Circa Sports enters the Illinois market with a sportsbook at Full House Resort


Circa Sports, the sports betting arm of Derek Stevens’ downtown Las Vegas sports betting operations, will enter its fourth state later this year.

Stevens, founder and CEO of Circa Sports, and representatives from Full House Resorts on Monday announced plans for Circa to open a retail sports betting site at the planned American Place resort in Waukegan, Illinois, and offer betting online through apps in the state of Illinois.

The terms of the contract are not disclosed.

“We’re really looking forward to starting our operations in Illinois,” Stevens said in an interview Monday. “Chicago’s suburban population base will provide us with an excellent market in northern Illinois and Wisconsin.”

Circa already operates in Nevada, Iowa and Colorado, and the American Place site will be Circa’s first outlet outside of Nevada.

Full House CEO Dan Lee was expected to give details of the partnership during the company’s first-quarter earnings call later Monday.

Full House has obtained permission from the State of Illinois to open a temporary casino at the American Place site, and Stevens said a sports betting site will be located there at the aptly named The Temporary by American. Square.

The temporary casino will include a dedicated betting area with betting kiosks, physical counters and digital boards with real-time odds. Bettors will be able to watch matches on 36 televisions, ranging from 60-inch to 80-inch screens.

It is scheduled to open in the fall with the permanent casino opening within three years. The temporary one is being built on the American Place site and will be dismantled and turned into a parking lot when the permanent casino opens.

“We promised Illinois a premier gaming and entertainment center, and that includes a first-class sports betting experience,” said Alex Stolyar, chief development officer of Full House Resorts in a statement. “We saw how Derek and his team revolutionized the sports betting and viewing experience at Circa, and knew they would be the right partner for American Place.”

In an interview, Stolyar said the deal with Circa should benefit both companies in their expansion efforts.

Circa Sports has grown significantly since its launch in 2019.

Debuting at Stevens’ Golden Gate Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, the brand is available to bettors at five Southern Nevada locations, including a flagship location at what Stevens says is the world’s largest sportsbook. in the world at Circa Resort & Casino.

Circa also has retail outlets at The D in downtown Las Vegas, Tuscany on Flamingo Road and The Pass in Henderson. Last month, he announced plans for a location at Legends Bay Casino in Sparks.

The company offers mobile betting in Nevada, Colorado and Iowa.

American Place is currently being developed as an upscale gaming and entertainment destination in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Waukegan. The permanent casino will feature 1,600 slot machines, 100 table games, a 20-villa hotel, a 1,500-seat live entertainment venue and a wide variety of bars and restaurants.

Full House owns, leases, develops and operates gaming facilities nationwide. The Company’s properties include Silver Slipper Casino and Hotel in Hancock County, Mississippi; Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel in Cripple Creek, Colorado; Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana; Stockman’s Casino in Fallon; and Grand Lodge Casino, located in the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village.

In addition to The Temporary, the company is building the Chamonix Casino Hotel, a new luxury hotel and casino in Cripple Creek.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at [email protected] or 702-477-3893. To follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.


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