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Sports Book Reservations March Madness

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Sports Book Reservations March Madness

Where are the best places to watch the opening games of March Madness in 2012? We have 4 guys looking for reservations for the opening day and I know these spots fill up, may be full.. but just curious what's out there. I've heard some casnios open ball rooms etc. Thanks for the info!

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1. Re: Sports Book Reservations March Madness

Yes, many hotels open up ball rooms and theaters. They tend to be a lot of fun, with less stress about keeping your space.

Unfortunately, most resorts don't announce far ahead of time what their plans are. One place that almost certainly will have a setup is the Hilton, where I've had a great time the past couple years.

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good post. I am coming down as well. I have been curious how they do this or if the hotels give preference to those staying with them? Anyone have any idea when they put out the info or by what means?. We are staying at Ballys, but open to watching/betting anywhere close.

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There is a march madness 2012 thread somehwere in here with some good ideas.

apparently PH had some specials last year and there was a link in that thread. Strat and Hilton both open up their theaters, don't know how much that will be for food, drinks, etc.

If you go to a place like Lagasse's there is a minimum of food or drink you must get like $100 to $200 per person i think. Don't quote me on that as I never went to Lagasse's for MM

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The Hilton is still the king. Not as hoity-toity as some newer, fancier books but loads of action and vibe. Still the biggest book in Vegas. Good, cheap food and drink options in the theater and plenty of access at the windows. Buffet right there at the book, cheap vp on the floor during games, liberal drink policy. Best rebates for sports betting by far. Strat has better parlay odds. I usually bet parlays at the Strat and then head via the SDX bus to the Hilton to spend my viewing day.

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5. Re: Sports Book Reservations March Madness

showmevegas,

after the Strat who has the best parlay odds? I was planning on putting my parlays somehwere else and then watching at Hilton one day and then downtown another, then out at either the M or a local casino another day.

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Depends on how many legs to your parlay. For four-leggers, the Strat. Above that, head to Binion's downtown. 180 to 1 on 8-leggers and significantly better than the rest on 6-leggers.

For the best, you'd have to go to Jerry's Nugget on LVB north of downtown but I've never found it worth the trip for the small premium over either the Strat or Binions. Probably because I'd have to take the MAX bus there since I don't rent a car.

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Great stuff to get started with. I'll try to keep this thread alive so we can get a consolidated list of possible venues. I remember in March 2010 Rhumbar had a nice setup outside with TVs in front of all the couches. I'm sure there are much better arrangements elsewhere though.

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To find the best parlay odds, comps, etc for each sports betting family:

wizardofvegas.com/guides/sports-survey//

To find the casinos represented for each family:

wizardofodds.com/games/…

This should cover a lot of ground for you if you like to or are willing to roam.

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9. Re: Sports Book Reservations March Madness

But as far as "reserving" spots, I don't think any place lets you do that!

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10. Re: Sports Book Reservations March Madness

Umaga is correct (if you're talking about traditional sportsbooks). I asked years ago when I didn't know any better at Caesar's sportsbook about reserving a spot, and they laughed at me. You have to be a HUGE bettor (many thousands) before they'd consider it.

Someone mentioned Lagasse stadium (with a food and drink minimum). That might be a good bet. Otherwise I'd plan on going to a sports bar unless you get their early to camp-out in the sportsbook.