February is drawing to a close which can only mean one thing: It’s almost time for March Madness.
College basketball is a sport that may have waned in popularity compared to some others in the United States in recent years, but everything changes once the calendar flips to March. There are plenty of people that pay zero attention to college basketball during the regular season that suddenly become experts once the NCAA Tournament brackets are released. Funny how that happens.
While filling out your work bracket and trying to win your office pool is plenty of fun, nothing beats the experience of enjoying March Madness from Las Vegas. While most think of Super Bowl Sunday as the optimal time to head to Las Vegas with your buddies, the NCAA Tournament is on a whole different level. All of Vegas’ best sportsbooks roll out the red carpet for the Big Dance, and with good reason. Americans wagered over $8 billion on the NCAA Tournament last year, and an even higher number is expected in 2020.
Let’s say you’re interested in heading to Sin City for March Madness this year. Where should you go? The following are the 5 best sportsbooks in Vegas for betting on the NCAA Tournament.
The Palazzo may not be as well-known as some of the other options on this list, but watching sports at Lagasse’s Stadium is an experience that is well worth your time. The sportsbook features stadium seating and a phenomenal food menu from star chef Emeril Lagasse. Hence the name, Lagasse’s Stadium.
The sportsbook features a huge central video screen as well as a number of smaller screens flanking it on either side.
You’ll find the betting kiosk on the Palazzo casino floor. If the lines are too long, you can simply fire up the CG Sportsbook app, which is functional anywhere in the state of Nevada.
You won’t be the only one with the bright idea of catching March Madness in Vegas, which means crowds will gather in a hurry. Be sure to reserve your seats and tables ahead of time to make sure you have the best vantage point for taking in all of the action.
Caesars Palace is one of the most iconic properties on the Las Vegas Strip, and with good reason. The resort has just about everything you could ever want in a destination, and that includes a top-tier sportsbook.
Caesars’ sportsbook features an easily-accessible ticket window, and a massive LED video board that ensures you won’t miss a single second of basketball. The sportsbook is also conveniently located right next to the poker room, so you can try your hand at a few card games while you wait for the next basketball game to tip off.
The room at the Caesars Palace features over 140 leather recliners right in front of the aforementioned 143-foot LED screen, so you can sit back, relax, and watch your cash roll in.
The sportsbook at the Wynn isn’t as spacious as some of its competitors’. That said, what it lacks in space, it more than makes up for it with an unrivaled atmosphere. Watching the games with dozens of your not-so-closest friends may not be what you’re looking for if you’re looking for a relaxed environment, but the intimate nature of the Wynn’s sportsbook makes watching the games all the more enthralling.
The sportsbook was also recently renovated, which makes it one of the newer you’ll find on the Las Vegas Strip. The renovations produced a brand-new restaurant as well as a massive 1,600 square foot LED video screen. You’ll find various seats equipped with their own viewing monitors, which give you a close-up view of the action during March Madness.
The sportsbook itself offers a wide variety of props and other betting options like the ones you’ll find in most sportsbooks dotting the Strip. The newly-renovated room gives the Wynn’s sportsbook a different feel, but there are few better places to watch and bet on the NCAA Tournament.
The Mirage is one of the more well-known resorts on the Strip, and its stellar sportsbook is one of the reasons the Mirage is still one of the most glamorous destinations in Vegas.
As is the case with the sportsbooks at Mandalay Bay and Bellagio, the Mirage sportsbook is a smoke-free environment. That alone helps to separate it from plenty of the competition. The book at the Mirage also features enough cashiers to keep the lines moving even on busy days, which is obviously hugely important for an event like March Madness. Bettors will also have no shortage of TV screens, both small and large, to accommodate their basketball viewing needs.
There’s a ton of seating, as well. The sportsbook features 48 desk seats that include their own personal TV screens. Several leather chairs can be found behind the desk seats, with hefty couches lining the back walls. Finding yourself a seat shouldn’t be an issue if you decide to bet on March Madness at the Mirage.
We’d be remiss to identify the best March Madness sportsbooks in Las Vegas without mentioning the crown jewel known as the Westgate SuperBook. The Westgate isn’t located on the Strip, but it won’t take you long to get there, either. Once you’re there, you won’t want to leave.
The Westgate is always among the first in the industry to update their betting odds, which includes an array of props and other wagering options. The SuperBook is called the SuperBook for a reason. This venue accounts for just about 25,000 square feet of space with the biggest LED video wall in all of Las Vegas.
The atmosphere speaks for itself, and it’s another place you’ll want to get to early if you want to find the best seats. The greatness of the Westgate is no secret, and the SuperBook has everything a March Madness bettor could ever want and more.
Frankly, you can’t really go wrong when it comes to watching and betting on the NCAA Tournament in Las Vegas. Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world for a reason. The 5 sportsbooks listed above have separated themselves from the pack, though, and each of them offers a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else.