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Circa Resort & Casino to Debut in Downtown Las Vegas, December 2020

Zoltan Tundik

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During an unveiling ceremony on January 10, Derek Stevens revealed the name for his highly anticipated Downtown Las Vegas property, Circa Resort & Casino.
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Developers and brothers Derek and Greg Stevens have officially unveiled plans for Circa Resort & Casino, a brand-new integrated gaming resort in Downtown Las Vegas, slated to open in December 2020. A welcome addition to the iconic Fremont Street Experience, Circa will bring a new energy to Downtown as the first ground-up resort development in the area since 1980. The innovative property will celebrate the timeless spirit of the city while leading the charge for a bold new era with game-changing guest offerings.

“There is a lot of unmet demand for fun in Las Vegas,” said Derek Stevens. “At Circa, our goal is to create a destination resort in a historic part of the city, while showing guests the time of their lives. We plan to double down on the world-class service Las Vegas has always been known for while bringing personalized experiences to a new level.”

Over the past decade, Derek has worked alongside Greg to develop several ventures, including the D Las VegasGolden Gate Hotel & Casino and Downtown Las Vegas Events CenterThe duo’s investments have played a role in reshaping Downtown Las Vegas, attracting new waves of visitors and locals while leading the turnaround success story of “vintage Vegas.” Often found taking the time to greet and interact with visitors at his properties’ centerpiece bars, Derek’s genuine and approachable style of guest appreciation has challenged the status quo of resort ownership and earned the endearment of customers.

What’s in a name?
In the spirit of staying true to the city, Circa will deliver a new experience built on the original principles of old-school Vegas hospitality. It will mix the glamour of vintage Vegas with modern luxuries and cutting-edge technology, honoring the golden age of the city. Guests can expect top-notch entertainment while enjoying honest, attentive and friendly service.

Paying homage to the city’s vibrant history, Circa will nod to the Las Vegas legends of decades past, ranging from the visionaries behind the first gambling halls on Fremont Street to the preeminent destination resorts on the Strip. To learn more about the history of the Downtown Las Vegas neighborhood and its influence on Circa, please visit Circalasvegas.com.

Spectacular Amenities
Designed for those seeking the ultimate Las Vegas vacation, Circa will boast 777 rooms and suites, and a collection of thoughtful amenities, including a range of eclectic restaurants, the longest outdoor bar on Fremont Street Experience,rejuvenating spa and a two-level casino with state-of-the-art slot and table gaming options. Circa has collaborated with Steelman Partners to oversee architecture and design, Tré Builders as construction manager, and McCarthy Building Companies Inc. as contractor.

Circa will be home to a state-of-the art parking structure playfully dubbed “Garage Mahal,” specifically designed with ride-sharing in mind. Catering to the growing use of Uber and Lyft, and housing 1,201 parking spaces, the centrally located nine-story garage will be the first of its kind in Downtown Las Vegas, allowing guests to conveniently and efficiently travel to and from the property.

Another signature element will be a multi-level, stadium-style sportsbook, equipped with the biggest screen in sportsbook history. The Stevens brothers recently announced a partnership with sports gaming media organization Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) to bring an in-house broadcast studio to Circa. This will allow bettors to have in-depth analysis from a roster of experts including broadcasters, industry professionals and athletes.

Construction is currently underway on the 1.25-million-square-foot property, which will punctuate the Las Vegas skyline as the tallest tower north of the Strip. The resort will be defined by a bold design, accented by a backlit roofline and an expansive multi-tiered pool amphitheater. Featuring several pools and a massive screen with the latest high-resolution technology, the amphitheater will offer a unique watch-party atmosphere for sunseekers and sports fans. The venue will be complemented by a delicious food and beverage menu, private cabanas and music from DJs and special guests.

Circa’s interior will welcome the return of a Las Vegas icon: Vegas Vickie, the kicking cowgirl who was once perched high above the Fremont Street Experience, will become a key design feature and must-see photo opportunity within the hotel’s lobby.

A Grand Reveal  
After months of speculation, Circa’s name, design and neon sign were revealed last night during an evening of festivities. After an appearance at the annual 2019 State of the City address, Derek invited attendees to enjoy an afterparty at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, where he promised to unveil all-new details about the upcoming project.

Derek was joined onstage at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman during the public celebration.  Among eager onlookers were a number of notable city and state officials, property executives, community partners and members of founding Las Vegas families including Freddie Sarno, son of casino developer Jay SarnoNevada Stupak, son of casino owner Bob StupakMichael and Brendan Gaughan, son and grandson of hotel and casino magnate Jackie Gaughan; and legendary bookmaker Jimmy Vaccaro. The grand reveal took place after a thrilling introduction video, concluding with the unveiling of a huge neon sign emblazoned with the property name that will eventually be a part of Circa’s exterior. Known in Las Vegas for his eclectic collection of custom blazers, Derek did not disappoint as he donned a custom tuxedo complete with a jacket displaying Circa’s logo.

