Today is Football Saturday in November. As usual, the renovated stadium and sports book inside the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino are bustling. Seats are full, and recently built ticket offices are lined up with cash-makers. As Jay Kornegay stands at the forefront of the book, detailing all the changes being made as part of this epic renovation project, he is seen dwarfed by Alabama’s aggressive lineman on a giant screen above him.
Customers with tickets to Paray and adult drinks in front of them must be enjoying the upgrade, but no one appreciates them more than Cornegei, vice president of racing and sports. He started his business in the late 1980s when he ran the books at the now-defunct Imperial Palace, now located three miles below a strip of the “Linek Hotel & Casino.”
“Yes, we’ve come a long way,” said Korngei with a big smile. “The IP had a tiny slot on the second floor. It was hard to find. We had a dry eraser board to post probabilities and small plaques of each team we manually posted on the wall. It wasn’t anything like this.” 파친코
“This” that Cornegei refers to is the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, which is the largest in the world, right under 30,000 square feet. Cornegei has been here for 10 years, and the book has always been known for its size, even in times like International, LVH, and the Las Vegas Hilton. But when Westgate purchased the property and renamed it in July 2014, the new owners put into action a $100 million renovation plan for the resort, including a major upgrade to the superbook that could become more famous than just the colossus.
“We want this to be a Las Vegas landmark,” explains Kornage. “We want people to come and see it like they want to see the fountains in the Bellagio. When all this is said and done, we will be the most technologically advanced as well as the biggest sports book in the world. That’s our goal.”
Phase I of the sportsbook renovation began in July, and when it is completed by the next month or so, the total cost will be $13 million. There are many improvements, but none bigger than an avant-garde video wall that runs 220 feet across the front wall of a sportsbook and stands 18 feet tall. The screens have a 2.5K pixel resolution, which means, according to Kornage, they are five times clearer than the famous boards at New York’s Times Square and AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys. The wall has 4K functionality and is composed of seven different screens. Each can feature nine games at a time.
On this day, two boards use what Kornage calls a “2-3 format” (two games on top and three games in a small box at the bottom). The other board shows a smaller screen, with one game taking up about a third of the screen, and the other four games surrounding the screen. The big game of the day, LSU vs. Alabama, flashes throughout the two full screens with a loud volume. Overall, the walls have as many as 20 delicious menus of various events.
The other three screens are easy to read and have green, black, and white characters and yellow block characters display the day’s betting probabilities in portrait format, which are significantly different from the black screens found in most other books. There’s a discussion about adding a “What’s Trending?” bulletin board that shows guests what the day’s most popular bets are.
Simply put, it’s almost impossible to take your eyes off the screen once you get inside the book.