There’s a new sportsbook operator in Nevada. Derek Stevens, the owner of The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate casinos, launched a new sportsbook operation called Circa Sports on June 1.
If the new sportsbook name sounds familiar, it’s because another Stevens-run casino, Circa, is under construction across the street from Golden Gate hotel and casino.
Circa Sports opened its first retail location at Golden Gate Casino. The sportsbook operator also has launched a mobile app, which Stadium Technology powers entirely.
Stadium provides the backend solution for many Nevada sportsbook apps but only provides 100% of the technology for the Circa Sports and CG Technology apps.
1 — Circa Sports delivers for gamblers
Circa Sports is launching as a sportsbook operator for both sharp bettors and recreational gamblers.
The book plans to offer fair lines, odds and point spreads in the casino and on the app, which will likely be the selling point to all bettors.
Also, Circa plans to be aggressive with futures wagering. Circa Sports is offering a yes/no option for all futures bets. They’re also offering “three alternative NFL season win total“ wagering opportunities for bettors looking for variety.
These wagers aren’t available at most other US sportsbooks. As the operation continues to grow, they plan on offering more unique futures bets than other Las Vegas casinos.
Sportsbook manager Matthew Metcalf tells PlayUSA they will offer an “ever-changing prop menu” as Circa Sports develops.
Bigger bettors will appreciate Circa Sports’ desire to take large wagers. The Circa Sports app will have higher betting limits than other sports betting apps. These higher limits could be a game changer for bettors that prefer mobile wagering.
2 — Circa Sports app is fast, but …
The Circa Sports app is fast once you’re logged in and navigating the app is quick and easy.
Unfortunately, the first version of the app isn’t stable. It’s not always possible to sign into the Circa Sports app; the initializing screen stays up and spins. Furthermore, the app will occasionally crash.
Hopefully, this is just a first-version problem, but Stadium Technology’s app for CG Technology has similar problems for some users.
New Jersey sports betting apps like FanDuel and DraftKings still stand above their competition in Nevada.
3 — Players get access to the Circa Sports Million football contest
One of the best features with the Circa Sports app is the ability to do more than one thing. In addition to placing wagers, customers can submit weekly picks for the Circa Sports Million football contest.
No other app in Nevada allows access to both the sportsbook and contests in the same app. Westgate SuperBook recently announced that it would offer a separate mobile app for this year’s “SuperContest.” The app for betting games will be separate.
Players can only use Circa Sports in Nevada. Out-of-state contestants for Circa Sports Million will still have to hire a proxy to place their picks unless they decide to drive to the Nevada border and submit picks. Nevada residents can save a few bucks by not having to hire a proxy.
This is more than a money saver for Nevada residents. The convenience of using one app for both the contest and wagering is unparalleled by any sports betting app in the state.
4 — Circa Sports is linked to the casino players’ club
One of the best difference makers when placing a wager at a casino sportsbook is the rewards. If the lines and odds are the same at multiple sportsbooks, being able to get players’ club points is a bonus.
Surprisingly, not all casino sportsbooks offer reward points for sports wagers. Circa Sports wagers will connect with Club One players’ club at the Golden Gate, The D and soon, Circa.
The rewards aren’t quite as straightforward. Points rewarded will be based on the type of wagers a customer’s places. Parlays and teasers will receive more comp points at a higher rate than straight bets.
The reward points are earned with wagers placed in person or with the app. Customers signing up for a Circa Sports mobile account must connect it with their Club One players’ club.
Unlike other casinos that offer rewards for sports bets, the retail Circa Sports locations will create and print up a players’ club card for customers.
5 — The app menu is small
Circa Sports launched their first retail sportsbook and mobile app on the same day. While the retail location is running on all cylinders, the app is just getting started. All of the US mainstream sports are available, but some international sports, like Aussie rules football and cricket, aren’t.
The fringe sports aren’t a big deal for most bettors; however, Metcalf tells PlayUSA that the Circa Sports app will soon have the same extensive menu as the retail locations.
One thing that is a big deal is that the Circa Sports app does not In Play wagering available yet. Again, this will change soon, but it’s something to be aware of when signing up.
Circa Sports is offering some unique prop bets. However, the current prop bets available for individual MLB, NBA and NHL games are somewhat limited with fewer than 10 options per game. For comparison, PointsBet Sportsbook in New Jersey has more than 100 ways to place a pre-game wager on most MLB games.
Right now, New Jersey mobile sportsbooks are still the king of prop and in-play wagering.
6 — Players must fund their account in person at a Circa location
New Jersey has changed the game for online and mobile sports betting.
Nearly 80% of sports betting revenue in the state comes from mobile wagers. A significant reason for this is the ease to set up an online and mobile sports wagering account. Customers can sign up for mobile betting accounts anywhere in the state.
Nevada does not have the same simple process. All mobile sports wagering accounts in Nevada must be set up in person at a retail sportsbook. Circa Sports apps must be funded at Golden Gate casino or The D Las Vegas when it opens.
Some sportsbook operators, like Station Casinos, allow customers to fund accounts with a prepaid debit card. William Hill allows its customers to fund mobile accounts for a second time at a retail sportsbook, kiosk or 7-Eleven store.
However, Circa Sports only allows its customers to fund their accounts at Circa retail locations.
7 — The Google Play store isn’t playing with Circa Sports
Apple customers can download Circa Sports at their app store.
Android users won’t find the same easy access to the Circa Sports app. The Android app is not available at the Google Play store; however, users can download the app from a direct link at CircaSports.com.
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In conclusion, Circa Sports is still above average
The Circa Sports app has its ups and downs. Most sports bettors should be concerned that they’re getting fair odds for the most popular sports. Circa offers good odds for low rollers and high rollers alike.
While the sports betting menu isn’t massive, it has unique wagers that aren’t available in other casinos. The wagering options will grow as Circa Sports does.
The ability to place football contest picks in the same app saves Nevada residents the time and money of having to place picks in person.
Mobile bettors want to know that they have a solid product to place their wagers. There’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to place a bet and not being able to access the app, which is potentially a big issue with the first version of the Circa Sports app.
Overall, the Circa Sports app is off to a good start.
The wagering menu should improve. And hopefully the technology provider stabilizes the app, so there’s never a question about access.