Flamingo Sportsbook Review
Bugsy Siegel’s expansion plans on Fremont Street decades ago were being hampered by unfriendly city officials. It forced the mobster to begin construction of a new project (including the Flamingo sportsbook) outside the city limits in Paradise, Nevada.
The Flamingo is one of the very first homes of Vegas betting on what is known as the Strip today. Siegel originally opened the hotel and casino in December 1946 at a cost of $6 million.
The resort, which underwent a $90-million makeover in 2018, is now one of nine Caesars properties in the Las Vegas area.
Flamingo Sportsbook 101
The Flamingo Las Vegas sportsbook, located on the resort property at 3555 South Las Vegas Boulevard, is a dark room at the back of the main casino floor.
The non-smoking limited space is divided into two sections where sports bettors sit in comfortable lounge chairs and view a wall of big screens at the back of the room, while horse players occupy desk seating and another wall of TVs to the right.
The daily Flamingo sportsbook hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Players must be 21 years of age or older to wager anywhere in Nevada.
Here’s one of my recent experiences at the Flamingo sportsbook.
I have been to Las Vegas more than 30 times in the last decade. I know how this place works, people constantly trying to get you to take that money out of your pocket and take on the odds, especially since those odds favor the house.
This was Day 1 of 5 of my vacation in May 2019, and I wanted to make a bet on Flamingo sports betting. Since it was baseball or nothing, I looked for a game with decent odds.
I’ve always liked the St. Louis Cardinals and the starting pitcher that night was one of their best on the staff, so I thought I’d play $100 on the home team on the money line at -135. The Pittsburgh Pirates were the underdogs at +115 on the Flamingo sports lines.
Then something that’s never happened to me before took me by surprise at the Flamingo sportsbook.
“Are you sure you want to bet the Cardinals?” the ticket seller asked. “They haven’t been playing very well lately.”
I was stunned. Why would the ticket seller care who I was betting? Now, doubts had entered my mind. Did he know something I didn’t? Undeterred, I placed the bet anyways.
The next day, the same ticket seller wasn’t there at either of the two betting windows. It’s a good thing, too. The Cardinals won 17-4.
What’s the point of this tale? Don’t believe everything casino employees tell you. They could just be talking you into a losing bet, even at the best bookies around.
Next time in Vegas, instead of buying a physical ticket, there is the option of downloading the Mobile Sports at Caesars Entertainment app and using the Flamingo sportsbook online.
While the land-based venue offers Flamingo sportsbook odds on all the major sports and daily events, the Caesars app provides a lot more betting options, including Flamingo entertainment esports betting lines.
The soft rule for a complimentary drink voucher at the Flamingo is a $40 bet on either sports or horse racing.
I guess my experience knocked me off my game because I forgot to get one. It’s also a good deal for a sportsbook on the Strip, considering you would have to bet a lot more to get a free drink at the Bellagio, Mirage or Mandalay Bay.
Place Your Bets at the Flamingo
Sports betting is obviously a priority at the Westgate Superbook — the largest sportsbook in the world, which is located just off the Strip. The same is not true at the Flamingo, where the poker room and certain bars get more prominent floor space.
Expect to find just a few betting windows open on any given day, which makes sense since this is not a high traffic area. Here are some of the sports with posted Flamingo Las Vegas sportsbook odds:
- NFL and college football
- NBA and college basketball
- Major League Baseball
- Mixed martial arts and UFC events
- Golf, weekly PGA Tour events and major championships
- Tennis Grand Slam events
- Auto racing, especially NASCAR
Here are some of the bets available at the land-based Flamingo sportsbook:
- Money line
- Point spread
- Over/under totals
- Future betting
- Some proposition bets, especially for major championships like the Super Bowl and March Madness
Flamingo online sports betting offers even more wagering options, especially on props and “in-play” wagering where odds and spreads change continuously as the sporting event unfolds.
This type of betting has become extremely popular on mobile devices. You can expect to find this latest form of betting online at most other Las Vegas casinos — like the Golden Nugget, South Point, Red Rock, and Station casinos.
In the Middle of the Mayhem
The pink-and-gold colored Flamingo, which has gone through 11 renovations in its lengthy history, is located on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard sandwiched between two other Caesars properties.
The Cromwell sits to the south, while the Linq is to the north. These properties are situated in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
- • Guests arriving at McCarran International Airport will head north on Swenson and make a left-hand turn at Harmon Avenue. Turn right at Koval Lane and enter the Flamingo from the back of the property.
- • Those traveling on Interstate 15 will use the Flamingo exit to reach the resort.
- • The Linq Promenade, which connects the Linq and Flamingo, has become a popular tourist stop with the High Roller ferris wheel, Fly Linq Zipline, and more than 200,000 square feet of shopping space. It’s also home to the first In-N-Out Burger on the Strip.
- • A monorail travels from MGM Grand to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Flamingo is one of its seven stops.
Flamingo Resort Parking
All Caesars properties on the Strip, including the Flamingo, charge for parking. As the ninth largest hotel in Las Vegas, this resort needs plenty of parking spaces.
- • Enter the self-parking garage off Linq Lane at the back of the property.
- • The Flamingo’s concrete parking garage is seven floors, with the first two levels for valet parking.
- • There’s no charge for the first hour on your first day here. After that, it’s $9 from one to two hours, $12 from two to four fours, $15 over four to 24 hours, and $15 per day after that.
