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Silence is sports book's best friend during NCAAs

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College basketball fans take in NCAA Tournament action at the LVH Superbook. (FOX5) College basketball fans take in NCAA Tournament action at the LVH Superbook. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Silence is a sports book's best friend.

"I hear a crowd start to cheer I know that's not good for us, when it's silent, silence is golden for me," said Jay Rood, vice president of Race & Sports for MGM Resorts. 

There won't be much silence at sports books around Las Vegas this weekend.

The NCAA Tournament is the third most-popular event that brings tourists to Las Vegas, behind New Year's and the Super Bowl.

The majority of the screams you'll hear in places like the Mirage and LVH during the weekend aren't totally focused on who wins and loses, but on completely random bets. 

"We bet North Dakota State first to 15 [points] and, what more can you ask for, they were first to 15," said Peter Cario, after celebrating a $500 win.

Cario and about 20 of his fraternity buddies have come to the Mirage to watch and wager the tournament for the last 20 years.

They've got T-shirts with a very fitting slogan: Good coaches win, great coaches cover.

It's all about covering the spread to leave town a winner, but top priority on a busy weekend like this is first covering a great seat.

"[We] pay people to save our seats overnight, and then we come in and sit here all-day, and then they come in and sit here overnight. Craigslist, it works out alright," said Cario. 

At the LVH Superbook was a group of high school friends in Las Vegas for their eleventh tournament together.

They went the traditional route when it came to saving a spot to watch Thursday's games.

"We actually started saving this spot at three o'clock, four o'clock and we just sat around," said Kevin Bunting of Kansas City, Mo.

That's 3 a.m.

"You don't leave the table, it doesn't matter. You come here all day long for 18 hours there's somebody that's gonna be sitting here," said Craig Alexander of St. Louis.

Sports book directors like Jay Kornegay put in long hours as well for the most bet sporting event of the year.

"We'll probably write anywhere from four to five times the amount of tickets during the tournament than we will the Super Bowl," said Kornegay.

Rood believes the state of Nevada will bring in about $200 million in wagers during the first four days of the NCAA Tournament, which would shatter this year's Super Bowl tally of $119 million statewide.

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