In today's ­first round match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, Las Vegas Sands squares off against Facebook in a battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pits two Motley Fool analysts against each as they make the case for their stocks with the winner determined by you, the readers.

Motley Fool Consumer Goods editor Mark Reeth believes Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) will continue to perform exceptionally well thanks to international expansion. The company is well-positioned in Macau, the biggest growth market for casino companies, thanks to early investments in the Cotai Strip there. But Las Vegas Sands isn't resting on its laurels; the company continues to open new properties on the island, which will continue to bring in huge numbers of gamblers. That, combined with a good chance of becoming one of the first casinos in Japan, should make Las Vegas Sands the strongest casino company on the market.

Motley Fool tech analyst Jamal Carnette argues that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) should move to the next round because of its visionary leader, Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook is succeeding at monetizing mobile and has its eyes on bringing the Internet – and Facebook – to the nearly 5 billion people currently without Internet access. If you are looking for a long-term growth story, Facebook is your choice to advance.

Watch these analysts square off in the video below and then vote for a winner. Then check out the other companies in the Motley Fool Better-Buy Bracket

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Jamal Carnette has no position in any stocks mentioned. Mark Reeth has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Facebook. The Motley Fool owns shares of Facebook. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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