September 25, 2020 3 min read


Nevada Gaming Commission Approved Circa’s Casino License

The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC), during its meeting Thursday, approved a casino license for the new gaming property in downtown Las Vegas, Circa. The NGC’s commissioners acted upon the approval and recommendation from the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) and approved a casino license for the first built from the ground up downtown gaming establishment in nearly 4 decades.

Circa Is Already Hiring Personnel

The Circa casino is scheduled to open doors October 28, with the hotel part being allowed to become operational at a later date. The gaming property owned by Derek Stevens, also an owner of the Golden Gate and D Las Vegas, is already creating a furore in terms of employment in Las Vegas, seeking to hire about 1,500 people during times when jobs are lost to the pandemic impact.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the NGCB’s recommendation and grant Stevens a casino license. The vote was entirely influenced by Derek Stevens’ track record of being licensed 9 times in the last 12 years and being well known to state regulators.

Stevens informed the NGC a national advertising campaign for his downtown resort will begin next week during the telecasts of the Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs, as Circa is all about moments and moments will be created indeed.

The Casino Property in Details

The modern casino-type resort will feature a vast gaming floor with 1,350 slot machines and 49 table games, and a hotel tower of 777 rooms and 60 suites. The casino will disappoint fans of live poker, though, as it will not have a poker room. But the casino will have a state-of-the-art Circa-branded sports book which will span over 3 levels and offer 1,000 seats for televised viewing, VSiN sports betting television studio and radio booths.

Food and dining will be well represented by the 6 restaurants, all of them outsourced, and 5 bars, but the main attraction will be a 3-tiered Staduim Swim Aquatheater located on the 5th floor of the property, which will offer property’s guests a choice between 6 temperature-controlled pools and 2 spas. Another significant addition will be a 14-million-pixel screen for showing live sports events.

“Something new and exciting is what we need down in Las Vegas.”

Commissioner Deborah J. Fuetsch, Reno, Nevada Gaming Commission

Derek Stevens informed the NGC’s members that only the first 7 of the hotel tower floors will open and be offered to guests by December 28, with the rest of the floors held back for a period of time, sufficient for the Circa’s management team to determine the proper ratio between rooms and suites.


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