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The normal June swoon of baseball season for Las Vegas Sports Books got a pleasant gift from the World Cup Gods as both handle and win were up considerably across the board from the Germany games in 2006.

“We were very surprised by our volume,” said Las Vegas Hilton Super Book Executive Director Jay Kornegay. “Our handle more than doubled from 2006.”

This isn’t to suggest that America is now becoming a soccer country and the MLS games will follow suit with the same excitement through the windows, but likely rather just an opportunity that was fully capitalized on by all parties involved.

Between the great ESPN coverage and hype that began six months prior through the sports network giant and all the sports books tapping into that market like never before, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see overall handle increase.

Just about every book in Las Vegas got on board with the World Cup and did an outstanding job of promoting it by altering their hours of operation, expanding wagering menus and offering giveaways.

It was a win-win for everyone involved and broadened the horizons for many in America and Las Vegas that the World Cup is truly is the world’s greatest sporting event

New Place to Watch EPL Soccer matches

There are limited places in Las Vegas to catch the English Premiere League soccer matches, a season which kicks off next month, but we have been blessed with a new place on the far side of the strip at the Riviera.

There haven’t been many reasons to hit one of the more historic places in Las Vegas within the last two decades, but the sublime proper Guinness pints are worth the visit as there aren’t many places in Vegas to get one.

The Queen Victoria English Pub will be open 24 hours and is looking forward to showing all the matches beginning with Aug. 8 Community Shield Match between Chelsea and Manchester United. Perhaps the best feature, unlike the other British pubs in Las Vegas, is that there is no cover fee to get in and watch the matches which will save you and the lads more money for pints.

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