Notable March Madness bets across Vegas

Notable March Madness bets across Vegas
From ESPN - March 12, 2018

The Madness has already begun in Las Vegas.

In first 24 hours after the bracket for the NCAA tournament was released Sunday night, William Hill's Nevada sportsbook took three bets on 16-seed North Carolina Central to win the whole thing. The largest of the three bets? $5.

Still seems risky.

The Eagles are 2,500-1 and open the tournament Wednesday in a First Four showdown against Texas Southern. The winner gets No. 1-seed Xavier on Friday.

In the meantime, ESPN Chalk will take you through the first week of the NCAA tournament -- arguably the most electric four days in sports betting -- with an updating file of the action in Las Vegas. Some of these futures bets were made earlier in the season as well.

Notable bets

No team would be more costly for MGM sportsbooks than No. 1 overall seed Virginia, thanks to a five-figure wager on the Cavaliers to win that national championship at 20-1 odds that "would pay well into the six figures," according to vice president of sports Jay Rood.

The MGM sportsbook at the Mirage will open at 5:30 a.m. PT, Thursday and Friday.

Virginia began the season at 100-1 to win the national championship at the Westgate SuperBook. The Westgate took five bets on the Cavs at that price.

Virginia has the best record against the spread (21-8-1) of any major-conference team in the field.

Most bets to win the NCAA tournament at Caesars Palace books:

1. Michigan State
2. Kansas
3. Villanova
4. Duke
5. Kentucky

Most money wagered to win the NCAA tournament at Caesars Palace books:


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