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Inside the Lines: Spending the Day with the Market-Setters for College Football Bowl Season by Darren Rovell from Action Network

“Behind a closed door marked “EMPLOYEES ONLY,” in an unsuspecting old relic of a hotel in old downtown Las Vegas, two oddsmakers are working at a frantic pace. In one chair is Matt Metcalf, whose college football model is more geared towards how a bettor thinks. In the other chair is Matt Lindeman, a model more focused how a sportsbook would rank teams.

The two men have tag-teamed this operation all year at the behest of auto parts titan Derek Stevens, a Vegas-loving, betting-obsessed entrepreneur who is trying to build out the Circa Sports brand. Metcalf and Lindeman are working out of a makeshift, small sportsbook inside the Golden Gate Hotel. Their humble brick-and-mortar will soon be replaced by what promises to be, when it opens a year from now, the largest sportsbook in the world across the street.”


Circa’s Casino Halfway Home by Chris Sieroty from Gaming Today

“Stevens is betting on a state-of-the-art sportsbook to capture the attention of bettors. Circa’s sportsbook is the centerpiece of the property, occupying three levels and housing a multi-story, high-definition screen that will show several sporting events … Live betting odds will be posted on digital screens posted throughout the resort’s sportsbook and advertising the Circa sports betting app. Circa Sports opened for business in June at two casinos, the D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate, which are both owned by Stevens and his brother, Greg. Stevens said they are ‘looking for opportunities’ to expand their Circa Sports brand, but he didn’t say what those opportunities might be.”


Las Vegas Sportsbooks Picking Up on Rodeo Betting by Patrick Everson from Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Rodeo fans tend to be sports fans in general, too. As such, there’s certainly a segment of the rodeo fan base that might also enjoy sports betting. So it’s no doubt appealing to have a little skin in the game as fans watch these riders, ropers, racers and wrestlers during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. More sportsbook operators in Las Vegas are starting to pick up on that … This year, the new Circa Sports operation downtown also has bull riding on the betting board.”

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