Going to the hockey game? Want a room on the Strip without blowing the entire budget? Park MGM is the place to stay in answer to both questions.
The Park MGM sportsbook and Italian restaurant Eataly are just two of the major changes at this MGM property of Las Vegas betting, which was rebranded in 2018 after 22 years on the same property.
The 32-floor mega resort and casino, which is located right across the street from T-Mobile Arena and the home of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, used to be known as Monte Carlo. Its spot on Las Vegas Boulevard hasn’t changed, but everything inside and out is certainly different.
Park MGM Sportsbook 101
When Monte Carlo reopened its doors late in 2018 as Park MGM, it was definitely out with the old and in with the new.
New restaurants? Yes. Nicer, remodeled rooms? Definitely. Poker room? Gone. Sportsbook? Closed, and moved to the exact opposite side of the main casino floor.
The non-smoking Park MGM Las Vegas sportsbook, which is located on the 43-acre property at 3770 South Las Vegas Boulevard, just recently reopened … again, in August 2019. Management shut down and renovated the Money Line Sports Bar & Book after taking bets for just 17 months.
It’s a good call because the first version was not user-friendly at all and definitely missing from the list of best sportsbooks. Park MGM sports betting was originally two small rooms leading into two main rooms, almost hidden from the crowd.
Today, all the walls are gone. There is one large room with betting windows, massive LED big screens, a huge bar in the middle of all the action, and lots of bar and floor seating. The pool table and four bowling lanes survived all the changes, with new additions such as beer pong, arcade games and more. The Side Betty Grill also made the cut and continues to provide pub food for the sports crowd.
Surprisingly, Park MGM sports lines may be posted all over this room on the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA and future betting, but horse racing is absent. The book does not offer pari-mutuel wagering.
The Park MGM sportsbook hours are Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Players must be 21 years of age or older to wager in Nevada, including on Park MGM entertainment esports.
The sportsbook is bordered by restaurants. The activities in those rooms or the casino don’t interfere with those watching the many sporting events. The bowling alleys? Well, that’s a different story.
If bettors don’t want to wait in line to play the money line or any other Park MGM sportsbook odds, they can register at any of the nine MGM properties on the Strip to take their action online with the playMGM app. Membership is free for the Park MGM sportsbook online and the app is easily downloaded onto your Android or iOS device.
However, this platform is only available in the state of Nevada. The best online solution in the U.S. today is the top-ranked site Bovada. This trusted provider has been in operation for years and offers countless bonuses to its members.
It’s Game Time at Park MGM
Tourist traffic has increased in the last few years at Park MGM, especially with the opening of T-Mobile Arena and the emergence of the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL. Even if guests don’t stay here, they still walk through the resort to the arena since a tram from the Bellagio and Aria stops here.
All of that foot traffic has meant more sports bettors, checking out the Park MGM Las Vegas sportsbook odds on all the games in the NHL. But hockey is not the only ticket in town. Here are some others:
- 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 fights
- 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 Park MGM sportsbook:
- Money line
- Point spread
- Over/under totals
- Future betting
- Proposition bets, especially for the Super Bowl
Park MGM online sports betting offers even more wagering options, especially on props and “in-play” wagering where odds and spreads change until the game is over. This type of betting has proven to be a hot ticket at Park MGM sportsbook online and other Las Vegas venues, including the off-the-Strip venue at M Resort.
Location on the Strip
Park MGM, with its upper floors converted into a boutique hotel called NoMad Las Vegas, is located on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard sandwiched between two other MGM properties — Aria to the north and New York New York to the south.
- New arrivals at McCarran International Airport will head west on Tropicana Avenue to the Strip, before making a right-hand turn on Las Vegas Boulevard. Travel north before making a left-hand turn on Park Avenue. This is one of the few intersections left on the Strip with pedestrian traffic.
- Guests have easy access to the 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena and one of the few green spaces on the Strip in The Park.
- Those wanting to shop at nearby Crystals in CityCenter are protected from the elements by walking under cover from Park MGM to Aria.
- There are also four trams on the Strip, including one which takes guests from Park MGM to Aria and to the Bellagio. This four-car train is free to ride and arrives every three minutes at Park MGM.
Park MGM Parking
MGM properties, including Park MGM, started charging for parking in 2016. Like many amenities on the Strip, it used to be free. Not today, not anymore.
- The 10-floor Park MGM parking garage is located behind the main resort off of Park Drive.
- There is a covered walkway to the hotel located on level two of the garage.
- There’s no charge for the first hour on your first day here. After that, it’s $12 from one to four hours, $15 over four to 24 hours, and $15 per day after that.
- Valet parking is even higher. It’s $16 for under two hours, $18 for two to four hours, and $24 for four to 24 hours. After that, it’s $24 per day.
Park MGM, like other MGM resorts, does offer some discounts and complimentary parking to those that have an Mlife rewards card. The rewards vary on the status of the cardholder and the amount of money gambled or spent at the resort.
