This Week in Sports | 10-28-20 to 11-3-20

This Week in Sports 10-28-20 to 11-3-20


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How does someone become a ‘Sharp’? by Howard Barish of Gaming Today

In an attempt to educate both myself, and those who deserve to comprehend this mythical term, I spoke with an esteemed group of industry folks. Matt Metcalf is the sportsbook director for Circa Sports. To say he was kind to give me an interview the week of opening the world’s largest sports book is the understatement of the year.

‘A sharp bettor is an extremely subjective term,’ he explained. ‘What one bookmaker or bettor perceives as sharp may be perceived as not by others. In general, a bettor who is described as ‘sharp’ is someone who is consistently making + EV bets or bets that are expected to be profitable in the long term.’


VSiN studio perfect compliment by Rob Miech of Gaming Today

As Brian Musburger enters Derek Stevens’s new Circa Resort & Casino from Fremont Street, within a few steps he touches the new VSiN broadcast center, above the ground-level theater seats, and views the magnificent LED video display. Seventy-eight million pixels are squeezed onto that basketball court-sized screen, and it juts in as it rises to enhance the viewing experience for all three sportsbook levels.

If Musburger, VSiN’s founder and CEO, and nephew of VSiN flagship voice and broadcasting icon Brent Musburger seems as overwhelmed by the enormity and amenities of this new sports-betting palace as he is by his company’s nook in it, he has a right to be speechless.


A special week by Steve Carp of Gaming Today

“In the past eight months, we’ve seen Derek Stevens stay the course downtown, his magnificent Circa Resort & Casino rising above the Fremont Street Experience, defying the naysayers and the coronavirus pandemic. Stevens easily could have hit the pause button and waited until next year when there hopefully will be a workable COVID-19 vaccine and people won’t be afraid to get on a plane and come visit Las Vegas. But he’s a fearless Michigander. He wasn’t caving in. Too many people depended on him and damned if he was going to let them down.


Las Vegas pool party scene gets upgrade as magnate opens Circa, the first US$1 billion resort since the financial crisis by Author of South China Morning Post

“Circa’s owner is a big sports bettor himself, wagering as much as US$100,000 on tournaments such as basketball’s March Madness at nearby casinos, since owners aren’t allowed to bet in their own establishments. Circa will also feature what Stevens touts as the world’s largest sportsbook – ‘where advanced sports betting technology meets good old Vegas hospitality’ – with room for 1,000 guests.


Circa Sports plants its flagship on Vegas sportsbook scene by Patrick Everson of Covers

“‘Virtually all of this sportsbook was designed by Derek Stevens, through his experience as a sports bettor in Las Vegas over the past 30 years,’ said Matt Metcalf, sportsbook director for Circa Sports. ‘Derek has spent time in various books all around the city – The SuperBook, Bellagio, Caesars – and was able to glean from those experiences exactly what he liked and disliked. This is reflected in the larger-than-life screens that can be found at books like Caesars and the SuperBook, and the booths at Bellagio, where Derek spent many Sundays watching NFL.’


Enormous New Circa Sportsbook Brings The ‘Wow Factor’ by Marc Meltzer of The Lines

The massive new sportsbook at Circa Resort and Casino that opened this week is everything owner Derek Stevens promised and more. The initial plan for the sportsbook at the newest casino in Las Vegas was grand, but it’s rare when the hype actually meets expectations.

…Indeed, there is a wow factor when looking at the Circa sportsbook. The venue has an absolutely enormous sportsbook screen, clocking in at three-stories in height and 78 million pixels. It actually takes 10 people to operate the screens at the Circa sportsbook.


Circa Sports Update, Week 8 NFL Top Plays by VSiN

“Derek Stevens and Mike Palm join Matt Youmans, Danielle Alvari and Tim Murray to share the latest from the Circa Opening and discuss the Week 8 Circa contest lines. Plus, top plays for both college football and the NFL this weekend.


This Brand New Las Vegas Resort Is The First To Be Built From The Ground Up In Over Four Decades by Kaitlyn McInnis of Forbes

“Aside from its unique build story, the property will also set a new record as the world’s largest sportsbook. Circa Sports will be the resort’s centerpiece, boasting an eye-popping 78-million-pixel, high definition screen that will be capable of playing up to 19 games at once. The three-storey stadium-style venue will be helmed by the country’s top betting experts and will feature a viewing capacity of up to 1,000 fans at a given time.


Bettors flock to Circa for first NFL Sunday at sportsbook by Todd Dewey of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Bettors began flocking to what Circa bills as the world’s largest sportsbook in the wee hours Sunday morning. Paul Lopez and his cousin and uncle left for Las Vegas from Riverside, California, at 4 a.m. to make the pilgrimage to Circa for the first NFL Sunday at the book. ‘We’ve been hearing about this place for a year so we had to come check it out,’ said Lopez, 27. ‘I’m impressed. This whole setup is amazing. It’s beautiful. It’s the best sportsbook I’ve been to.’

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