For downtown sports books check out my other post: Downtown Sports Books for Football

Many people come to Las Vegas to spend Sunday watching NFL games at their favorite sports book. Spending up to 10 hours hanging out with friends, drinking, gambling and sweating their bets can be a fun way to waste away a day.

Sports books aren’t the most profitable space on the casino floor as sports bets are low margin, and games take a long time to come to a betting outcome. In an effort to squeeze out more money on popular betting days a lot of sports books are monetizing the experience, usually with mandatory food and beverage minimums. Outside of March Madness, NFL Sundays are the most popular days of the year.

So to help you plan your NFL Sundays accordingly here is a breakdown of what each strip and downtown Las Vegas sports books are charging on NFL Sundays. I will try to get the rules for college football Saturdays, but I would just assume similar rules as Sundays.

Will give grades for each location base on price, grittiness/upscale, atmosphere, food&drink, TVs, drink tickets, seating and overall experience.

Information is up to date for NFL week 1 2018.

Location:       Overall Grade     Price/Person

Mirage:                           A-                    $0-162

Aria:                                B+                    $0

Bellagio:                         B+                    $0-100

The Cromwell:              B+                   $60-90

Caesars Palace:             B+                  $100-209

Wynn:                              B+                    $50-100

Harrah’s:                        B+                     $0

Mandalay Bay:              B                      $0

Cosmopolitan:               B-                    $0-300

Luxor:                              B-                     $0

Venetian:                         B-                   Reserved

MGM Grand:                   C+                  $0

Encore:                             C+                  Reserved

Paris:                                 C-                    $0

Excalibur:                        C-                    $0

Flamingo:                         D                    $0

Wynn

Overall: B+

  • Price: $$$
  • Upscale: Tier 1
  • Atmosphere: Fun
  • F&B: B-
  • TVs: B+
  • Drink Tix: $150 sports, $20 horses
  • Seating: B+

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For Sundays during NFL season the Wynn sports book is charging $100 per person for a fixed menu served from Charlie’s Bar and Grill plus 4 of the beverage choices. This gets you a reserved seat in the sports book for the early and afternoon NFL games, approximately from 10am-4:30pm. For the Sunday night game it’s a $50 food and beverage minimum to get a seat.

Considering it the Wynn, the price isn’t bad. Kinda sucks that the menu is so limited though, and the cost is pretty high for two food items and four drinks. The place was jam packed and you can’t even go into the sports book area without a reserved seat. Make reservations at least a day ahead of time.

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The seats are relatively comfortable at the Wynn sports book. There’s also some couches for bigger groups. It’s definitely a loud place and people are having fun. They had every game on, but for some reason they kept horse racing on some of the biggest and best screens. Probably trying to encourage people to bet since horses are much more profitable for sports books. It sucks if you’re trying to watch one of the football games that was on a smaller screen because of this.

Last time I was at the Wynn sportsbook the waitresses would not take money for drink orders, only drink tickets. I’m not sure if that policy holds for football days.

If the Wynn sports book is all reserved, or you don’t want to pay for a seat you could just go to Charlie’s. It was pretty full during the early games, but seemed like they were turning over tables and that way you can have more food variety. Lots of TVs and can see many of the sports book screens as well. Not sure if there were any F&B minimums.

Encore

Overall: C+

  • Price: Reserved
  • Upscale: Tier 1
  • Atmosphere: Chill Fun
  • F&B: B
  • TVs: C-
  • Drink Tix: $150 sports, $20 horses
  • Seating: B-

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The Encore sports book is borderline not a sports book. It’s really small and sits open on the casino floor. There is about 40 seats plus a row of about 15 stools behind them. For NFL Sunday all the seats were reserved. The stools were available to whoever got them first. I didn’t find out about how to reserve a seat but I would guess it has to do with your casino or betting status with the Wynn.

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If you’re trying to watch anything except the main game it’s not a great viewing experience. The non main TV’s are pretty small, and just like the Wynn, about half the screens were showing horses. The seats are decent, you can get food delivered from Wazuzu or pick up something from Goodies On Demand. Not sure if waitresses would take drink orders without tickets. You get to witness a lot of spillover from Encore Beach Club, if you’re into that sorta thing. Doing some gambling during downtimes is very easy as the sports book isn’t enclosed.

