March Madness is here again and that means gambling on who will eventually wind up in the finals. Last year statistics showed that Americans wagered over $9.2 billion on March Madness and this staggering number included wagers through office pools, Nevada sports books, illicit offshore sites and illegal bookies.
When looking at the betting lines during March Madness, you will notice that there is a seemingly endless number of games to bet on. While that can certainly be daunting, there are some NCAA betting tips to follow that will give you the best chance of making money from March Madness betting, whether you bet with one of the top online sports books or enter the Bracket Challenge.
While it can be tempting to bet on the favorites during March Madness, analyzing the NCAA betting trends will show that is a bad idea. Picking out good underdogs is one of the best ways to make money during the tournament. By analyzing the trends and stats involved, you will have a leg up on the field when it comes to betting.
Before putting any money down on a team during March Madness, you need to look at teams that are coming into the tournament on a hot streak. Teams that come into the tournament with a lot of momentum typically continue that hot streak, especially in the early rounds. On the other hand, you should avoid teams that barely made the tournament, or teams that lost several games in a row before the tournament started. It can be hard to gain momentum to turn around during March Madness due to the pressure to perform placed on the teams as soon as they take the court.
March Madness is a phenomenon that grips the national sports psyche from the second week of March through the first week of April. March Madness is the moniker that is given to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. These tournaments determine the national champions of college basketball.
One of the most important NCAA betting tips is to focus on teams that play good defense. While you do not have to put all of your money on teams with excellent defense, it is important not to put your money on a team that gives up a lot of points. Teams that play good, hard-nosed defense often perform much better than the teams that simply want to see how many points they can rack up on the scoreboard.
March Madness brackets at the Casinos
March Madness will fill out its bracket this Sunday, March 12, as 64 teams plus four play-in schools will compete in the single-elimination tournament. The final team standing will be declared the national champions, but as of today, Vegas sports books aren’t quite sure which team has the best chances of cutting down the nets.
At William Hill, UCLA is the favorite at 6-1. The Bruins are followed by Duke and North Carolina (7-1), and Kansas and Gonzaga (15-2).
Walk south down the Strip to Caesars’ sportsbook, and you’ll find Kansas as a heavy favorite at 6-1. Head north to the Stratosphere, and Gonzaga and Kentucky have the slimmest odds at 11-2.
From one sportsbook to the next, those who set the odds can’t seem to find unison in picking a favorite. And that can be good for bettors who can shop around for the best offers on their chosen squads.
An estimated 70 million brackets will be completed this year, but one won’t be from President Trump. The 45th commander-in-chief declined to continue President Obama’s tradition of filling out a presidential bracket.
On the official men’s basketball tournament website, the NCAA discusses in length about how #16 seeds are 0-128 against #1 teams in the first round.
Of the millions of brackets that are filled out each year, with many being contested for money amongst friends and coworkers, just 1.45 percent participating in the NCAA’s Bracket Challenge picked Austin Peay over Kansas last year. But 2.85 percent took Hampton over Virginia, and that highlights a growing trend. Five years ago, no #16 seed received even one percent of the brackets cast.
Billionaire Warren Buffett caused a stir two years ago when he offered $1 billion to anyone who could pick a perfect bracket in the annual men’s NCAA basketball tournament known as March Madness. It was a relatively safe bet with the odds ranging anywhere from 1 in 4.3 billion to 1 in 9.2 quintillion depending on who was doing the counting. The Buffett Bracket generated a lot of attention for the world’s third richest man and Quicken Loans, which sponsored the contest. Buffet offers $1 million a year for life for any employee at Berkshire or one of its subsidiaries who picks a perfect bracket through the Sweet 16 of the tournament.
The next two or so weeks is some of the best television viewing for sports fans. One game after another keeps Americans on their couches and recliners.
It’s also a wildly popular time in Vegas. Casinos are readying for an influx of sports bettors, and some venues like the Westgate are all-in. The casino turns its theater into “Hoops Central,” a smoke-free, 1,500-seat space featuring giant HD screens and food and beverage specials.
However, the majority of bets will once again be placed via less than legal means. In addition to the untold millions of dollars in casual bets placed among friends, online books will also pull in large sums of cash.
Bovada has North Carolina and UCLA tied as the favorites (6-1), followed by Kansas (7-1), Gonzaga (8-1), Villanova (10-1), and Duke (11-1).
For many basketball fans, March Madness becomes a four-day vacation. Northern Nevada casinos are filled with locals and tourists alike rooting for their favorite schools to advance in the tournament.
While there’s no shortage of places to watch the games, several casinos are turning March Madness into an event. Here are the few casinos mostly in Las Vegas that are offering great offers.
From Thursday – Saturday, March 16 – March 18 2017
Win a share of $10,000 in the March Mayhem Pick ‘em Challenge. Swipe your casino club card for free entries. Watch the game for free in the Sports Book Party Zone, which offers food and drink specials. Or enjoy the viewing party in the Grand Ballroom for $29.99, which includes light hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets and prize giveaways.Call for more details at 775-824-4467.
March “Bracket “ Madness starts on the 16th March
It’s free to enter the Bracket Challenge and there are prizes for the overall winners as well as prizes for the 1st and 2nd round leaders.
Get your brackets entered by 9am, March 16th. You can win $100,000 for correctly picking winners in the Bracket Buster Challenge. The contest is free and awards $2,000 for the most correct picks during the tournament. Second place pays $500 and third pays $250. Cash prizes also are awarded for the most correct picks after the first weekend. Go to baldinis.pooltracker.com/tourney to enter. Visit the sports book for more promotions. Get details at phone 775-358-0116.
