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Developer Derek Stevens tells Nevada gaming regulators Circa will give visitors ‘wow moments’ by Howard Stutz of CDC Gaming Reports

Stevens told the Nevada Gaming Control Board Wednesday that the resort, which encompasses a city block along the Fremont Street Experience and is downtown’s first all-new hotel-casino built in 40 years, will benefit the entire area. He believes Circa will create the ‘wow moments’ he felt every time he visited Las Vegas long before he became a casino owner and operator.

‘We want to make sure when people visit, from anywhere in the world, that they have that moment,’ Stevens told gaming regulators during the 90-minute virtual hearing. While describing Circa’s rooftop Legacy Club, the developer said, ‘people will have the opportunity to see the city of Las Vegas, downtown, and the Strip light up before your eyes.’

Nevada GCB gives green light to Circa license by Buck Wargo of Gaming Today

The Circa Resort & Casino has taken another step in its opening. The Nevada Gaming Commission will meet Sept. 24 to sign off on Circa’s opening planned for Oct. 28. That will happen after the Gaming Control Board Wednesday, as expected, recommended the commission approve Circa’s license.

New Circa details unveiled before Gaming Control Board by Richard N. Velotta of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“In his 90-minute hearing Wednesday, Stevens also gave additional amenity details: 1,350 slot machines — about the same number as Golden Gate and D Las Vegas combined — 49 table games, 777 rooms with 60 suites, six restaurants, five bars and six pools in the three-tiered Stadium Swim “aquatheater” on the fifth floor. The three-level sportsbook will host the VSiN sports betting television studio and have radio booths for up to three broadcast teams at a time.

In 2015, Stevens and his company acquired the Clark County courthouse site and converted it into an outdoor center for large events. The Garage Mahal, a ride-hailing transportation hub, will have 982 parking spaces, artwork and a climate-controlled bridge to the casino. One amenity the property won’t have — a poker room. Stevens said he has long tried to keep that detail quiet but needed to admit it when queried by regulators.


Casino with 78-Million-Pixel Screen to Be Launched by THISDAY

“World renowned casino named the Circa Resort and Casino will be launched for operations in Las Vegas in October, and it will be equipped with a 78-million-pixel screen that can be seen from the betting area. Apart from that, another 14-million pixel screen will be positioned in the pool area.


VSiN, DraftKings Launch In-Game Betting Show With Real-Time Odds by Larry Henry of

Launched in 2017 by veteran broadcaster Brent Musburger, VSiN originates from a studio adjacent to the sportsbook in the South Point Casino on the Strip. Next month, VSiN plans to open a second studio in the $1-billion Circa Resort under construction on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. The Circa anticipates opening its casino operations in October. Most of the 777 rooms in the hotel tower are expected to be available by the end of the year.


Exclusive: A First Look at the Luxe Steakhouse Menu in Las Vegas’s First Adults-Only Casino by Andy Wang of Robb Report

“At Barry’s Downtown Prime, the Las Vegas steakhouse that will open on October 28 inside the new Circa casino-resort, the signature cut will be known simply as Barry’s Steak. It will be 12 ounces of beautifully marbled rib cap, also known as rib eye cap or spinalis dorsi, grilled over fruitwood and 900-degree coals before being served with shishito peppers, cipollini onions and jus.


What Chef Barry Dakake Plans to Serve at His New Vintage Steakhouse at Circa by Susan Stapleton of Eater Las Vegas

“Barry’s Downtown Prime, the new steakhouse opening at Circa in October from chef Barry Dakake, hypes up its menu filled with staples and table-side presentations. Dakake, formerly at Scotch 80 Prime and N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms, teams up with Yassine Lyoubi, Marco Cicione, and Donnie Rihn for this steakhouse filled with vintage glamour and classic dishes with a modern twist.


In the shadow of Vegas Vickie, Barry’s will blend old and new by Heidi Knapp Rinella of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Barry Dakake says he’ll be bringing some top-notch steaks — and seafood, and lots of other delicacies — to Circa when his Barry’s Downtown Prime opens with the hotel-casino late next month, but there will be somewhat of an entertainment aspect, too.

