Nevada gaming regulators have given the go-signal for Circa Sports to open a new sportsbook inside the renovated The Pass Casino in Henderson.
According to a report from the Las Vegas Review Journal, a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place inside the sportsbook on April 29th, after which the Pass will start accepting bets at its ticket windows.
Joe DeSimone, owner of The Pass, and Circa Sports director Matt Metcalf will grace the opening ceremony while Circa CEO Derek Stevens and Henderson mayor Debra March are also expected to join the event.
Big Plans for Circa Sports
The launch of the Henderson casino satellite sportsbook comes right after Circa opened a satellite location in Tuscany last March. That facility was Circa’s first outside of downtown Las Vegas. The openings are part of Circa owner Derek Stevens’ big plans for Circa Sports, which is looking to expand not just in Nevada but in the entire United States.
Stevens also opened Circa Resort and Casino in Las Vegas last October. It is the first casino to be built from the ground-up in downtown Las Vegas since 1980. It is also home to the world’s largest sportsbook which is three-stories tall and has a capacity of 1,000 persons.
Water Street District Revival
With the reopening of The Pass and the upcoming launch of its Circa-branded sportsbook, a Water Street District revival is expected. Next door to the Henderson casino is the $26M Henderson Silver Knights practice facility which Mayor March has labeled a “game changer” for Water Street.
The Silver Knights are the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights. Players hoping to make the Golden Knights’ team are on the Silver Knights’ roster. Having these major changes in the area is a victory for the Water Street economy.
The former Eldorado Casino
A revamp of the former Eldorado Casino, The Pass Casino at 140 S. Water St. opened its doors last April 1st after a $7M renovation that lasted about 45 days. It has 350 gaming machines, most of which are brand new. It has live gaming options via four blackjack tables, a roulette table, and a craps table.
The Pass Casino opened as the Wheel Casino in 1961 and was sold to a group led by the Boyd family in 1962. The Henderson casino was then reopened as Eldorado and the Boyd family had full ownership of the casino beginning 1966. Eldorado closed it doors last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in December, the Boyd group announced that it was selling the property to its current owners DeSimone Gaming.