Nugget Sports & Race Book Review
It wasn't all that many years ago that the Golden
Nugget was in a heck of a lot of trouble. The sports book wasn't doing well,
and the whole resort was on the verge of shutting down. However, since that
point, there have been a number of tremendous advances in technology here at
the Golden Nugget, and that has really helped save one of the oldest and most
rich in tradition sports and race books on the planet.
When you picture the old school sportsbooks, this is
what you're picturing. There are smokers all over the place, and you see men
that look like Sammy Farha with his cigar hanging out of his mouth sitting at
all of the tables and watching all of the TVs that the hotel has to offer. When
you're winning your bet, you are encouraged and are fully expected to shout,
hoot, and holler at the top of your lungs, as you'll be joining all of the rest
of the players that will be doing the same exact thing.
We've mentioned technology, and the Golden Nugget
has plenty of it. Whereas a lot of the sportsbooks in Las Vegas have TVs spread
all over the place, the Golden Nugget has walls that are dedicated to flat
screens and plasmas that literally take up the entire area. There are also more
televisions at the Golden Nugget per square foot than anywhere else in the
state of Nevada.
The accommodations are generally a bit more
expensive at the Golden Nugget, but the rooms are also some of the best
anywhere near the Strip, especially if you're staying in the newly built Rush
Tower. Of course, the Golden Nugget isn't exactly on the Strip, which is a bit
of a drawback, but it is definitely one of those places that you have to see at
least once if you're coming to Sin City.
The sports and race books at the Golden Nugget do
close relatively early at 10:00 p.m. local time, but that's late enough to be
able to cash your tickets for the mass majority of events. There isn't all that
much in the way of seating, with about 50 seats, some of which have personal
televisions. If you're hungry though, The Grille is a nice snack bar that is
right there in the sports book, a nice amenity to have when you're in the midst
of a long day of sports betting or horse racing betting.
Options at the Golden Nugget for betting are fairly
standard, but you'll often see some odd futures bets on the board very early at
this sports book. You can often bet on college football and NFL games of the
year as early as June, something that most sportsbooks, online or otherwise,
would never touch.
One of the other nicer features of the Golden Nugget
is its poker room. This is a very interesting setup for a room, as there are a
dozen tables which are used for anything from Poker for Beginners through to
some of the highest stakes tables you'll find in the entire world. There isn't
much in the way of variance of games, as Texas Hold 'Em is king, and your pockets
have to be somewhat deep to keep up with some of the other big spenders that
are going to be floating around in the poker room at the time. Still, this is
one of the legendary stops for poker players, and it is a must see if you want
to take a crack at Hold 'Em.
Even though it isn't there on the Strip, the Golden
Nugget is still one of our favorite casino and sports and race books that are
offered in Las Vegas, and it is a venue that has been on the bucket list for
all sports gambling fans and poker enthusiasts.