Top 5 Las Vegas Sports Books: The Best Places to Catch March Madness

by Meg Massie 
Posted Mar 15th 2011 02:30 PMUpdated Mar 15th 2011 03:43 PM

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March Madness is here and what better way to celebrate than to annihilating good buddies at favorite Las Vegas sports books? Whether moaning in shock at how Virginia Tech was robbed of their spot, or shaking confident fists that Syracuse will take it all the way, here are our five favorite Vegas sports books where to sit back, enjoy a drink and catch the madness. And before heading to the book of choice, fill out a bracket and share it on Facebook – that way friends will know just who the winner is.

Lagasse's Stadium, The Palazzo
The sports book for people who don't like sports, Lagasse's new nook in the chic Palazzo is cozy and comfy – and serves some amazing food and drinks. Settle into the large couches and seats in the center of the lounge to concentrate on the game, but for a good meal, try one of the tables with killer a flat-screen TV view and a menu full of favorites like fish and chips, bbq chicken and $3 happy hour beers.

Cantor Race and Sports Book, Cosmopolitan
This newly opened Vegas sports book at the Cosmopolitan is already turning heads. While the sexy hotel's only betting station used to be located at popular bar and lounge Book & Stage, that venue has gone totally-music and guests can now enjoy lots of March Madness on the second floor. Two betting stations greet guests entering the venue, and once inside will find sports-specific arenas including e-Deck mobile gaming technology that allows users to place bets regardless of where they are across the resort.

Race and Sports Book, Aria
Another newcomer on the Strip, the Aria's sports book is intimate and sophisticated – perfect for a group getaway or a guy's night out. 90 high-def TV's flank three seating areas, nine betting windows and a VIP booth. While drinks keep flowing inside this Vegas sports book – and are free to those who have placed a wager – for a meal there's the Skybox Sports Grill next door where gourmet food comes on-the-go for busy game watchers.

Sports Book, Caesars Palace
Since Caesars Palace has hosted some of the most memorable sports events in Las Vegas history, it's fitting their sports book would be so popular. No wonder considering the requisite large screen TV's, betting stations and comfy seating, as well as a very smart staff and perks for Total Rewards members. The best perk? Its proximity to Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill, one of the best restaurants on the Strip. Period.

Race and Sports Book, Wynn Las Vegas

The 37 flatscreen TV's and comfy space for 125 in this uber-lux Vegas sports book isn't even the best part of the venue. That's saying something. Serious pampering is in order with cocktail service and even a food and drink menu from adjacent Zoozacrackers eater. For high-rollers they even offer a March Madness rate including two nights and seating for two at the College Basketball Championship viewing party.
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