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Las Vegas sportsbooks plan for baseball by Micah Roberts of Gaming Today

Last week, five Phillies were tested positive for the virus at their Clearwater, Fla., training facility which caused MLB to immediately close all training facilities. Circa Sports director Matt Metcalf agreed with the high price. ‘I started around pick ‘em but I felt like that can’t be the number,’ Metcalf said. ‘Yes has to be favored and it’s probably a bigger favorite than I can imagine, hence -400… I think I just gave away my oddsmaking strategy,’ Metcalf said jokingly.

 

Soccer proves to be books’ savior by Rob Miech of Gaming Today

Apps at Circa Sports and William Hill never went dark during the coronavirus pandemic, and Circa also posted lines on the Belarussian Premier League. But the Bundesliga ruled. ‘Since it became clearly the world’s top soccer league being played at the time, I think that led to more interest from the betting public than it would have received otherwise,’ says Circa sportsbook manager Chris Bennett.

 

How a 60-game 2020 schedule affects MLB betting odds by Patrick Everson of Covers

In fact, the 60-game schedule is so radically different that Circa sportsbook manager Chris Bennett is proceeding with far more caution than normal.

‘I don’t plan to reopen baseball futures until I am confident this season is actually going to be played,’ Bennett said. ‘The biggest impact of a 60-game regular season vs. a 162-game regular season is that it gives weaker teams a better chance of making the playoffs and winning the World Series. Whatever our World Series and division odds were before the pandemic, the bad teams need to have shorter odds and the good teams need to have longer odds with a 60-game regular season.’

 

Howard Barish interviews Circa Sports’ Jeffrey Benson by Howard Barish of Gaming Today

General manager/managing editor Howard Barish interviewed Circa Sports operations manager Jeffrey Benson. Benson, a Virginia native, discusses the preparation for what will become the most ultra modern, high-tech three story sports book.

 

Circa Las Vegas to Be an ‘Adult-Only’ Casino When It Opens by Joy Noel of Best US Casinos

Stevens wants Circa’s sportsbook to recreate that exact same “wow” feeling he first got over 30 years ago at the former Hilton. And it sounds like there’s going to be hundreds of thousands of those reactions to come. ‘We want to create something that people don’t forget. For me, I’ll never forget that moment I walked into the Las Vegas Hilton (now Westgate) SuperBook. I looked around, and I thought to myself, ‘my god, this is the greatest place on Earth right here.”

 

Top 4 Major Sports Contests In The USA by Lisa Clarke of The Sports Daily

“Football contest picks involve guessing the winning teams for each week, and the person who has the highest earned points will win. You can participate in Major Las Vegas Football Handicapping Contest Kelly here at Kelly in Vegas. It enables you to enter the Circa Survivor and Westgate SuperContests, including the newest sportsbook entrant, Circa Million.

 

1-on-1 With Derek Stevens: Circa Sports CEO Projects ‘Biggest Six-Month Period We’ve Ever Seen’ by Chris Sheridan of The Lines

Revenue enhancement was certainly what Stevens had in mind when he designed the sportsbook for Circa Sports, which will open Oct. 1 with the world’s largest TV screen. It will have three floors, stadium seating and feature will also feature a multi-level pool that will double as an events center. There will be six different pools, a 125-foot TV and a capacity of 4,000 people.

The sportsbook is also set to launch its mobile betting app in Colorado, its first state outside of Nevada, in July as well.

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