The new sports book is almost 10,000 square feet and features 93 carrels and 1,290 square feet of HD TVs. The two poker rooms have seven poker tables and a glass enclosed high-limit table. The new sports book also allows visitors to make wagers on NBA and WNBA games, which was not allowed under the old sports book’s management.

By the end of the year, the Palms casino should have new bars and updated nightclubs as well as refurbished hotel rooms. More than $3 million worth of new slot machines have already been put in place.

“We’re an independent company so we have to step up to compete with the big guys,” said Palms vice president of operations Richard Strafella. “We’re trying to spread out the investment, make intelligent decisions and make the upgrades count.”

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