Bally’s Sportsbook Review
There’s nothing special about Bally’s Sportsbook in Las Vegas at all. It’s one of those resorts on the Strip that would rank in the bottom third of places to stay for your vacation.
It’s average, affordable and a fixture of Vegas betting for more than half a century. Despite all the ownership turnover, renovations, name changes and a devastating fire, the resort still holds an incredible location in the heart of the Strip.
The resort, which opened in 1973 as the original MGM Grand, is physically connected to another Caesars-owned property in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
Bally’s Sportsbook 101
The Bally’s sportsbook is in the worst location possible. It’s as if the planning for this venue was an afterthought.
It’s not near a poker room. Not even close to the main casino floor. And definitely not near the guest elevators.
If you come in the Strip entrance of Bally’s, just keep walking and walking and walking. Stop before you reach the back parking lot and there you will notice a modest entrance to the Bally’s Las Vegas sportsbook. Yes, it’s that far out of the way.
Like everything else on this property, the sloped room for Bally’s sports betting is ordinary. Why would guests spend any time here when some of the best gambling places on the Strip are open nearby at the Bellagio or Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo?
The Bally’s property is located at 3645 South Las Vegas Boulevard at one of the Strip’s main intersections of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard.
The Bally’s sportsbook hours vary depending on the day of the week: Monday to Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Players must be 21 years of age or older to wager anywhere in Nevada.
There are a lot of seats available for sports and horse players in the non-smoking venue, with many rows of desk seating with an individual monitor.
Big screen TVs are stationed on the front wall by the betting windows and midway through the room as they hang from the ceiling for a better viewpoint for those in the back seats.
The entire wall on the right side of the room features Bally’s sportsbook odds from all the major sporting events of the day, plus future odds on major championships.
For the convenience of players, Bally’s offers guests the option of registering and downloading the Mobile Sports at Caesars Entertainment app. Here, all the Bally’s Las Vegas sportsbook odds can be viewed on your Android or iOS device, including Bally’s entertainment esports betting lines.
This may be a good option for those visiting Las Vegas, but the Bally’s sports lines are only available for betting while in the state of Nevada. A better option is the top-ranked online site Bovada, which is available in all 50 states.
Place Your Bets at Bally’s
Bally’s sportsbook and its bizarre location still have a few things going for it.
For one, there’s not a lot of activity at the betting windows in this quiet room, so it takes no time at all to place a wager. And two, the policy on drink vouchers is better than most of the nearby competition. The cost? Bet $20 on horses or $50 on sports. That’s an even better deal than the off-the-Strip Westgate SuperBook.
Here are some of the sports available for betting at the land-based Bally’s sportsbook. There are many more options with Bally’s online sports betting:
- 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
- Hockey, including the playoffs and Stanley Cup
- Golf, with weekly odds and futures on all four majors
Here are some of the betting options available at Bally’s:
- Money line
- Point spread
- Over/under totals
- Future betting
- Some proposition bets, especially for the Super Bowl
There are even more betting options listed on the Bally’s sportsbook online through the Caesars 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.
Perfect Location on the Strip
The Bally’s Las Vegas resort, which hosted the famous Dean Martin Celebrity Roast from 1974 to 1984, is located on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard, north of another Caesars property called the Paris.
The hotel and casino are situated at one of the busiest intersections in Paradise, Nevada — the southeast corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard.
- Visitors can access the hotel and sportsbook off Flamingo Road. Try and stay away from the traffic congestion on the Strip.
- Guests arriving at McCarran International Airport will head north on Swenson and then west on Harmon Avenue to Koval Lane. Head north of Koval and turn left on Flamingo Road. Bally’s is a short distance away on the left-hand side.
- A monorail travels from MGM Grand to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Bally’s is one of its seven stops.
Parking Shared with Paris
Caesars properties, including Bally’s Las Vegas, joined the trend of charging for parking at all resorts in 2016. Bally’s shares it parking spaces with its sister property next door at the Paris.
- • The seven-floor shared parking garage can be accessed from the Strip or by taking Harmon Avenue and turning onto Audrie Lane behind the hotel.
- • There’s no charge for the first hour on your first day here. After that, it’s $9 from one to two hours, $12 from two to four fours, $15 over four to 24 hours, and $15 per day after that.
- • Valet parking is even higher. It’s $15 for under two hours, $20 for two to four hours, and $24 for four to 24 hours. After that, it’s $24 per day.
- • The entrance to the casino is on level three of the parking garage.