Additional details about Circa’s amenities and opening will be announced in the coming months. To learn more information about the new Downtown Las Vegas property, visit circalasvegas.com.

About Circa Resort & Casino
Circa Resort & Casino will deliver an all-new integrated resort concept to the heart of Downtown Las Vegas at the historic 18 Fremont Street site. Inspired by the city’s irresistible energy and timeless allure, Circa is building a new legacy that turns up the good times to eleven and burns bright with the original spirit of Vegas. Combining the best of Las Vegas service in a modern, state-of-the-art setting, Circa is designed for guests to live large in the now, make the most of life’s fleeting moments and create new memories through an exhilarating, multi-sensory experience. The 1.25-million-square-foot, 777-room resort, casino and spa will feature a variety of immersive culinary, entertainment and gaming experiences and unparalleled personalized offerings inspired by old-school Las Vegas hospitality. Visit circalasvegas.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @circalasvegas to stay up to date with more developments.

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Top C-level Executives, State Representatives are joining the speakers’ lineup at Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America

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CEOs, decision-makers, and Government officials among the speakers at the virtual edition of Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America.

With less than a month to go until the Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America (Virtual Conference) will open its virtual doors, we are honored to announce some big names of the North American gambling industry that will be joining the speakers’ lineup.

The top industry companies have all confirmed their interest in the inaugural event which will break all records for the organizing company.

Register now to secure your seat(s)! REGISTER HERE!

Among the already confirmed 40 speakers, you can find:

  • Brandt Iden (State Representative at the State of Michigan)
  • Nick Papadoglou (Chief Commercial Officer at Intralot Inc/US – Head of Sports Betting in the US)
  • Joe Asher (CEO at William Hill US)
  • Seth Schorr (CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and Chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino)
  • Jay Kornegay (Vice President Race & Sports Operations – Westgate LV Resort & Casino)
  • Grant Johnson (CEO at Esports Entertainment Group)
  • Dmitry Starostenkov (CEO at Evenbet Gaming – the leading poker platform provider)
  • Daniel J. Kustelski (CEO & Co-founder at Chalkline Sports)
  • Benjie Levy (President/COO at Score Media and Gaming Inc
  • Lloyd Danzig (Founder & CEO at Sharp Alpha Advisors)

You can view the full list of speakers on the official site.

We are happy to also reveal the program of the conference which will start on 23 June at 12:00 PM EDT (New York Time) / 9:00 AM (Pacific Time) / 6:00 PM (CET), and looks the following way:

Day 1 (23 June)

  • THE STRATEGY OF RESTARTING THE ONLINE SPORTS BETTING INDUSTRY
  • NAVIGATING THE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES IN US SPORTS BETTING & ONLINE GAMING IN AN EVER CHANGING WORLD POST COVID-19
  • THE FUTURE OF LEGALIZED SPORTS BETTING IN CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, AND TEXAS
  • OUTLOOK FOR US GAMING – WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE US GAMING MARKET TO NORMALISE
  • LAS VEGAS – RE-LAUNCH OF THE STRIP
  • ESPORTS BETTING VS CLASSIC SPORTS BETTING IN NORTH AMERICA
  • VIRTUAL GAMING, IS IT GAINING TRACTION IN AMERICA AND CANADA AUDIENCE?

Day 2 (24 June)

  • IS THERE REALLY AN ONLINE POKER RENESSAINCE?
  • INNOVATION DURING AND POST COVID-19 – HOW IS THE INDUSTRY ADAPTING?
  • COMPLIANCE AND CERTIFICATION DURING COVID-19
  • TRIBAL GAMING INDUSTRY – A NEW ERA?
  • THE FUTURE OF ONLINE GAMING IN CANADA
  • RESPONSIBLE GAMING: LESSONS LEARNED FROM EUROPE AND VICE VERSA
  • THE CURRENT & FUTURE STATE OF THE SPORTS BETTING INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE

The full schedule is available on this link!

Register now to secure your seat(s)! REGISTER HERE!

The virtual conference is designed to bring together regulators, operators, suppliers, marketing managers, C-Level Executives, policymakers, and more for two days of quality online learning and networking.

More speakers and moderators are being added daily so make sure to visit, the event’s official website frequently for updates: summits.gamingamericas.com

For further sponsorship/speaking and marketing inquiries, make sure to reach out to Andrada Bota (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency).

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – May 25-31

Niji Narayan

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news.