Consider the restaurant’s location tucked away on the ground floor, below the oversize neon Vegas Vickie in the second-floor lobby. ‘You’re going to have a feeling like not walking into any restaurant in Las Vegas,’ Dakake said. ‘You’ll be right under the Vegas Vickie sign. It’s such a personal spot; it’s like a hideaway.’


Neon Cowgirl ‘Vegas Vickie’ Lives On at Circa Resort in Downtown Las Vegas by Larry Henry of Las Vegas Review-Journal

Circa has announced on its website that the neon cowgirl, in her white, fringed outfit, will reside inside the hotel-casino. The property posted a picture of the restored sign on its Instagram page this weekend.

Vegas Vickie was installed in 1980 at Bob Stupak’s Glitter Gulch Casino on Fremont Street. The casino later became a strip club, but the sign remained at that site until 2017.

That’s when Circa owner Derek Stevens had the sign removed to make way for the construction of his new resort on that block. It is the first hotel-casino to be built from the ground up in downtown Las Vegas in 40 years. The intent in bringing the sign inside Circa is to unite ‘old and new Vegas in never-before-seen ways,’ the resort’s website says.


Circa Resort in Downtown Vegas Keeps ‘Vegas Vickie’ Neon Cowgirl by Author of Publication

The new Circa casino is being built on one of the oldest and most historic streets of downtown Vegas. The street was once the stronghold of casinos and hosted gaming pioneers like Benny Binion, a former Texas outlaw. Portions of the street, including Circa’s location, were converted into a canopied pedestrian mall about 26 years ago and named the Fremont Street Experience.


Fremont Street Experience Names New CEO, Excitement Budding in Downtown Las Vegas by Devin O’Connor of

This year has been unlike any other in Las Vegas’ past, as COVID-19 resulted in unprecedented closures of casinos, and with gaming floors likely forever changed. But that isn’t stopping downtown Las Vegas from remaining eager for the final three months of 2020.

Circa Resort & Casino, the first casino-resort built from the ground up in downtown Las Vegas in four decades, is awaiting final licensing approval. The Nevada Gaming Commission is expected to sign off on Derek Stevens’ new property on September 24.


Fremont Street Experience taps television exec as new president and CEO by Matthew Seeman of 3 News Las Vegas

“‘There is an unprecedented level of excitement at Fremont Street Experience with the $32 million upgrade in Viva Vision, the upcoming opening of Circa Resort & Casino and the milestone celebration of our 25th anniversary this December,” Simon said in a statement. “I look forward to working with my exceptional team and our partners.’


Fremont Street Experience names new CEO by Mike Shoro of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“‘I am honored to join Fremont Street Experience as the new president and chief executive officer,’ Simon says. ‘There is an unprecedented level of excitement at Fremont Street Experience with the $32 million upgrade in Viva Vision, the upcoming opening of Circa Resort & Casino and the milestone celebration of our 25th anniversary this December. I look forward to working with my exceptional team and our partners.’


Circa could change downtown visitation landscape when it opens by Richard N. Velotta of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“On Sept. 9, after a 90-minute hearing, the Nevada Gaming Control Board unanimously recommended the commission approve licensing. Regulators know Stevens well – he’s been licensed nine times in the last 12 years and in the past year, he’s been interviewed numerous times about each step leading up to the scheduled Oct. 28 opening.

For some prospective licensees, the regulatory process is a time of stress, when skeletons can come tumbling out of the closet and observant competitors can learn more about what their rivals are up to. Not for Stevens. For him, the questioning from board members was an opportunity to talk more about the first from-the-ground-up resort being built downtown in 40 years and to get people excited about seeing it.


VSiN, BetMGM Linkup for Live Sports Betting Show From NFL Stadium by Larry Henry of

As sports betting activity picks up now that big games are on the board again, Las Vegas is experiencing an expansion in sports wagering broadcast programs.

VSiN has hired additional staff members, and for the first time is broadcasting from casinos outside Nevada. The new Circa Resort, expected to open its gaming areas next month in downtown Las Vegas, will include a VSiN studio. The network will maintain its current studio adjacent to the sportsbook at the South Point Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

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