Las Vegas Preps for ‘The Big Game’

Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.

Jan. 25, 2012

Next Sunday will be one of the biggest days of the year in Las Vegas, as hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on the city for Super Bowl weekend. Officially labeled “The Big Game” by the casinos to avoid problems with NFL trademarks, this year’s marquee match-up between the New England Patriots and New York Giants is expected to generate more interest than any in recent years, and possibly the most ever. For example, the rematch of the classic 2007 game is expected to result in a heavy betting “handle,” possibly approaching the 2006 record of $94.5 million. Meanwhile, the city is expected to be sold out, in keeping with its reputation as the second-best place to watch—the first being at the game itself. If you’re coming in next weekend, you can stay on top of all the parties and special deals at the website listed at the end of this column.

Oysters for a Clam: Get raw oysters on the half shell for just $1 each every day from 2:45 to 6 p.m. at P.J. Clarke’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. While this best-in-Vegas oyster deal has been around for a while, it only recently went to seven-day-a-week availability and there’s no limit on how many you can order.

Studio 54 Replacement: With Studio 54 at MGM Grand about to close after many years, its successor has been announced. The fancy Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan will partner with one of the city’s major nightlife groups to create an indoor-outdoor entertainment experience. Details are sketchy, but the whole thing is slated to debut at the end of this year.

Question: What’s the “Vegas line” on the Super Bowl?

Answer: While betting lines from different sources tend to be close in most instances, they rarely differ by much for major events, let alone the biggest of them all. Hence, the Vegas line for the game is likely the same number you see quoted everywhere else. In this case, the Patriots are favored by 3.

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