The Bellagio may have its famous fountains and the Mirage may boast an active volcano, but the Venetian’s main attraction is its tranquil gondola ride on the Grand Canal. You can hear the gondoliers singing now.
This independently owned Venice-themed property, which includes the Venetian sportsbook and Las Vegas gambling, was one of the most expensive of its kind when it first opened in May 1999. It is the second largest casino in the world, topped only by the Venetian Macao.
The resort features architectural replicas of various Venetian landmarks, including the Palazzo Ducale, Piazza San Marco, Piazzetta di San Marco, the Lion of Venice Column and the Column of Saint Theodore, St. Mark’s Campanile, and the Rialto Bridge.
Venetian Sportsbook 101
The Venetian Las Vegas sportsbook is almost hidden on the west side of the massive casino floor on the lower level of the resort. Whoever developed this floor plan could have done a better job of bringing this venue out into the open — like the renovated book at the Cosmopolitan.
The extremely dark room, which is located at 3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard, is also surrounded by numerous restaurants and electronic table games with stadium seating.
Add up all these points and it disqualifies the luxurious mega resort from having one of the best sportsbooks on the Strip.
The Venetian sportsbook hours are simple: The venue is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but the many betting windows are only open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The hours are extended during football season. Players must be 21 years of age or older to wager anywhere in Nevada, including on Venetian entertainment esports.
Venetian sports betting offers angled rows upon rows of identical seating with desk space and a personal television. The only area without desk seating is at the back of the room close to the sports bar. There are VIP sections off to the side by the racebook and another at the front and center of the sportsbook.
A 10×100-foot curved screen dominates the main wall of the sportsbook. It has the capacity to show up to 42 independent events simultaneously. There are a few small displays showing Venetian sportsbook odds to the sides of the big screen on all the major sporting events of the day in the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. There are some future odds posted as well.
Venetian Las Vegas sportsbooks odds are powered by CG Technology, which is also in use at other books in the area like the M Resort and Tropicana. Those looking to play the Venetian sports lines but want to take their action online can download the CG Sports app to any Android or iOS device.
The app offers sports fans a real-time opportunity to wager on Venetian online sports betting from your mobile device, but only in the state of Nevada. A better option is the top-ranked online site Bovada, which is available in most U.S. states.
The Venetian may be a beautiful resort, but it’s also expensive to stay and bet here. A complimentary drink voucher will cost you around $300 in sports bets, which isn’t worth the effort. Buy a beverage at a nearby store or play blackjack for a short time if you really need that drink.
It’s Game Time at Venetian
The Venetian Las Vegas is a high-end resort with a lot of foot traffic. It’s common to see hundreds of people attending a conference in one of their many showrooms. These high numbers also lead to a lot of people in restaurants, on the casino floor, and in the sportsbook.
Expect a standing-room only crowd for any major sporting event, since this is a busy spot to begin with most days of the week.
Here are some of the sports visitors and conference attendees can play at the Venetian:
- Pro and college football, including playoffs and Super Bowl
- Pro and college basketball, including playoffs and NBA Final
- 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
- 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 Venetian sportsbook:
- Money line
- Point spread
- Over/under totals
- Future betting
- Proposition bets, especially for the Super Bowl
The Venetian sportsbook online takes the betting options to another level, especially on props and “in-play” wagering where odds and spreads change continuously as the sporting event unfolds. Every score, injury and penalty can affect the betting lines in what is also known as live betting.
Location on the Strip
The Venetian Las Vegas and its world renowned Canyon Ranch Spa are located on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard near the north end of the iconic Strip. It is sandwiched between Harrah’s to the south and its sister property to the north — the Palazzo, which includes the Lagasse’s Stadium sportsbook.
- Guests arriving at McCarran International Airport will head north on Swenson and make a left-hand turn at Flamingo Road and a right-hand turn on Koval Lane. It’s easiest to arrive at the Venetian from the back of the property.
- Those traveling on Interstate 15 from California should use the Spring Mountain Road exit and head east towards the Venetian.
- Walkers never have to go outside to visit Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo. There is a seamless pedestrian connection between the two resorts, with many retail shopping choices along the way.
- The shortest crosswalk across the Strip connects the Venetian to the Mirage and other resorts on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard. Use the walking escalators out front of the Venetian.
Free Venetian Parking
While MGM and Caesars properties are charging as much as $20 a day for parking, this luxury resort gives guests a welcome break. The Venetian and Venezia offers its visitors complimentary parking.
- The garage is 14 stories tall. Valet parking is on levels two through four, but a separate entrance is designated for these levels.
- From the Strip, turn into the Venetian and follow the signs. You can also enter from Koval Lane, behind the hotel. Follow the signs and turn north.
