Vegas for March Madness

Old Jan 7th, 2004, 10:27 AM
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Vegas for March Madness

So how crazy is it in March during March Madness in Vegas? We have been to Vegas before, but never during this time. Any suggestions?
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 10:47 AM
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I've gone for rounds one and two the last 12 consecutive years. It's become one of the busiest weekends of the year, to the point that it's not conducive any longer to watching games in public areas. That is, the crowds are standing room only at most sports books and you may have to stand 50 feet from the nearest TV at a small sports book, or just stand the whole time at a big book like Hilton's or Caesar's.
If you register with the casino you can get a reserved table or chairs, but you have to bet a minimum of $10,000 at some of the better sports books to get a table (or go stake out territory 6 hours before game time). We just go for the games and fun of it all, but the crowds have easily doubled in recent years.
Still a lot of fun though.
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 12:17 PM
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Thanks for the response. Our favorite book is the Mirage. But it sounds like we will be lucky to get a decent 'standing spot.' What about drinks, are they really slow because of all the people, or are the resorts ready for this crazyness?
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 12:24 PM
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One more question, if everyone is watching the games, does that make the tables less busy?
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 12:31 PM
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It's a fun time to be in a casino, especially a sports book [i prefer mandalay and bellagio, which are right next to the poker rooms]. there's a buzz around all the tables, craps, BJ, and poker. but it's sort of a testosterone thing. lots of loud talk and cigars, etc., etc.
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 12:52 PM
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I am going with a nice size group of people (men and women). Some of us love college b-ball, others aren't so entertained. I am interested in watching some of the games, and I was just curious as just how busy Vegas is during this time. It seems to me Vegas is ALWAYS busy on the weekends, so I didn't know if this weekend could possibly be more busy.
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 01:31 PM
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FYI: The hotels will also be very expensive.
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 01:36 PM
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Already have the hotel and flight booked.
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 02:22 PM
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it is extremely busy. i've been all different times of the year, and it is always most crowded this first weekend of march madness. suggestions for being with a mixed crowd (actually our itinerary last year) include guys watching the games while the girls head to the spa, then renting a car and dining off strip, take a surf around the internet to find some good off strip restos and eat there. cap eve with a show with the gals. I disagree with TedTurner about not watching the games in the sports books, though. it's very exciting when everyone is following each point on several different games at once.
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 02:38 PM
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I didn't say that there was a better alternative to watching the games in the sports books. We still do it every year, but we used to be able to get seats easily. Not so the last few years.
Try standing on a hard floor packed in with hundreds of others, with your head craned back to see the overhead TV's---for about 5 hours a day. It's really not physically pleasant, and I'm an avid runner.
The environment is definitely fun though. That's the reason we still go.
Where else in America can you find several hundred people excitedly screaming/cursing/cheering/laughing during the final minute of a game with a score of 92-68??
Well, if the line is 25 points, no place but Vegas. And it's amazing how many games wind up so close to the point spread.
If you love college hoops, it makes every game that much more fun, and everyone else is there to have a good time.
Mandalay and Bellagio have the most comfortable/enjoyable sports books. The Hilton and Caesar's have the biggest.
But they're all good in mid-March.
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Old Jan 7th, 2004, 02:56 PM
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Well we are acutally going the second weekend for the Sweet 16 and elite 8. I am a huge college b-ball fan, girls and boys, and so is most of the group. It sound like it should be a great time. The last time we went to Vegas, it was busy everywhere and it was just a random weekend in May.
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