MGM Grand Sportsbook Review
This is the capital of Party Town on the Las Vegas Strip. Everything is big, bold and outright crazy at MGM Grand, except maybe good ol’ Las Vegas betting and the MGM sportsbook.
Big? Most rooms of any hotel in the country.
Bold? Bronze statue of Leo the Lion stands 45-feet tall.
Outright crazy? Wet Republic’s massive pool parties.
If you’re looking for some peace and quiet in the middle of the desert, try the South Point or M Resort casinos off the Strip. This place is hopping all the time.
MGM Grand Sportsbook 101
The MGM Grand may be one of the best sportsbooks on the Las Vegas Strip , especially when you bring the four skyboxes on the second level of the venue into the discussion.
These special boxes can hold up to 10 guests, but they must be reserved and are typically used by high rollers for big sporting events. The boxes each range from 300 to 325 square feet and come equipped with high-definition TVs and surround-sound audio.
The non-smoking MGM Grand Las Vegas sportsbook and the rest of this gigantic property is located at 3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard. The daily MGM Grand sportsbook hours are Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Players must be 21 years of age or older to wager anywhere in Nevada, including on MGM Grand entertainment esports or any other gaming platform in Las Vegas.
There’s comfortable leather seating for 104 guests on the main floor of the MGM Grand sportsbook with dozens of big screens offered in a mix of sizes on the one and only wall of the room.
At the top of the curved wall are three 12×16-foot big screens for the main action of the day with six odds board displays on either side.
There is also seating with individual monitors for horse players, and an area at the back of the room with bench seating and chairs for small groups.
MGM Grand sports betting — with the casino entrance at one end and the Stage Deli at the other — offers pari-mutuel wagering, daily games, sports futures and some proposition wagers, particularly for major sporting events.
Complimentary beverages are offered with a voucher, but they’re getting harder and harder to come by on the Strip. MGM Grand, which seems to be one of the more reasonable venues for a free drink, requires a $10 bet on horse racing or $100 wager on MGM Grand sports lines.
There are two options for MGM Grand online sports betting. One is to register at any of the MGM resorts in Las Vegas and download the playMGM sports betting app and view the MGM Grand Las Vegas sportsbook odds on your Android or iOS device.
But this platform, which is an IGT PlaySpot mobile solution, is only available in the state of Nevada.
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.
Place Your Bets at MGM Grand
Guests entering the venue from the casino floor will find 16 betting windows to the right and an area where all the MGM Grand sportsbook odds for future betting are on display.
Of note is the fact that MGM properties offer some of the worst future betting odds you can find around Las Vegas. There’s not a lot of value in these bets at MGM Grand. A better land-based option in Las Vegas is the Westgate SuperBook.
Here are some of the sports to bet on, although the MGM Grand sportsbook online offers even more wagering options, including “in-play” 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
- 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 MGM Grand sportsbook:
- Money line
- Point spread
- Over/under totals
- Future betting
- Some proposition bets, especially for the Super Bowl
The sportsbook seats will fill up fast for major events like prize fights, March Madness and the Super Bowl, but the standing room area behind this section still offers a great view.
Huge Property on the Strip
The MGM Grand Las Vegas is located at the main intersection of Tropicana Avenue and South Las Vegas Boulevard across the street from the Tropicana and two other MGM properties — New York New York and Excalibur.
It has experienced many changes and renovations over the years. From the Wizard of Oz and the Emerald City to the family-friendly Adventure Theme Park, the massive green property now houses the style of the Art Deco era of classic Hollywood.
- Visitors arriving at McCarran International Airport will head west on Tropicana Avenue to the main MGM Grand entrance. The resort is located on the north side of the street and is the closest Strip destination to the airport.
- Guests can access other properties across the street by using the two pedestrian bridges.
- The easiest walking route to T-Mobile Arena is to use the bridge over to New York New York and enter that resort’s casino area. Exit the doors at the north end into The Park, which is right in front of the arena.
Parking at MGM Grand
MGM Grand, like all the major properties on the Strip, are now charging for parking. Certain reward card members still qualify for a free pass in the seven-floor self-parking garage off Tropicana Avenue.
- There’s no charge for the first hour on your first day here. After that, it’s $12 from one to four hours, $15 over four to 24 hours, and $15 per day after that.
- Self-parking is complimentary for Pearl, Gold, Platinum and Noir Mlife reward members. The starting level members (Sapphire) have to pay for parking.
- Rates are even higher for valet parking. 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.
- Valet parking is complimentary for Gold, Platinum and Noir Mlife rewards members.
