This is the major leagues when it comes to Las Vegas sports betting. While the big name mega resorts include a sportsbook in their long list of gambling attractions, sports wagering is the top priority at every turn at the Westgate Sportsbook.
The 50-year-old resort, formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton, was the home of Elvis Presley for many years in the 1970s. Presley’s performances became a major part of the hotel’s identity and an iconic chapter in the history of Las Vegas entertainment.
It was also the largest hotel in the world from 1981 to 1990.
Today, the Westgate is mostly a timeshare resort with an emphasis on all things sports betting.
Westgate Sportsbook 101
I’m not one to stray off the Las Vegas Strip during my many vacations to America’s Playground. The major resorts like the Cosmopolitan, Bellagio and Wynn have more than enough attractions to keep me entertained.
One of my wife’s shows put this off-the-Strip resort at 3000 Paradise Road on our itinerary during a recent trip, so I thought I should check out the Westgate Las Vegas sportsbook that everyone raves about during our visit there.
Wow! There’s no other word to describe Westgate sports betting when you first walk into the largest land-based sportsbook in the world.
Outside of being a little dark and a bit more variety in seating options, there are no other negative things to say about the Westgate SuperBook. It is the best sportsbook in all of Las Vegas.
The non-smoking SuperBook is open 24 hours a day, but the Westgate sportsbook hours where betting is available from a ticket seller is Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Westgate racebook remains open from 8 a.m. to the last race of the day. Players must be 21 years of age or older to wager anywhere in Nevada, including on Westgate entertainment esports.
Many publications and media outlets around the world often quote the Westgate sportsbook odds from this venue for major sporting events. It’s also one of the places where the serious players hang out, searching for the perfect parlay on its extensive Westgate sports lines in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.
You may have visited a few sportsbooks in Las Vegas, but none bigger than this one. The 30,000-square-foot Westgate has seating for more than 400 guests, each spot with individual 32-inch LED screens. A VIP section is available for high rollers and parties.
There is a huge centrally located bar with a perfect view of the 220-foot-by-18-foot 4K video wall. That’s more than 70 yards of flat screens with a game or horse race being televised. This venue is so popular, it even has its own food court at the back of the room.
Complimentary drink vouchers aren’t as hard to obtain as some of the other mega resorts about a mile away — like the Venetian and Caesars Palace. Bet at least $50 on sports or $20 on the horses to get a free drink here.
Players can also take their action online with the Westgate SuperBook Mobile App. It’s free to register and join at the resort. The Westgate sportsbook online offers an extensive race and sports wagering menu for users to bet on while they are in the state of Nevada only.
It’s Game Time at the Westgate
The Westgate bills itself as the home of the SuperContest: The ultimate pro football handicapping challenge where first place will win at least $1 million. It’s just one of the many contests held at the SuperBook, which also features Football Central.
The resort offers football fans a free viewing party in the Westgate International Theater for up to 1,500 guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. It’s held each week in the NFL and includes satellite betting stations, food and drink specials and the chance to win weekly prizes.
Bettors in the SuperBook will find Westgate Las Vegas sportsbook odds available for the following sports:
- 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 Westgate sportsbook:
- Money line
- Point spread
- Over/under totals
- Halftime lines
- Future betting
- Proposition bets, especially for the Super Bowl
- Parlays, including five football parley cards
There are even more betting options listed on Westgate online sports betting through the sportsbook’s app, including “in-play wagering” where betting lines are listed for games already in progress. The odds keep changing throughout the game to the final score.
Location near the Strip
The Westgate Las Vegas, which is located a block off the north end of the iconic Strip by the Las Vegas Country Club, has been welcoming visitors for almost half a century. It was known as the Las Vegas Hilton for many years before being renamed the Westgate in 2014.
One of the largest convention centers in the world — the Las Vegas Convention Center — is right next door.
- Guests arriving at McCarran International Airport will head north on Swenson to the convention center. The Westgate is just north of that property with the main entrance off Paradise Road.
- Those traveling on Interstate 15 from California should use the Sahara Avenue exit and head east towards Paradise Road.
- A monorail travels from MGM Grand to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Westgate is one of the last stops at the north end of the four-mile rail line with trams running 17 to 20 hours a day. It’s $5 for a one-ride ticket and $13 for a 24-hour pass.
Westgate’s Free Parking
The independent Westgate offers free parking to visitors in two open-air lots and a six-level parking garage.
- There is convenient open-air parking off Joe W. Brown Drive right outside the doors to the SuperBook.
