LAS VEGAS, Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- March is the month of money mayhem as the historic Riviera Hotel & Casino hosts the "March $1,000,000 Tournament Challenge." This first-of-its-kind college handicapping contest on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip combines contestants' knowledge of teams with an unbeatable party atmosphere to create an event that is second to none.
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The Tournament Challenge features 100 percent payback from the entry fees, with a $1 million prize pool (based on 1,000 total entrants). Entries for the handicapping contest are $1,000. Contestants select winning teams and point totals listed on the daily contest sheet, totaling 64 selections – 48 sides and 16 totals – over the course of the four days of the first two rounds. The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 18, after the final game of the day. The first 100 entrants who sign up and pay prior to Feb. 13 will get $100 off their entry fee and reserved seating in viewing area.
"Las Vegas has become the de facto place to experience the tournament at its fullest," says Andy Choy, president & CEO of the Riviera Hotel & Casino. "Our customers were clamoring for something more exciting than the traditional 'office pool' bracket contest. So we shortened the contest and increased the prize pool. 1,000 entries. $1 million prize pool. No vig. It doesn't get better than that."
In addition, various activities will be held between games and during breaks to make this a fantastic, sports-filled weekend. Contestants can compete in a beer pong competition and free throw shooting contest during the Tournament Challenge. Sapphire Gentlemen's Club has signed on as the exclusive sponsor of a 3-on-3 Bikini Basketball Tournament, to be played by the scintillating girls of Sapphire.
The contest is open to anyone 21 years of age or older. A valid ID must be presented upon contest registration as well as when daily selections are made. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 15, at 8 a.m. Daily contest sheets will be available on Wednesday, March 14. Contestants can sign up inside the Riviera or by calling 1-800-637-5687. Contest rules and more information are available at www.RivieraHotel.com.
About The Riviera Hotel & Casino
Celebrating more than 55 years of non-stop entertainment, the newly renovated Riviera Hotel & Casino is one of the iconic gaming and hotel destinations in Las Vegas. Located on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, the Riviera brings a rich tradition of quality, service and hospitality excellence. The Riviera features more than 2,000 rooms and suites as well as 160,000 square feet of meeting space. Headlining entertainment includes Confessions of a Rock Star, starring Pat DiNizio from The Smithereens, the legendary Crazy Girls and nightly performances inside the Riviera Comedy Club. The Royale Pavilion hosts some of the top names in music and entertainment. R Steak & Seafood headlines wonderful dining options, providing "affordable elegance" in a modern setting.
With more than 100,000 square feet of casino space, the Riviera offers convenient gaming options for locals and visitors alike. Table game features include 10x odds on Craps, Single-0 Roulette and 3/2 Single Deck Blackjack, the only casino on the Las Vegas Strip where those odds are available. The Riviera has an expansive Asian Table Gaming area, poker area and more than 900 slot machines. Lucky's Race & Sports Book offers 37 high-definition televisions, individual carrels for horseplayers and the only walk-up wagering window in Las Vegas' main corridor. For more information on any of the property's amenities, visit www.RivieraHotel.com.
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