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Right next to the sports book is the Encore Players Lounge. There was a couple of groups hanging out there but still plenty of empty couches. They have TV’s hanging up as well as one TV floor mounted. The lounge would actually be a decent place for your group if you mostly wanted to focus on just a game or two. Usually the only rule for sitting there is each person has to order a drink. I don’t think they take drink tickets. There’s also gambling tables in the lounge area. Same food and beverage options as the sports book.

If you don’t care about food or a fun atmosphere, Eastside Lounge at Encore is another option. They had two large projectors showing games plus a couple smaller screens. Background views of the pool are nice as well. They had the volume on one game playing quietly. Plenty of seating was available.

The Cromwell

Overall: B+

  • Price: $$
  • Upscale: Tier 2
  • Atmosphere: Very Chill
  • F&B: C
  • TVs: A
  • Drink Tix: $50 sports, $10 horses
  • Seating: A-

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If you’re looking for a great sports book that isn’t as big and rowdy, The Cromwell is would be my #1 suggestion. I would give it an ‘A’ if it wasn’t for the cost and just ok food. The Cromwell charges $60 per person for the first row of seats, or $90 for the back two rows. They give you a $10 food voucher to use at Eatwell plus 3 drink tickets. The same price runs for Saturdays and Sundays and reserves your seat for the entire day.

Chairs are reserved on The Cromwell’s website.

There’s only about 35 chairs and they’re all big comfortable leather seats. A couple of high stools in the back were being used as well for small groups. They were showing all the games on 8 large screens and you could easily see all the games from every seat except maybe the ends in the front row. They also have drink specials going on for $6/7 beers and $13-17 cocktails. Food can be delivered from Eatwell and is just ok, as it’s all pre-made items.

The atmosphere is pretty chill as there’s not a lot of people. The Cromwell is usually pretty quiet during the day, even with spill out from Drais Beach Club. Cromwell is home to best odds on the entire strip, so it’s a great place to hang if you want to hit the tables during game days as well.

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Interlude is also in The Cromwell and was showing games as well. Again a very chill atmosphere but would be ok if you’re mostly interested in watching primarily one game. They also have an amazing happy hour from 6-7pm with $1 cocktails, and 7-8pm with $3 beers and $5 cocktails.

Harrah’s

Overall: B+

  • Price: Free
  • Upscale: Tier 3
  • Atmosphere: Fun
  • F&B: A-
  • TVs: B-
  • Drink Tix: $50 sports, $10 horses
  • Seating: A-

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If you’re looking for a free way to watch football at a strip sports book, Harrah’s might be your best option. There’s a lot of big leather chairs as well as some couches in back. There’s also a bar with video poker right in the sportsbook with stool seating. All the seats in the sports book were taken, so I assume if you want a chair or couch for your group, you need to arrive well before first kickoff to lock down some space.

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TV setup isn’t the biggest or best, but you could view all games from most seats. The crowd is pretty fun and rowdy. Harrah’s is known for being loose with drink tickets, though I didn’t stay longer enough to see how often waitresses were coming around. There were drink specials for $6-7 beers and $14 shot+beer. Some people also seemed to be bringing in cheaper drinks from the gift shop or outside the sports book. Sitting at the bar and playing video poker is another option to get free drinks.

Food can be bought at the Fulton Street Food Hall and brought back. It’s nearby the sports book, and had lots of options that looked much better than I was expecting for a Harrah’s food court.

If you’re willing to arrive early, and not looking to spend a lot of money watching football games, Harrah’s might be your best bet on the strip!

Paris

Overall: C-

  • Price: Free
  • Upscale: Tier 3
  • Atmosphere: Quieter Fun
  • F&B: D
  • TVs: C
  • Drink Tix: $50 sports, $10 horses
  • Seating: B-

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The Paris sports book is primarily made up of desk seating with small TVs. It appears to have been primarily designed with horse bettors in mind rather than a place for people to watch a Sunday’s worth of football. Despite that there is a decent selection of screens for people to view the games, and chairs are on a first come basis. There’s also some couches and space for groups in back.

There were some empty seats when I went there during the middle of game day. So if you struck out every where else and don’t wanna fork over any money for a seat it would be worth checking out to see if there’s some space available.

