Golden 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.