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Pac-12 Tournament: Guide to Las Vegas

With the Pac-12 Conference Tournament having its home in Las Vegas, many Arizona students, alumni and fans will make the six-hour treck north to support their team. Unfortunately, the Wildcats will not being playing the whole time, but there are many quality teams like Oregon, California and Utah that will also provide must-see basketball.

If your friends are going to the tourney and you are just along for the ride, there are plenty of alternatives to make your spring break trip worthwhile. Luckily, many of Las Vegas’s attractions are on the Strip, so you do not have to go out of your way have some fun.

Las Vegas is famous—or infamous—for its casinos and if you want to throw a few dollars in the slots, high-profile casinos such as the Venetian and the Cosmopolitan ensure there is no better place to do it than Vegas.

Just be sure not to overdo it, because the odds of you winning big are slim. While there have been few gambling success stories, set a budget and stick to it no matter what.

If you are on a tight budget like most college students, free events like rock concerts with wine could be something up your alley. From 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays, the Foundation Room hosts these events at a variety of locations. Who doesn’t love free wine?

You can also enjoy free alcohol at the Venetian as VOM FASS offers events like The Whiskey Experience.

Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m., you can enjoy free bourbon, scotch and Irish whiskey as you learn about their differences and the processes involved in making them.

Another way to save time and money is by going on a Las Vegas bar crawl. For as little as $40, you gain entrance to multiple clubs with no lines, drink specials and even food is provided. You and your closest friends can experience all of what Las Vegas has to offer instead of waiting in line and wasting precious time. It doubles as a great way to save money as bar crawls are often valued at $100.

If you are more of a show person, Cirque du Soleil is a must-see, especially “Michael Jackson ONE” where four outcasts go on a journey and must defeat villains in the name of Michael Jackson.

Additionally, musicians Pitbull, Billy Idol and Chris Brown will be performing during spring break, so what better way to have a good time than listening to those artists while partying?

As we wait for Arizona basketball to continue, there are a multitude of options for you and all of your friends. You can check out the Oregon match, shop at exclusive malls and party with the best Las Vegas has to offer during a spring break you will not forget.

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