Circa Sportsbook to Open at The Pass in Henderson on April 29

Circa Sportsbook

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.

Circa Sports Expands at Off-Strip Tuscany Suites

Circa Sportsbook
Circa Sports is expanding outside its properties by opening a physical sportsbook at the off-strip Tuscany Suites located at Flamingo Road, just east of the Las Vegas Strip.

The Tuscany sportsbook had a soft opening on Monday before a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. It is located at the same space that housed the William Hill book, across Pub 365, near the casino’s entrance. It was closed earlier this month for remodeling.

Said Circa owner Derek Stevens:

“We’re excited to open up (at Tuscany) right before March Madness. The Tuscany is a great property with great ease of access, and I like what we’re doing in Henderson on Water Street.”

Tuscany Suites Expansion

The Tuscany Suites expansion is much smaller than the sportsbook at Circa Las Vegas, which is one of the largest in the world with a multi-level 1,000 seat facility with a 78-million pixel TV screen that can show two dozen sporting events at once. The Tuscany book is also the first Stevens sportsbook to open outside his casino lineup. However, it won’t be the last one.

Stevens is also planning to open a Circa Sports shop at the Pass, the new property set to open at the former Eldorado property in downtown Henderson. That sportsbook is expected to start taking bets on May 1st, pending regulatory approvals. The Pass, also subject to final regulatory approval, is slated to open on April 1st.

Circa Sports Takes Big NCAA Bets Right Away

Circa Sports had set its eyes on the NCAA men’s basketball Tournament and it wasn’t a surprise why it was the first sportsbook to post the opening odds for all of the 32 opening games of the tournament, scheduled on March 18th.

Circa Sports released its NCAA betting lines concurrent to the Selection Sunday show.
It took bets even before the full bracket was revealed and there was no such thing as a soft opening. The Derek Stevens brand sportsbook took big bets right away, with $10,000 limits on sides in each of the 32 opening games.