We’re in the process of putting together a comprehensive list of each Las Vegas sportsbook’s drink ticket policy, and we’ll likely post it sometime in the middle of next week.
Until then, we figured we’d share a list of what we believe to be the five best places to get free (or comped) drinks in town. The list is based on both personal experience and feedback from readers, who have submitted their stories and observations by email and on Twitter over the last few days.
As you might expect, drink policies are constantly changing and are often times extremely vague. Sometimes a free drink can depend entirely on the mood of a ticket writer or the day of the week.
In any case, on to the list …
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You don’t have to place a bet to get a freebie at Bellagio. Just show up to the sportsbook, find a chair, and a cocktail waitress will be around to take your order. Now, should you place a bet? Of course. And should you tip the waitress like crazy upon getting a drink? Absolutely. But the Bellagio’s drink policy (they don’t even use tickets) is as lenient as you’ll find along the strip, which is why most readers always make it a point to go there on gamedays.
Be warned: Some have complained about slow service, but that’s to be expected when the book is crowded. And besides, the drinks are FREE, so the waitresses deserve the benefit of the doubt.
- Bellagio won’t even ask for a ticket if you look like you can afford one/look the part. (via @elpradoconjj)
- Always recieved free drinks at the Bellagio. Plus those chairs are super comfortable. (via @Dogs_and_unders)
- Bellagio has generally been no questions asked if you’re in the seats. (via @mofo313)
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2. LVH SUPERBOOK
This is another book that doesn’t go the drink ticket route. At LVH, you simply need to place a wager (the bet amount doesn’t matter), and then show the ticket to a cocktail waitress. The waitresses come around to both the general seating area and also the adjacent Fan Cave, and in our experiences, you’ll generally have an opportunity to ask for a drink every 30 minutes or so.
- LVH comps your drinks just by showing the server your betting ticket. (via @daniellvegas)
- LVH is probably the best. Just show them your betting slip and you’ll get a drink. (via @JordanState)
- By far [the best]. (via @KLopezSTL)
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3. SOUTH POINT
So, South Point apparently used to have a standard drink policy. The general consensus is that you needed to place anywhere between a $50 and $100 bet to get a free drink at the book. But at some point along the way (one reader thinks the policy change could be fairly recent), South Point began giving away freebies very liberally.
Most who have visited the book in recent weeks have said that they received “multiple” drink tickets for minimum-sized wagers, in the neighborhood of $10 and $20. On a recent visit, we saw so many drink tickets we thought South Point was holding a giveaway.
Bottom line: If you place a bet and ask for a ticket, there’s a good chance you’ll get one and possibly a couple.
- They’ll give you drink tickets for $5 bets. And if you tip, you get stacks on stacks on stacks. (via @slamdeal)
- Every $10 or $20 random bet, just ask for a ticket and they never said no and often gave two each trip to the window. We had more than we could use. (via @fullmarx)
- South Point is best. (via @browns41)
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This could be a dangerous inclusion on our list, but we’re trusting a reader (one we’ve personally met), who is a frequent visitor of the Rio and claims he has never paid for a drink in his many trips. “Rarely, if ever, do they even check your wager tickets,” the reader said. “And never charge for drinks.”
A twitter user (@rickburrice) also vouched for the Rio: “Always free and fast,” he wrote. Others have had similar experiences, and we’ll be sure to check out the book sometime soon to confirm. In the meantime, we’ll be putting what little credibility we have at risk by suggesting a book we rarely visit.
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5. STATION CASINOS
For those of you who are too awkward to ask for drink tickets (like us), Station Casinos might be the best place for you. All Station sportsbooks have a fairly liberal drink ticket policy (at least in our experiences), and give free drink tickets for bets over $50. You might have to ask for them, but if you do, there’s a very good chance you will get a freebie.
But even if you don’t, all Station properties (Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock, Fiesta, Palace, etc.) have $1 Bud or Bud Lights on weekends (Saturday through Monday). So, three days out of the week, you’re paying $1 for a bottle of beer. If you want a mixed drink, then you’re out of luck. They also have $1 hotdogs.
- Stations is the best. $20 or more for 1. Over $50 for 2. (via @2ArrowheadDrive)
- Stations will give 2 tickets for a $40-50 bet; will give you 1 for a $20 bet, but they expire in 24 hours and are strict about it. (via @VegasAggie)
- Last summer, Palace Station ALWAYS gave me 2-3 drink tickets without me having to ask. (via @BdgrSprtsServic)