Circa Sports is the first Nevada sportsbook to release NFL season win totals for the 2020 season. This wasn’t the plan but Circa sportsbook manager Chris Bennett tells PlayNevada they decided to fill a void in the sports betting market left by the cancelation of the NCAA basketball tournament.
Sunday was supposed to be Selection Sunday. Circa and all sportsbooks would have been releasing lines for 34 college basketball games. The first week of March Madness was set to include two play-in games followed by 16 games on Thursday and another 16 on Friday.
The coronavirus pandemic is making everyone change how they work and live. Sportsbooks around the state are looking for new betting options to offer customers that are still looking to gamble. While Circa Sports is offering a menu of international games, they’re offering bettors something new for their favorite US professional league.
Circa Sports NFL season win totals
Bennet says that there was some very early action on the NFL season win totals on Sunday. Two notable wagers were placed on the Arizona Cardinals to go under the season win total of 7. A day later the Cardinals acquired wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans. The trade didn’t change the season win total number for either team. The Cardinals remain at 7 (-110) and the Texans season win total is still 8.5. The only difference is the moneyline for the Texans moved from -110 to -120.
The Hopkins trade was only the beginning of player movement leading up to the 2020 NFL season. There were multiple trades on Monday and teams can begin to sign free agents on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Tom Brady announced that he will not be returning to the Patriots.
Tom Brady shakes up the AFC East
Tom Brady had little impact on the Patriots’ season win total. Their season win total fell from 9 to 8.5 at Circa Sports. Brady leaving the Patriots actually affected each team in the AFC East the same way. Every team moved one-half of one win.
- Patriots from 9 to 8.5
- Buffalo Bills from 8 to 8.5
- New York Jets from 6 to 6.5
- Miami Dolphins from 6 to 6.5
NFL season win totals changing
Rumors about Tom Brady’s next destination continue to swirl. New Jersey bettors can even wager on which team TB12 will suit up for next season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently the favorite at PointsBet sportsbook.
There weren’t many other changes to the season win totals at Circa as NFL teams gear up to sign free agents. The vig has changed for more teams than the actual win totals have changed. The rumor mill is swirling and since this is a fluid betting market these totals will continue to adjust.
The coronavirus pandemic isn’t slowing down the excitement all that much for NFL bettors. Many Circa Sports bettors are staying out of the retail sportsbooks and gambling from another location. Bennet tells PlayNevada that about 95% of the early wagers on season win totals came via mobile devices.
Circa Sports is encouraging Nevada bettors of all sizes to use a mobile device to place wagers. Unlike many other Nevada sportsbooks, Circa Sports is offering the same $2,000 maximum bet for win totals in person and via mobile. Circa often has similar limits for mobile bettors as they do over-the-counter bettors.
Most if not all Nevada sportsbook operators discriminate against high limit sports bettors by forcing them to physically walk into the casino to place high limit wagers. This is not the time to stifle sports bettors that want to spend money. Increasing sports betting handle is good for the sportsbook operator. Allowing bettors to stay isolated during this coronavirus pandemic is good for the health of the customer.