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Las Vegas Sportsbooks Brace for March Madness

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LAS VEGAS - March is the busiest time of year for visitors coming to Las Vegas, and many are here for one reason: March Madness.

The first round of games for the NCAA men's basketball tournament begins Thursday, and sportsbooks are preparing for a busy month.

South Point expects a few thousand people, but it's not the only place in town to get your fix for college hoops.

If theater seating is your preference, the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is opening its 1,500 seat theater which features giant TV screens on which to watch the games. If you want to bet on every individual play, you can hit the M Resort Sportsbook.

Bettors love the long shots and the local teams. UNLV's odds to win it all are 100-to-1. LVH Sportsbook officials say the Mountain West Conference has been getting a lot of play from bettors.

They say if you're going to place a wager, don't wait. The lines will most likely be out the door.

"A lot of people like to wait until those four games end and try to bet the next set of games," said LVH Sportsbook Director Jay Kornegay. "You're going to stand in line a lot longer if you do that. So if you can sneak out of there in the middle of the first half and try to get to the betting windows, you'll shorten your time tremendously."

March Madness betting is expected to surpass Super Bowl betting. Early estimates are $120 million will be bet in Nevada.

Many sportsbooks that expect packed houses don't take reservations. They urge people to arrive a few hours early if they want to watch the games.

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