Circa Casino On Track To Open In October

Written By Marc Meltzer on June 18, 2020 - Last Updated on July 9, 2020

Good news graced Vegas gamblers this week.

On June 17, CEO Derek Stevens announced that Circa Resort & Casino in downtown Las Vegas would officially open by Dec. 28. The even better news is that the first five floors of the casino — including the sportsbook — will open two months sooner.

The hotel is now taking reservations at As expected, Dec. 28 is the first date available to stay at Circa Resort & Casino. The new Circa Las Vegas will have 777 hotel rooms and suites on 35 floors.

This is the first casino built from the ground up in Vegas since 1980. Circa will be the only Las Vegas casino that is only open to guests 21 or older.

The 1.2 million-square-foot property will be the tallest building north of the Vegas Strip. There will be five restaurants, five bars, six pools and an amphitheater on the rooftop deck, and a three-level sportsbook.

Circa will open in phases

Las Vegas casinos have been reopening in phases since the closure of nonessential businesses in March. Circa will also open in stages. The casino will open in October and the hotel will follow before the end of the year.

“Sometimes life throws you curveballs, and 2020 has been an unpredictable year for the entire world. However, thanks to the creativity and ingenuity from our partners at McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and Tré Builders, we can move forward on this accelerated path and have an opening unlike Las Vegas has experienced,” Stevens said. “We are excited to see what the future holds and to give visitors and locals something to celebrate.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Circa will open the following sections of the property:

  • Bars
  • Casino
  • Parking garage
  • Pool
  • Restaurants
  • Sportsbook

Circa Sportsbook

Circa is building the world’s largest sportsbook. The three-story sportsbook will feature a 78 million-pixel, high-definition screen that’s viewable throughout its two-story casino.

The sportsbook will have a seating capacity of up to 1,000 guests. There will be 350 stadium-style seats along with private boxes for groups. Seats can be reserved here.

Furthermore, a lower level will feature a broadcast studio for VSiN (Vegas Sports and Information Network). It should be noted that Stevens owns 10% of VSiN.

The sportsbook will have two bars on different levels with more than 70 gaming machines.

Two-story casino

Circa will have a two-story casino with 1,350 slot machines and 55 table games.

There will be 138 bar-top gaming machines and 18 electronic table games throughout the property. High-limit slot players will have 55 machines from which to choose.

Like the other Stevens-owned casinos, Circa is expected to offer 3:2 blackjack, 10x odds craps and double zero roulette. Guests can sign up for the Club One players’ club, which is available at The D and Golden Gate casinos as well.

Pool amphitheater

Circa will have six pools on the rooftop deck that sits above the Fremont Street Experience. The deck will feature six temperature-controlled pools, two spas and outdoor gaming. It will be open 365 days a year.

The pool amphitheater will feature a 14 million-pixel video screen. It is sure to become an outdoor destination for sports watching, events and parties. The pool deck will be a great venue to watch March Madness in 2021 and beyond.

Background on Circa

Circa Resort & Casino is being built by developers and brothers Derek and Greg Stevens.

Circa will be a different property from the Stevens brothers’ other downtown Las Vegas casinos. The property will mix the glitz and glam of vintage Vegas with modern amenities and cutting-edge technology. The Stevens brothers also own The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate casinos. The latter is located across Fremont Street from the currently under-construction Circa.

In a way, Circa will combine the best of The D and Golden Gate and add all the amenities anyone would expect from a casino being built in 2020.

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Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He's the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. Marc is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Writing about steak, booze, gambling and Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody has to do it.

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