Luxor Sportsbook Review

Luxor Sportsbook Review

If you are on a budget and don’t mind a bumpy elevator ride up the pyramid, the Luxor Las Vegas is the place for an enjoyable getaway and Las Vegas sports betting at the Luxor Sportsbook or at its casino.

The 30-story hotel and casino is the second largest hotel in Las Vegas and the eighth largest in the world with an unmistakable beam of light shooting from the top of the pyramid into the universe.

The Luxor, named after the city by the same name in Egypt, is in a perfect location for Las Vegas Raiders’ games as it stands at the south end of the Strip and right across the interstate from the new $1.84-billion stadium.

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Luxor Sportsbook 101

The Luxor Sportsbook is almost hidden on the main casino floor. The dark venue is located at the very back of the gaming area behind a bar and a wall of slot machines. This is definitely not user-friendly nor even close to being one of the best sportsbooks in Vegas

The pyramid, tower and the rest of the Luxor property sit at 3900 South Las Vegas Blvd. The daily Luxor sportsbook hours are Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., which is common for major MGM resorts like Aria, Bellagio and the Mirage.

Players must be 21 years of age or older to wager anywhere in Nevada, including on Luxor entertainment esports or any other gaming platform in Las Vegas.

This is not a big-room sportsbook for Luxor sports betting. It has seating for about 100 guests and is focused more on individual stations than a group atmosphere. There are couches at the back of the non-smoking room for your party of friends.

The main viewing wall has two big screens in the middle with Luxor sportsbook odds boards on the outside. Above this display is about a dozen TVs to carry a variety of games and sporting events. There are more TVs located throughout the book.

Complimentary beverages are offered with a voucher, depending on how much a visitor wagers. You normally have to bet $200 or $300 just to get a free drink.

Cocktails and beer are available at the Play Bar, located at the entrance of this venue. Backstage Deli, located near the Luxor Las Vegas sportsbook, is the closest spot if you want something to eat.

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Luxor sports lines are offered on all the major sports, along with horse and dog racing. The wait in line  is short most of the time as the venue is pretty quiet most days of the week. Traffic picks up a little bit on the weekend or around major championships like March Madness or the Super Bowl.

There are two options for Luxor online sports betting. One is to register at any of the MGM resorts in Las Vegas and download the playMGM sports betting app to your Android or iOS device. But this platform, which is an IGT PlaySpot mobile solution, is only available in the state of Nevada. It’s main competitors on the Strip are the Caesars Entertainment app and a few sportsbooks that use CG Technology.

A better betting option for those wanting to wager on sports is the top-ranked online site Bovada, which is available in all 50 states.

Bovada, which has been in use for years, treats it members like VIPs with cash bonuses, rewards and perks, unlike most Las Vegas betting apps like those found at the Cosmopolitan, Wynn, Venetian, and Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo.

Finally, there’s a resort or two on the Strip that offers analysis and predictions on upcoming events. It’s been a gaping hole in the sports betting world for sometime.

MGM Resorts and Luxor sports betting now have an online Behind the Book feature, which provides top picks on the week’s hottest sports action.

VegasBetting has you covered with that as well. Just click on our Vegas Picks tab at the top of the home page.

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It’s Game Time at Luxor Sportsbook

The size and seating of all the MGM sportsbooks may vary, but the betting options remain the same for every venue on the Strip.

A few betting windows will be open to take wagers on all the major professional and college sports. There’s another queue for pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing.

Here are some of the sports with listed Luxor Las Vegas sportsbook odds:

  • 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
  • Boxing, but mostly just major bouts
  • 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 Luxor sportsbook:

  • Money line
  • Point spread
  • Over/under totals
  • Future betting
  • Some proposition bets, especially for the Super Bowl

There are even more Luxor Las Vegas sportsbook odds listed on the playMGM app, including “in-play betting” where betting lines are listed for games already in progress. The odds keep changing throughout the game to the final buzzer.

This style of gambling is a hot ticket with mobile apps. All the major venues off the Strip — like Hard Rock, Red Rock, South Point, Palms, M Resort, and Station casinos — are getting in on the action, too.

Inside

Undeniable Landmarks

The Luxor Las Vegas is located between two other MGM properties — Mandalay Bay and Excalibur — at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard across from the airport.

Visitors can enter the venue through a replica of the Great Sphinx at Giza that covers a moving walkway leading from the Strip into the Atrium. The Sphinx in Las Vegas stands 110 feet high, more than 40 feet taller than its antique counterpart in Egypt.

  • Visitors arriving at McCarran International Airport will head west on Tropicana Avenue to the Strip, before making a left-hand turn on Las Vegas Boulevard. It’s just a short distance to the Luxor, which is located on the west side of the street.
  • Guests of the Luxor never have to go outside to visit their neighbors as a pedestrian mall connects the three MGM properties.
  • A tram that is free to ride also shuttles visitors to the other two properties. It takes about three minutes to travel from the Excalibur to Mandalay Bay.
  • Taxi drivers may turn off Tropicana onto Koval Lane as an alternative route, but never let the driver take the highway route as the cost of the trip will soar.

Luxor Las Vegas Parking

The two biggest complaints from Las Vegas tourists these days are the dreaded resort fees and parking costs. It’s hardly a free ride in Las Vegas anymore. Corporations are squeezing entertainment budgets at every turn, and that means no more free parking

  • The Luxor parking garage is located behind the main resort off Frank Sinatra Drive.
  • There’s no charge for the first hour on your first day here. After that, it’s $8 from one to four hours, $10 over four to 24 hours, and $10 per day after that.
  • Valet parking is even higher. It’s $16 for under two hours, $18 for two to four hours, and $24 for four to 24 hours. After that, it’s $24 per day.

