So, you’ve been diagnosed with a case of March Madness, where side effects include a distinct change in wardrobe color choices in and a bad case of bracketology. Aside from catching the action at the plethora of sports books in this town, the only known cure is to come down and enjoy some games and specials at one of these fine Vegas establishments.
The LVH is “Hoops Central” from March 15 through 18, featuring all NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship games on giant HD screens in the LVH Theater, satellite betting stations, giveaways $2 beers, $2 hot dogs and other specials. Bettors will receive a free shirt with a $25 wager on their first round parlay card.
“’Hoops Central’ provides a great atmosphere and draws fans from all parts of the country,” said Jay Kornegay, the vice president of race & sports book operations at LVH. “It’s a long-standing tradition at the LVH and, year over year, it becomes more and more popular. We’re not expecting anything less this year.”
If you’d like to place some bets at one of Downtown Las Vegas’ sports books, the nearby March Hoops at the Fremont Street Experience will have free entertainment every night from March 1 through 28, with the dancing and singing Hardwood Hotties (Tuesdays – Sundays) and Dream Team Divas (Wednesdays – Mondays). They’ll also have the “High Hoops Zone” interactive area, where guests can shoot for hoops at 20-, 25- and 30-foot distances.
Starting on March 13, Fremont Street Experience will run the world’s largest NCAA bracket on their 1,500-foot-long Viva Vision screen, which will be updated daily throughout the tournament.
Rhumbar at The Mirage will host a weekend long March basketball tailgate party starting with the final 64 from March 15 through March 18. Specials include $5 Red Bull “Rebound” bomber shots, Coors Light bottle buckets in a souvenir cooler for $25, Ultimate Bloody Marys and Patron margaritas for $6 and hot tailgate fare including hot links, pulled pork sandwiches, chili and nachos.
Caesars Entertainment is offering a selection of packages from March 15 through 18 for some superb March Madness experiences at Imperial Palace, Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood. “Full-Court” packages include open Coors Light and Miller Lite beer bars, all-you-can-eat buffets, appearances by the Coors Light and Miller Lite Models and giveaways. “Man Cave” packages offer exclusive living room game-viewing areas, high-end buffets, premium beverages and private TVs showing all 4 games at once.
As a tie-in to the NCAA championship, Caesars Palace is also hosting the second annual Hoops and Hold’em tournament from March 14 through April 2. Poker players are welcome to join the tournament and watch the games in on more than 20 large-screen TVs. Minimum buy-ins apply.
“This is the most exciting time of the year for college basketball, where any team has a shot at winning it all. Poker is also a game where anyone with a chip and a chair is a threat to take home the title,” said Andy Rich, director of poker operations at Caesars Palace and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
“This is the ultimate place for sports fans and poker fans to come together to compete and show their skills.”
Harrah’s Las Vegas has special drink offers for the entire month: Carnaval Court, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill and Piano Bar are offering a bucket of five Miller Lite and Coors Light beers for $25.
The Deuce Lounge at Aria is showing 8 games a day, and for a $60 cover guests can enjoy an all-day buffet, a drink and all the games you can watch.
PBR Rock Bar and Grill at the Miracle Mile Shops will be showing the tournament on 105 HDTV screens, and fans are encouraged to wear school colors and foam fingers. They’ll also be offering $19 beer buckets throughout the tournament.
Minus5 at Mandalay Place offers their new premium daiquiri bar for March Madness, which features seven flavors: -5 Margarita, Frozen Coconuts, Watermelon Freeze and Grape Glacier in sizes ranging from 20 to 100 ounces and running from $8 to $35, respectively. Other March Madness drink specials include $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon, $3 house wines, and $7 Skyy Infusion martinis, which you can enjoy as the games play on the Minus5 Lodge Bar’s HD TVs.
Society Café at Encore will be showing games on seven screens on March 15-18, 22-25, March 31 and April 2. They’ll be offering select 2-for-1 cocktails and beer Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. for happy hour, and a delicious selection of food including pulled pork sliders, pepperoni flatbread and more.
El Cortez hosts a viewing party March 15-17. The party is open to the public each day during the following times: Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and guests can enjoy $1 Budweiser drafts, $2 brats and other $1 menu specials. They’ll have $2 Bloody Marys as the libation of choice.
Gold Spike in Downtown Las Vegas is offering drink specials and a lineup of classic rock, reggae and rockabilly sounds for March Madness. They’re serving up $6 Irish whiskey shots of Tullamore Dew paired with a glass of Guinness Stout and fans are encouraged to cheer their teams on in the sports book.
Rockhouse at Imperial Palace will offer daily specials including two-for-one beers on Fridays and Saturdays. During games, they’ll have beer pong.
LBS Burger Joint at Red Rock Casino is grilling up some specials from March 13 through April 2, including a promotion where they offer one free draft beer to guests who present a ‘dead’ sports book ticket. They’ll also have the March Madness-exclusive “Bracket Burger,” which is a beef patty topped with American cheese, fried egg, firecracker onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado, spicy mustard and BBQ sauce.
Crazy Horse III is running food and drink specials the tournament, offering a 6-inch sandwich, chips and a cocktail for only $5 and Bud/Bud Light buckets for $20. Of course, there will also be plenty of the lovely ladies of Crazy Horse III.
Two spas are offering what may be one of the most interesting ways to get into the March Madness spirit.
Aquae Sulis Spa at the JW Marriott is offering a special “Final Four Spa Package,” which includes the cleverly themed Sweet Spot Massage, Halftime Hydration Facial, Fancy Footwork Pedicure and the Marvelous Maneuver Manicure. The “Final Four Spa Package” is available for $289.
Meanwhile, the Restorative Wellness treatment at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace offers therapeutic full-body massage, which is tailored for athletes and those who suffer from muscle tension and over-use injuries, with a topical cooling gel. Treatments at Qua start at $200.