Tropicana Sportsbook Review
The crossroad of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard has the most hotel rooms of any intersection in the world. The four resorts on the famous Las Vegas Strip — MGM Grand, New York New York, Excalibur, and Tropicana (where you will find Tropicana Sportsbook) — are all linked by convenient overhead pedestrian bridges.
The Tropicana and its featured South Beach decor is home to a tropical pool complex, Laugh Factory comedy club and the Tropicana Sportsbook. It may be a venue on the smaller side compared to all the mega resorts, but it has everything visitors need for an exciting Las Vegas betting experience.
In the seventh James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, 007 stays at the Tropicana, claiming it looks “quite comfortable.” The movie, which stars Sean Connery, came out in 1971.
Tropicana Sportsbook 101
The resort, which first opened more than six decades ago in 1957, completed its most recent renovation in 2011 at a cost of $180 million.
At that time, the Tropicana opened a new sportsbook at 3801 South Las Vegas Boulevard, which is now operated and powered by CG Technology.
The old sportsbook was an enormous 9,000-square-foot room with plenty of seating. It was one of the biggest gaming venues in the resort at the time.
Today, it resembles a kiosk you might find in your neighborhood shopping mall. It’s small, with no seating, limited business hours, and few screens to even take a glimpse at the big game.
Instead of being in the discussion for one of the best sportsbooks in Las Vegas, the move from its former home definitely places it as one of the worst on the entire Strip.
“Maybe they will put in a real sportsbook after the new restaurant is done,” one reviewer said on Yelp as the former sportsbook space is now Robert Irvine‘s overrated Public House Restaurant. The new sportsbook earns a 1.5 out of 5 rating from reviews on Yelp. The restaurant is graded at 3.5.
Smoking is allowed around the Tropicana Las Vegas sportsbook since it is part of the main casino floor. The Tropicana sportsbook hours are daily from 12 noon to 8 p.m., but they are extended during football season.
Players must be 21 years of age or older to wager anywhere in Nevada, including on Tropicana entertainment esports or any other gaming platform in Las Vegas. Tropicana sports lines, which are also limited in size like everything else at this venue, take up more room than the televisions.
This is a terrible excuse for Tropicana sports betting. I have stayed at this budget-friendly resort many times and would never make a bet here. It’s easier to just cross over to MGM Grand — which offers longer business hours and competitive odds — and get in on the action there.
The Tropicana sportsbook — located across from the Public House which replaced it — is surrounded by slot machines and a tournament slots room. The book 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. The Trop requires a $50 bet on horse racing or $200 wager on sports, but it’s still a better deal across the street at MGM Grand.
Guests also have the option of registering for Tropicana online sports betting, which is available on CG Technology’s CG Sports app. Deposit money into your new account at the Trop or any of the other CG Technology sportsbooks on the Strip like the Cosmopolitan and Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo, and download the app to your Android or iOS device.
However, the online app is only good for sports betting within the state of Nevada. You won’t be able to take advantage of Tropicana sportsbook online if you live anywhere else in the United States.
It’s Game Time at Tropicana
The tiny Tropicana sportsbook is easy enough to locate just steps away from the main check-in area for the resort. Players can expect to find just one betting window open during business hours, but at least the lineups are short.
Tropicana sportsbook odds are found behind the venue in a display that holds the betting lines of the day and futures for all the upcoming major championships.
Here are some of the sports bettors will find with posted Tropicana Las Vegas sportsbook odds:
- Pro and college football, including playoffs and Super Bowl
- Pro and college basketball, including playoffs and NBA Final
- 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 fights
- 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
- Horse racing, including Breeders Cup
Here are some of the bets available at land-based Las Vegas sportsbooks powered by CG Technology:
- Money line
- Point spread
- Over/under totals
- Halftime lines
- Win totals
- Future betting
- Proposition bets, especially for the Super Bowl
The minimum wager for any bet is $5 on the CG Sports app, but $10 at most land-based sportsbooks. But the biggest bonus of playing online is access to live betting, where the money line, point spread and over-under totals change even after the game has started.
CG Technology permits bets on tablets that do not have data plans. Wagers may be made over a wireless Internet connection as long as it is in Nevada.
Location on the Strip
The Tropicana Las Vegas has a perfect location for those worn out from a long flight. It is one of the closest resorts to McCarran International Airport, but the air traffic is hardly ever a distraction.
The 40-acre property is located on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard and near the south end of the famous Strip.
- Visitors arriving at the airport will head west on Tropicana Avenue and will have to turn left before reaching the Strip. The resort is located south of Tropicana Avenue.
- Guests can access Excalibur to the west and MGM Grand to the north by using the two pedestrian bridges. A free tram ride connects Excalibur to two other MGM properities in the Luxor and Mandalay Bay.
