One thing you can count on every football season—besides the Oakland Raiders struggling to find the win column—is that lots of good deals will show up after the season begins. And only two weeks in, several already have …
Reduced Juice: When making a football bet, the typical arrangement is to wager $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10). But from 3 p.m. till close on Thursdays, the SuperBook at Westgate offers -105 betting, so it’s $105 to win $100 (college and NFL “sides” only). It’s a good deal that cuts the bookie’s edge from 4.5 percent to 2.4 percent, but be sure to use the bet numbers from the “-105 sheet” at the window, or you won’t get the deal.
Independents: Here’s another one for bettors. Before placing a wager, you should shop to find the best line. You’ll find line discrepancies among the big books with multiple outlets, but the best places to check are the independent casinos. Though not located in Las Vegas, there’s a new indie this year at the Casablanca/Virgin River in Mesquite. Formerly operated by South Point, the Casablanca now runs its own show. Closer to home, you’ll find indie books at the Westgate, TI, Wynn/Encore, Golden Nugget, Jerry’s Nugget and Aliante.
Free Contests: Now that the season’s begun, there’s no value in playing most of the big football contests. But there are several that offer weekly prizes of cash and casino free play. Free weekly contests are running at Aliante, Ellis Island, Silver Sevens, Hard Rock, Rampart and PT’s. Play the casino contests by swiping your players card at a kiosk; enter PT’s by filling out a card at one of its 43 locations (you can enter one card per day, Tuesday-Saturday).
Munchies: There’s still a lot of research to do here, but a couple of traditional faves are back. Most Station Casinos sportsbooks serve $1 hot dogs with onions and kraut. Aliante has prime rib (really just roast beef) sliders for $2, or three for $5, that you can top with au jus, spicy mustard and horseradish. The Monday Night Football party at South Point has lots of cheap eats, but the standout is wings for $5. Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo features the famous foods of NFL cities during MNF telecasts. For example, the menu for the Bears-Jets MNF game September 21 includes Chicago dogs (for the Bears) and meatball subs (for the Jets).
Beers: There’s even more research to be done here, but for now, the best beer deal is $1 for pints of Ellis Island home brews. After that, the best prices are $1.50 at Eastside Cannery and $2 in several locations, including Stations, Gold Coast, Orleans, Aliante, Rampart and Silver Sevens. Drinking only one? Head to Sam’s Town, where the first is on the house.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com, a monthly newsletter and website dedicated to finding the best deals in town.