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What Las Vegas is like during the first weekend of March Madness

What Las Vegas is like during the first weekend of March Madness
Inside the Hoops and Hops event at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. (Arash Markazi/Los Angeles Times)

With the start of March Madness, Las Vegas transforms into the epicenter of college basketball, with tens of thousands of bettors filling sports books across the city.

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The Los Angeles Times has dispatched Page 2 columnist Arash Markazi, videographer Mark Potts and photographer Kent Nishimura to Las Vegas to chronicle the madness that is Las Vegas during the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.

Follow along with updates from the Cosmopolitan, Westgate and MGM Grand throughout the day.

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