A first look at Circa, Downtown Las Vegas’s first new hotel-casino resort since 1980

It’s been over three decades since Downtown Las Vegas welcomed a brand-new casino resort to its Fremont Street Experience district. However, following the demolition of Mermaids, Glitter Gulch and the Las Vegas Club, construction work began on the new 512-room Circa Resort & Casino in February 2019. Just over 18 months later, the resort opened its doors on October 28, 2020 to casino-goers, with its hotel rooms made available some two months later.

Usually, the Las Vegas Boulevard “Strip” is the hub of investment and construction activity for new resorts and experiences. It’s refreshing to see a new, ambitious development make waves off-Strip in “Sin City”, becoming the tallest building in the district, looming large


What’s on offer at Circa Resort & Casino?

It would be remiss not to start with the world’s biggest sports betting experience. Circa’s three-storey sportsbook is the largest on the planet, with 78 million pixels worth of television screens broadcasting all the major league sports you can imagine. With viewing capacity for approximately 1,000 people, there is guaranteed to be an amazing atmosphere in here for big events like the Super Bowl.

Its casino is also staged across two floors, bringing you 1,350+ slot machines and 55 table games to choose from. The atmosphere belies its classic interior décor, with upbeat music attempting to create an upscale, next-generation version of casino gaming in Downtown Vegas.

The resort also offers one of the most lucrative loyalty cards for its casino players. The Club One Players Club allows players to earn “comps” and points when playing any slot machine or table game on the Circa casino floor. New members can also bag up to $400 in free slot play within the first day of becoming a Club One member. It’s some time since land-based casinos have offered such an attractive promotional scheme for their players. For many years, brick-and-mortar establishments have been sidelined by their online counterparts in terms of the variety of welcome bonuses distributed. A quick glance at lists no less than 91 welcome offers available to online casino players living in Canada, at the time of writing.

For those who prefer to sit out in the desert sunshine, you can reserve a spot in the truly unique surroundings of Stadium Swim. This rooftop area, located alongside the Fremont Street Experience, offers six pools on three varying levels. Sports fans will also drool over the 143-feet-wide television screen which also covers the biggest live sporting action outside, as well as inside its monstrous sportsbook. There are some cool cabanas that you can reserve, ideal for groups of friends or families to watch the big game and catch some rays.

If you go to Vegas for the food as well as the sun and gaming, Circa has heaps of fun dishes and beverages in spades. Steak lovers will enjoy a visit to with old-school styles and flavors guaranteed. Project BBQ offers Carolina-style BBQ street and soul food, while the high-energy 24/7 Mega Bar boasts the state’s longest indoor bar – 165 feet to be precise.

It’s clear that Circa Resort & Casino is not prepared to do things by half measures – abiding by the old Las Vegas adage of “go hard or go home”.

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