Lots of spots to see games

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Buzzer-beaters, upsets, Cinderella clichés, broken hearts.

Sound familiar? It’s time for March Madness. While the madness each March is inevitable, the sadness doesn’t have to be. Despite emotions running in constant flux around this time every year, Las Vegas never falls short on options that can help you stay cool.

The late Jerry Tarkanian once said, “The more your players have to think on the basketball court, the slower their feet get.” If you have no clue where to catch opening round action the following viewing options will cut down some of thinking on your part.

Free Beer at Tom’s Urban

Victim of your own negligence when it comes to first-round picks? If you find yourself in a spot where your brilliance is deficient, Tom’s Urban at New York-New York won’t have a shoulder for you to cry on. But it will offer the next best thing — A free beer.

Tom’s Urban will give out “sympathy beer” starting March 16. Each day of the tournament gives guests the opportunity to share the Sympathy Beer promotion over social media. Take advantage of the offer by showing your post in-person at Tom’s Urban, which gets you a free 16-ounce Coors Light or Miller Lite.

The offer is good through April 16. Stay tuned on its social media @TomsUrbanLV for more details.

If your plan is to put your game face on bright and early, Tom’s Urban also serves as an early morning option for guests. Get in on the action daily Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. through 2 a.m., with an extended weekend hour, Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Right now, Tom Urban’s Happy Hour promotion is “50 percent off anything that pours” which runs Monday through Friday from 2-5 p.m., and Sunday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to close.

They say if you don’t finish first, you’re last. Here, it looks like a loser can call themselves a winner in the end.

Party at Plaza

If you’re looking for a downtown location to watch the tournament, The Plaza has set up its Event Center for watch parties for the first four days of the tournament (March 19-22). There will be 18 large-screen high definition televisions, two projectors and a state-of-the-art sound system.

There will be drink specials, including Jameson and Guinness draft for $5 and a shot of Jameson with a domestic draft beer for $8.

If you’re looking to bet on the games, the Plaza’s William Hill sportsbook will have satellite betting stations available.

Admission to the Plaza’s viewing party is $20 daily or $40 for a four-day pass which includes one complimentary drink and one food item per day along with a koozie.

For those not interested in hoops but are looking to win some free casino play, there’s a $25,000 March Mayhem Drawing. Entries can be earned through March 28 and 30 players will be paid in free slot play with the grand prize of $5,000 in free play. You must have a players’ club card to be eligible.

Get in game at HyperX

Esports is growing like wildfire, so why not get off the bench and put yourself in the game? Gamers can find basketball overlap between college hoops and videogames at HyperX Esports arena at the Luxor.

Play NBA2K on various gaming stations set up throughout the venue and watch the March Madness storylines unfold at the same time, from March 19 through the 21 as the 30,000 square foot arena turns into a hoops mecca for gamers.

A $95 food and beverage minimum gets you a seat for a full-day of action to the all ages friendly event, tipping-off daily at 9 a.m.

March Madness isn’t the only reason worth checking out the venue. With its massive two-story LED video wall, HyperX has been one of the premier video gaming destinations in gaming circles since opening in 2018. The venue also sports an interactive history of video games display, a classic video game bar and nightly competitions for gamers of all types.

Balance hoops at Topgolf

Beauty is equated to having access to all the opening round games, at least for the purposes of NCAA tourney fans who have a case of FOMO (fear of missing out). With over 300 screens and a 48-foot video wall, Topgolf gives you plenty of viewing options for the games. You can even place bets on location this year inside the Toyota Yard at Topgolf from March 19 through March 21.

If you feel like a visit to Topgolf isn’t complete without golf, you can reserve golf bays for the games. For those with a golf swing as efficient as a Shaquille O’Neal free-throw, there’s also the option of renting out a cabana. Smaller groups can reserve viewing packages such as couch seating for up to six people or high-top tables for up to four people.

If you plan on heading there by yourself, pull up a chair and catch the madness next to someone at the bar.

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Sebastian Ross

Sebastian Ross covers casino promotions and the Las Vegas gaming industry scene for Gaming Today. The Las Vegas native currently attends the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.

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