College basketball fans are lining up at casinos and racetracks and furiously tapping smartphone screens to get down bets on March Madness, in many states where it is legal for the first time.

Joe Palumbo of West Babylon, New York, traveled Thursday to the Borgata casino in Atlantic City to bet on Duke to win it all.

He says the NCAA Tournament is the most exciting sporting event of the year, far surpassing the Super Bowl, because having 16 games a day represents an opportunity for continuous betting action.

Mike Heusser, of Middletown, Conn., checks off bets he planned to make on the NCAA basketball tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
Mike Heusser, of Middletown, Conn., checks off bets he planned to make on the NCAA basketball tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Casino industry executives and gambling regulators say the 67-game tournament should produce more bets than the Super Bowl.

Tom Gable, head of the Borgata’s sports book, says advance action has been predictably heavy.

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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, gamblers place bets in the temporary sports betting area at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, gamblers place bets in the temporary sports betting area at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2019 file photo, Prop bets for Super Bowl LIII are on display before the start of the game at the Westgate Superbook sports book in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2019 file photo, Prop bets for Super Bowl LIII are on display before the start of the game at the Westgate Superbook sports book in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

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