Scenes from Sin City: March Madness betting is about the ladies as well

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Lest you think that March Madness in Las Vegas is strictly party time for the boys, trust me when I tell you that there are plenty of women having a basket-ball today, at sportsbooks all over town.

And Kentucky ladies, with their team undefeated and the heavy favorite to win the title, are having an especially good time. That includes a group that has made it out to Planet Hollywood’s sportsbook for the past five years to raise a little hell for the Wildcats.

“It’s the energy – and the smoke-infested darkness,” jokes Sasha Ragsdale, decked out in Kentucky gear while anticipating the Wildcats’ opening game this afternoon against No. 16 seed Hampton. “And we did get a free room, too. We’re not sure how that happened.”

Front, left to right, April Andis and Rebecca Jones; back, Catherine Andis
and Sasha Ragsdale get their Kentucky on at Planet Hollywood sportsbook
on the first day of March Madness.

Ragsdale was joined by Catherine Andis, her daughter April Andis, and Rebecca Jones – along with some of the men in their lives, too – as they traveled from Knoxville, Tenn. Yeah, they live in Vols country, but many in the group are Kentucky graduates who were born and bred in the Bluegrass State.

Yet they cross the country to see the NCAA tournament in Vegas, rather than stick closer to home.

“It’s so much fun,” April Andis says. “If we were home, we’d be watching all the games anyway. So we might as well make some money.”

April did just that, thanks to Alabama-Birmingham’s stunning upset of third-seeded Iowa State.

“I had a prop bet that a 14, 15 or 16 seed would win. So we got it,” she says.

But what about those top-seeded Wildcats, who are monster favorites, laying 34.5 points? Did the ladies bet them?

“You can’t come to Vegas and not bet them to win and cover,” Ragsdale says. “You’ve got to have faith.”

I suppose, but 34.5 points of faith?

“I think they’ll win by 40-plus,” she says.

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