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Books, bars excited for return of NFL

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Green grass on an NFL field looks great in high definition in a sports book or bar, but when football season returns, it's green money that looks even better for service employees in Las Vegas.

Karisa Draughon is a bartender at Heraea inside the Palms. On game days, she'll make twice as much in tips.

"I would definitely say during the weekends, Sunday, Monday Night Football, I would say we're going to get at least double the crowd," said Draughon. 

The sports ultra-lounge has already seen dividends.

"Even so far in preseason, we've seen our business bump up tremendously," said General Manager Blake Irving. 

Heraea will invest major money into promotions to attract every football fan they can on game days.

Sports books such as William Hill are doing the same.

"We have three contests with guaranteed prize money in each contest, $400,000 almost in total prize money," said Dan Shapiro of William Hill US. 

The bookmaker even hires more employees to handle the increased business.

"NFL is the bread and butter. About 50 percent of our business is on football, and that splits roughly half pro-football and half college football," said Shapiro. 

Local bars like E-String Grill in Henderson will always have extra people in the seats for the NFL.

Besides the extra income, there's one other reason bartenders like Sylvia Hinckley love this time of year.

"They're not the one everybody is focused on. There's always those TVs. It makes it a lot of fun because there's something to do besides look at the bartender," said Hinckley.

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