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There was some drink specials for $6 beer and $12 cocktails. The only food I saw was this sign for $5 hot dog and chips. I don’t know of many good to go food options in Paris, so if you wanna eat something decent you might have to venture off to get it. The book at Paris isn’t going to blow away anyone, but as a last resort you could do worse.

Flamingo

Overall: D

  • Price: Free
  • Upscale: Tier 3
  • Atmosphere: Quiet
  • F&B: C-
  • TVs: D-
  • Drink Tix: $50 sports, $10 horses
  • Seating: B-

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The Flamingo sports book could be an ok place to spend a day watching football games but the TVs ruin the whole experience. They’re tiny! You can barely see what’s happening from almost any seat in the room. The chairs are actually ok and set up in rows facing the front. The book actually had quite a few people there, though some seats were available in the middle of the day’s action.

As with other Caesars places the seating was free, drink tickets are probably not too hard to get, and the Flamingo has a food court, though it’s not great. Anyways I don’t recommend the Flamingo sports book unless you’re desperate, or have vision like a hawk. Go somewhere else.

The Venetian

Overall: B-

  • Price: Reserved
  • Upscale: Tier 3
  • Atmosphere: Rowdy Fun
  • F&B: B
  • TVs: B+
  • Drink Tix: none
  • Seating: B-

The Venetian sports book is a little bit chaotic. The operation has been outsourced to CG Technology and they don’t seem to care about much except taking in bets. The setup is all desk space with pretty big office style leather chairs. All the chairs are reserved for people who either wager a certain amount, or have a certain balance on the CG sports betting app. It was pretty fun an rowdy on Sunday.

CG doesn’t give out drink tickets no matter how much you are betting. There were some waitresses going around, but I also saw people bringing in a lot of their own alcohol. Noodle Asia and Black Tap Burger are right near the sportsbook, though I’m not sure if you can get them to go. The food court on the second floor of The Venetian has some decent chain options as well.

If you can snag yourself some seats through CG then The Venetian isn’t a bad option. Otherwise there’s some video poker bar space available behind all the desks, but probably fills up fast early in the day.

The Mirage

Overall: A-

  • Price: $$$
  • Upscale: Tier 2
  • Atmosphere: Rowdy Fun
  • F&B: A-
  • TVs: A-
  • Drink Tix: $500 sports! $20 horses
  • Seating: A

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The Mirage Sports Book gets my highest grade on the strip for watching football on a Saturday or Sunday. The sports book is enormous and has a lot of different seating options for people who are willing to pay, as well as those that are willing to show up early to secure a seat for free.

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If your willing to spend some money to get a guaranteed seat, The Mirage is offering all you can drink packages on game days. Unlimited beer, liquor, red bull and soda are included in the package, and it guarantees you a seat all day. The package costs $65 on Thursdays and Monday nights, $130 for Saturdays and $162 on Sundays.

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The reserved seats are in a sectioned off part of the sportsbook. There are individual seats as well as couches for groups in this area. All the seats looked very comfortable.

To make a reservation go to The Mirage sports book website.

Note: As I am writing this on a Tuesday, the reserved seats for this upcoming Sunday are already sold out. Try to book your seats as soon as possible.

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For those who don’t want to spend so much money, The Mirage sports book has a lot of seating options that are available on a first come basis. A variety of chairs, desks and even some couches are available with no reservation. I would recommend getting there early as The Mirage is very popular. The have some drink specials going on game day as well.

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The video board at the sports book is huge ,and unless you’re sitting far on the side, you should have no problem being able to see most of the screens. Another nice part of the sports book is that it doesn’t feel cramped because of how large it is. Food options nearby the book include a deli, a California Pizza Kitchen and LVB Burgers that has a separate to go area. So you should be able to find something you like.

Bellagio

Overall: B+

  • Price: $$
  • Upscale: Tier 1
  • Atmosphere: Fun
  • F&B: B
  • TVs: B+
  • Drink Tix: $125 sports, $10 horses
  • Seating: A-

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The Bellagio Sports book has a comfortable feel to it, with nice chairs, and a trio of huge screens that can be split into quad boxes. Most of the seating in the Bellagio book is on a first come basis. The only problem is that it’s a very popular place, and there just aren’t that many seats available.

