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March Madness 2012

Dallas, Texas
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March Madness 2012

I'm a huge basketball fan and have always wanted to go to MM. This is going to be my year to go. Can someone please tell me the advantages of staying downtown. Also I love to make sports bets and have read horror stories of missing games because the lines are so long. Can someone let me know the best place to watch and place bets. There will be 3 to 4 of us going. Thanks ahead time for your help.

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1. Re: March Madness 2012

Not sure I can think of an advantage to staying downtown ...... unless you just love downtown, or are looking to save a few bucks.

All the major Strip hotel's sportsbooks will be hopping. In addition, they will have "watch partys" with extra betting windows in their ballrooms where you can obtain a spot for as little as $20 - $25 bucks. This is a great way to go ...... gives you a spot for the whole day, but also gives you the freedom to get up and take a break.

Cincinnati, Ohio
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Already a ton of threads on this so you can check those out, but here is what I can tell you.

Downtown is not the best place to watch the games in my opinion. You will pay less for a room but if you want to go to the strip you will

A. be stuck on a bus for an hour

B. pay at least $20.00 each way for a cab

As far as where to watch the games, everyone has their favorite and opinions vary.

Sportsbooks will be very crowded and next to impossible to get a seat.

Some Hotels open sections with TV's and betting stations but they seem to vary from year to year and you will have to wait until after the SB before most announce their plans

Hotels may also offer "viewing parties" that they will charge for you to get in. These offer betting stations, drink offers, food and usually give aways.

Best bet is to make bets night before or make sure you get there very early!!!

Edited: 27 December 2011, 21:27
Cincinnati, Ohio
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PH has opened up the upper level in years past with betting tv's on 2 sides, betting stations, and drink and food carts but I do not know if they will do that this year.

Check some T/R from last years MM if you want to see how some people handled their trips. I have one on their from 2 years ago.

I can tell you that is a blast and you will be wiped out by the end of the W/E if you are anything like me.

I will be there the 14th to 22nd so it is going to be a long 8 nights but I will just have to suck it up!

Dallas, Texas
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Thank you for your input I have never actually stayed downtown I had just noticed a couple of people that had gone before kept saying downtown was a good place to watch . I was actually thinking of Bally because it is connected to Paris and Caesars but less expensive.

Cincinnati, Ohio
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Ballys is connected to Paris but not Caesars. It is owned by Caesars though.

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Downtown is great for lots of things. March Madness isn't one of them. St Patrick's Day is a great reason to be downtown, and takes place on Saturday of the first March Madness weekend.

The best viewing, IMO, are not in the normal sports books, but in the satellite viewing parties many casinos set up. Unfortunately, the casinos don't usually announce their plans far ahead of time. But, off strip, the Hilton and Gold Coast have had great setups for a number of years.

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We have been going downtown for 9 years for MM and stay at the Golden Nuggett. I love downtown, so I guess I am one of those people. The Nuggett does an awesome job with MM and has a ballroom upstairs opened up as well. You can usually get seats in the sports book as well as the rush lounge to watch the games. I have never had an issue getting my bets in on time either. We even make a lot of half time bets and still no issues.

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to piggyback off Zeke, the Hilton, Orleans and Gold Coast off the strip all have viewing parties. That is where I am planning on spending a day at each. Get there early place my bets the night before and parlay my day away!

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I would advise the strip for your first time. Downtown will be limited with how many places and types of sports books there are. The strip will have tons and tons of places to watch games and place bets. For your first time going, I would suggest the strip.

You can always spend a night/day downtown and check it out, but I think you'll find if you want variety and options, the strip is your place to be.

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Vegas vet, but this will be my first year for MM as well. I booked at Ballys with 2/4 nights comped (made decision easier) so I would be on the strip and have access to multiple sports books and all the watch parties. I love the location too.