betting environment like the Westgate’s Superbook, whereas others prefer a quiet kiosk at a locals casino.
What we can say is that the Westgate’s Sportsbook is by far the largest in Las Vegas.
While the Wynn/Encore is the biggest gambling joint in town, it’s 5,600 square foot sportsbook, while remodeled and beautiful, is nowhere near the size of that of the Westgate, the large hotel/casino just east of the Strip known for once being both the largest hotel in the world, and the performing home of Elvis Presley.
According to the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino’s sportsbook had 14,174 square feet as of December 31st, 2016.
Impressive, to be sure, yet it would only put it as the third largest sportsbook in the state of Nevada. However that number is no longer accurate as the sportsbook’s remodeling and expansion was completed in January of 2016.
Thus, there has been no official count since the $13 million dollar remodel, however the resort itself says the newly expanded sportsbook now has 25,000 square feet.
Another part of Westgate’s website claims the Superbook has “more than 30,000 square feet.”
Either way, I believe they are right to proclaim themselves as the “World’s Largest Race and Sports Superbook.”
But it’s not just the size that’s impressive. Westgate’s sportsbook has a video wall that is 20 feet by 220 feet long, in what they claim is the world’s largest indoor LED video wall. In other words, much larger than your 55 inch at home. The sportsbook director claims its pixels make it five times clearer than the massive screen at AT & T Stadium in Dallas.
The Superbook has 400 seats, all of which have LED screens. The VIP area includes 15 inch LCD monitors at each seat.
There are 8 wagering windows, 13 giant HD screens, and even a separate parking area and entrance into the sportsbook. Those of you staying down the Strip can get to the Superbook very easily via the Las Vegas monorail, as there is a stop right at the Westgate.
Although the Superbook is smoke-free, there is an enclosed attached section called “The Clubhouse” which does allow you to puff on that stogie or cigarette. There’s also a bar inside, and a nearby food court. Free drink tickets can be earned with qualifying wagers. Be sure to ask the ticket taker when placing your bet.
Biggest Sportsbooks in Las Vegas
Almost every casino in Las Vegas has a race and sports book. Some of the smaller casinos have only a William Hill betting kisok, but most places will have plenty of screens, tables and atmosphere for you to place a bet and watch the race or game of your choice.
And while the Westgate’s Superbook is the biggest of them all, the South Point down on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard isn’t too far behind, with a betting parlour clocking in at over 21,000 square feet.
The popular sportsbook is also home to the VSIN (Vegas Sports Information Network) radio broadcast studio, in which Brent Musberger and friends discuss (what else?) sports betting.
Other than the 3rd place Mandalay Bay sportsbook at 18,125 square feet, every other sportsbook in Nevada is under 15,000 square feet.
Here is a list of the top other biggest sportsbooks in Las Vegas and Nevada, along with their respective square footage. Surprisingly (and I double checked), iconic sportsbooks like at Caesars Palace and the Mirage did not make the top of the list:
2) South Point Hotel and Casino – 21,411 square feet
3) Mandalay Bay – 18,125 square feet
4) Aliante Casino and Hotel – 14,200 square feet
5) Grand Sierra Casino (Reno, Nevada): 14,174 square feet
6) Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa: 14,066 square feet.
7) Venetian – 12,200
8) Mirage – 11,990
9) Sunset Station – 10,247
10) Aria – 10,156
11) Sam’s Town – 10,500
12) Sante Fe Station – 10,005
13) M Resort – 9,980
14) Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel: 9,709 square feet.
15) Palms – 9,065
16) Green Valley Ranch – 8,131
17) Bally’s – 7,932
18) Caesars Palace – 7,908
19) Palace Station – 6,900
20) Bellagio – 6,320
21) MGM Grand – 6,005
22) The Cannery – 5,900
(Photo coutesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.)