irca Sports owner and CEO Derek Stevens will give delegates at December’s Betting on Sports America – Digital conference the inside track on the Circa Resort & Casino development that is slated to open as soon as next week in Las Vegas.
On December 2, Stevens will share his insights on the launch of the resort casino and its vast sportsbook during a keynote interview with Roger Gross, publisher of Global Gaming Business magazine.
Stevens, who is also owner of the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino and the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, rounds out an elite trio of operator executives who will be providing keynotes at the Dec. 1-2 virtual event, joining the previously announced William Hill US CEO Joseph Asher and MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle on the roster.
Stevens has been a staple of the downtown Las Vegas movement since coming to the city in 2008. His first investment was in the redevelopment of Golden Gate. Since then he has been on a mission to revitalize downtown Las Vegas and transform the Fremont Street entertainment experience.
His latest project Circa is the first new integrated resort casino built from the ground up in Downtown Las Vegas in four decades. It will open on October 28. The centerpiece of the 777 room property is the world’s largest sportsbook. The multi-level facility features stadium-style seating and a capacity of 1,000 people. Since its inception, Stevens’ Circa Sports has operated books that are open to all bettors from beginners to sharps.
The property opens at a time when Circa is also expanding outside of Nevada, having launched Circa Sports Colorado earlier this year. Stevens said despite the current pandemic, the industry still finds itself in a time of huge growth potential. “Operators certainly have challenges right now and must be nimble in order to endure the current challenges,” he said. “Once we are able to weather this storm, and come out the other side of it, good things will be on the horizon. Circa Sports is in a great position today and well into the future.”
Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of event organizer SBC said: “Derek is one of the true visionary leaders in our industry. Adding him to the esteemed list alongside Mr. Asher and Mr. Hornbuckle creates a triumvirate of speakers that are unmatched anywhere else in the event space.”
The full line-up of 130 speakers, comprising operators’ senior executives, regulators, affiliates, suppliers, and advisors, for the eight-track conference is set to be announced shortly.
The event will also have an interactive product display area where operators will be able to learn about the next generation of products and solutions from international suppliers, talk to suppliers’ expert teams, and experience the products directly through demos. There will be further opportunities for operators and suppliers to connect in the virtual networking lounge, the meeting rooms in the virtual networking bar, and at the program of themed networking roundtables.