NCAA upsets lead Vegas to its second-most profitable day ever

Day 1 of the NCAA tournament was one of the most fascinating in the tourney's history, a heart-stopping collection of massive upsets, whisker-thin wins, and controversy. Between the uprootings of heavy favorites like Baylor and Iowa State and the record-setting five one-point wins, the real winner in all this was The House, a.k.a. Las Vegas.

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"Very profitable day, historic profitable day from a basketball perspective," Jay Rood, VP of Race/Sports for MGM International, told Yahoo Sports' Brad Evans. "It was the second biggest day aside from a Super Bowl win in the state of Nevada." (Rood didn't disclose which Super Bowl had a more profitable day, but our guess is the Giants' upset of the Patriots' perfect season in 2008.)

Granted, the big dogs largely took care of business on Thursday, and most likely they will on Friday, too. But if they stumble, Vegas will be around to clean up.

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