Mesquite NV is a small town (population of around 15,000) – 81 miles down the road from Las Vegas on I-15 and the last stop East on the way to Utah and Arizona. Mesquite has three walk-up sports books. One is a William Hill outlet that runs out of the Eureka casino on the East side of town. The Virgin River Hotel & Casino is across the street and they, along with the Casablanca on the West side, are the other two spots in Mesquite you can bet sports.
The Casablanca and the Virgin River are both run by Mesquite Gaming, offer the same lines with tickets cashable at either location and use the same players card (a good one) for tracking. What’s different about these two places is that they are not affiliated with any other sports books in the state. They’re an independent set of betting lines. That may not sound like that big a deal but there are only 19 sets of lines left in the entire state of Nevada. It wasn’t long ago there were over 30 independent books statewide and back in the 1990’s there were north of 50.
Consolidation of gaming companies along with the growth of sports book operations such as William Hill and CGTechnology has resulted in many of the independent operations being taken over in the last decade. The effect is less literal ‘outs” for sports bettors. Even though there are over 70 places statewide one can visit to make a bet in person, there are less than 20 sets of lines to bet into. It’s something the casual bettor gives little thought to. The more serious players know that the less outs they have the more vanilla the entire market is and for the last ten years the independent books have been getting gobbled up by the sports book groups. When Casablanca ended their relationship with Southpoint last year and went independent, they were the first new set of lines to appear in the state since Station casinos separated themselves from their Aliante location in 2012.
The Mesquite Gaming sports books are covered by the SportsOptions line services and
can be viewed under the column labeled CASA. Available on all plans priced $39 and up, the lines are accurate and include 1H, 2H, ML, Soccer, MMA, Golf, NASCAR and Tennis in addition to all the major sports. Their players card is one of the better ones out there and comps are accumulated on your primary casino players card account. The rate of return for sports bets is .5% and for racing it is 2% – both generous numbers when compared to Las Vegas books. Race and sports comps can be redeemed by swiping at any food or retail outlet on the properties.
The Mesquite books will probably not rate a 90 minute drive from Las Vegas for the average bettor but there are serious line-shopping players that find it worth a trip. They often have lines that are available no where else.
Open 7 days a week:
Friday & Saturday 8am-11pm.
Drink tickets are available starting at $20 bets and are redeemable with cocktail servers or at any casino bar.
At 75 cents, the hot dog cart at Southpoint was a regular in the LasVegasAdvisors Top Ten list. When they raised the price to $1.25 last year it fell off the list but you can get the same dog with the same fixins and at the same Top Ten price of 75 cents at both Mesquite locations. Swipe your players card at one of the casino kiosks before heading towards the book because one of the more frequent prizes on the daily spin-the-wheel kiosk game is a free hot dog.
Another reason to swipe at the kiosk last season was the weekly football contest they offered where season long and weekly prizes were offered. No word if they will run it again. They have introduced a $25 contest this year that you sign up for at the sports book and that may be replacing the kiosk contest. Let’s hope not. Any new pay contest is good news but this one comes up a little short as far as design goes.
Advertised as a $5,000 guarantee contest, the “Handsome Zach’s 5-Dime Challenge” is a buy 4 entries get the 5th free $25 entry fee deal. The problems we see with the set up are with the cap on the prize pool and the distribution of the money.
With a 5K cap and the buy 4 @ $25 each and get the 5th entry free enticing players to spend $100 per person, there exists a real good chance that over $5,000 will be collected. What this means is that this could be a low payback tourney when it’s all said and done. All the good contests offer 100% payback or better, so a contest where as few as 50 participants (4 x $25 per person) reaches the break-even point is not one that looks promising as far as contest equity goes.
The payout structure is the other issue. The season-long contest winner gets 90% of the prize pool ($4,500) and the other 10% ($500) goes to most losers. That’s it. Nothing for second place and there are no weekly prizes either. This is not a contest that will keep everyone engaged from start to finish. The absence of weekly prizes will cause some slow-starting entrants to lose interest once it’s obvious they have no shot at the one and only top prize.
Five games a week will be selected by Mesquite Gaming Management to be used on the
contest card. No point spreads will be used so best guess is they will choose games
lined as close to pick-em as possible. The whole thing just seems like it won’t be
much fun for the majority of entrants. We haven’t ranked the 2015 contests due to
some not being available yet but Handsome Zach’s is probably going to rate right
near the bottom for these reasons. Let’s hope they also run the free kiosk contest.