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The bar: Quiet escape — or not? Most casinos have a bar that’s central to the main action. A large casino may offer numerous bars interspersed throughout the floor, each with a unique theme. Some feature live music, and some are simply service bars where you can take a quick pit stop away from the flow of traffic. But if you’re picturing a quiet setting of soft music, hushed whispers, and clinking glasses, you’re going to be disappointed. There’s no escaping the games: Casino bars are in the midst of the lively pits. Casinos profit from the fact that alcohol lubricates the ATM card

But no casino wants drunk patrons, so the line they walk is a delicate one, and the policy on pushing alcohol consumption may vary from place to place. In addition, every state has different laws governing alcohol consumption inside its casinos, so there is no single unifying rule about how alcohol is handled inside betting areas. Some tribal casinos don’t serve it at all, so if sipping on a stiff one as you play is important, make sure you do you homework before you leave home.

The bottom line: The drinking environment varies widely, so the smartest play is to find a scene that suits your tastes, and always strive to stay in complete control. Sports books: Where you can cheer for a horse or a home run In Nevada, most casinos have a sports book, an area devoted to betting on sporting events such as horse races or ball games. In smaller casi- nos, the sports book may be nothing more than a counter with a tote board hung behind it.

But the larger casinos have super-sized rooms full of amenities designed for anyone willing to put his money where his mouth is. Every inch of wall space is used inside a sports book; dozens of megasized, high-definition monitors show games as they’re played, and digital displays listing the current odds, scores, and available bets for the day cover the walls. The newer places, such as the Wynn in Las Vegas, really roll out the red carpet for bettors.

Their sports book features leather sofas, couches, and chairs that are so comfortable, you could fall asleep there. Before you doze off, read Chapter 15, which tells you everything you need to know about sports betting, from deci- phering the odds, to placing a bet, to (hopefully!) cashing in. Not ready to place a bet just yet? No problem. The sports books are open to everyone. And if big ball games don’t excite you, there’s always horse (and dog) racing because most places simulcast horse (and sometimes dog) racing from tracks all around the country. If you don’t know an exacta from a trifecta, read Chapter 16 for more about betting on horses.


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