Last week, several gambling companies have re-entered into their businesses despite the ongoing pandemic. Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which includes casino reopening, new partnerships, product launches, award winnings, latest approvals, and recent announcements. Read on and get updated.

Casino Reopening

Most of the casinos have resumed their operations this week. Some are on the preparations to restart their business.

Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, said that the plans to partially reopen Foxwoods Resort Casino on June 1 are still moving ahead despite opposition from Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.

Rodney Butler told in an interview that Lamont is welcome to tour Foxwoods and see firsthand the safety precautions being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, ranging from fewer open slot machines to air filtration systems.

New Deals

AGS announced a new partnership with the Kindred Group to provide its online, real-money games for the Kindred Group’s Unibet brand in New Jersey.

The Vancouver Titans esports team entered into a new partnership agreement with Pizza Hut Canada and designated Pizza Hut as the Official Pizza of the team and their fans.

Microgaming signed an exclusive distribution agreement with game design and development studio, Neko Games. The studio’s Super Showball video bingo game is live on Microgaming’s content aggregation platform from 26 May 2020.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) and Aristocrat Leisure entered into an agreement in principle to settle the Kater v. Churchill Downs, and Thimmegowda v. Big Fish Games lawsuits.

New Launchings

The igaming publishing company Oddschecker Global Media announced the launch of RacingPicks, a standalone horse racing site. The site’s purpose is to provide day-to-day expert content to the American racing community.

TransAct Technologies Incorporated launched its new Epicentral Clean2Play Sanitization Tracking System for casinos. This new casino product provides real-time printed proof that a slot machine has been cleaned, sanitized, and is ready for play.

The D.C. Lottery is set to launch its sports betting platform in the coming days. The online sportsbook GambetDC will take its first wagers in June, even though a large number of global sports events remain canceled due to COVID-19.

Awards

Michigan State Rep. Brandt Iden received an honorary American Gambling Award for his extraordinary efforts in legalizing sports betting, online poker, and online casino gaming throughout the state in 2019.

Latest Approvals

Illinois lawmakers have approved an approximately $40 billion state budget that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino.

The budget, which largely relies on federal funding, mostly maintains funding from the current budget, which the exception of health care agencies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Legislators also approved a plan pushed by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to change the tax structure for a casino in the city. The Chicago casino was included in last year’s gambling expansion authorizing six new casinos, part of a critical funding source for the state’s $45 billion capital plan.

Financial Help

Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) is going to receive a $500m loan from the Provincial Government.

With Ontario’s state of emergency shuttering casinos, slot machines, and racetracks for the past two months, the gaming monopoly was in dire need of a cash injection.

Announcements

Brazilian Deputy Bacelar has affirmed that the legalization of all gambling verticals could play a key role in economic stability in the country.

He stated that following the current health pandemic, he is in favor of legalizing all gambling verticals, including jogo do bicho, on the grounds that gambling could save Brazil from its current financial crisis and rejuvenate the economy.

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GAN Signs Platform Deal with Cordish Companies

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GAN Signs Platform Deal with Cordish Companies
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Cordish Gaming Group, the global gaming division of the Cordish Companies, has selected GAN Limited as the enterprise software Platform provider to power its new “PlayLive!” branded Internet gambling business in the State of Pennsylvania, complementing the development of two new Live!-branded gaming facilities in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The new Live! Casino & Hotel, located in the Stadium Entertainment District in the City of Philadelphia, will be a world-class hotel, gaming & entertainment destination featuring 2200 slot machines and 150+ live action table games.

The second new Live! Casino, located in Westmoreland County, near Pittsburgh, will feature more than 100,000 square-feet of gaming, dining and entertainment space, including 750 slots and approximately 30 live action table games. Both locations are expected to open in 2020.

Live! Casino will be GAN’s third client of real money Internet gambling enterprise software in the State of Pennsylvania, expanding GAN’s real money Internet gambling operations in the U.S. These operations now include the following states—New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, as well as Michigan and Ohio, both of which are expected to commence operations in the first half of 2021.

“We’re delighted to expand upon our long-standing relationship with one of America’s premier commercial real estate families. Bringing Pennsylvania’s newest casino online later this year will be a genuine privilege, and we look forward to supporting their on-property gaming business by leveraging our U.S. patented iBridge Framework, bridging the Internet gambling experience with that of retail gaming. Online will remain the growth driver of this Industry for decades to come, not just in Pennsylvania but across the nation,” Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN Limited, said.

“With our established relationship, GAN was the logical provider of our enterprise platform for launching real money Internet gambling and offers Cordish the ability to extend on-property rewards into the online channel, which has been shown to increase loyalty amongst players of Simulated Gaming,” Robert J. Norton, President of Cordish Gaming Group, said.

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