Wagers by the Lake

Casino MonteLago has been back in business for nearly three months since sitting dormant for 14, and now the only gambling house at Lake Las Vegas is tackling a new game. Coinciding with the start of football season, the casino is opening the Palio Sports Book on Sept. 1.

The book, on the casino’s upper level, will have ticket writers on site Saturdays and Sundays along with a 24-hour kiosk that only accepts cash wagers. The Palio will be operated by the South Point hotel-casino, which also operates the sports books at the Palms, Cannery, Eastside Cannery and Rampart, using the South Point’s betting odds, point spreads and wagering limits.

With the sports book just receiving approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission on July 27, the project has been moving fast. So fast, in fact, that Raquel Rodriguez, Casino MonteLago’s vice president of marketing, has hardly had time to analyze its full potential. “Football season drives a ton of traffic, and we’re hoping to get the loyalty of the local community,” she says. “But with no [recent betting] history here, that’s really hard to say.”