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There’s a small section of couches available that can be reserved for a beverage minimum of $50 per person on Saturdays, and $100/person on Sundays. The only catch is that you have to be a hotel guest, so it’s not available to the general public. If you happen to be staying at the Bellagio it’s a nice option. Food is available from Snacks, which offers typical burgers, pizza, wings and other bar food. The foods always been pretty good there.

To reserve a seat go to the sports book, or contact the hotel concierge.

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The sports book has 3 main screens, which can also be broken down into smaller screens. I can on a Monday but I would guess they have one main game on one big screen, while the other two are showing alternate games on Saturdays and Sundays. Should be pretty easy to follow the action as almost all the seats have good angles.

If you strike out with getting a seat at the sports book, you could get a couch at Lily Lounge. Sat/Sun both require a $50/person beverage minimum with a $150 min total. Won’t have the sports book feel but when Monday Night Football was on it was about 3:1 women to men ratio, if that’s something you’re looking for.

Caesars Palace

Overall: B+

  • Price: $$$$
  • Upscale: Tier 2
  • Atmosphere: Rowdy Fun
  • F&B: B
  • TVs: A
  • Drink Tix: $100 sports, $10 horses
  • Seating: B+

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The Caesars Palace sports book is my favorite place to watch sports regularly. Usually the crowd is pretty high energy, the seats are big and comfortable and the screen is one of the best in town. The only reason why it doesn’t get a higher grade is because on game days all the seats are reserved and quite pricey.

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On Thursday and Monday nights, the front chairs are open on a first come basis, while the back VIP seats and couches are reserved. It costs $34 for a reserved seat and that includes 1 drink ticket.

On Saturdays the front chairs cost $100 and include 3 drink tickets, while the VIP area is $196 and is all you can drink. Sunday’s the price goes up to $120 and $209 for the same packages.

To reserve a seat go to the Caesars Palace sports book website.

If the cost doesn’t deter you, the Caesars sports book is a really great place to watch a lot of games. The screen can be configured so many different ways, and there’s no bad angles from any of the seats. There’s a video poker bar behind the VIP section that has stools, but it’s very hard to get one when it’s busy. For food you can go to the food court nearby which has Smashburger, Halal Guys, DiFaria Pizza and some other choices.

The nearby Alto Bar was also showing games on Sunday and had spaces available. Not sure if there was any kind of minimum required.

Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace also shows games on Saturdays and Sundays. A small 1-2 person table requires a $100 food and beverage min, a larger table for 4-6 is a $250 minimum. The minimum can be spent on drinks, cigars or food from Old Homestead Steakhouse. It’s a good place if you wanna smoke cigars or have a meal. They have great seats and screens.

Reservations can be made at their website.

The Cosmopolitan

Overall: B-

  • Price: $$$
  • Upscale: Tier 2
  • Atmosphere: Rowdy Fun
  • F&B: B+
  • TVs: B+
  • Drink Tix: none
  • Seating: C

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The Cosmo sports book gets pretty chaotic any time there’s a big sporting event. Game days are no different. There’s very limited seating available, a few couches up front, some big chairs with desks, and high top tables with stools are your only options. I would describe it as a fun, but not comfortable place to watch games.

The chairs at the desks are all on a first come basis. The couches are reserved for CG Technology bettors. A $50,000+ balance in your account is needed to reserve one. The high top tables go for a $300 food and beverage minimum on Saturdays and Sundays. The food and drink menu is available here: menu.

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There is always a lot of people standing around the Cosmo’s sports book because of the lack of seats. There’s a video poker bar in the middle, but seats are tough to come by. A pool table and two shuffle board tables are available to anyone.

It’s a tough place to spend a lot of time at unless you can get one of the few seats or couches. Best option would be to get a high top for one game then move on to a different sports book where you can sit comfortably. You can also grab food from the brand new Block 16 Food Hall on the second floor.

Aria

Overall: B+

  • Price: Free & Reserved
  • Upscale: Tier 2
  • Atmosphere: Fun
  • F&B: B
  • TVs: B+
  • Drink Tix: $125 sports, $20 horses
  • Seating: B+

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The Aria sports book is a great place to watch a day of games, as long as you get there early enough to grab a seat. There is TVs all over of different sizes and pointing in all directions. You’re pretty much guaranteed to be able to watch any game that you want to follow.

