LAS VEGAS GAMBLING: Circa casino guide

If you want to indulge in some Las Vegas gambling, then Downtown, where there are 12 casinos within ten minutes walk of each other, is a great place to do it. The newest of them is the Circa casino.

In fact, it is absolutely no exaggeration to say that the Circa casino – and property in general – has changed the game a bit Downtown. It is the first real time that a genuine Strip feel has arrived in the old-school part of the City.

It has certainly become the place to be and it is tough to see it relinquishing that reputation any time soon.

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Circa Casino overview

Total gaming space: 80,000 sq. ft

Rewards program: Club One

Number of Slot and video poker machines:  1,350+

High Limit slots room: Yes

Table games: Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, variations of poker

Poker Room: No

Sports book: Yes

Smoking: Yes

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The Circa casino was only opened in October 2020 but it has already made its presence felt. The resort is the most visible and modern in the Downtown area, and the casino is so sprawling it covers two levels.

The location is an excellent one at the very top of the Fremont Street Experience, for a start. However, the first thing to stress is that, if you want to get into Circa, you’re going to have to present photo ID at the door. That is whether you look 50 or 15, by the way.

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It is an absolutely painless process, though, and just as well as there is no escaping it. Besides the main lobby, there are three entry points to the Circa casino – a bridge from the parking lot (Garage Mahal), the main entrance on Fremont Street and a smaller side Entrance on Main Street. It doesn’t matter which one you us, there will be someone to scan your driver’s licence or passport. it’s just how it is.

Thankfully it is a quick process and once you are inside you quickly forget about it. It’s a simply quality place to be, with great lighting and a premium finish. There is something about the place that just has that buzz of excitement reverberating around it.

Gambling at Circa casino

Everything inside the Circa casino is just bigger and brighter than other properties Downtown. The Sportsbook is enormous. In fact, it is so big that you can enjoy it from multiple floors. Other casinos have one gaming floor – Circa has two. The aptly-named Long Bar is just next level stuff too.

It is not replete with older slot machines, so if vintage Las Vegas is your thing, then Circa won’t tick that box. That said, a giant restored Vegas Vicky sign is the centrepiece of the Circa casino, and she is magnificent.

If you’re a slots player, you will find plenty at Circa to keep you interested for hours. For starters, there are more than 1,350 machines, most of which are the modern style ones. There are also 55 high-limit slot machines too in their own separate area for those who like to push the bet a little.

If your Las Vegas gambling means table games, then you won’t be left wanting either. There are 55 of those too covering all the classics like Blackjack, Poker, Baccarat, Roulette and Craps, as well as variants of most of them.

The huge Long Bar is just one of the locations within the Circa casino that offers bar top Video Poker too, and trust me that place has a lot of bar-top space.

Sportsbook and drinks service

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The sheer size of Circa can make things tough for the cocktail waitresses to get around, but they do a perfectly good job. The complimentary drinks service is perhaps not as sharp as other casinos. However, considering the square-footage of Circa, the drinks service is easily as good as could reasonably be expected.

I have briefly touched upon the sportsbook, but it really must be seen to be believed. For guests (and those of The D), there is another one at Stadium Swim, which is Circa’s pool. If anything, that is an even more impressive venue to watch, and bet on, sports.

Rewards club

One added advantage of the Circa Casino is that it is part of the Derek Stevens family. That means you should get plenty of use out of your Club One card.

Your Club One card can also be used at Golden Gate and The D too, which are both great properties. Compared to most other Downtown rewards programmes, you buck will go further with Club One.

One final, yet important, thing to mention is that Circa is an adults only resort. If you have kids in tow, you will have to give it a miss.

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Michael Graham
Michael Graham
Michael Graham is a journalist with more than a decade of industry experience. He has a love for all things Las Vegas.

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