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Events Guide: March Madness viewing parties

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Members of the UNLV men’s basketball team celebrate as their name is announced in a NCAA tournament selection show being shown at the Cox Pavilion at UNLV on Sunday, March 13, 2011. The Rebels will play Illinois on Friday in Tulsa, Okla.
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It might not be time for Ditch Fridays at the Palms, but it’s a safe bet that a lot of sports fans will be calling in sick this week as March Madness takes over TV screens across the country. Here in Las Vegas, there are several NCAA Tournament viewing options ranging from low priced 2-for-1 drink specials to private rooms with spreads of filet mignon and roasted bacon salad. Pick your poison and prep your liver, as it’s going to be a long, beer-filled road to The Final Four.

UNLV on Selection Sunday

Tuesday, March 15:

Game watch parties at Strip House: Strip House at Planet Hollywood offers basketball fans the ultimate party package from March 15 through April 4. Available to groups of 10 or more, Strip House’s basketball package features a private room to watch the game, a three-course prix fixe menu and open bar for two hours. Menu items include Caesar salad, Strip House roasted bacon salad, tender cuts of filet mignon, New York strip steak, potatoes Romanoff, Strip House’s black truffle creamed spinach and garlic herb French fries. For reservations, call 702-737-5200.

Lagasse’s Stadium basketball viewing parties: Dine on kicked-up bar food and beverages courtesy of Chef Emeril Lagasse at Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo while watching all the basketball action on more than 100 HDTVs. The outdoor patio includes billiards and flat screens, and there is easy access to the Palazzo’s race and sports book. Food and beverage minimums apply for all seated areas. For reservations, call 702-607-2665.

Wednesday, March 16:

March Mayhem at Rockhouse: From March 16 through April 5, Rockhouse will host March Mayhem dive bar-style, broadcasting all the college basketball madness from 28 big screen televisions along with great drink specials. Rockhouse’s guitar souvenir cups filled with 80 ounces of draft beer or frozen daiquiri are $35, plus fans can enjoy 2-for-1 domestic bottled beers all tournament long and continuing beer pong competitions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Viewing parties at Morton's: Guests can celebrate wins or commiserate losses during March Madness with a Morton’s private dining viewing party, available through April 4. Morton’s private dining room features a 9-foot drop down, high-definition projection screen, cinema-style surround sound and a Bar Bite menu featuring iceberg wedge bites, mini prime cheeseburgers and petite filet mignon sandwiches. Morton’s full menu also is available.

Thursday, March 17:

Hoops on the Mezz at Planet Hollywood: Watch the basketball games in a setting with multiple televisions, buffet and open beer bar. Purchase the Full Court Package to enjoy the game with a larger crowd. If you prefer more privacy, there are packages available for groups of eight or more in a semi-private Man Cave or Championship Room with four 50-inch TV screens, plus access to foosball, beer pong and pool.

Hoop Madness at Rok Vegas: Rok Vegas at New York-New York hosts Hoop Madness to celebrate the start of the NCAA tournament. Beginning at noon each day, guests are invited to watch games on the 360-degree screen and large plasma TVs that surround the venue, allowing viewing of four games at a time. Drink specials include 2-for-1 cocktails and beer, $20 Absolut pitchers and $15 beer buckets.

Saturday, March 19:

Cigar Madness at Casa Fuente: Carlos Fuente Jr., fourth generation of the Arturo Fuente cigar family returns, to Las Vegas to spend March Madness with cigar lovers at Casa Fuente at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Throughout the day, Casa Fuente offers patrons a selection of specials, including $30 for a Fuente OpusX Perfecxion #5 paired with any specialty cocktail, $25 Bushmills Whiskey Flights featuring 10-year, 16-year and 21-year single malts and $5 Heinekens.

March Madness specials at The Sporting House: The Sporting House offers Bud and Bud Light buckets for $25 and their “3 Pointer” dining special -- a giant pretzel appetizer, The Sporting House burger and a domestic draft beer -- for $25.

Saturday April 2:

Hardwood Suite Party at the Palms: Wheat Thins is hosting a semifinals viewing party at the Hardwood Suite at the Palms. To gain entry, you can "Tweet to the Suite" and follow Wheat Thins at @crunchiscalling to get more information on how to get access to the Wheat Thins-sponsored viewing party.

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