Public Transportion Options
There are many modes of transportation to rush new arrivals to Park MGM Las Vegas, including taxi, limousine, public bus service, and resort shuttle. But the best option are the ride share programs, which now dominate the market with visitors looking for a budget-friendly ride.
- Download the free ride share program apps Uber and Lyft to your mobile device. 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.
- There are more Uber vehicles on the road than Lyft in Las Vegas. Price both options before completing your transaction.
- In a rush to get to Park MGM? There is a long queue of taxis waiting just outside the main terminal. It will cost around $20-25 for a ride, including tip, to the resort.
- 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 as well. 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, including Park MGM. The Express only makes four southbound stops on the Strip. Excalibur is the closest stop to Park MGM.
- Both bus services will take visitors all over the Las Vegas area, including the two outlet malls and Downtown Vegas. You will need a transfer to get to off-the-Strip properties like the Palms.
Food & Drinks at Park MGM
One of the biggest changes with the Park MGM rebranding was the addition of Eataly — an Italian marketplace with restaurants around the world. Patrons have the opportunity to shop, learn and eat hundreds of high-quality products.
The massive dining venue, which includes two restaurants, sits on prime real estate at the front of the resort on Las Vegas Boulevard. It’s now part of the signature of Park MGM. Here are a few other top restaurants that serve guests:
- An acclaimed Chicago classic has arrived in Las Vegas at Bavette’s Steakhouse.
- Modeled after a country house, Primrose is a tribute to the South of France.
- Some of Roy Choi’s favorite Korean dishes are on the menu at Best Friend. “I will dream of the kimchi fried rice,” one patron said in a review.
- Park MGM doesn’t have many bars and lounges, but here are a few of them:
- The largest collection of gin is found at the Juniper Cocktail Lounge.
- Do you want to be in the middle of the action on the casino floor? Grab a seat and a drink at the Casino Bar.
Park MGM Rewards
It seems all the resorts on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard, including Park MGM, are owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. There are a few casinos, like Treasure Island, that aren’t part of the MGM brand, but not many. All MGM properties use the same rewards card — Mlife.
Members gain exclusive access, benefits and rewards at all of the MGM venues by earning points for every dollar spent or gambled. The starting tier, which is Sapphire (blue card), has limited benefits, but the rewards change at the next level called Pearl. These members are awarded discounts, dedicated line options at restaurants and buffets, and complimentary parking.
Members can continue to graduate to the next Mlife level, with Gold, Platinum and Noir the top three levels. The higher the level, the more privileges on meals, room rates and complimentary gifts.
Tier credits are accumulated from October 1 to September 30. If you advance to a higher tier at any time, you’ll enjoy those benefits for at least one full year.
Park MGM Casino
All entranceways lead to the main casino floor at Park MGM. Eataly, the 5,000-seat Park Theater, the NoMad Lounge and the resort’s lobby and guest services all spill out onto the 102,000-square-foot gaming area.
The long, rectangular casino floor consists of a 360-degree bar and 60 tables games in the middle of the room. They are surrounded by 1,400 slot and video poker machines, consisting of traditional and new names.
The table minimums are consistently $10. However, minimum bets always climb when the casino is packed or a major championship is on the schedule. Here are some of the table games available to play at Park MGM:
- Blackjack, with 6-5 odds on a 21. It’s hard to find 3-2 odds on the Strip.
- Roulette, with all wheels containing two sets of zeroes.
- Craps, start at $10 minimum with standard rules.
Other table games spotted on the casino floor include: Face up Pai Gow Poker, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Crazy 4 Poker, and Three Card Poker.
The high limit room has only six table games, including blackjack and baccarat. Minimums bets start at $100. The high limit slots area has $1 minimums climbing to $100 a pull.
Complimentary drink service is offered to those playing the machines or table games. The service is pretty good most of the time, which is about the same as resorts across the street like Bally’s and the Linq. It’s a good idea to tip for that drink if you wish to see the server again.
Park MGM’s New Hotel
Park MGM and the upper floor NoMad Las Vegas now offer 2,992 guest rooms, including 259 luxury suites since the resort was rebranded in 2018. The sleek, contemporary hotel is a big upgrade from the old and tired Monte Carlo and a great place to stay for Vegas Golden Knights’ fans. The new Park Theater hosts high level entertainment, which has included Cher, Lady Gaga and Aerosmith.
- Basic rooms start at 400 square feet, with a small seating area, wall-mounted TVs, Bluetooth capability, and free WiFi.
- Stay Well rooms are wellness-focused and come with extra amenities.
- Room rates start at about $50, but almost double when you add the resort fee ($42).
- Suites are 700 square feet, but about $100 more per night than a basic room.
- NoMad rooms, with custom furnishings, start at 406 square feet. But there are nine styles of rooms to choose from, including the 2,000-square-foot Royale Premiere.
- A complex pool area open year-round is smaller than it used to be — two pools for Park MGM guests, but three for NoMad guests.
- There’s also an exclusive rooftop pool for NoMad guests.
- The spa and salon offer a host of massage, beauty, hair, and nail treatments.
- The 24-hour fitness center has all the necessary equipment for a workout, in addition to a yoga room.