A Beginner’s Guide to Betting at Las Vegas Sportsbooks: All You Need to Know
- What is a rotation number? Where do I collect my winnings? How do I get free drinks at a sportsbook?
- Here's everything you need to know before betting at a Las Vegas sportsbook.
Spending the day at a sportsbook is one of a handful of things every sports bettor should do while visiting Las Vegas. However, while bettors may be familiar with wagering online, many may still not know or understand the nuances and rules about betting at brick-and-mortar casinos.
With this in mind, we put together a list of 10 frequently asked questions to ensure all bettors are ready hit the ground running when visiting Las Vegas casinos.
Las Vegas Sports Betting Guide
Q: What is a rotation number?
A: Rotation numbers are what’s listed to the left of a team on the board. They are unique to the team, sport and league. When going to the betting window, be sure to identify your wager using the rotation number for accuracy.
For example, if you wanted to bet $100 on the Patriots against the Jaguars in the AFC Championship, you would say, “$100 on 312, Patriots -9.”
Q: Where do I go to collect my money?
A: Simply return to the sportsbook window and hand the ticket to a representative. Some sportsbooks will also let you cash sports betting tickets at the cashier cage, but that varies from casino to casino.
You can also mail in winning tickets, specifically futures that aren’t settled until you return home from your trip by flipping your ticket over and following the instructions on the back.
Q: What is the -110 listed next to my bet?
A: That is the juice (or vig) you’ll be paying as a commission to the sportsbook for any winning wager.
For example, if a game is listed at -110, it means that you need to bet $110 to win $100. Conversely, a vig of +110 means a $100 wager will result in winnings of $110.
Q: What happens if a line moves after I bet it?
A: Once your wager is placed, you’re locked in to the line listed on your ticket.
Q: What are comps, and how do I get them?
A: Comps are awarded to big players and can range from one free drink, buffet pass or even free rooms. In general, the best way to receive comps is to sign up for your casino’s rewards program or by simply asking.
Q: How do I get free drinks at a sportsbook?
A: Different sportsbooks require different amounts wagered to qualify for a free drink, however, these are not always set in stone. When placing your wager at the window, simply ask your writer for drink tickets and always be sure to tip your ticket writer and your bartender!
Q: Can I bet on a game after it starts?
A: After a game begins all full-game wagers are locked, however, there are still other betting options, including 2nd half or live, in-game wagers.
Q: What happens if there’s a mistake on my ticket?
A: Always check your ticket for accuracy before leaving the window! This includes rotation number, team, bet type, line/odds, wager amount, etc. Once you leave the window, your ticket is official, so be sure it’s 100% correct before you walk away.
Q: Do I have to be in a sportsbook to place a bet?
A: No, many sportsbooks now offer mobile apps that can be used anywhere in Nevada. Visit your casino’s sportsbook for instructions on downloading and funding your mobile account.
Q: Do different casinos offer different lines?
A: Yes, different casinos offer different lines and it’s important to track these via a live odds page or the Action Network mobile app (via iTunes or Google Play) so you know which casinos are offering the best lines for your desired wager(s).
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