Las Vegas a premier location for NFL fantasy football drafts

Preseason NFL games are here and that means that it’s time to get ready for the fantasy football season. Daily Fantasy football was the hot new game last year. Unfortunately, Daily Fantasy isn’t as accessible as it was last NFL season, but all isn’t lost, fantasy football players can still fall back on their full-season games.

Full season fantasy football never went away and remains as popular as ever. For more than five years, Las Vegas has been a growing destination for fantasy football drafts. Any event is a great excuse to visit Las Vegas but this is perfect for sports fans. Drafting fantasy football leagues are easier than ever in today’s Las Vegas. Since most hotels, casinos, restaurants, bars and pools have wifi access you can set up your draft room anywhere.

Here are some ideas for your fantasy football draft if you plan on visiting Las Vegas.

Restaurants & Bars

Many restaurants and bars in Las Vegas offer free wifi. You can make a reservation for a private room or just grab a table and fire away. The Umami Burger at SLSL Las Vegas is a great option for the latter idea. I noticed a sweet offer walking by the bar, restaurant and sports book last week. Simply make a reservation for your fantasy football draft and you can save 50% on your bill (see photo). There are a couple of bonuses at this location: 1) There’s a William Hill sports book so you can watch and wager on the games while you draft. 2) The wifi at SLS Las Vegas is among the fastest free wifi connections in Las Vegas.

Carmine’s inside the Caesars Palace Forum Shops is another great location. The food at the family style restaurant is excellent and the restaurant has multiple private rooms for your draft. They even have their own wifi connection so you won’t have lag from people in the casino or mall.

Hotel Operated

Different casinos in Las Vegas will throw fantasy football draft parties. The D in downtown Las Vegas is more flexible than others who only have parties on specific days and times. For $25 per person, you can have an experience personalized for your tastes.

Your draft room will be a fully furnished “Man Cave” game room. The room features plush leather couches, beer-pong tables, big screen TVs and the fastest wifi in downtown Las Vegas. Each game room includes private cocktail services and an assortment of customizable menu options for larger groups. The time limit on your Man Cave draft room is four hours.

You can cater your draft with food from all their restaurants including the fantastic Andiamo Steakhouse, D-Grill and American Coney Island. Each person who drafts will also receive a $25 match play chip and a free drink. The D has some of the best gambling in Vegas with 3:2 blackjack, 10x odds craps and one of two Sigma Derby machines in town.

Poolside Drafts

While the rest of the country is gearing up for cooler fall temperatures, it will still be summer in Las Vegas. Drafting fantasy football at a pool is as legit as it gets. You can grab a cabana at just about any pool and have a unique fantasy football draft.

Partiers might want to get a cabana at Wet Republic, Encore Beach Club or Marquee Day club to name a few pool parties. If you prefer a slightly more relaxed and less expensive environment outside you can check out cabanas at the new pool deck at the Plaza or head out to Red Rock, M Resort or Green Valley ranch in the suburbs. All have great pool scenes but are a little more mellow.

Random Locations

Topgolf opened earlier this year to rave reviews. There are many things you can do besides playing the Topgolf game. However,  the multiple bars, poolside cabanas and meeting rooms give you plenty of options for a totally random Las Vegas fantasy football draft.

These are just a few ideas for fantasy football drafts in Las Vegas. In theory, you can draft just about anywhere you can find room for a large group of people. Heck, you can probably sit outside at The Park next to New York-New York casino and have your draft. Technology today really allows you to create your own unique fantasy football draft. What better place to have the draft than Las Vegas?


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