This Week in Sports | 5-13-20 to 5-19-20

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Curbside Mobile Signups Provide Respite For Sports Bettors Thirsting For Action by Matt Rybaltowski of Sports Handle

“Circa Sports, which operates two locations in Downtown Las Vegas, launched the curbside program May 7 outside the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino on Fremont Street to give customers ample opportunity to place their wagers before the well-publicized UFC event two nights later. Over the three-day period, Circa Sports, a relative newcomer to the Vegas sportsbook scene, booked approximately 120 account signups or deposits, Circa Sportsbook Operations Manager Jeffrey Benson told Sports Handle. Every retail sportsbook in Nevada has remained temporarily shuttered following an order from Sisolak in mid-March that resulted in the closure of licensed casinos across the state.


Las Vegas’ Innovative Drive-thru Sportsbooks Let Bettors Sign Up And Deposit by Brant James of Play USA

And maybe, Circa Sports Operations Manager Jeff Benson hopes, the ‘valet’ service sprouting in Las Vegas will provide an impetus for the United States’ former lone bastion of legal sports betting to modernize — two years after the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act enabled the enterprise nationally.

While states such as Colorado, where Circa will soon launch its first extra-Nevada operation, Indiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, allow for online registration, Nevada requires it be conducted in-person at retail sportsbooks. With those shops shuttered, curbside service was born at a small collection of sportsbooks last week. Benson would like to see them become an obsolete innovation with Nevada joining the full digital domain.


NASCAR’s back at Darlington by Micah Roberts of Gaming Today

“‘We’re excited to see the two (Cup) races within a few days at one of NASCAR’s premier tracks,’ said Circa Sports director Matt Metcalf. ‘It should be amazing to see them run Sunday and then apply what they’ve learned on the quick turnaround that week.’


No fans in NFL stands? Keep an eye on road divisional dogs by Josh Appelbaum of

Chris Bennett of Circa Sports: ‘No fans in the stands is probably worth about one point to the spread.’ In other words, if a team would normally be favored by 7 points with a stadium full of fans, that same team would be roughly a 6-point favorite this season if the stadium is empty. One thing to keep an eye on when it comes to road teams this season: divisional underdogs.


NASCAR betting booms with return to racing at Darlington by Patrick Everson of Covers

Circa Sports had an interesting situation while also outdoing its typical NASCAR race handle. ‘Win handle was about the same as always. We write a lot because of our low hold percentage,’ Circa sportsbook director Matt Metcalf said. ‘Matchup handle was two to three times as much.’

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