Even bigger than the Super Bowl when considered as a single event, the March Madness college basketball tournament dominates the action in Las Vegas for the rest of the month. The biggest crowds show up for this week’s Thursday through Sunday games and good viewing spots include South Point, Westgate, Ellis Island, Gold Coast, Orleans and the Station casinos sports books, all of which typically sell beer, hot dogs, and other food for $2-$3.
St. Paddy’s too:
Adding to the basketball frenzy, this year’s Friday games coincide with St. Patrick’s Day. Along with the many casinos and bars celebrating the green on Friday, there will be day-long bashes at The LINQ Promenade on the Strip and the Fremont Street Experience downtown.
Resort fees raised
MGM Resorts International has raised resort fees at 10 of its properties. The fees were raised by $2, to $37 per night, at Delano, MGM Grand, Mirage, Signature at MGM, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, and New York-New York; by $2, to $30, at Circus Circus; and by $5, to $35, at Luxor and Excalibur. The resort fees were also raised by $4 at Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch to $39 per night.
Ellis Island upgrades
Ellis Island, located just east of the Strip, has completed a renovation of its 289 rooms and 12 suites. The rooms have been outfitted with new flooring and furnishings, plus USB chargers, mini-refrigerators and safes. The rooms also come with a complimentary growler filled with the resort’s beer. That’s a first.
Breakfast price hike
The price of Klondike Sunset’s bacon or sausage and eggs has been raised by 30 cents to $1.79. But it’s still the lowest price in town for a full breakfast, served daily from 7 to 11 a.m.
Question: Are there any contests for the college basketball tournament?
Answer: Two. Westgate Las Vegas is running the “Hoops Madness Challenge” with a $100 entry fee and Station Casinos is running “Last Man Standing” with a $25 entry. Buy four entries at Station and get a fifth free.