Late Sunday afternoon, Chris Andrews, sportsbook director at the South Point hotel casino in Las Vegas, was reviewing the results from the first four days of the NCAA tournament. He had very few complaints.
The amount bet on the tournament set records at the South Point, Thursday and Friday alone equaling the amount that was bet on the Super Bowl, and the book was keeping its fair share of it.
A last-second 3-pointer that meant nothing to the ultimate outcome of the first-round game between Oklahoma State and Michigan produced around a six-figure swing in favor of the house. The $50,000 money-line parlay on No. 1 seeds Villanova and Gonzaga that Andrews had accepted was toast after Wisconsin upset the defending-national champion Wildcats, highlighting a monster Saturday for the South Point and sportsbooks across town.