The first thing you’ll notice upon walking into the race and sportsbook at Red Rock Resort is the giant, oversized projection screens that stretch the length of the wall from left to right, measuring at a whopping 96 feet.
You won’t find a better viewing area at any sportsbook in Las Vegas, not on the Strip or off it, and so making the trip to the Summerlin book is worth it for that alone.
But be prepared to stand. The seating arrangement at Red Rock stinks, and unless you feel like spending your NFL Sunday holed up in a terminal next to a bunch of cigarette smokers and horse racing bettors, there’s a decent chance you could leave disappointed.
On the right side of the book—roughly 50 feet away from the Turf Grill—there are 24 plush leather chairs that are rarely up for grabs prior to kickoff. If you want one, you better show up early. Otherwise, you’ll feel like you’re at a keg party that has cold beer but not any cups.
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BETTING — The betting options are pretty standard for a Las Vegas book. Red Rock is a Station property, so there’s a decent variety of futures and props (generally for big games). Also, all NFL and college primetime games—in addition to marquee afternoon games—have in-running wagering.
The hold percentages on futures are competitive but far from the best you’ll find in town. You’re much better off placing futures bets at places like the Wynn and LVH, two of the most player-friendly books. Station properties have $20,000 limits on NFL sides and $2,000 limits on totals.
DRINKS — As long as you’re placing bets, the ticket writers are likely to give you a drink ticket, and often times you don’t even have to ask. It’s a common occurrence to see somebody walk away from the window with a couple of betting slips and drink tickets in hand.
If you don’t get a drink ticket, though, you’re not entirely out of luck. All Station properties offer $1 Bud and Bud Lights on game days (Saturday, Sunday, Monday and sometimes Thursday), and hot dogs are also $1.
ATMOSPHERE — It’s probably the best of any book in Vegas. We made our first trip to Red Rock last year in the second half of the Saints-49ers divisional playoff game, and the place was nuts. It was a standing-room only crowd with every seat filled and another 100 or so people lining the back of the book.
More recently, on Thursday, we visited Red Rock to watch the Rams-Cardinals game. Again, the crowd was strong despite a boring, borderline unwatchable football game being played.
One thing to be mindful of: Red Rock draws plenty of locals, and they have a tendency to treat the place like it’s their living room. Show up during a USC game and you’ll hear “F*ck the Trojans!” more often than you’d like.
TELEVISIONS — The three giant screens often get divided up (see top picture), and there’s usually a half-dozen games on at a given time. There are 15 additional TV’s beneath the giant screens and flat panels along the outside (and in the back bar/viewing area.)
Including the terminals, there’s more than 250 televisions scattered throughout the sportsbook area, which is more than you’ll find at most other books.
BOTTOM LINE — Red Rock is about a 25-minute drive from the Strip, but if you feel like spending a day away from the hustle and bustle on Las Vegas Boulevard, you probably can’t do much better. Of all the Station properties, the only casino that’s as nice as Red Rock is Green Valley Ranch, and most are likely to give the edge to the former. We highly recommend checking it out.