Hitch a Ride on the Strip
Ride share programs and the public bus system are the best bets for visitors staying at MGM Grand. Uber and Lyft are taking over from the more expensive taxi fares. Limousine services are available as well, with the going rate around $85-90 an hour.
- 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 MGM Grand should be less than $20, depending on traffic.
- 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 MGM Grand. The Express makes just four northbound stops on the Strip, with one right in front of MGM Grand.
- Public transportation methods will take visitors all over the Las Vegas area, including the two outlet malls and Old Vegas on Fremont Street.
- There are also four trams on the Strip. Three are free, but the monorail behind MGM Grand is $5 per ride or $13 per day.
Food & Drinks at MGM Grand
The MGM Grand property includes five outdoor pools, rivers, and waterfalls that cover 6.6 acres, a 380,000-square-foot convention center, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and the Grand Spa.
So, of course there are a lot of stops along the way for food and drinks, whether it’s Project Pie for pizza or
the massive Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub for cocktails and a good time.
Here are some of the more highly rated restaurants and eateries at MGM Grand:
- Joël Robuchon is a multiple award-winning French restaurant. Robuchon, who was named France’s Chef of the Century by the esteemed Gault Millau restaurant guide, came out of retirement to open his first restaurant in the U.S.
- Morimoto Las Vegas is a Japanese gem with exotic photographs by Yasumichi Morita.
- Located in the middle of the casino, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill presents California-inspired cuisine in a casual setting.
- Here are some of the top bars and lounges at MGM Grand:
- Enjoy 50 types of whiskeys and hand-crafted cocktails at Whiskey Down.
- Losers Bar is the perfect name for a venue on the Strip. This no frills bar offers live performances from country music artists.
- Choose from an extensive list of classy, trendy drinks just a few steps from the main entrance of the resort at the Lobby Bar.
Drinks are hardly complimentary compared to the casino floor. The cost for a beer is anywhere from $8-12 and a cocktail can run as much as $20.
Mlife Rewards at MGM Grand
MGM Grand is surrounded by other MGM properties — like Excalibur, New York New York and Park MGM — that all use the Mlife rewards program.
Mlife members gain exclusive access, benefits and rewards at MGM Grand and other 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. The higher the level, the more privileges on meals, room rates and complimentary gifts.
MGM high rollers are treated to the finest of rooms in the two-story Skylofts, located on the top floors of the main hotel.
Biggest Casino in Vegas
The MGM Grand has one of the largest gaming floors in all of Las Vegas, measuring 171,500 square feet. The casino winds it way throughout the first level of the resort with more than 2,500 machines for gaming as well as 139 poker and table games.
The slot machines range from one cent to $1,000 and include progressive slots, video poker, and multi-game machines. There is a special high limit slots area, featuring machines with payouts up to $500,000.
Table minimums tend to be $10, but they climb if there’s a major sporting event in house like a prize fight or other championships which draw a huge crowd like March Madness or the Super Bowl. Some of the games available to play include:
- Blackjack, all tables pay 6-5 odds on a 21.
- Roulette, with all wheels containing two sets of zeroes.
- Craps, start at $10 minimum with standard rules.
- Baccarat, with all tables featuring standard rules.
Other table games on the main casino floor include: Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em Progressive, Three Card Poker, and High Card Flush.
There are two virtual gaming areas for blackjack, roulette and baccarat — both offering stadium seating for your game of preference.
The section at the front of the house by the main entrance and the Rainforest Cafe also features some recreational games for guests to play.
Servers do offer guests that are playing on the casino floor a complimentary drink, but these may be harder to come by during peak hours.
A Room for Every Budget
The MGM Grand, which opened in December 1993, is the largest single hotel in the nation with 6,852 rooms. The property is made up of the main hotel building, Skylofts, Signature towers, and the Mansion of MGM Grand. Each tower has pathways including moving walkways for the connection to MGM Grand.
- The main hotel has 4,293 rooms ranging from $79 to $499 per night and 751 suites ranging from $275 to $20,500 per night.
- Skylofts hotel has 51 lofts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 per night and is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
- The three Signature towers range in price from $170 to $599 per night for one of its 576 suites.
- The Mansion at MGM Grand has 29 villas reserved for VIPs, celebrities, and casino-invited guests ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 per night.
While there is luxury to be found here, the basic hotel rooms do not get a glowing review from many guests on TripAdvisor.
“Used to stay here a lot in the past, but MGM puts all of its money into other properties and has let this one fall,” wrote one guest in August 2019. All of this and a $42 resort fee per night added on at checkout.