The Luxor, like other MGM resorts, does offer some discounts and complimentary parking to those that have an Mlife rewards card.

The rewards vary on the status of the cardholder and the amount of money gambled or spent at the resort. The same is true of its competitors at Caesars properties on the Strip — like the Flamingo, Bally’s, Planet Hollywood, Harrah’s, and the Linq.

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Bus, Taxi or Limousine?

Let’s cut right to the chase: The best option for getting around Las Vegas is the ride shares programs Uber and Lyft. The excellent transit system is a close second, but it has its limitations.

McCarran International Airport has a platform for all of the public transportation systems, including taxis and shuttles. But the best bang for your buck is to get a “Lyft” on Uber.

  • Download the ride share program apps Uber and Lyft. 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.
  • A queue forms just outside the main terminal for one of more than 100 taxis waiting in line. The cost for your ride to the Luxor will be around $20-$25, depending on traffic.
  • Limousines prices are normally around $85 to $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 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 Luxor. The Express does not stop at the Luxor.
  • Both services will take visitors all over the Las Vegas area, including the two outlet malls and Old Vegas, including the Golden Nugget.

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Food & Drinks at Luxor

There are many reasons why more than four million people visit Las Vegas every year. Gambling, of course, is certainly a top draw.

But other items on that list of luxury include world-class shows, five-star hotels and some of the finest restaurants in the country.

The Luxor may not be at the top of the TripAdvisor checklist for those items, but this resort is the perfect fit for those on a budget.

Here are some of the restaurants and eateries at the Luxor:

  • Rice & Company features fresh and tasty Asian cuisines.
  • Tender Steakhouse won Open Table’s dining choice award in 2013.
  • Backstage Deli isn’t in the best location, but the deli-style food is worth the trip.
  • Here are some of the top bars and lounges at the Luxor:
  • Get ready to party at Flight, which is open until 4 a.m.
  • Mingle with friends at Centra, which is located right in the center of the casino floor.
  • Aurora Bar, located across from the front desk, is known for its unique light show.

It’s getting harder and harder to get complimentary drinks at resorts on the Strip. Expect to pay as much as $20 for a cocktail at one of these venues.

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Mlife Rewards at Luxor

Unlike independent resorts like the Stratosphere, Hard Rock and Treasure Island, the Luxor is part of the MGM Resorts International stable of properties on the Las Vegas Strip.

The card that matters at these venues is the Mlife Rewards card. Mlife members gain exclusive access, benefits and rewards at all of the MGM venues by earning points for every dollar spent or gambled.

The starting tier, which is Sapphire (blue card), has limited benefits, but the rewards change at the next level called Pearl. These members are awarded discounts, dedicated line options at restaurants and buffets, and complimentary parking.

Members can continue the climb up the Mlife ladder into Gold, Platinum and the Noir level (black card), but that status would take some time to earn and a big bankroll. The higher the level, the more privileges on meals, room rates and complimentary gifts.

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A Thousand Slots at Luxor

Even though the pyramid cuts out a perfect square on the main casino floor, the gaming area is anything but organized. Multiple restaurants and bars are the first options to greet visitors, not slot machines or tables games.

There are more than 1,100 slots and video poker machines on the 120,000-square-foot floor, but they are spread throughout the dimly lit casino area. Wagering amounts vary from a penny to a dollar, which is standard for mid- and lower-end casinos on the Strip.

The Luxor has elevator banks posted at each corner of the pyramid, all with easy access to the casino and other resort amenities.

The elevated Centra bar is the focal point of the room, but it cuts off sight lines throughout the area, especially the sportsbook. Unless you know where the book is located, you will likely need directions to find it.

Most of the table games, which carry a $10 minimum, are arranged close to the middle of the room. Some of the games available to play include:

  • Blackjack, with some paying 3-2 odds on a 21, but with $25 minimum bet.
  • Roulette, with all wheels containing two sets of zeroes.
  • Craps, start at $10 minimum with standard rules.
  • Baccarat, very few tables available to play.

Other table games spotted on the casino floor include: Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and Three Card Poker, which is standard for other MGM properties like MGM Grand.

Complimentary drink service is decent here for guests playing the slots, video poker or table games. As always, the frequency of service will depend on the time of day and how the action is on the casino floor.

The most notable section in the Luxor casino is not a slot machine or table game, but its eSports Arena where visitors bet on the outcome of professional video game tournaments. It is located in a corner of the casino.

Room

Pyramid and Tower Rooms

This vibrant Egyptian-themed resort, which opened in October 1993, has more than 4,000 hotel rooms in the 30-story pyramid and adjoining 22-story twin towers. The hotel, which was last renovated about a decade ago, offers better room rates than most of the big names on the Strip, but you’re not paying for luxury here:

  • Rooms in the pyramid range from a regular 420-square-foot king to suites of all shapes and sizes.
  • Prices for pyramid rooms start at about $39 a night.
  • Rooms in the tower range from a 449-square-foot king to high-end suites.
  • Prices for tower rooms start at about $49 a night.
  • Like all MGM properties, guests will be charged a resort fee of about $44 per night at checkout.
  • • The Luxor receives mediocre ratings on TripAdvisor from more than 40,000 reviews. The tower rooms are typically in better shape than those in the pyramid.
 
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