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 Circa Las Vegas and the Westgate’s Sportsbook are the largest in Las Vegas.
Whether it’s March Madness, the Super Bowl, or a lazy Tuesday during baseball season, these are the two books in Sin City where you’re likely to find the most action being placed.
While the Wynn/Encore is the biggest gambling joint in town, its 7,678 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 but that doesn’t include space from the recent remodel. Similarly, Circa Las Vegas doesn’t have to disclose their square footage until next year.
Thus, there has been no official count since Westgate’s $13 million dollar remodel, however the resort itself says the newly expanded sportsbook now has 30,000 square feet.
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.
South Point Hotel & Casino Sportsbook
Technically, with 21,411 square feet, the South Point Hotel & Casino has the “official” biggest sportsbook in Nevada, however a good chunk of that 21,411 includes their good sized, separate race book.
The racebook has seating for 126 bettors.
The Circa Las Vegas Hotel & Casino opened downtown in the fall of 2020. Its sportsbook is certainly the most impressive-looking, and is the only three-story sports book in town.
There’s stadium seating for 350 guests, and room for 1,000 people total. The large video wall is a 78 million pixel screen.
In addition to bars and several video poker bar top games, the sportsbook has a studio where VSIN (Vegas Sports Information Network) broadcasts daily.
Biggest Sportsbooks in Las Vegas
As for the others? Well 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.
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 SuperBook, Circa, and South Point, 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:
- Westgate – 30,000 square feet (unofficially)
- Circa (Exact Square footage unknown)
- South Point Hotel and Casino – 21,411 square feet
- Aliante Casino and Hotel – 14,200 square feet
- Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa – 14,066 square feet.
- Venetian – 12,200
- Mandalay Bay – 11,693 square feet
- Sam’s Town – 10,500
- Sunset Station – 10,247
- Aria – 10,156
- Sante Fe Station – 10,005
- M Resort – 9,980
- Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel – 9,709 square feet.
- Palms – 9,065
- Green Valley Ranch – 8,131
- Bally’s – 7,932
- Caesars Palace – 7,908
- Wynn – 7,678
- Palace Station – 6,900
- Luxor – 6,500
- Bellagio – 6,320
- MGM Grand – 6,005
- Planet Hollywood – 5,900
- The Cannery & Eastside Cannery – (each have 5,855 square feet)
- Rampart Casino in Summerlin, NV – 5,670
- Boulder Station – 5,500
- Gold Coast – 5,400
- Mirage – 5,345
(Photo courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino and Circa Las Vegas.)