- Access to the casino is located on level three.
- There is also a poker/VIP parking area available on the fifth floor.
- There are no hookups for RVs in the oversize parking garage.
Public Transportation Options
There are many modes of transportation to rush new arrivals to the Venetian, 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 is a long queue of taxis waiting just outside the main terminal. A cost example: Taxi fare to the Venetian is around $22, while the cost for a ride with Uber is about $14.
- 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 the Venetian. The Express only makes four northbound stops on the Strip. The Wynn is the closest stop to the Venetian.
- Both bus services will take visitors all over the Las Vegas area, including the two outlet malls and Downtown Vegas.
Food & Drinks at Venetian
This monster-size resort delivers for every budget. The Venetian has more than 20 restaurants with an emphasis on everything Italian — from an affordable food court to some of the biggest names in fine dining today.
The Venetian and its sister property, the Palazzo, together house restaurants from five award-winning chefs. Here are some of the top names:
- Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico’s Steakhouse delivers soul-stirring New Orleans-style cuisine with the chef’s signature bold flavors.
- Cut steakhouse by Wolfgang Puck has become widely recognized as one of the most popular and finest restaurants around the world.
- French bistro Bouchon by Thomas Keller, a chef whose French cuisine has won almost every award possible.
There are a number of bars and lounges to choose from at the Venetian. Here is a small sampling:
- Innovative craft cocktails served in a comfortable and upbeat environment at the Dorsey Cocktail Lounge. “I like that the bar makes you feel like you’re in a different location but you’re still in the middle of the action,” one reviewer said.
- Bar Luca offers an inspired list of cocktails with gaming available at the bar. It’s open 24 hours a day.
Venetian’s Grazie Rewards
Earn rewards and benefits while you play using your Grazie card at the Venetian Las Vegas.
The program is free to join at either the Venetian or Palazzo. Members log in to check point balances, exclusive offers and promotions.
Players earn points and tier credits from more than just slot play or table games. Swipe your card on everything from restaurant meals to car rentals, spa services to nightclub drinks, retail purchases to in-suite dining and more.
There are three status levels in the program. New members start off at the Grazie level and work towards to top two tiers — Gold and Platinum.
All cardholders receive discounts in the spa and Madame Tussauds, while the top two levels receive other comps like shuttle or limousine service from the airport and complimentary entry into the Tao nightclub.
All Grazie members also receive exclusive suite rates and show ticket pricing.
Venetian’s Massive Casino
This is a huge and congested area, with multiple entranceways from convention rooms, the Strip and the Palazzo. It will seem like a maze at first and might take some time to get to know your way around here.
Mirrored after the interior of a Venetian palazzo, the 120,000-square-foot gaming floor includes more than 1,700 slot machines and 130 table games. The Bellini Bar is in the center of all the action. It makes a good landmark for those trying to find their way around the room.
Table minimums are consistently high here, starting at $15 during the day and working up to as much as $25 or more during peak periods or special events like the Super Bowl. However, complimentary drinks for those playing the slots or table games are easy to obtain here, especially in the slower parts of the day.
Here are some of the live table games available on the bright casino floor:
- Blackjack, with 6-5 odds on a 21 at dozens of tables.
- Roulette, with the standard two sets of zeroes.
- Craps, some tables start at $10 with standard rules.
- Baccarat, multiple tables, with another section with stadium seating.
Other table games on the casino floor include: Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Caribbean Stud, Let it Ride, Casino War, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and Crazy 4 Poker.
The Venetian, with 39 tables, also features the largest poker room in Las Vegas at 11,000 square feet. The high limit area offers a butler service, gourmet dining and two relaxation areas.
Venetian’s Luxurious Hotel
The Venetian’s five-star hotel, which opened in May 1999, is at the top of the list for elegance and luxury, even though the signature scent of the resort might take some getting used to for new guests. The scent is called Arancia, which is an airy Mediterranean blend of ingredients. You can even buy the product if you want to take a piece of the Venetian home with you.
- All the basic rooms, which start at $159 a night, are basically suites with a sunken living room.
- At 650 square feet, the standard rooms are among the largest on the Strip.
- Any choice from the 4,049 available rooms is a good one here, although the resort fee is a staggering $51 per night.
- Each room contains floor-to-ceiling windows, three flat-screen TVs, massive bathrooms, minibars and dining tables.
- For those needing a little more than the “basic” offerings, the Piazza suite is 1,400 square feet of pure luxury.
- Visitors and guests can take a gondola ride down the Grand Canal. The regular price is $29 per person.
- The resort features 10 pools, including the Tao Beach — an adult pool area that permits topless sunbathing on specific days.