It is the second biggest sports waging event for Nevada Sports Books—just behind the Super Bowl. The first weekend of the NCAA Basketball tournament has turned into quite the event as 68 teams battle to be number one. If brackets and $5 at the office don’t cut it, sports books say they can fill the bill.
At the Atlantis Sports Book 68 teams are brightly displayed on the board just behind the wage table.
Seats are filling up with people who want to try their luck on just who will advance to the Sweet 16.
“What I like is not just the top name schools, but also the smaller schools get more national exposure which is what I like to see in a tournament. Wichita State, I have Georgetown in the contest here, so I'll get to root for them,” says Alfred Dufner
Dufner is local, but it’s just as common to see groups of men or groups of men and women who come here from another state and make a weekend out of it.
“We come up on Thursday, early, early, early, we leave depending upon how we are doing, Sunday sometime,” says Brady Locker from Walnut Creek, California.
At the Peppermill Sports Book, it’s busy as well, but organizers say they set up another room upstairs that can hold an additional 250 people.
Many will arrive here before nine in the morning and not leave until 9:30 at night.
Ed Dischino comes from Virginia, stays with a friend and doesn't look back until Sunday.
“We have a good time. We win some games, we lose some games. We have some fun, up, down. It’s just something we can share together and have a good time,” says Dischino.
This type of betting cannot be done in California or elsewhere. Nevada has the market cornered and in gambling terms it is perhaps the closest to a sure thing as you can get.