Whether you're sitting pretty at the sports books or your bracket is busted, the first weekend of the NCAA March Madness Tournament is a wrap. Sports books, bars, and businesses around town say it's been a busy and profitable week for them thanks to the hoards of tourists and the locals celebrating all the excitement.
Management at South Point Casino says most March Madness visitors choose this weekend to spend money in the sports books, restaurants, bars and casinos because they want to watch all the games at once. Las Vegas residents are partaking in the madness as well.
South Point General Manager Ryan Growney says this year's turnout is much better than the last. The hotel has been booked to capacity for two weeks.
"The sports book, our handle is up about 15 percent over last - we're pretty happy about. The volume in table games, slots, food, everything goes up because there's so many people on property," said Growney. He says several million dollars have been wagered at the sports book this weekend.
Local resident Scott Simon brought his out-of-town visitors to South Point to show them how the locals do March Madness.
"You can sit down, get drink tickets a lot easier than if we were on the strip and there's a million people there," said Simon.
That's one reason local residents like Anita Hale and her friends chose to watch San Diego State play on the screens at Buffalo Wild Wings on Sunset. Management there says sales are up 17 percent over last year's sales.
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