Derby paints rosy picture in Las Vegas

Vinny_Magliulo__8x10Depending on the day or time of year, the hottest ticket in town often gets you into a Strip showroom to see a headline performer or show and in the case of the T-Mobile Arena, a chance to cheer on our beloved Vegas Golden Knights. 

But come this Saturday, the hottest ticket -- in fact, tickets -- will be purchased by the tens of thousands at the betting counters of Nevada’s race and sports books. While race wagering in Nevada is around 6% of what sports betting handles, the Kentucky Derby is the one race that everyone gets in on. Like the Super Bowl and first four days of March Madness, it’s another social event that brings visitors and locals together throughout the Silver State.

More money is wagered on the Derby than on any other horse race of the year. Like the Super Bowl, it’s a sporting event that appeals to the masses and gets the public’s attention. Popular trainers and jockeys along with a pretty wide-open field make for a great betting event on our side of the counter. Last year $139,200,000 was bet on the Kentucky Derby nationally, with Nevada contributing $5,600,000 to that amount.

Other factors, such as post position, weather, the horses going a mile and a quarter for the first time, not to mention performing in front of nearly 160,000 people, add to the handicapping intrigue.

In Louisville, the horses run for the roses while here in Las Vegas the bettors run to the counter.

back to news

Get the FREE VSiN Newsletter

Key line movements -- and what they should mean to you -- delivered to your inbox every morning.


VSiN promo codes

Manscaped: Go to and get 20% off with the code VSIN.

KeepsGo to for your free doctor consultation and get your first month of hair treatments for free.

EightSleepFor $150 off, go to

VooDoo Cream: Use the code "Pauly" to get a special discount for VSiN fans.


Online Sports Betting Marketplace

Featured Tickets for Sale on

1) Daniel Jones to Win Rookie of the Year - Sale Price: $9,000, Collect: $25,500, Odds: +183

2) Tom Brady to Win MVP - Sale Price: $104, Collect: $938, Odds: 8/1

3) St. Louis Cardinals to Win World Series - Sale Price: $77, Collect: $1,008, Odds: 12/1

Go to or call

All tickets are open to Bidding. Prices & availability are subject to change.