- • Valet parking is even higher. It’s $15 for under two hours, $20 for two to four hours, and $24 for four to 24 hours. After that, it’s $24 per day.
- • Caesars Rewards members may qualify for discount or complimentary parking.
Public Transportation to the Flamingo
Public transportation and ride sharing programs are the best bet for visitors staying at the Flamingo. Ride share programs like Uber and Lyft, which are free to download, keep riders up-to-date on costs, time of arrival, and vehicle details.
A one-way trip to your destination is likely to cost about two-thirds of a normal taxi fare.
- • Pick up your ride share on the second level of the parking garage at the airport.
- • Catching a ride with a taxi is easy in Las Vegas. There’s a lengthy queue just outside the main terminal at the airport.
- • Limousine services are available with the going rate around $85-90 an hour.
- • The Las Vegas public transit bus service runs 24 hours a day on the Strip, with routes to and from the airport. A two-hour bus pass on the Strip is $6, 24-hour pass is $8 and a three-day pass is $20.
- • The pass is good for the Deuce and Express bus lines. The Deuce is the slower of the two services, stopping at almost every resort on the Strip. The closest northbound stop to the Flamingo on the Deuce is a few hotels north at Harrah’s. The closest northbound stop to the Flamingo on the Express is a few hotels south at the Paris.
- • Public transportation methods will take visitors all over the Las Vegas area, including the two outlet malls and Downtown Vegas on Fremont Street.
- • The easiest way to get to T-Mobile Arena from the Flamingo is to cross the Strip to Caesars and use the pedestrian bridge to reach the Bellagio. Walk through this beautiful resort to hook up with the Aria Express — a four-car air-conditioned tram which takes travelers from the Bellagio to Park MGM for free. The arena is just across the street from this MGM property.
Food & Drinks at the Flamingo
The Flamingo is not the destination for those looking for luxury and fine dining. This is a party hotel, especially at Margaritaville with its outdoor seating and the Go Pool DayClub. You can make your budget work here with gambling, drinking, dining and a reasonable hotel stay.
Here are a few spots in the selection of restaurants at the Flamingo:
- The classic Flamingo steakhouse is the Center Cut. This spot gets the highest rating of all the Flamingo restaurants on TripAdvisor.
- Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville features signature selections like Cheeseburger in Paradise and Volcano Nachos.
- Quick, cheap eats at the Flamingo Food Court include Johnny Rockets, Bonanno’s Pizzeria, and Pan Asian Express.
- There are plenty of bars and lounges at the Flamingo:
- Bugsy’s Bar is a great place to stop and watch all of the action in the middle of the casino floor.
- With a laid-back atmosphere and tropical twist, the Garden Bar offers an array of drink options.
Complimentary beverages are anything but free at these venues. You will have to get out your gambling dollars and play on the casino floor for a shot at a free drink.
The Flamingo is part of the stable of nine Caesars properties in Las Vegas that all use the same rewards card. Caesars Rewards is free to join for new members, who earn points for every dollar spent on gambling, hotel stays, food and drink, and shopping.
New members start at the Gold level and work their way up through Platinum and Diamond to the top level Seven Stars. The higher the level, the more privileges on meals, room rates and complimentary gifts.
The top level Caesars cardholders also earn one of the best perks of them all. They don’t have to pay the unpopular resort fees which are tacked on at checkout for most tourists at all Las Vegas hotels. The resort fee at the Flamingo is $40, including taxes, per night.
High Traffic Casino
The 72,300-square-foot pink casino floor at the Flamingo is smoky and outdated. It has more than 1,600 slot and video poker machines, and a large poker room at the south end of the gaming area.
Table games and a bar dominate the middle of the floor, encircled by dozens and dozens of slot machines. Margaritaville, with 220 slot machines, has its own gaming area as well.
The Flamingo gaming area is a high traffic zone. The side doors are always open, so many visitors take advantage of the air-conditioned entranceway instead of walking in the blazing heat along the sidewalk by the Strip.
You can find $5 minimums at a few tables games, but most of the action requires a $10 bet. Some of the games available to play include:
- Blackjack, tables play 6-5 odds on a 21, with $10 minimum bet.
- Roulette, with all wheels containing the standard two sets of zeroes.
- Craps, start at $5 minimum with standard rules.
- Baccarat, a few tables with $10 minimum.
Other table games spotted on the casino floor include: Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, High Card Flush, Three Card Poker, Crazy 4 Poker, Mississippi Stud, and Let it Ride.
The high limit rooms for table games and slots are located next to each other. They have separate entrances, but also connect to one another using a back hallway.
Complimentary drink service is offered to those playing the machines or table games. It’s best to tip for that courtesy if you want to be offered another one.
Color Everything Pink
The Flamingo’s central location on the Strip and its 3,626 hotel rooms provide a perfect getaway for couples or groups … if you don’t mind the color pink.
This is a low to mid-cost resort, so expect it to be crowded at the buffet or the multiple-pool area.
- The hotel, with its art deco Miami theme, first opened its doors in December 1946.
- Rooms start under $100 for the 350-square-foot Go Room king.
- This is a pet-friendly hotel with a king or two queen bed options.
- The top level 1,600-square-foot Metropolitan Suite can be two to four times the cost of a regular room, depending on the season.
- Other amenities include Internet access, fitness center, and access to the spa.
- The wildlife habitat is the resort’s signature attraction.