Fries with that? Casinos offer drive-through gaming


LAS VEGAS -- At the Imperial Palace and Fiesta hotel-casinos, bettors drive up in their cars or place their bets on bicycle, skateboard, roller blade or even, occasionally, on foot.

"We're not particular about your choice of transportation," said Jay Kornegay, director of the Imperial Palace Race & Sports Book. The Imperial and the Fiesta hotel-casino in North Las Vegas offer the area's only drive-up sports book operations.

Space limitations prevent most Las Vegas casinos from adding drive-through service, according to a spokesman for the Las Vegas News Bureau.

The two drive-throughs are particularly popular during hot summer months when car-bound gamblers prefer to remain in air-conditioned autos rather than trek through 100-degree-plus temperatures. "Our patrons really enjoy this concept, especially when the weather is not cooperative," Kornegay said.

He said all forms of sports wagers are accepted at the Imperial Drive-up Sports Book -- anything from straight bets, propositions and futures. Football parlay and teaser cards are particularly popular.

Two drive-in windows and one walk-up window accept wagers. There's free parking for anyone who wants to use the walk-up facility.

The drive-ins are perhaps most popular during football season, when most sports books experience their largest increase in overall wagering. Race wagering, however, is not available.

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