Guide to Sports Betting in Downtown Las Vegas
The William Hill Sports Book at Downtown Grand is one of the only full-service sports books in Downtown Las Vegas offering immersive sports betting and viewing experience away from the crowds on the Strip. William Hill is one of the most recognized, respected, and trusted brands in the industry and you can find it all right here at Downtown Grand.
If you’re looking to place a sports bet while you’re in Las Vegas, here are some tips on how to make your bets, the different types of wagers, and how William Hill Sports Book at Downtown Grand makes it easy to watch the action and collect your winnings all in one spot.
How To Place a Bet at Our William Hill Sports Book
Whether you are a first-time sports bettor or an experienced player, there are many betting options available on William Hill’s wagering menu.
Those wishing to place a bet or multiple bets can do so with the ticket writer at the sports book counter. You will have a betting slip you can fill out, or simply let the ticket writer know which bet you’d like to place.
What Types of Bets Can You Make?
Sports wagering has moved beyond the days of just betting on who you think will win. But before you try your chances at more advanced propositions, take a look at how the general sports wagers work.
The Point Spread Bet
The point spread is the primary way people bet on football and basketball games. Instead of betting on the predicted “winner” of the game, you are betting that a particular team will win by more than or lose by less than a specific number of points set by the oddsmakers (the line). For example, let’s say Penn State is playing Maryland in College Football, and Penn State is favored by 3 points.
You can either bet on Penn State, meaning Penn State must win the game by more than 3 points. This would be betting on the “favorite”.
You can also bet on Maryland, meaning Maryland must lose by less than 3 points. This would be the “underdog” bet.
If Penn State wins exactly by 3 points, it is considered a “push”, and bettors on either side are refunded their bet.
Money Line Bets
Money line is typically used for bets on baseball, but William Hill Sports Book will post money line wagers for football and basketball games as well.
When you place a money line bet, you are making a “straight” bet on which team will win the game. For example, let’s say the Boston Red Sox are playing the Washington Nationals. The Red Sox are the favorite, and the price is -200. The underdog is the Nats, and they are priced at +180.
This means if you want to bet on the favorite, you must bet $200 to win $100. Conversely, if you decide to bet the underdog (Washington), if you bet $100 you will win $180.
Money line bets can be particularly lucrative if the underdog has an upset victory.
Totals Bet (Over/Under)
Totals, which are better known as over/under bets, are not a bet on a particular team to either win or cover the spread. Totals are a bet on the total points scored during the game.
For example, let’s say Clemson is playing Duke in College Basketball. The over/under number is 150, meaning you can either bet that the total points scored in the game will be over 150, or under 150.
Like point-spread bets, you will typically have odds of 10/11, or bet $11 to win $10 plus your original bet.
Parlays and Futures Bets
Parlays and futures bets offer players an opportunity to place a small wager with a large potential payout.
Parlays are a bet on multiple games within a single betting ticket. To play a parlay, you must select two or more sides, money line, or totals bets. The larger your parlay ticket, the greater the potential payout if you win all the games selected. However, you must win all selected wagers to get a payout.
Futures bets are wagers on future events. The most common example is futures bets on the winner of the Super Bowl or World Series. Because these bets can be made months in advance, before the odds-makers can determine the likely participants/winners of these events, you can get odds such as the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series at 80-1 (meaning an $8000 win on a $100 bet). Futures bets are also available on horse racing events such as the Kentucky Derby.
Other Types of Wagers
William Hill Sports Book offers other types of wagers on select professional and college sporting events. These include point spreads and totals bets on specific quarters or halves of the game, as well as proposition bets on certain events occurring during the game.
Select games on the William Hill wagering menu may also offer “InPlay” wagering, meaning you can make specific proposition bets while a game is playing live. These can add to the excitement of watching and betting on sporting events.
“InPlay” wagering is not available on every game, but typically there are plenty of opportunities daily on the wagering menu.
Understand How Rotation Numbers Work
When placing a bet with the ticket writer at the sports book, remember the rotation number your bet received on the board. This number is universal at all sports books and makes it easier to identify the specific bet you want to make.
For example, if you want to bet $100 on the Oakland Raiders point spread and the number for Oakland is 630, you can tell the ticket writer, “I would like to bet 630 to win $100.” This means you are placing a bet that Oakland will cover the wager.
Why William Hill Sports Book at Downtown Grand?
Betting on sports in Downtown Las Vegas offers many advantages to wagering at the sportsbooks on the Strip. The Las Vegas Strip sports books are often crowded and overwhelming. Why stand in line for minutes, or even hours, when you can quickly place a bet and enjoy a game at William Hill Sports Book at Downtown Grand?
The William Hill Sports Book at Downtown Grand is open from 8:30 AM until 9:00 PM weekdays, 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM weekends. With our viewing area able to show up to 12 games at a time, you will likely find your bet on one of our screens.
The Downtown Grand offers the full William Hill wagering menu, including betting options on pro football, college football, pro basketball, college basketball, baseball, hockey, boxing, UFC, golf, auto racing, tennis, and other special events. William Hill offers many lines on these events, including sides (point spread), money line, totals (over/under), as well as other propositions, futures, and parlay/teaser bets. William Hill’s “InPlay” wagering is also available.