Hollywood Sports & Race Book Review
If you're looking for a sports betting experience
like none other, you'll find that in the
Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Sports & Race Book is for you.
Just the brand name "Planet Hollywood"
gives you the idea of the stars coming to play at this venue. And that's
exactly what the case truly is. Whereas the mass majority of the sportsbooks in
Las Vegas feature hardwood floors, dark seating arrangements, and a lot of very
neutral colors in the brown pallet strewn throughout, Planet Hollywood is
nothing of the sorts, and it is exactly what you would be envisioning.
Everything is designed in quite contemporary fashions with blacks, reds, and
other vibrant colors in a very lounge-like area.
There are 33 televisions and a couple of giant
screens throughout this 100,000 square foot sports and race book. The
sportsbook offers just about all of the normal betting options that you would
come to expect, but the betting lines are often out for the next day's games
the previous night. The sportsbook is open late, as its lines are posted until
10:30 p.m. on weeknights and 1:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays. This allows
the lines to get posted for the next day before anyone ever leaves for the
evening, making this a place for sharp bettors who are looking for the early
action to hang out. All of the betting lines are formed in house, and that's
why you might find a severe difference from the opening numbers here at night
and when the mainstream numbers come out across the rest of Sin City the next
As far as the rest of the sports and race book area
though, there really isn't much to write home about. Yes, it's comfortable, but
there are only roughly 75 seats along with some bar space, which really doesn't
cut it for an area this big. The sports and race book is also tucked away in
the back of the casino level of the Planet Hollywood, which doesn't make the
situation ideal once you're inside.
However, if you're looking for convenience on the
Strip, you've got yourself the perfect area. The Cosmopolitan and the Aria are
right next door, and that really makes life easy for line shoppers who are
determined to get the best price on the games that they are trying to bet. For
those that are traveling with others who don't necessarily like the sports
betting scene, the casino at Planet Hollywood is as illustrious and immense as
you'll find in Las Vegas, and there are shops and accessibility to fancy
restaurants and shows right there on site and within just a few short steps if
you're leaving the premises.
Beware though, as you're paying for the name when
you come to Planet Hollywood. Hotel rooms are often as much as 10% more
expensive here as they are elsewhere in Vegas, and the accommodations that
you're getting, though flashy, aren't exactly the best on the Strip by any
stretch of the imagination.
If you're here in Las Vegas for a long period of
time, the Planet Hollywood is definitely something that you're going to want to
check out once just to say that you did. However, a bettor who is just going
looking for the best experience on a heavy sports day to sit and watch games
will probably be better served elsewhere. It's a functional sportsbook for
sure, but short of for line shopping, this really is nothing more than a
recreational sports and race book.