Are those March Madness basketball pools legal?

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

It is one of the best times of the year for sports fans!

March Madness is kicking off in less than a week.

Beginning Monday across the Valley, people will start filling out their brackets, hoping to win some cash off their office pool.

But is this annual tradition exactly legal?

Attorney General Mark Brnovich says it is.

While Arizona bans gambling, the state's attorney explains that there are some exceptions.   

"The bottom line is Arizona has a general prohibition on gambling, but there are certain exceptions including a social gambling exception, so if you're in a March Madness pool you're allowed to do that as long as the prizes, all the money put into the pot goes out just to the players," Brnovich said Friday.

As long as there's not a third party, like a bookie, running the pool and taking a cut, the office pool is legit.

In other words, place your bets basketball fans.

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