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The seating arrangements are a little bit all over the place, just like the screens. They face different directions and aren’t focused on one main focal point like most sports book setups. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it makes more of the seats good for viewing. On game days some of the best seats and couches are reserved for MGM gamblers. To get a reservation you have to go through your casino host.

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Food is available at the nearby Five50 pizza place, as well as Burger Lounge on the other side of the poker room, and Aria Patisserie which has some pre-made food and various crepes.

MGM Grand

Overall: C+

  • Price: Free
  • Upscale: Tier 3
  • Atmosphere: Fun
  • F&B: C-
  • TVs: C
  • Drink Tix: $100 sports, $10 horses
  • Seating: C+

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The MGM Grand sports book is pretty large, but it’s build very wide. This makes it tough to see more then 1 or 2 of the biggest screens from any seat. Half the book is taken up by horse racing desks, so most guests are all packed onto one side.

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Besides the three main screens the rest of the TVs are small. It would be difficult to follow your game if it’s not on one of the 3 main screens. All the seats in the MGM Grand sports book are available on a first come basis. For food you have a deli and pizza place near by.

Level Up Lounge is right next to the sports book and has lots of arcades and games. There’s a bar there as well with a few more screens and stools.

Excalibur

Overall: C-

  • Price: Free
  • Upscale: Tier 4
  • Atmosphere: Chill
  • F&B: D-
  • TVs: C
  • Drink Tix: $100 sports, $10 horses
  • Seating: C

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The Excalibur sports book is pretty ho hum. A couple of bigger screens that can broken down into smaller ones when there’s a lot of games going. Seats are all first come. About 30 seats, 20 more at desks, 8 low top tables and 5 hi tops make up all the possible seats.

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I didn’t see any food places near by at all, so you will have to go off to venture if you want something to eat. The whole place is kinda unremarkable but it’s ok if you don’t want anything special.

Luxor

Overall: B-

  • Price: Free
  • Upscale: Tier 3
  • Atmosphere: Fun
  • F&B: C-
  • TVs: C
  • Drink Tix: $100 sports, $10 horses
  • Seating: A-

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The Luxor sports book is a bit of a mixed bag. Its made up of about 70 leather seats that aren’t too congested, a few couches plus some racing desks. There is four main screens plus some others that are almost too small to watch. So if the game you’re interested in is on one of the main screens the Luxor is great, otherwise you should go somewhere else. It’s also tough to see more than two of the big screens from any seat at a time.

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The seats are all on a first come basis. What makes the Luxor an ok option is that it’s located so far from the center strip that few people make it over there. Less competition for seats means you probably don’t have to show up as early to get a good spot here as a lot of other sports books that don’t do reserved seating.

Beer buckets for $20 and some other drink specials are running on game days. There’s a video poker bar right behind the sports book with stools and a few screens. A deli right in the sports book is your only nearby option for food, which is disappointing. A bonus was they had some low top tables behind all the chairs in the sportsbook with plugs for your phone chargers. I thought that was a nice touch.

Mandalay Bay

Overall: B

  • Price: Free
  • Upscale: Tier 3
  • Atmosphere: Fun
  • F&B: C
  • TVs: B+
  • Drink Tix: $500 sports! $10 horses
  • Seating: B+

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The Mandalay sports book is a huge space with tons of seats. It features 3 giant screens plus many smaller ones. I was there on a Monday so I not sure if the big screens can be split. If not, it might not be such a great place if you’re trying to follow one of the other games.

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The TVs sit up really high and can be easily viewed from any seat in the book. Since Mandalay Bay is the furthest south property on the strip, and has so many available seats, it’s a good place to keep in mind as a backup in case you can’t find a good place to watch sports at some of the more centrally located sports books on the strip.

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The only food option around was a typical sports grill that served up wings, burgers, fries etc. Lots more options if you’re willing to venture off. Drink tickets are tight for sports at Mandalay Bay so bet some horses if you wanna drink for free.

If you want any more info on Las Vegas sports books I found currentsportsbetting.com guides very helpful for more in depth descriptions of each sports book in town.

I’m still missing a few locations like the new Linq book and Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo, as well as off strip properties. If you enjoyed this writeup, please share!

-Hax