Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book
This is widely considered the champion of the books, mostly because of the environment. Not because it’s necessarily more high tech or opulent than others, but simply because when the game is on, and gas money/rent money/inheritances ride on that still-in-the-air Hail Mary, the booms and throaty howls echoing here will deafen the roulette players clear across the casino floor. You’re coming here for the camaraderie. Unless you’re going in on the private areas (think leather couches, plenty of plasmas, unlimited beer, and a high-end buffet), get there early. This place gets jammed up on a big game day.
The Golden Nugget calls downtown Vegas home, so you’re getting mob-era action here. Think a Rat Pack lounge, but with TVs at every table, a humongous video wall, and a digital betting board bigger than the arrivals screen at most international airports. Plus -- and this is the real reason Golden Nugget is in here -- the hotel has a water slide that routes through an actual shark tank.
Golden Nugget Race & Sports Book
Cool factor: One zillion.