- World’s largest sportsbook in Las Vegas.
- High limits.
- Can offer more favorable lines than competitors.
- Will occasionally open the market on odds.
- Limited selection of sporting events and betting options.
- Narrow selection of deposit and withdrawal options.
- No deposit bonuses or promos.
- Promoted contests have high entry fees, making them inaccessible to casual bettors.
Circa Sports is a high-roller haven with the most impressive in-person sportsbook experience in the world. It is known for high stakes and not limiting winning players. However, it may not be the best option for casual bettors and lacks some basic features found in all major online sportsbooks.
Circa Sports has taken a different approach to its product compared to the industry standard. Circa does not offer a welcome bonus or any ongoing promotions. Most legal sportsbooks in the United States provide bettors with an enticing sign-up offer such as a deposit match or a risk-free bet and provide ongoing promotions. While these offers are usually laden with terms and conditions that limit their actual value or minimize profitability, they are fundamental and interactive aspects of the modern betting world and appeal to the average bettor. Without ongoing promos or sign-up bonuses, it may struggle to compete with Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings in shared markets.
Where Circa lacks in essential promos, it strives greatly in launching some of the largest high-stakes NFL betting contests in the country.
The Circa Sports Million Pro Football Contest offers $4 million in guaranteed prizes, with $1 million going to first place. It features quarterly MVP prizes with 1st Place getting $150,000, 2nd Place $50,000, and 3rd Place $25,000. There is also a last place quarterly “Booby” prize paying out $25,000 to the entrant in last place.
For this contest, you make five NFL picks against the spread each week. You get one point for each correct selection and half a point for a push. All contest signups must be completed in person at one of their Las Vegas locations. All entrants must also be a current member of their “Club One” program.
You can submit picks in-person, via their app in Las Vegas, or play from out of state with a Nevada-based proxy. It’s $1,000 to enter with three entries per person max. All prize payouts will be made in cash, check, casino chips, free slot play, table games promo chips, or a combination thereof at the winner’s election. No forms of online payments are offered.
The other featured contest is the Circa Sports Pro Football Survivor Pool. The last remaining entry wins the entire survivor pool: $6 million guaranteed, plus more if entries exceeded $6M (they didn’t). There was also a $1 million undefeated bonus prize for an entry that goes 20-0. To be ELIGIBLE for the Undefeated Bonus Prize, an entrant MUST select either the Kansas City Chiefs or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 18.
Like the pick ‘em contest, it’s $1,000 to enter the survivor pool, but with a max of six entries per person. All contest signups must be completed in person at one of the Las Vegas locations. Weekly picks can also only be submitted from within Nevada, either at their sportsbooks or app. In 2021, this contest had 4,080 entries which created $1.9 million in an overlay that Circa was required to supplement for the prize pool.
These are the types of entertaining contests that casual bettors would love to join, but with a steep $1,000 entry for both competitions, Circa is catering solely to the high-stakes crowd. In a time where online gamers can also turn to weekly NFL DFS contests with a $1 million prize for first place at an entry fee of just $20, a season-long battle with an entry of $1,000 is not going to be as appealing to the majority of the gambling community. Nor is it convenient given Circa’s limited reach and in-person sign-up requirement.
Circa is primarily a land-based sportsbook option with a presence in Nevada, Colorado, and Iowa.
Quality of Odds
Circa Sports offers standard juice -110 lines on sides and totals. We found some -112 / -107 live betting lines on NFL games when conducting this review, which is very competitive. Circa Sports offers some opinionated lines, so you can often find good value when betting on specific teams to cover the moneyline. Its futures betting odds are reasonably strong, and it is renowned for offering high-quality odds on golf. Overall, their quality of odds are above average.
Circa Sports offers major sports such as auto racing, baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf, hockey, soccer, and UFC. If you want to bet on secondary markets, you may have to look elsewhere.
Circa Sports does not like to overwhelm bettors with too much choice. There is betting on the NFL and college football, but not on the CFL. You will not find betting on many basketball leagues, baseball leagues, or hockey around the world.
You will have just three betting options on games – spread, total, and moneyline. There are no alternative spreads or totals and no prop bets, and you cannot build same game parlays. You can bet on halves, quarters, and periods. Circa Sports also allows you to combine selections for parlays, teasers, or round robins. It also offers plenty of futures betting options and even some futures parlays on football, basketball, baseball, and hockey. Overall, their betting options are below average.
This is an area of weakness for Circa Sports. It does not offer live chat or a phone line for customer support. Your only option is to email the team and wait for someone to respond. Rival online sportsbooks provide 24/7 customer support over the phone or via live chat, so Circa Sports still has some work to do on this front. It is primarily a land-based sportsbook operator, and you can receive support by visiting the sportsbook counter in Las Vegas, but online customers have limited options.
