Las Vegas sportsbooks are getting ready for the start of the 2017 NFL season. The first preseason games will be taking place in under three weeks. Sportsbooks in Sin City are preparing themselves for all the football fans who will be getting in on the action. Back in 2016, sportsbook in Las Vegas reported that they took in over $4.5 billion in wagers, which indicates just how popular and competitive sports betting has become in Nevada.
Las Vegas Sportsbooks Bet Big
A good indicator of how lucrative the sportsbook market in Las Vegas has become can be seen when you look at the number of companies that are spending big money to improve their offerings. One of the biggest spenders in this regard is Wynn Las Vegas, which has completely overhauled their sports betting facilities. On top of this, they have also added a sportsbook to the Encore, which is a neighbouring casino. Previously, guests to the Encore had to walk to the facilities in Wynn Las Vegas, but this will no longer be necessary.
The renovated sportsbook at the Wynn will get a new video system and seating area which is expected to open at the beginning of August. The Encore sportsbook will not be as impressive as the one found at the Wynn, but it will still get the job done and be far more convenient for guests. It is expected to begin operations on the 8th of August 2017.
There are other hotels and casinos opening new sports betting locations, including the Cromwell, which renovated a 1500-square foot area into a sportsbook. There had previously been high-limit slot machines located there, but now it will be a small sports betting area with around 50 seats available.
Westgate Kicks Off Revamps
The mass renovations of sportsbooks in Las Vegas can be attributed to the revamp of the Westgate’s Superbook, which took two years to complete and cost an estimated $13 million. The renovations saw new seating installed, a food court, VIP area, massive 220 foot LED TVs. This quickly set the bar for all other sportsbooks, and they had to respond.
This is the ideal time for sportsbooks to carry out their renovations, as there isn’t much in the way of big sporting events. The only real exception is baseball, and a handful of events like Wimbledon and so on. However, the 3rd of August will see NFL preseason begin with the Dallas Cowboys take on the Arizona Cardinals, kicking off the preseason schedule that will last three weeks.