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We've been preparing for this week since before the Super Bowl. Finally, the madness begins! The NCAA Basketball Tournament begins tomorrow, March 19 with a couple of play-in games, but March Madness begins Thursday around 9 a.m. These play-in games are still new to the NCAA Tournament and have yet to bring much madness to the event so the chaos still begins later in the week. The sportsbooks will be packed all weekend and there will be March Madness viewing parties anywhere you can squeeze a TV.
To understand how chaotic March Madness is in Las Vegas, just imagine the crowds for the Big Game spread over 12 hours a day for 4 consecutive days coinciding with the beginning of spring on Wednesday and the kick off of pool season. Here are a few links to get you ready for the action:
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Recently, we shared the Vegas observation that there are so many more wagering options at the sportsbook then ever before. Along with the wide variety of wagers available in just the past year has also come new ways to place those bets. As this writer commented, he hasn't placed a wager at a sportsbook in a while. That doesn't mean that we're not at the sportsbook less often, it just means that we get our bets down a different way.
In the past two years, Cantor Gaming, Station Casinos and William Hill all introduced sports betting apps. (Station Casinos' app is the only one that gives players club points.) While none are perfect, all have their good attributes and all will help you avoid annoyingly large lines at the sportsbooks during March Madness.
The first weekend of March Madness is only a couple weeks away and will sneak up on a lot of folks with it falling after St. Patrick's Day this year. Those that have their Irish party plans finalized are now turning their attention to basketball. Those that haven't can pause and check out that last link which still has St. Patrick events being added regularly.
Fremont Street is hoping Vegas will experience the madness downtown and has already kicked Downtown Hoopstown into high gear. College banners have been hung, the Downtown Hoopstown t-shirts unveiled, and an area setup with 20-, 25- and 30-foot high hoops that may require physical abilities at a buck a shot. Not sure if anything other than bragging rights is up for grabs, but we've wasted singles on worse.
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The first weekend of the NCAA Basketball Tournament a.k.a. March Madness is the second busiest weekend for sports in Vegas. You can watch the game at most sportsbooks for free, but there's no guarantee that you'll get a seat. Las Vegas is very accommodating to your needs and many hotels, bars and restaurants will have March Madness viewing parties. Below you'll find our ever-growing roundup. We'll add more parties as we find them so be sure to check this thread often as there will be updates.
Hoops On The Strip
♦Full Court Package: offers unlimited well liquor, house wine and table seating ($175/person)
♦Man Cave Package: Exclusive 'Living Room' viewing areas, buffets, premium beverages, and private TVs showing all four games at once. In addition to everything included in the Full Court Package, you also get personal cocktail service, video games and individual gift bags! (Group of 6: $1,999)
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The Super Bowl was the most wagered on sporting event of all time. As usual, the casinos made money which means that most people betting on the game lost. No big deal. We love football and are ready for the next season to begin so we can get back to it. But, that's it for right now. No more football for seven months. So, what now?
Football, pro and college, is the most popular sport to bet on, but that doesn't mean that there aren't other major sports events to bet on in the near future. There is a pretty fun variety of sports to keep us in the sportsbook. The biggest NASCAR race of the year, The Daytona 500, takes place February 24. That will be followed up with NASCAR Weekend which comes to Las Vegas just a few weeks later.
We were just minding our business this weekend when we were shocked and surprised by a tweet we saw from Planet Hollywood (@phvegas) already pimping March Madness packages. We're not even ready for the Super Bowl!
Watch college basketball with us from March 21-24 and enjoy premium seating with all-you-can-eat food and drink: het.bz/h9EMI— Planet Hollywood (@phvegas) January 26, 2013
It's no secret that we love Lagasse's Stadium. It was our best sportsbook of 2011. We're pretty sure that we'll never not love Lagasse's Stadium. The setup and amenities make it a great place to watch the games. However, one thing we don't love is when management thinks the sportsbook will be particularly busy and they impose a minimum per person. Sometimes, the minimum is $50-$100 per person to have guaranteed seats for the games, but most of the time it's free.
Last week, a friend called to make a reservation for this Friday to watch the Sweet 16 games for March Madness. He was told it would be a minimum of $200 per person to watch the games from the stadium seats. He was taken aback and as much as he, and we, love Lagasse's Stadium he paused on making the reservation as he had friends to consider.
Calling back, he was given the option of a cocktail table for $100 per person. That's half the money, but not nearly as comfortable. Most of us will eat and/or drink $50 worth of food and drink during a few hours of games. We might even reach $100. But, we're not sure we can reach $200 per person in food and beverage consumption unless we were being delivered steaks from Carne Vino.
It's just about time for March Madness to begin! Actually, the NCAA basketball tournament begins tonight with a couple play-in games that most people don't care about. In fact, millions of people will fill out and submit their tournament brackets without waiting for these games to be played. (We did.)
The first weekend of the NCAA tournament (Thursday - Sunday) is the busiest sports weekend in Vegas for the year. Yes, bigger than the Super Bowl. People take preparing for the games seriously, more seriously than most can imagine. If you make a reservation at one of the March Madness parties, just sit back and be happy knowing you have a spot locked in so you can watch and enjoy the games.
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Teams are now locked in (or out) for the college basketball tournament and it's time to get down to business with those brackets. Match-ups will be analyzed with
randomized guessing statistical care in pools all around the country before the Madness breaks out this weekend. Whether you follow college b-ball all season each year or need a primer for your first tourney, how to bet the brackets doesn't have to be a secret.
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The Riv has a million reasons for you to stop by this March. Leroy's has a few zeros to offer of its own. But, those are just two ways for you to go 'mad' this month as March Madness prepares to heat up the courts, and the sportsbooks. Here's what else is going on around The Strip, and downtown, too!
Hoops & Hops
Where: The Cosmopolitan (Brera Room, Level 3, West End Tower)
When: March 15-18, opens at 8 a.m. each day
What: Multiple big-screen plasma TVs, two sports betting stations, open bar, and stadium-style food (sold separately)
Cost: $50 per day
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Today, VegasChatter fan @binciong has a slam dunk March Madness primer for sportsbook noobz:
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March Madness is just over two weeks away and we can't believe it. For the first time in memory, we haven't watched a single game of college basketball going into conference tournaments that begin later this week. While that makes us a little sad, it's not stopping us from looking forward to March Madness and we found just the thing to help us get amped.
It's rare that we see something new in sports betting, but we just did. Although it's not a brand new idea, we're seeing this for the first time and haven't seen a similar contest at any casinos. Leroy's Sportsbooks are offering a March Madness contest, that's different than most of the homemade backet contests we've seen. Entry is only $25 and it's open now. Here's the skinny: