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Bengals winning No. 1 seed could make someone a millionaire by David Purdum of ESPN

When asked which team improved the most in his power ratings this offseason, Chris Bennett, oddsmaker for Las Vegas sportsbook Circa Sports, said, ‘It’s got to be the Cincinnati Bengals. A few people certainly hope so.

 

Football Contest Strategies and Previewing Wednesday’s MLB Card by VSiN

“This hour of Follow The Money with Mitch Moss and Pauly Howard features the Host of Long Shots, Brady Kannon as he breaks down some of his football contest strategies and some of his NFL perspectives. Also, the guys weigh-in on tonight’s MLB card and discuss which way they’re leaning in tonight’s matchups and Mike Palm of Circa Sports previews tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action.

 

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

“Licensing approvals recommended by the Control Board included the company’s plans to establish a satellite Circa Sports sportsbook at the Tuscany. Stevens said he hopes the Tuscany book is the first of many for Circa Sports. The company also operates a sports wagering app in Colorado.

 

Diving into the great gambling unknowns of the 2020 NFL season by Ben Fawkes of New York Post

“‘I do think home-field is an impact, but the biggest impact is when the road team is on offense and has trouble communicating,’ said Chris Bennett, sportsbook manager at Circa Sports. ‘It feels like less than a full point difference from a normal season.’

 

Circa Sports Contest Lines, Behind the Book with Jimmy Vaccaro by VSiN

“Mike Palm and Derek Stevens joins Matt Youmans, Danielle Alvari and Tim Murray to share the Week One Circa contest lines and the latest contest news. Plus, Jimmy Vaccaro stops by to update all the latest football moves from behind the book.

 

S3E54: From the ring to The Hill to the track by VSiN

“How can horseplayers interpret thoroughbred sales? What does a new Congressional bill mean for racing? Who will win races this weekend at Kentucky Downs and Woodbine? Bloodstock agent Greg Harbut, National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association CEO Eric Hamelback and Circa Sports bookmaker Paul Zilm answer those questions on the Ron Flatter Racing Pod, sponsored by 1/ST BET.

 

Circa Awaits Final Licensing Approval Before Opening in Downtown Las Vegas by Larry Henry of Casino.org

Circa will include what is being billed at the world’s largest sportsbook, a three-story venue capable of handling ‘1,000 spectators watching games on a 78-million-pixel screen,”’ according to ENR Southwest.

In addition, the Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) will broadcast from a studio inside Circa. The handicapping and sports analysis network, launched in 2017, will maintain its original studio at the South Point Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Stevens also operates Circa Sports, with sportsbooks in his Fremont Street properties, the D Las Vegas, Golden Gate, and soon-to-open Circa. In addition, Stevens has entered into a partnership with the off-Strip Tuscany hotel-casino to rebrand its sportsbook under the Circa name.

Circa Sports, which offers online and mobile betting in Nevada, also has a sports wagering app for use in Colorado.

 

License approval for Las Vegas’ coming Circa Resort and Casino by Adam Morgan of World Casino News

“Stevens’ 3 Corners LLC enterprise is also responsible for the adjacent Golden Gate Hotel and Casino as well as the nearby The D Las Vegas and also envisions bringing a three-level Circa Sports-branded sportsbook and a sportsbetting television studio to its newest property. The newspaper detailed that the finished project is additionally due to host six restaurants and offer visitors to its fifth floor the chance to enjoy six pools with panoramic views via its three-tier Stadium Swim ‘aquatheater.’

 

Circa Contest Updates + NFL Picks, Week One NFL Liability by VSiN

“Michael Lombardi and Patrick Meagher welcome Mike Palm to get the latest on the Circa contests and get Mike’s Palm Readers playbook. Plus, final CFB analysis with Josh Appelbaum and where the liability is for Week One with Thomas Gable.

 

Las Vegas NFL Circa Million II Picks & Consensus Week 1 by Adam B. of ATS.io

It wasn’t discussed publicly a whole lot last season, but there were some discussions among handicappers and bettors about how long it would take for the Circa Sports Million to surpass the Westgate SuperContest. For the first time ever, the SuperContest had a legitimate rival in the Circa Sports Million, but the inaugural season for the Circa contest only pulled in 1,875 entries. The SuperContest pulled in 3,328 entries.

It took one season. The Circa Sports Million, due in large part to the expectation of a big overlay on the $3 million guaranteed prize pool, has outdrawn the Westgate SuperContest. The guaranteed prize pool doubled from $1.5 million to $3 million and the [fact] that the entire entry fee is put back into the prize pool was another major selling point.

 

Circa Sports Million outdraws SuperContest in just 2nd year by Dave Tuley of VSiN.com

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that threatened to keep football contest players from coming to Las Vegas to enter its handicapping contests, Circa Sports Million II not only topped its inaugural effort of last year but overtook the long-running Westgate SuperContest as the biggest contest in town.

Circa Sports Million II closed at 2 p.m. PT Saturday with an incredible 3,148 entries (especially under the circumstance) at $1,000 apiece after drawing 1,875 entries last year, while the $1,500 buy-in SuperContest closed at 3 p.m. PT with 1,172 entries, down from last year’s record of 3,328. For the uninitiated, both contests require contestants to make five NFL picks a week against the spread. Circa Sports Million II’s total is actually the second-highest entry total ever for a high-end Vegas football handicapping contest, topping the SuperContest’s 3,123 in 2018.

 

Fairway’s Forecast: NFL Week 1 Betting Breakdown And Key Sunday Game by Jay Ginsbach of Forbes

“Most bettors still want nothing to do with the Jaguars, who have the lowest posted season win total this season at 4.5 wins. Jacksonville also has the fewest selections in the Circa Sports contest on Sunday. Yet the Colts have failed to win any of their last six season openers and the Jaguars are 8-1-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings with the Colts.

…The Titans are one of the popular Week 1 contest plays in the Las Vegas-based Circa Sports NFL Contest where contestants pick five games against the spread (ATS) each week.

 

Las Vegas sportsbooks lose big on New England Patriots by Todd Dewey of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Circa Sports surpassed its $4 million in guarantees for its two $1,000-entry football contests with a late flurry of sign-ups. It received 3,148 entries for Sports Million II and 1,390 entries for Survivor, where contestants pick one team each week and the last person standing wins $1.39 million.

The Colts were the most popular Survivor pick and wiped out almost a third of the field as 425 people chose them. One brave bettor picked the Jaguars and is still alive. An additional 77 Survivor entries were eliminated by the Eagles (-5½), who squandered a 17-0 lead in a 27-17 loss to the Football Team.

 

Circa Sports Million proves enticing, wallops Westgate’s SuperContest by Erik Gibbs of CalvinAyer.com

Both the SuperContest and the Million II operate similarly. They center on participants making five NFL picks each week against the spread, with the contestant proving to be most accurate the longest winning the grand prize. Says Jeffrey Benson, Circa sportsbook operations manager, ‘While we don’t have any overlays, we are overwhelmed by the support of bettors and the gambling community at what we believe are the best two contests in the world. Our motto at Circa Sports is ‘Sports Betting the Way It Should Be’ and we strongly believe both of these contests embrace those ideals.’

He adds of the Survivor contest, ‘We were really excited to add the Survivor contest to our portfolio this year in addition to improving the Circa Sports Million and thought guaranteeing $4 million was an attainable goal to achieve. Obviously, the pandemic made things challenging, but we are beyond thrilled to have gone over the guarantees this year all things considered.’

 

Circa surpasses $4M in contest guarantees; upsets cull Survivor by Todd Dewey of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Circa Sports pulled off one of the biggest upsets of Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season when it surpassed $4 million in guarantees for its two $1,000-entry football contests. Less than two weeks before Saturday’s entry deadline, Circa was staring at a $2.6 million overlay in its Circa Sports Million II and Survivor contests, with a combined 1,347 entries.

But the downtown Las Vegas sportsbook was slammed with sign-ups the last two weeks and ended up with 4,538 entries – 3,148 in the Million and 1,390 in Survivor. ‘Super happy to pass our guarantees and put 100 percent of the entry fees back into the prize pool,’ Circa sportsbook operations manager Jeff Benson said. ‘A major thank you to everyone who came out and supported us. The no-rake component and what was shaping up to be a large overlay ultimately drove a ton of interest for both contests.’

 

David Copperfield, Piff join Las Vegas acts on ‘AGT’ by John Katsilometes of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“The second-floor BarCanada at the D Las Vegas held forth on Sunday for NFL viewing. I meandered in to say hello to hotel co-owner and Detroit Lions fan Derek Stevens, who managed to hold a slice of pizza more securely than Lions’ D’Andre Swift held what would have been a game-winning touchdown pass in the final seconds. But Stevens’ Circa Sports operation did manage to have a profitable Sunday (the Chargers-Bengals final was of particular interest).

Stevens’ crew is eager for the opening of Circa Las Vegas, especially Stadium Swim, which will be the game-changing sports and entertainment amenity on Fremont Street.

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