Public Transportation to Bally’s
Public transportation and ride sharing programs are the best bet for visitors staying at Bally’s.
Ride share programs like Uber and Lyft are just a couple of clicks away on your mobile device. The 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 taxis everywhere in Las Vegas, including a lengthy queue at the airport. Taxis are located just outside the main terminal at the airport.
- 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. 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 Bally’s/Paris. The Express makes just four northbound stops on the Strip, with one right in front of the Paris.
- Public transportation methods will take visitors all over the Las Vegas area, including the two outlet malls and Downtown Vegas on Fremont Street.
- The easiest way to get to T-Mobile Arena for NHL games involving the Vegas Golden Knights is to walk across the pedestrian bridge to the Bellagio and connect with the Aria Express — a four-car air-conditioned tram which takes travelers from the Bellagio to Park MGM for free. The arena is just across the street from this MGM property.
Food & Drinks at Bally’s
Bally’s Las Vegas is a reasonable spot for those on a budget. Don’t expect luxurious rooms and fine dining here. This resort is more comparable to off-the-Strip resorts like the Hard Rock Hotel or Palms than it is to its neighbors across the street like the Cosmopolitan or Caesars Palace.
Here are a few spots in the selection of restaurants at Bally’s:
- Guests can enjoy the blackboard menu featuring specials that highlight seasonal flavors and local ingredients at BLT Steak.
- Experience the flavorful taste of Thai food and the aroma of Asian spices at Sea: The Thai Experience.
- Voted best brunch by a local newspaper, Sterling Brunch Buffet has been open for business for 25 years.
- What’s on tap at some of the bars and lounges at Bally’s:
- Expect hand-crafted cocktails, live entertainment and a wide variety of seating at the Indigo Lounge.
- The Lobby Bar is a classic Vegas lounge that’s open 24 hours a day.
Drinks are anything but free at these venues. If you want a complimentary beverage, you will have to get out your gambling dollars and play on the casino floor.
Bally’s is part of the stable of Caesars properties that all use the same rewards card. Caesars Rewards is free to join for new members, who earn points for every dollar spent on gambling, hotel stays, food and drink, and shopping.
New members start at the Gold level and work their way up through Platinum and Diamond to the top level Seven Stars. The higher the level, the more privileges on meals, room rates and complimentary gifts.
The top level Caesars cardholders also earn one of the best perks of them all. They don’t have to pay the unpopular resort fees which are tacked on at checkout for most tourists at all Las Vegas hotels. The resort fee at Bally’s is $40, including taxes, per night.
The 67,000-square-foot modest casino floor at Bally’s has 1,250 slot and video poker machines to choose from, including your favorite names. The gaming area, which opened in December 1973, also has 65 tables games and 14 poker tables.
One small perk with Bally’s is the 24-hour live keno lounge and parlor. Games are shown on channel 27 in-room, so guests can track their numbers without having to leave their room. The keno games range from $1 to $10.
The minimums at table games will be as low as $5 on many days of the week, but expect the betting minimum to climb on the weekends or on busier nights. Some of the games available to play include:
- Blackjack, with some paying 3-2 odds on a 21, but with $15 minimum bet.
- Roulette, with all wheels containing the standard two sets of zeroes.
- Craps, start at $10 minimum with standard rules.
Other table games spotted on the casino floor include: Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, High Card Flush, Three Card Poker, Crazy 4 Poker, Mississippi Stud, Three Card Lowball Poker, and the Big Wheel.
There is also a high limit room for table games and slots. Table minimums start at $25 for mini-baccarat, while blackjack is $50. The high limit slots are a mix of machines between $1 and $100 a pull.
Complimentary drink service is offered to those playing the machines or table games. It’s best to tip for that courtesy if you want to be offered another one.
Bally’s Hotel and Towers
Bally’s is one of the best values on the Strip for rooms, but don’t expect fine linens and other luxuries at this resort. The hotel has more than 2,800 rooms ranging from the standard 430-square-foot Jubilee Tower King to the 1,700-square-foot Celebrity Suites.
- The 43 acre-site was first occupied by the Three Coins Motel, which opened in 1963.
- Rooms are often priced under $100 a night, but don’t forget the added $40 resort fee at checkout.
- Resort Tower rooms, which account for about 75 per cent of capacity, were renovated in 2018.
- Other amenities include Internet access, fitness center, and access to the spa.
- The oversized, outdoor Blu Pool offers a relaxing day surrounded by lush palm trees. Like the Bally’s sportsbook, its location is terrible. It’s at the back of the resort behind the parking garage.