It is now March and bettors, who have lacked a strong focus since the Super Bowl, will get a huge boost of adrenaline in just two weeks when the NCAA men’s basketball tournament tips off on Tuesday, March 18, at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio, with the First Round.
Then, on Thursday, March 20, the Big Dance officially begins and sports books around town will be offering parlay cards, contests and other special events, including top notch viewing parties.
To add to the fun, GamingToday has teamed up with AGame, a leading marketing company specializing in casino promotions, to create our $100,000 Bracket Buster contest.
The contest is free to enter and will offer $100,000 to anyone who fills out a perfect bracket. But even if you don’t guess the winner of each game, including the championship, you can still take home $10,000 if you get 60 correct winners. That is not an impossible feat.
And, the entrant with the most wins, no matter how few, will be awarded $1,000; second place will win $500 and third, $250.
As an added bonus and to keep things interesting, there will be a special $10,000 prize if you correctly pick a 16 seed to beat a 1 seed.
The official rules and contest details, along with the entry form, will be available on our website (www.gamingtoday.com) Thurs., March 6.
So come to our website, enter the tournament and enjoy the games. It’s as simple as that. Good luck!
RAY IS TOPS: When the Smith Center announced several months ago that the Feb. 28 Jazz Roots series would be “Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles” we immediately went online and got tickets.
Ray is right on top of our list of all-time greats, sitting next to Ol’ Blue Eyes. In fact, Sinatra once referred to him as “the only true genius in show business.”
We couldn’t agree more. Plus Ray was a very versatile genius. He could not be pigeonholed into one type or style of music because he did it all – jazz, blues, country, gospel, Broadway musical, pop and more.
The show, with the help of award-winning Smith Center resident Clint Holmes; jazz singer/composer/producer/arranger Nnenna Freelon, nominated five times for a Grammy award; Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum; and a cappela vocalists Take 6, who have won dozens of awards, including 10 Grammys, 10 Doves and a Soul Train – captured the essence of Ray.
There was also a group of Raelettes (you can’t sing “Hit the Road, Jack” without them), musical director/pianist David Loeb (he’s also director of jazz studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas); a 17-piece UNLV jazz band (including both students and alumni) and the Las Vegas Mass Choir – all helping to make it a memorable evening.
Based on the bouncing knees, swaying bodies and clapping hands, we weren’t the only one who thought they got the job done. As we looked around we didn’t see a single seat that wasn’t in motion.
NEW HOME: We recently took a drive to the new location for the Gamblers Book Club. The store that was an iconic fixture at 11th St. and Charleston Blvd. for 45 years has been moving about the past few years, looking for that special spot to call home.
We think owner Avery Cardoza has found his home at 800 S. Main St. where he moved in with the existing Gamblers General Store, which he recently bought.
An array of photos of old time Las Vegas greats along the top of several walls caught our eye. They include the likes of Benny Binion, Bobby Baldwin, Texas Dolly Doyle Brunson, our very own Chuck DiRocco, Sid Diamond, Huey Mahl, Jack Binion, Stu Ungar and many, many more.
Stop in when you get a chance. We’re sure you’ll enjoy it.
See you around town.
Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at EileenDiRocco@GamingToday.com.
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