Las Vegas: Circa Sports taking over race and sportsbook operations at Silverton Casino

November 1, 2023 7:46 PM
  • Buck Wargo, CDC Gaming Reports
November 1, 2023 7:46 PM

Circa Sports is spreading its operations in Nevada by moving to take over the race and sportsbooks at the Silverton Casino on Jan. 1.

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The sportsbook, currently operated by William Hill, will be relocated temporarily while it’s remodeled, then reopen in time for March Madness in mid-March, according to Derek Stevens, co-owner of the Circa Hospitality Group that owns the D Hotel & Casino, Golden Gate and Circa Las Vegas. It also operates Circa Sports that has books in those properties along with the Tuscany Suites & Casino and The Pass in Henderson, and Legends Bay Casino in Sparks, Nevada.

Circa Sports also operates in Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, and soon in Kentucky.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board Wednesday recommended the Nevada Gaming Commission approve the licensing for Circa to operate at the Silverton. The Commission will vote on Nov. 16.

“It’s a project we’ve worked on with the Silverton for quite a while,” Stevens said. “This will be another satellite sportsbook within the state. The sportsbook would include a substantial renovation of the property and be an investment on our part. We plan on hiring all of the individuals and they’ll be Circa Sports employees.”

The temporary location will open Jan. 1 and Circa has made a commitment to Silverton that it will have a permanent sportsbook open prior to March Madness.

“Very impressive and congratulations on expanding the brand,” said Board Chairman Kirk Hendrick.

Daurean Sloan, chief compliance officer for Circa, said the temporary sportsbook will have two ticket-writer stations and a supervisor. “The permanent will have three ticket writers and a supervisor station.”

Board member George Assad commended Stevens for what he’s done with downtown Las Vegas, the D Las Vegas renovation, and the late 2020 opening of the Circa Las Vegas.

“You’re a plus for the entire state and certainly for the downtown area and I’m more than thrilled to approve this application and watch you succeed with your expansion of Circa Sports throughout the country,” Assad said.