If you like to party with a couple hundred new friends and skip work on a weekday once in a while, I’ve got the perfect plan for you this week. There are two days to choose from.
And for all you visitors to our fair city, I know you’re absolutely down for something funky-fresh so you should join the party as well. It’s UEFA Champions League semi-final action on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon (11:45 a.m. PT) with the biggest soccer stars on the planet being featured each day.
On Tuesday it’s Ronaldo and Real Madrid favored (-1/2 +105) against Bayern Munich with Real Madrid holding a 2-1 aggregate edge. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Real Madrid as a -450 favorite to advance to the final and the EVEN money favorite among the final four clubs to win the Final, which will be played May 26 in Kiev, Ukraine.
Real Madrid has won the Champions League Final a record 12 times, almost twice as many as any other club, and they’ve won the Final the past two seasons. Bayern Munich has won it five times, the last time happening in 2013. This match is going to be intense, but Wednesday’s match is going to be insane because the Liverpooligans are primed for the national stage again.
Liverpool comes in with a 5-2 aggregate edge over Roma which means Roma could still win the match but Liverpool could still advance. That’s why Roma is a -125 favorite to win the game. The Westgate feels so comfortable about the Reds advancing they’ve priced them at -2000. Thinking if Roma can win in a blowout and overcome the aggregate to advance they’ll give you 10-1 odds.
Liverpool last made the Champions League Final in 2007, losing to Milan, the same club they beat in 2005 for their last title. I’ve never seen a more amazing Final than that 2005 Liverpool comeback when Milan had them down 3-0 at the half. It was Liverpool’s fifth Championship.
The most intriguing part of the Liverpool match is getting to watch Mohammed Salah in action. The Egyptian has scored 43 goals this season, two them coming in the first leg win against Roma, the club he played for the past two seasons. He’s been quite the story this season and he’s got Liverpool on a collision course against Real Madrid.
Ronaldo vs. Salah on the big stage in the Ukraine. I can’t wait. The Westgate has Liverpool 3-to-2 to win it all. Yes, I’ll take some, please!
Now, the big question here for the two days of partying is where to go watch the matches. Most of the sportsbooks will be showing the games, but I’ll recommend a couple of them just because of the environment they provide and that I’ve been assured by at least two books that the volume will be cranked up full throttle for the matches.
The Westgate SuperBook has the most incredible HD video wall in Las Vegas and the speakers are cleverly placed throughout the room to give any televised sporting event the feel of being probably the best thing you’ve ever watched. Seriously, they should charge like a movie theater. It’s that clean and crisp.
It’s always a treat to watch anything at Westgate, but what has happened there lately is local soccer fans showing up to watch these matches regularly because of the viewing experience. The Westgate now has a built-in soccer audience which certainly adds to the event. Who wants to cheer alone? No one.
John Avello said Sunday night that his Wynn sportsbook will have both games prominently featured with sound in his newly renovated book. The thing I like about watching matches at the Wynn is they always have an international crowd which adds some additional flair to the game. It’s absolutely beautiful hearing a group of Italians swearing at the official, or a player flopping, in their native tongue.
Station Casinos and the South Point sportsbooks should also get consideration simply because they offer drinks on the cheap. You get a fair deal and when you know you’re going throw down a few beers and shots, why not get your buzz on while still having a few bucks left over for later. Or why not bet the game there and get free drinks? Just ask for some drink tickets after betting.
The thing I love about soccer the most is watching matches with other fans, meeting new friends and doing so in a pub environment where eventually we all start singing songs together. I do an amazing Frankie Valli “I love you baby” and many of the fellow hooligans I meet in pubs from Los Angeles to London seem to know the words quite well.
When Liverpool plays in a big game, especially against International teams, I like being around a bunch of Liverpool fans who usually seem to be a unique mesh of Irish, Scottish and English chaps. The place that never let me down for that desired effect is McMullan’s Irish Pub located across from the Orleans. They have several different rooms with the matches on and also have the best Guinness pour in the city.
The matches are on, so it’s time to party. Have a great time, I know y’all will.