Palms Sportsbook Review
The Palms Casino Resort is home to Las Vegas sports betting and casino, Palms sportsbook and, in 2002, MTV’s The Real World: Las Vegas.
The complex, which went through some financial difficulties in 2010, is now one of Station Casino’s 20 properties in the state of Nevada.
The two-story Sky Villa on the top floor of the Palm’s Fantasy Tower is listed at No. 5 on the World’s 15 Most Expensive Hotel Suites. The price? $40,000 per night.
Palms Sportsbook 101
The Palms Las Vegas sportsbook is located on an off-the-Strip property at 4321 West Flamingo Road. It’s only about a mile west from all the mega casinos and best sportsbooks on Las Vegas Boulevard, which is ideal for those looking to get away from all the tourist crowds.
Management at the Palms got it right as far as where the sportsbook is situated on the casino floor.
Unlike many Strip properties that bury their dark rooms at the back of the gaming area like Mandalay Bay, Palms sports betting is easily accessible at the front of the resort by the main entrance.
There’s also another set of doors right next to the Palms sportsbook from the main parking lot.
The Palms sportsbook hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week. Players must be 21 years of age or older to wager anywhere in Nevada, including on Palms entertainment esports or any other gaming option in Las Vegas.
The Tonic Bar sits by the entrance to this non-smoking room which seats about 200 guests. The picture quality of every TV is fantastic, with LED screens occupying the entire room. Both the sports side and racebook have eight large TVs, which include two giant screens for the main action.
Whatever event is on the jumbo screen is heard overhead in complete surround sound.
There is comfortable desk row seating at the front of the room, each spot with a leather chair and personal television. There are more leather seats and tables behind that section, which is perfect for group settings. The VIP sections for sporting events and horse racing are at the back of the venue, both areas with stylish leather chairs and couches.
Palms sports lines on all the daily sporting events — including the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL — are posted among the big screens on the main wall.
Just like the Cosmopolitan, don’t be looking for a cheap drink voucher here at one of the many betting windows. A horse bet of $50 or sports bet of $200 is required for a complimentary beverage. That’s asking a lot for an off-the-Strip resort.
The Palms online sports betting app offers more betting options than the regular sportsbook, but it’s only available for play during your stay in the state of Nevada. Once you leave the state, this app shuts you out of the action.
A better option would be to join the top-ranked online site Bovada, which can be accessed whether you are home or on the road. There are dozens of betting options on this easy-to-use platform, which has been getting rave reviews for years.
Place Your Bets at the Palms
Years ago, the Palms sportsbook was to be a tiny, smoky venue with little reason to visit unless you were desperate to make a bet. Not anymore. This remodeled area easily competes with the big hitters just a mile away on the Strip. Plus, the parking is free here.
Here are some of the sports with posted Palms Las Vegas sportsbook odds:
- Pro and college football
- Pro and college basketball
- Major League Baseball, including playoffs and World Series
- Mixed Martial Arts and UFC events
- Major soccer leagues from around the world
- Boxing, but mostly just major bouts
- Hockey, including the playoffs and Stanley Cup
- Auto racing, with weekly race odds and Sprint Cup Championship futures
- Golf, with weekly odds and futures on all four majors
- Tennis, with odds on all four Grand Slam events
Here are some of the bets available at the land-based Palms sportsbook:
- Money line
- Point spread
- Over/under totals
- Halftime lines
- Future betting
- Some proposition bets
This three-tower, off-the-Strip hotel is known for its crazy parties, with two large pool areas and numerous clubs. It is located on the south side of Flamingo Road, but west of the main highway and Strip, and faces two other resorts — the Rio and Gold Coast.
- Visitors can access all three towers off Flamingo Road through the Palms main entrance. Walkways to all three hotels protect guests from the elements.
- Guests arriving at McCarran International Airport approach the Palms from the south on Interstate 15 and exit at Flamingo Road west. The property is less than a mile away on the left-hand side.
- There is a free shuttle bus to and from the Strip that transports hotel guests only. The shuttle runs daily every half-hour from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and makes its only stop at the Caesars Forum Shops.
Free Palms Parking
Unlike the big name Strip resorts that are charging top dollar for parking, the Palms offers free valet and self parking in an open-air lot and two different garages. Entrances are located on Hugh Hefner Drive and Flamingo Road.
- The three-level garage has access into the Palms from an elevator in the northwest corner. The five-level garage has access to the Palms near Brenden Theatres.
- Oversized parking is also available at Palms casino resort.
Public Transportation to the Palms
Ride sharing programs are the best bet for guests staying at the Palms. You pay for the cost of your ride before pickup, so the length of time for your trip and traffic congestion are not a factor.