- Access to the hotel is located on the ground level of the parking garage, which is also accessed from Joe W. Brown Drive.
Public Transportation Options
Ride share programs and the Las Vegas Monorail system are the best budget-friendly bets for visitors staying at the Westgate, which is east of the Wynn on the Strip.
Ride share programs like Uber and Lyft are just a couple of clicks away on your mobile device. These apps, 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.
- There are thousands of taxis in Las Vegas, including a lengthy queue just outside the main terminal at the airport. A ride to the Westgate will cost around $30 by taxi and $19 by Uber.
- The monorail runs from MGM Grand to the Westgate with seven stops along the four-mile stretch. It’s $5 for a one-ride ticket.
- Limousine services are available with the going rate around $85-90 an hour.
- The Las Vegas public transit bus system offers two services on the Strip, but only one of them makes a stop at the Westgate. The Express, which is a quicker service than the Deuce, stops every 15 minutes near the Westgate from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight.
- A two-hour bus pass for the Express is $6, 24-hour pass is $8 and a three-day pass is $20.
- Public transportation methods will take visitors all over the Las Vegas area, including the two outlet malls and Downtown Vegas resorts like the Golden Nugget and The D.
Food & Drinks at the Westgate
The SuperBook delivers the eats, and so does the casino. There’s a solid selection of dining options, but no celebrity-chef restaurants. Most of the eateries offer a decent value for the price including the
Buffet at Westgate, which doles out above-average food at a low price.
The Westgate offers a wide range of culinary adventures including these popular spots:
- The hibachi tables at the world famous Benihana look out onto a waterfall and wooden bridge.
- Edge Steakhouse serves traditional American favorites along with fresh fish and seafood.
- Enjoy Fresco Italiano’s family recipes prepared in a modern exhibition-style kitchen.
- This resort has a different vibe from many of the party resorts on the Strip, but it still has plenty of bar and lounge options, including the two drinking spots in the SuperBook:
- The International Bar, located just off the casino floor, offers a creative mix of cocktails and beers.
- Grab a made-to-order burger, sandwich or beer at Drafts Sports Bar & Grill Express. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the SuperBook.
Many of the mega resorts on the Strip don’t offer any rewards for sports betting. Even a complimentary drink is tough to come by in most sportsbooks. But that’s not true at the Westgate.
Players earn reward points and tier credits on their World of Westgate (WOW) cards for slot machines, table games, poker play, sports betting, pari-mutuel wagering, restaurant and hotel stays. Membership is free to anyone 21 years of age and older.
Members start out at the Silver level and accumulate points and graduate to up to Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Black status. Points are earned from the beginning of February to the end of January.
Reward points earned on the WOW card can only be redeemed for food and beverages, hotel stays and shows. Members are also offered comps and giveaways based on the duration and amount of play at the resort.
The 95,000-square-foot casino sets the Westgate apart from nearby business hotels around the convention center like the Las Vegas Marriott and Renaissance Las Vegas. While the Westgate may not have the size of the mega resorts on the Strip, it does have all the amenities and attractions to make it a world-class entertainment destination compared to its neighbors.
There is a main casino area, a high limit section, and another set of slot machines that wind their way around to the SuperBook. Players can choose from one of the 715 gaming machines that feature multi-denomination bets.
It’s easy to find a $5 minimum at any of the 31 table games of blackjack, roulette, craps, and baccarat. Other table games on the somewhat smokey floor include Three Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. After being closed for a few years, the Westgate also has a six-table poker room at the back of the sportsbook.
Complimentary drinks for players at the slots or tables are quite easy to come by on the casino floor. It’s always a good idea to tip your server if you expect another round.
The Westgate hotel, which opened on the 64-acre property in July 1969, offers 2,956 rooms, including 305 suites and 200,000 square feet of convention space. Then called the International Hotel, the resort booked Barbra Streisand for its 1969 opening night.
About 30 per cent of the hotel is used for nightly stays, while the remaining 70 per cent are under timeshare contracts.
- Basic rooms start at a budget-friendly $33 a night, plus a $28 resort fee, which includes Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, fitness center access, in-room safe, and a coupon booklet.
- Furnishings and decor are fairly tame for Vegas standards in big, basic rooms.
- All standard units and studio suites are 400 square feet with room for up to four guests.
- Top unit is a 1,500-square-foot luxury one-bedroom suite with a separate living area.
- The resort has a pool, which is small by Strip standards, six tennis courts, and a health club and spa.