Monte Carlo's sportsbook leads right to T-Mobile Arena's front doors

Monte Carlo's sportsbook leads right to T-Mobile Arena's front doors

August 09, 2016 3:01 AM
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Two-hundred and sixteen steps.

That’s how far it is, by my count, from the Monte Carlo sportsbook to the main entrance of T-Mobile Arena, home of Las Vegas’ NHL franchise that will begin play in 2017.

While most people make the connection between T-Mobile and New York-New York or even MGM, it’s actually the Monte Carlo book that is the quickest spot to go place a bet once you arrive at the arena.

That close proximity should make Monte Carlo the go-to sportsbook for anyone looking to make a last-minute wager while attending a sporting event, including college basketball, at T-Mobile.

Last week’s open house for hockey fans at the $375 million Las Vegas Strip arena, with a seating capacity of 17,500-plus, provided the perfect opportunity for a walk-through to check out these types of details.

The Monte Carlo book is part of the MGM chain and, unlike some other casinos, currently has no “way-too-early” props available for betting on Vegas’ NHL team.

Rest assured, however, they are coming.

MGM is part of the arena’s ownership group, which led to the question whether they will definitely be able to offer lines on the NHL team.

No problem, according to Jay Rood, the vice president of race and sports for MGM.

“Yes, we are anticipating booking the games,” Rood said. “I have not heard one word about the NHL asking for the NGCB (Nevada Gaming Control Board) to place restrictions on gaming activity and would not expect that.

“They realize that is what goes along with being a Nevada team. I am sure everyone has done their homework and is comfortable with how the process will work.”

As for the arena, it looked fabulous with the ice rink in place for the public to see. This is arguably as fine as any facility in the NHL, at least from this perspective. I’ve been in most of the arenas and I can’t think of one any better.

Just be careful in the upper level if you’ve been drinking too much. The steps are extremely steep and will be a serious challenge for the intoxicated ones.

The night-time views of the Strip out the windows on the upper concourse are going to be an attractive bonus.

George McPhee, the team’s general manager, recently told radio broadcaster Brian Blessing, “If I do my job, we’ve really got a chance to win. Everything else is in place.”

It’s a lot of pressure to put on himself, but McPhee is right, especially when it comes to the facility. This place is special.

Pet Peeve

What’s the first thing you do when a halftime line is announced?

You probably do the math.

The Patriots are leading by four points, the line for the second half is 6.5, so they’re the equivalent of minus 10.5 for the game.

Or the teams combined for 21 points in the first half, the halftime line is 24.5, so it has to go over 45.5. In an era in which in-game wagering is becoming more and more widespread, why not just make the halftime number a continuation of that?

Be consistent, do the math for the bettors, and throw out the second-half line as we now know it!

Instead of the Patriots being about a 10.5-point favorite late in the first half, a 6.5-point favorite at halftime, and then a 10.5-point favorite again early in the second half, make it all the same.

I assumed this would be a natural progression because of in-game wagering’s popularity, but I asked Jay Kornegay, the sportsbook guru at the SuperBook, about it and he acted like I was crazy.

“It’s really the same bet but the terminology is different,” Kornegay said.

Exactly. So why not be consistent with the in-game format? After all, there’s no second-half-only scoreboard on the TV screen for bettors to follow.

“I don’t think the halftime line is going anywhere in the near future,” Kornegay added. “It’s simple and guests are used to it.”

I bet they’d like it a little more if they didn’t have to stop and do the math each time.