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Sin City Superbowl

Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas is Mardi Gras and Spring Break all wrapped up into one huge party
Michael Kaplan
From the Print Edition:
Hugh Grant, November/December 2009

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Clearly inspired and not wanting to go down to the Palms sports book where things are louder, weirder and, yes, a little more desperate at this moment, one of the winner's buddies whips out his cell phone and promptly places a bet with his bookie. "Give me a thousand on Pittsburgh winning the second half," he orders.

A bikini-topped cocktail waitress watches the celebratory moment and coos, Paris Hilton style, "That's hot."

Seconds later, it's all summed up by the guy who actually won the bet. He double-checks his slip from the book, holding it up to the light, and says, "This is the reason we dig sports, baby!"

I'm not sure whether he's talking about winning the money or impressing the girl in the bikini top. Either way, though, by micro-local standards, he's right. And either way, regardless of what happens during the remaining 30 minutes of play, his sentiments illustrate why people love visiting Vegas for the Super Bowl. v

Michael Kaplan is a Cigar Aficionado contributing editor and coauthor of the poker book Aces and Kings.

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