benjamin eckstein bowling bar

Benjamin Eckstein’s Bowling Bar

LAS VEGAS — This AIN’T your daddy’s bowling alley!

If you’re coming to Vegas, and EVERYONE does, and you like to bowl, most everyone does (about 70 million a year), then lemme introduce you to the Brooklyn Bowl right off the Strip.

It’s a colorful joint that has 32 alleys, SIX BARS and a very cool open space for concerts. You bowl, you drink, you eat, you drink AGAIN, you dance, you drink AGAIN, and, of course, you BET!

The odds in this case are not established by professional bookies, but rather a few people who have had WAAAAAYY too much to drink. You bet on the game winner, total pins, total strikes, total spares, and even total gutter balls.

Just a warning to those coming to town and wanna take on Eckstein. A few years ago, Odds Shark had an event at the Brooklyn Bowl, and guess who was the high scorer? Yeah, ECK, BAAABBBEEE!!! Beat all the young punks with grace & ease. And obviously, we WILL bet on it. Eckstein is the early favorite, -220 vs the field at +180.

If you’re thinking of backing one of the underdogs in the field, gotta mention that I was in a weekly bowling league back in the day, and almost always shot over 200. Had my own ball, think it was a Brunswick Black Beauty, and a gorgeous pair of old-school two-tone red/cream shoes that were stolen from an unnamed establishment. SHHHHHHHHHHH!

And you don’t even have to bowl. The Brooklyn has concerts and dance parties almost every night, as well as an extensive foodie menu. They have vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan offerings if you need. I would start you off with the rock & roll fries that are dipped in gravy, with a little Cajun spice, as well as some provolone and cheddar.

You like sliders? Try the BBQ pork slider with coleslaw and pickled cucumbers. For the main course, I would rock the blackened Atlantic salmon, with – you ready? – collard greens, bacon, mashed potatoes and fresh herb mayo. YUMMMM! And for dessert, it’s the Bourbon Street Shake with Nutella. Actually, I could do without the Nutella and have them add an extra shot of bourbon!

Eat. Drink. Rock. Roll!

If you are not ready to hit the alleys, then maybe you wanna drop a few coins on the DELICIOUS props from the Game of Thrones prequel Sportsbook, as always, have you covered in all directions. You can bet which of the characters will die: King Viserys Targaryen is the favorite at -7500. Who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of the season? Aegon Targaryen (-150) is the favorite to fill the chair.

And my favorite, which dragons will live to see another season. Looks like Sheepstealer and Vhagar, both at -500, will make it to season 2. Gotta do some intensive study and see if George RRRRR Martin will take my call to give all my readers a YUGE EDGE!

Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at He is beloved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email...

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