Grand Sports & Race Book Review
One of the most popular hotels on the Las Vegas
Strip, the MGM Grand is a heck of a venue that has to be seen at least once by
all Sin City goers. The MGM Grand features the biggest casino in Las Vegas, and
it is the biggest resort that the city has to offer, making it one of the
biggest venues in the entire world. So many of the world's biggest events have
come to the MGM Grand, including a number of crucial title fights in boxing.
The downer from our standpoint is that the sports
and race book really is relatively small. Yes, there are plenty of seats for a
small 5,000+ square foot area, but the 100 theatre style seats really only
offer access to some smaller televisions and a few enormous ones. If you want
to watch all of the games at one time, this probably isn't the sports book for
you. Want to catch just the one big one over the course of the day? Then the
MGM is right up your alley.
There are just 17 betting windows, and matters can
get crowded on a college football Saturday or an NFL Sunday. There are plenty
of electronic signboards as well, though that has come to be just a standard
and an expectation in the industry.
An interesting feature that the MGM Grand has that
few other venues have anywhere else in the world is the Skybox. Yes, there are
actually Skyboxes here at the MGM Grand, four of them in fact, and they can fit
anywhere between eight and 20 people. The boxes look down on all of the action
going on at the floor level, and they also offer up a clean shot at all of the
TVs from above.
The sportsbook itself doesn't offer much else than
the norm. Plenty of betting lines on all of the major events, but don't think
that you're going to find a prop as to whether or not the third string tight
end is going to score a touchdown or not on Sunday.
Though we really don't think that the sportsbook is
totally ideal for more than the recreational bettor in relation to what else
Vegas has to offer, the location of the MGM can't be beaten, as it is right in
the middle of the Strip.
The poker room is where there is plenty of money to
be made by pros. This is one of the biggest poker rooms that Sin City has to
offer with 22 tables with plenty of space to operate. It is also a non-smoking
facility, which is a massive positive for those that aren't smokers, and though
it can be loud during the big game, the room is offset enough from the clubs
and the sports book to be considered a quaint, relatively peaceful room. Wait
times are often short in spite of the fact that hundreds flock to the MGM Grand
every day to play cards, and that's due to the large number of tables that are
almost all operating 24/7. If you're just looking for the casual game, you
won't find it, as the MGM Grand is known for its 20-somethings and
30-somethings that are just here to try to strike it rich. Some will succeed,
but most are just amateurs destined to get cleaned out.
The MGM Grand is a very diverse resort that could be
considered a great place to stay if going to Las Vegas. If you're looking for
features at the sportsbook, you probably won't find anything all that
interesting unless you're going to shell out the bucks for the Skybox, but
you'll still find a functional area with everything that you'll need in one