Taxis are available everywhere in Las Vegas, but fares soar in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Strip.
- Download the ride share program apps Uber and Lyft. The cost for a ride is about two-thirds of the taxi service. Pick up your ride share on the second level of the parking garage at the airport.
- A taxi fare from the airport to the Palms is around $25-30. There is always a lengthy queue of taxis outside the main terminal.
- Multiple limousine providers are available with the going rate averaging $85-90 an hour.
- The Las Vegas public transit bus service runs most of the day on the routes 104 and 202, which service residential streets and the Palms. A single fare is $2, while a 24-pass is $5. The rates are more if riders transfer to buses on the Strip.
- The airport and Palms are stops on Bus Route 104, but the ride takes about 45 minutes.
Food & Drinks at the Palms
The Palms has quite the resume when it comes to its nine restaurants and food court. The resort features a 24/7 cafe with a late-night menu and a buffet that serves all three meals as well as brunch for Sundays.
Here are a few of the top restaurants and dining places at the Palms:
- Scotch 80 Prime steakhouse, where rare steak meets the rarest whiskies, focuses on stunning tableside presentations.
- Experience seafood and sushi with a Latin beat at Shark.
- Inspired by nostalgic restaurants of Old Las Vegas, Sara’s is set in a luxurious secret room.
The Palms offers much more than bars and lounges:
- Located on the 55th floor of the resort, you’ll find breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip at the ultra-chic Ghost Bar.
- Kaos, with its monster of a centerpiece, seamlessly blends from a dayclub into a nightclub.
- Rojo Lounge, located in the hotel lobby, has a dress code with high-end food and drinks.
- Complimentary drinks are only available to those willing to risk a little cash at a slot machine, table game or sportsbook.
Palms Boarding Pass
The best bonus of the my BoardingPass rewards card that players use at the Palms is the fact it is active for all 20 Station Casino properties.
Cardholders earn points for casino play, horse and sports wagers, and poker. But your points and status credits also pile up on everything you spend money on at any Station resort, including restaurants, bars, concerts, bowling alleys, movie theaters, hotel stays and spa experiences.
Membership is free to join at any of the Station Casino resorts.
The entry level status is called Preferred. From there, cardholders climb levels into Gold, Platinum, President and Chairman. Points are accumulated from January 1 to June 30, and from July 1 through December 31. You keep your status for the remainder of the six months, plus the next six.
The higher levels earn resort and cruise discounts, plus other privileges and free play. These cards are very similar to the rewards cardholders use at casinos on the Strip, like the Flamingo or Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo.
Palms Casino Experience
The 95,000-square-foot casino floor is the focal point of the ground level of the Palms property, but it has a lot of competition.
The gaming area borders the sportsbook and “Skytube to Palms Place” on the west end, while a large group of restaurants and pool area anchor the east side of the floor.
There are more than 1,300 slots machines grouped tightly throughout the room, but the 80 table games are bundled together near the main entrance. There is a small, dark high limit room for slots, which is located at the front of the casino.
The minimums at table games are as low as $5 during the week, but expect the betting minimum to climb as the place fills up on the weekend. Some of the games available to play include:
- Blackjack, most tables offered 6-5 odds on a 21.
- Roulette, with all wheels containing the standard two sets of zeroes.
- Craps, start at $5 minimum with standard rules.
- Baccarat, many tables with varying minimums, including a popular virtual baccarat area with 16 stations.
Other table games spotted on the casino floor include: Ultimate Texas Hold’em and Fortune Pai Gow Poker.
Complimentary drink service is decent on the main floor for guests playing the slots, video poker or table games. As always, the frequency of service will depend on the time of day and how the action is on the casino floor.
Party at the Palms
This is Party Central off the Las Vegas Strip.
Whether it’s Michael Phelps or Britney Spears, superstars and celebrities seem to love to hang out at the Palms. The main hotel, which opened in November 2001, has 703 rooms and suites with the average room rate around $59 a night. Prices can soar when you book at the more expensive Fantasy Tower or Palms Place.
- Entry-level premier rooms, with king or queen beds, are 408 square feet.
- Resort rooms, with king or queen beds, are 460 square feet.
- Executive rooms are 620 square feet, followed by an array of suites.
- The Fantasy Tower is also home to several nightlife venues including Moon Nightclub and The View.
- Two pool complexes are on the property — one for relaxing, the other for partying.
- Other amenities include a spa, on-site movie theater, and full recording studio, which has been used by such stars as Jay-Z, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Beyonce
- Even the off-the-Strip properties charge resort fees. It’s $44 per night at the Palms.