Online and Mobile Sports Betting Experience
Circa Sports offers an online sports betting app in Nevada, Colorado, and Iowa. If you have an iOS device, you can download it from the App Store. It is not available on Google Play, so Android users will need to visit circasports.com to download it directly.
Users on the App Store have been pretty disparaging in their app reviews, giving it an average rating of 2.2 out of 5. Common complaints involve location service issues, crashes, slow loading pages, and withdrawal issues.
IGT has provided Circa Sports with a basic online wagering platform. It covers all major sports, but it does not feature many leagues or tournaments, so it is quick and easy to find your way around the sports betting site and the app. The lack of promos also assists in a clutter-free browsing experience. There is no search option, but you should be able to navigate to games quickly. It is straightforward to use, with a simple bet slip.
It is worth remembering that Circa Sports is very new to the world of online sports betting, but lacking a solid online presence isn’t going to cut it in this day and age.
There is a live betting section on the Circa Sports site, but it is often empty given their limited secondary markets. Circa has partnered with DeckPrism Sports to bring its live betting lines to Colorado, and DeckPrism covers NFL, NCAA football, NBA, NCAA basketball, MLB, and NHL. The deal did not include Nevada due to licensing costs. Overall, their live betting options are below average and they offer no live streaming.
Other Gaming Options
Circa has not launched an online casino. The company does have significant experience in running land-based casinos in Las Vegas, and it already has a relationship with iGaming giant IGT, so it could launch a strong online casino in the future. It does not offer DFS or a racebook.
Circa Sportsbook is a double-edged sword. It has an excellent reputation among players looking for an incredible in-person experience while offering a below-average online platform. It is known for fair odds, generous betting limits, and not limiting winning players.
They have created an incredibly loyal following of high rollers and Vegas insiders. Owner Derek Stevens made a concept that beautifully mingles the fashion of modern Vegas with the charm and hospitality of the old days. The in-person experience here is second to none and appeals to all.
However, in a market dominated by having a solid online presence, Circa Sportsbook misses the mark. Part of this can be chalked up to being a small fish in a big pond. Circa has limited exposure, being featured in just three states. It further limits itself by making its only promotional contests available to bettors able to sign-up in-person at a Las Vegas location.
The unfortunate dilemma here is that Circa is doing what all major sportsbooks should. It welcomes high-stakes players looking for limitless possibilities while major sportsbooks like DraftKings and FanDuel limit you at every turn. DK and FD have made a fortune preying on the inexperienced crowd and sorting out sharps. Circa welcomes every cent.
Circa’s problem is that it is leaning too hard towards the sharps in retaliation instead of finding a happy medium. They generally offer favorable odds that anyone can take advantage of but lack their rivals’ convenience, flair, and accessibility. It also relies heavily on its in-person experience to support its reputation in an online world.
It is still a new operator with great potential. The Circa Sports app and website need significant upgrades to compete with the prominent online sportsbooks in the business. The business model also should take a look at expanding promotional offers that appeal to more casual bettors. It promised more payment options, a more extensive sports betting menu, and more diverse betting limits, which would all be a step in the right direction. But for the moment, Circa is a below-average or average sportsbook option at best.
A passionate sports bettor named Derek Stevens founded Circa Sports in 2019. Stevens owns three properties on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. He purchased Golden Gate Hotel and Casino in 2008 and Fitzgeralds – later renamed The D Las Vegas – three years later. Stevens unveiled his first sportsbook at the Golden Gate in June 2019. It operated with no vig on its first day of trading. The second retail Circa Sports operation launched at The D later that month
In 2020, Circa Resort & Casino opened for business. Circa was the area’s first resort-casino built from the ground up in four decades. It was also Las Vegas’ first adults-only resort. The self-proclaimed world’s largest sportsbook in Las Vegas is powered by The Vegas Stats and Information Network with a 1,000-person viewing capacity and private boxes for groups. It features a six-pool rooftop swimming stadium. The three stories of glory stadium-style sportsbook boast a 78-million-pixel high-definition screen.
Circa extended into online sports wagering in 2020. The Circa Sports mobile app and online sports betting site are powered by London-based company IGT, famous for its vast portfolio of slot machines. “IGT is the ideal partner for our sports betting expansion,” said Stevens. “The IGT PlaySports platform continues to prove its ability to support world-class sports betting operations across the U.S., and I am confident it will enable us to quickly differentiate Circa Sports in Colorado and beyond.” The Circa Sports online sports betting platform is available in Colorado, Nevada, and Iowa.