by Debbie Burkhead
I just returned from the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place as Cantor Gaming and Palms Casino Resort unveiled their revolutionary race and sports book. The 9,840 square foot space is now complete, after a three month, multimillion dollar refurbishment.
The race and sports book offers the latest in technological advancements and convenience, including Cantor Gaming’s Android®-compatible mobile sports wagering application. The sportsbook promises patrons the highest-quality visual entertainment with an LED screen totaling 1,290 square feet, capable of showing up to 33 independent sporting events and twelve independent horse races simultaneously. The refurbishment also includes a poker area, one of a few in Las Vegas located within a race and sports book, which features seven poker tables and one feature table.
There is a direct correlation between sports bettors and poker players that makes this a perfect setup. The spacious layout of the poker room and well thought-out display of LED panels for viewing sports and horse racing is a great way to entertain and accommodate both poker players and sports bettors. The LED panels can be configured in various ways to accom-modate any given situation.
For sports enthusiast, this is a must see, and I doubt you will be disappointed. The location offers parking right outside the side entrance and is only steps from the food court and bar. Brad Thomte, former cardroom manager at Binion’s is now the new cardroom manager of the Palms poker room. He is very excited about this new concept, so stop by and give him a shout. The poker room will be spreading $2-$4 limit hold’em, $1-$3 and $2-$5 no-limit hold’em, and will also spread whatever players would like to play.
Cantor is a division of the Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald, and also runs sports books at the Palazzo, M Resort, Tropicana Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel, and The Cosmopolitan, so this new concept could be the wave of the future in poker rooms.
The Palms is one of Las Vegas’ hippest resorts and boasts three distinct towers, and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino. Amenities include the legendary Playboy Club, Ghostbar, Rain Nightclub, The Pearl Concert Theater, Moon Nightclub, N9NE Steakhouse, Nove Italiano, Little Buddha, Simon Restaurant & Lounge, The Palms Pool & Bungalows, Palms Spa and AMP Salon, Drift Spa & Hammam, Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre Cineplex, the Fantasy Suites, including the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court, and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.