Resort & Casino Las Vegas Review
One of the newer sportsbooks on the Las Vegas Strip,
the Aria Resort & Casino is truly one of the more pleasurable places to
visit if you're looking to do some big time sports gambling. This hotel is
tucked away next to the Skybox Sports Bar & Grill, and though it is just a
bit off of the main drag, that doesn't discount anything that it is worth to
the sports bettor.
The biggest features that the Aria has to offer are
the two 220" stadium sized televisions that the main sports events are
shown on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To put the size of that television
in comparison, the largest flat screen TV, according to ABC News reports, is
90", a television made by Sharp Aquos. To buy that TV, you need over $10,000.
And to think that the Aria has not just one, but two TVs that are over double
It's not like these are the only TVs available in
the area though, as there are another 90 televisions that can be viewed with
cushy seating. The plush seats can be limited in numbers, but getting yourself
a seat for the day can make this sports watching experience like none other
that you'll see on the Strip, or anywhere else in the world, for that matter.
Whereas at other sportsbooks in Las Vegas, you will
be in a musty, smoke filled room lined with hundreds and hundreds of bettors
just trying to get a glimpse at all of the TVs and lined up 10 or 15 rows deep,
here at the Aria, if you're in the house, you've got a great view of all of the
action in a relatively quaint setting.
The Aria Resort & Casino definitely isn't
without its drawbacks, though. Sure, this is a fine getaway spot for you and
your buddies, but if you're a hardcore gambler who does this for a living, this
isn't the environment for you. Whereas there are plenty of screens to watch the
action, there isn't much in the form of the ability to watch the odds move in
real time. This is clearly a touristy area, and the mass majority of the bets
you can make are the standard point spread, moneyline, and 'total' betting.
Sure, you can bet on football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer – all of
the standards – there really aren't any specifics that this sportsbook offers
that really make it stand out.
Though the area for sports bettors is quite
elaborate for monitoring, if you're just going to try to run in and place a
bet, you could run into some long lines, as the actual betting area is
relatively small in comparison to a lot of the other major sportsbooks in Sin
The casino at the Aria is fairly standard, with up
to 24 tables going at one time in the poker room and all of your standard
options for table games and slot machines. Minimum bets at tables are $25,
ranging all the way up to $5,000 per hand. Keep in mind, there is no smoking in
this poker room as well, something that could prove to be a help or a hindrance
depending upon your preference. The poker room is lined with 15 TVs as well in
case you want to keep your eyes on your sports betting as well.
All in all, the Aria is one of the most glitzy and
glamorous resorts in Las Vegas. For a vacationer, it's a fantastic destination
that should absolutely be seen at least once. However, if you're going into Sin
City to really be a bettor and to get the old school Las Vegas experience,
there are going to be other sportsbooks nearer to, or on the Strip for you.