Mar 16 – Mar 19 between 8am-8pm; Ticket Price: $35, $50 and $145 96 hours. 52 Games. 4 days of unlimted hoops. Enjoy Arena style food and unlimited beverages plus a souvenir hat.
•$35: Includes one day unlimited drink wristband
•$50: Includes one day unlimited drink wristband and one $10 food voucher and one souvenir hat
•$145: Includes one souvenir hat and four days of drinks and food, Thursday-Sunday. Each day you will have unlimited drink wristband and one $10 food voucher.
Drink wristbands are valid at any of the casino bars and sportsbooks at the Eldorado Silver Legacy and circus circus. Unlimted drinks valid from 8 am- 8 pm (up to premium brands). Food vouchers are good at any of the food stations next to the sportsbooks, food stations open from 11 am- 8 pm.
Same offers you can get at Eldorado casino and at Silver legacy casino too.
4. Grand Sierra
The Grand Hoops party takes place from 8a.m. to 10 p.m. March 16-17 in the Lex Nightclub on Thursday and at Grand Theatre on Friday. Admission is $50 daily, which includes two drinks, an all-you-can-eat stadium buffet and betting stations. Get more details at phone 775-789-2000.
Various other Casinos offering March Madness
You can also wager and bet online at Bitcoin casinos like Betonline.
At other casinos like Island casinos you get $10, $25 and $100 Office pools, all with 100% payouts. Office pools are located in the Sportsbook Main menu under “Office Pools”.
At Golden Nugget Casino you can find at the stage Frankie Moreno for a six-week limited engagement starting 2 March. The sensational singer, songwriter, and showman will bring his high-energy music and lively stage antics to The Showroom for performances 2 March – 13 April at 8 p.m. On 16-19 March: Catch the March Fever at Golden Nugget with guaranteed seats in the VIP section, all you can eat stadium-style food and four drink tickets. Tickets and price information can be found online.
The annual $50,000 Last Man Standing college basketball tournament elimination contest will be held at Station Casinos’ sportsbooks.
Last Man Standing is a daily contest during the 2017 Men’s College Basketball Tournament. Enter now through March 16 at 9 a.m. Entries cost $25 each, and the purchase of four entries earns a fifth for free.
Contestant selection days will be March 16-19, March 23-26, April 1 and 3. The opening round games on March 14 and 15 won’t be part of the Last Man Standing Contest. While the minimum prize guarantee is $50,000, the Last Man Standing takes home the entire prize pot, which is likely to be more as it is based on total entries.
Contestants may enter and play at any Station Casinos, Fiesta and Wildfire Gaming sportsbook: Barley’s Casino & Brew Pub, Boulder Station, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station, Texas Station, Wild Wild West, Wildfire Boulder, Wildfire Rancho, Wildfire Sunset, Wildfire Casino & Lanes and Baldini’s. Contestants entering at El Cortez must play at El Cortez.
Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas, Event Time: 9 a.m. March 16 – 19 Price: $50 – $100/person
Grab your squad and make your way down to SLS Las Vegas for a college basketball viewing party at Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book. Their 50 large TVs means you won’t miss any of the action. Drink as much as you can for only $50 bucks the open bar. Drop an extra $50 and you’re guaranteed seating and a food credit to go along with all of that free booze. Food, drank and a guaranteed seat
Plaza Hotel & Casino, Event Time: 9 a.m. March 16 – 19 Price: $15 – $40/person
Plaza Hotel & Casino has one-day viewing passes for $15. Embrace your inner “fan boy,” with a complimentary commemorative shirt, booze and grub. Get the Four-Day pass and for only $40 bucks you get all of the same stuff, but for each day.
Treasure Island, Event Time: 7:30 a.m. March 16 – 18 Price: Free
You can root for your alma mater and follow the latest “Cinderella” teams inside the Treasure Island Ballroom. There’s no cover, so the banquet table seating is going to fill up quick. Bring your bills because it’s cash bar only. But don’t worry about how much you’ll spend on drinks, concessions and satellite betting stations are going to be on-site too, so you can win all of that beer money back.
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Event Time: 8 a.m. March 16 – 19 Price: Free
Former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman and college basketball icon, Thurl Bailey are going to be chillin’ at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The event is free, with reserved seating available for $25. Get here early so you’ll have so you’ll have some time to marvel at their star power.
Tropicana Las Vegas, Event Time: 7 a.m. March 16 – 19 Price: $50 – $400/person
The madness is here and Tropicana Las Vegas is the place to embrace it. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. and for just $50 per person/per day, you can chug a beer or glass of wine after every alley-oop or deep three pointer –because why not, it’s March and you’ve earned it! Each ticket package includes complimentary entry to the Tropicana pool all weekend, so you can cool off after each day of action.
Most Vegas bars and strip clubs offer food and drink specials while you watch the games. In particular, sports bars and casino bars in hotels with sports betting can be the most fun as you’ll hear swarms of fans and gamblers cheer or lament every free throw and every three-pointer (depending on who they want to win).
Also this year, March Madness overlaps with St. Patrick’s Day, with the first weekend taking place from Thursday, March 16, through Sunday, March 19, so expect the city to be packed. Reports say that 98 percent of hotel rooms on the Las Vegas Strip were booked during the first weekend of March Madness
Bettors will have numerous wagering options, from individual games to predicting the champion before the tournament begins. Most sports books offer in-play wagering, as well as parlay cards exclusive to its property. Check out your favourite online casinos and sports book for more information, various betting options and lines and enjoy the March madness exclusive offers here.