Look for early NCAA March Madness action at South Point
March 13, 2019 3:00 AM
by Bill Krackomberger
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Selection Sunday will take place on March 17. The 2019 NCAA Tournament selection show starts at 3 p.m. Pacific and the full field of 68 will be revealed by region, a departure from alphabetical order last year. CBS is changing the format this year amid criticism and sharp viewership drop in 2018.
Thirty-two teams will qualify for March Madness with automatic bids by winning their conference tournament. The other 36 will hear their names called from the at-large pool.
I remember last year the South Point opened up their lines before anyone else in the world. So last week, I was over at the South Point and I ran into Vinny Magliulo and we were talking about how they were going to open up the lines this year.
He said, “Bill, we are going to have each line up one by one as they are announced.”
Actually, Chris Andrews and Vinny invited me to be the one to get first crack at them on VSiN’s live show as they came up. I really and truly feel honored that they would ask.
That usually would be the role of my friend, Derek Stevens, who has done this for the last two seasons. However, he is unable to do so this season due to Selection Sunday falling on St. Patrick’s Day; which is a very big day downtown at the casinos he owns.
As much as I would love to be the one to do this, for many reasons I cannot. First of all, I will only bet 20 percent or so of the games straight up. I bet many first-halves during the first round and also mix in some totals.
More importantly, I think the South Point has some sharp numbers. I look forward to getting my extra half-to-full point advantages on some of the ‘dogs at the square shops.
Also, do you know how good you have to be at this time of the year to win? Let me rephrase that – do you know how lucky you have to be at this time of the year?
In last year’s opening Thursday of the tourney, the outcome of 10 of the 16 games vs. the spread came down to the last basket. That continued throughout the tournament. That is how good the linemaker is at this time of the year.
Last year, a spy told me that not only did the South Point have wiseguy bookmakers Andrews and Magliulo coming up with the lines, they also had one of the sharpest ex-bookmakers in this town out there advising and guiding them. I would think this year would be not be any different.
If this year is like last year, other casinos around town will go up an hour after the South Point does, with reduced limits. Amazingly, we literally had six different casinos in town with all of the lines up before the so-called sharp books offshore.
That old term “The Vegas Line” truly lives on here during March madness, that’s for sure.
A final word of advice: Just remember to bet with your head, not over it, and do not get caught in all the hype and the craziness of March Madness. Drinking and partying will lead to bad decision making and not just with the betting of sports.
Yes, you are here to have fun. However, your primary goal should be to make money.
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