- The easiest walking route to T-Mobile Arena is to use the bridge over to MGM Grand and then New York New York before entering that resort’s casino area. Exit the doors at the north end into The Park, which is right in front of the arena.
Tropicana’s Free Parking
Unlike MGM and Caesars properties which are charging huge rates these days, the Tropicana offers complimentary parking to guests, with entrances off either Tropicana Avenue or Las Vegas Boulevard.
- There is no direct access to the hotel from the two-floor parking area.
- The top level of the garage is valet only, which leaves limited space on the bottom level. However, if you park at street level, your car will be shaded from the blazing desert sun.
Public Transportation Options
It’s best to know the most budget-friendly transportation options before you land in Las Vegas. Costs add up quickly here, especially for meals and shows.
Ride share programs and the public bus system are the best bets for visitors staying at the Tropicana. Uber and Lyft are taking over market share from the more expensive taxi fares.
- Download the ride share program apps Uber and Lyft to your mobile device. 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. The cost to the Trop will be around $13.
- A lengthy lineup of taxis is waiting at the airport just outside the main terminal. Expect the fare to the Trop to be less than $20.
- 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 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 Tropicana. The Express makes four northbound stops on the Strip, with the closest next door at MGM Grand.
- Both bus services will take visitors all over the Las Vegas area, including the two outlet malls and Downtown Vegas resorts like the Golden Nugget.
Food & Drinks at Tropicana
While Robert Irvine’s Public House dominates the main real estate at the front of the resort, there are a few other dining places situated between the resort’s two hotel towers.
Here are some of those excellent dining choices at the Tropicana:
- Bacio serves a number of breakfast options only, but expect a bill of $25-$30 per diner.
- Oakville Steakhouse is a high-end venue and winner of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2019.
- South Beach Food Court serves breakfast, lunch or dinner at a budget-friendly price.
- There aren’t a lot of bars and lounges to choose from, but everything is close to the main gaming area, including:
- Fanatics of frozen drinks in souvenir glasses will love Chill’m.
- Tropicana Lounge is the main bar on the ground floor of the hotel.
Drinks are hardly complimentary at these spots compared to the casino floor. The cost for a beer is anywhere from $7-$10 and a cocktail can run as much as $20.
Penn National Gaming purchased the Tropicana Las Vegas for $360 million in August 2015. Gambling guests of the resort are free to join Penn National’s reward program called mychoice, which can be used here and over 35 other locations nationwide.
The program rewards new members with $30 in free play and the chance to get up to $500 in free play after three visits.
Cardholders start at the Choice new member level and work their way up to Advantage, Preferred, Elite, and Owners Club status by earning cash and tier credits.
The more tier points you earn, the higher your status. And the higher your status, the more benefits you’ll receive. Members can use their “mycash” rewards for hotel stays, food and beverages, retail shopping, and free slot play.
The Tropicana has a relatively small gaming area at 61,000 square feet, which is nothing compared to the 171,500-square-foot gaming floor next door at MGM Grand. Its table games are all bunched together near the main entrance of the resort and the Tropicana Lounge.
Most of the slot and video poker play is located at the north end of the main casino floor, with more than 600 names and today’s popular titles spread throughout the room. Slot limits are anywhere from a penny to a dollar in the main area and $1 to $25 in the high limit slots room.
Table minimums tend to be $10, but they climb if there’s a major sporting event on tap 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, a few tables with 3-2 odds for a 21, but $25 minimum bet.
- Roulette, with all wheels containing two sets of zeroes.
- Craps, start at $10 minimum with standard rules.
- Baccarat, start at $10 minimum with standard rules.
Other table games on the main casino floor include: Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and Three Card Poker.
Servers do offer guests that are playing on the casino floor a complimentary drink, and they are quite easy to come by if the room isn’t packed. I’m had my fair share of free drinks when I play the electronic roulette game near the lounge.
Two Towers at Tropicana Hotel
The Tropicana Las Vegas, which originally opened in April 1957, features 1,467 contemporary rooms and suites in two separate areas. Guests should stay in the Paradise Tower for a quick getaway to the Strip or the Club Tower to be close to the pool complex and waterfalls.
- Simple modern rooms with tropical style, free Wi-Fi, big flat screens, and iPod docks start at around $29 a night. The resort fee is even more at $40 per night.
- Club deluxe rooms, with one king or two queen beds, are 375 square feet and offer a Strip or city view.
- Paradise deluxe rooms, with one king or two queen beds, are 450 square feet with full bath and offer a Strip or city view.
- Paradise suite, with one king bed and living room, is 906 square feet with full bath and offers a Strip and city view.
“Drinks were outrageously expensive and there was never any seats at the pool,” said one review on TripAdvisor, where the Trop gets a 4.0 out of 5 rating. “Fortunately, that did not ruin our time. Rooms were clean and staff was extremely nice.”