Get to know a sportsbook: MGM/Mirage’s recent facelift makes it a must visit on Strip

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The MGM/Mirage race and sportsbook went from one of the worst to one of the best earlier this year after undergoing a major facelift. Before the renovation, the sportsbook felt like it was becoming an afterthought. The TVs were small and outdated, and the seating was cramped.

Now? It’s a must stop on your next visit.

Let’s get to know the MGM/Mirage sportsbook.

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What makes the new book better than the old one?
The massive 85-by-16-foot Ultra HD screen. It stretches across the entire length of the betting counter and is capable of displaying at least 12 games at once—including a feature game.

How’s the seating? 
There are 72 leather chairs in the main sportsbook area, and close to 100 other available chairs throughout the rest of the book, either at private terminals or in the adjacent bar.

What’s the drink policy? 
If you place a $100 bet and ask for a drink ticket, you’ll probably get two. Some have suggested in recent months that a $200 bet is needed, but we haven’t found that to be the case. As always, tipping the ticket writer a modest amount might entitle you to additional benefits.

How early do you have to arrive on an NFL Sunday to get a seat?
If you’re not in a chair by the time pregame shows start, there’s a decent chance you’ll be out of luck.

Decent atmosphere? 
Our most recent big-game visit was Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Spurs, and the book was as electric as any we’ve been in. It was a standing-room only crowd and bettors were engaged. March Madness wasn’t bad, either.

What’s the view from my seat look like?
Like this.

Are the bet offerings any good?
The MGM is pretty standard and doesn’t go overboard with props. But you’ll have plenty of options, especially for big games. However, if looking to bet futures offerings outside of win totals, you might want to look elsewhere. MGM has one of the worst hold percentages in town.

How’s the location?
There are five casinos within a quarter mile of the Mirage, including Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, Flamingo, Harrah’s and The Quad. The Venetian and Palazzo aren’t much farther away.

Any food options nearby? 
There are three restaurants (California Grill, Carnegie Deli and BLT Burger) within 25 steps of the sportsbook. The Carnegie Deli isn’t as good as the real thing, but it’s not bad, and the portions are huge. We’ve never had a bad burger at BLT.