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Bettors Prepare for March Madness

LAS VEGAS -- College basketball fans are getting ready for their biggest week of the year -- March Madness kicks off Thursday.

Fans are filling out their brackets and the diehards are already staking out their seats in sportbooks to watch the games.

"It's crazy, but you have got to love it. People have passion for the school -- the teams that they support. There is no better place than Vegas to come and enjoy March Madness," said bettor Albert Moller.

The sportsbook inside the M Resort expects a big turnout, as local fans cheer on UNLV. The sportsbook director says a lot of Rebel money has also been coming in.

Inside the Mirage sportsbook, there are fewer UNLV fans but dedicated fans are expected to show up early for round one.

Evander Holyfield Licensed to Fight in Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- Boxer Evander Holyfield has been licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to fight in Las Vegas again for the first time since 2003, despite the objection of one of its members.

The 47-year-old fighter plans to fight 41-year-old Frans Botha at the Orleans Arena on April 17.

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