March Madness Just Part of Busy Las Vegas Week - 8 News NOW

March Madness Just Part of Busy Las Vegas Week

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LAS VEGAS -- It's a big week for Las Vegas as March Madness gets into gear. It's also spring break, St. Patrick's Day, Celine Dion just opened her new show and Bon Jovi is performing.

It may be the calm before the storm at sports books across town. March Madness veteran and tourist Frank Bollinger and his buddies are already staking out their prime location where they will spend the next four days.

"Every hour or so there is a different game so it's like 50 Super Bowls, it's amazing," said Bollinger.

"We take shifts of two or three people to save the table so we can have a base to work from the whole weekend and it's tiring," said Kevin Purdy, tourist.

Jay Rood, the director of race and sports for MGM Resorts International, compares March Madness to the Super Bowl.

"My best guess is that we are going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $90 to $100 million wagered on this event this year at the race and sports books. We operate in the margin of 5 percent so if we are able to garnish our 5 percent win out of that we will be very happy." said Rood.

March Madness isn't the only event this week. St. Patrick's Day and spring break have brought in party-goers from all over. Guinness is opening it's first U.S. store at Mandalay Place.  Also, one of the most talked about events on the Las Vegas Strip is the return of Celine Dion at Caesars Palace. She will be there for three years.

"To put her with other headlines like Garth Brooks when he is here at the Wynn or Gladys Knight who is going to be opening up in May and then later this fall, Cirque is going to open up the Michael Jackson show and to put those internationally known names in Las Vegas is just fantastic for us. It draws attention, draws a crowd, draws media so it's something that keeps us as the entertainment capital of the world," said Jeremy Handel, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.

"It's a once a year thing so you save up for it," said Steve Borgi, tourist.

Some of the people 8 News NOW spoke with say they got great deals on hotel rooms but they do plan to spend quite a bit of money over the weekend on shows and restaurants.

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