March Goodness

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File photo of sportsbook at Red Rock Casino. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

File photo of sportsbook at Red Rock Casino. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS, NV – The actual games won’t be played within hundreds of miles of here but as March Madness descends on the valley, sportsbooks and casino ballroom space will be jam-packed with NCAA Tournament bettors.

The four-day party kicks off Thursday morning. The Mirage’s sportsbook is offering 1,615 of square feet for viewing; and that’s just the video screen. The hulking 85′ x 19′ HD monitor ensures at least a rubbernecking view from here to Winnemucca.

If you don’t require something visible from space, scores of other sportsbooks up and down the strip will have plenty of big screen NCAA action available for the casual to professional sports bettor which, of course is just what the house is betting on. Jimmy Vaccaro of the South Point suggested that the first four days of the NCAA Tournament brings in as much action as the Super Bowl, which generated record numbers this year across the state’s sportsbooks.

Admission to the various events range from free on up to several hundred dollars per day.

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