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Matt Metcalf: How College Basketball Betting Changed My Life

By Matt Metcalf @MMpact | Mar 10, 2022

The year was 1995, it was the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and I was a novice bettor who wanted more than anything to figure out how to make big money betting sports. I loved betting basketball, but I was awful at the objective, winning bets. I watched college sports nonstop, had tons of opinions, and more than anything I believed in luck. The luck part of this equation was made substantially worse due to what I now recognize as a moderate case of OCD. This was made extremely evident by the fact that I wholeheartedly believed that lining up my…

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Sportsbook Manager Chris Bennett on Super Bowl LVI Props

By Circa Sports | Feb 7, 2022

Circa Sports Sportsbook Manager Chris Bennett joins the Covers Daily live broadcast to discuss Circa Sports’ Super Bowl LVI props menu and his approach to making odds for Super Bowl props.

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Assistant Sportsbook Manager Jeff Davis on Be Better Bettors

By Circa Sports | Jan 25, 2022

Circa Sports Assistant Sportsbook Manager Jeff Davis joins the Be Better Bettors podcast to discuss his career in sports betting and his approach to bookmaking and oddsmaking.

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Sportsbook Operations Manager Jeff Benson on Covers Daily

By Circa Sports | Jan 13, 2022

Operations Manager Jeff Benson joins Covers Daily to discuss Circa Sports’ approach to the sports betting industry, NFL predictions, and more.

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Sportsbook Manager Chris Bennett on Be Better Bettors

By Circa Sports | Nov 28, 2021

Circa Sports Sportsbook Manager Chris Bennett joins the Be Better Bettors podcast to discuss his career in sports betting and his bookmaking and oddsmaking philosophy.

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2nd Annual Circa Sports Football Contest Panel Discussion

By Circa Sports | Aug 28, 2021

Topics range from 2021 NFL season predictions to sports betting philosophy as Mike Palm moderates the 2nd Annual Circa Sports Football Contest Panel Discussion with Michael Lombardi, Matt Metcalf, Mike Pritchard and Cristen Zenuik.

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The Art of Setting Sports Betting Limits

By Matt Metcalf @MMpact | Dec 3, 2020

Every few months the subject of sportsbook limits seems to pop up on Twitter and much debate usually follows. Having been in Las Vegas for the better part of 20 years, both as a bettor and a bookmaker, I feel I’m as qualified as anyone to offer my take on the matter.

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Sportsbook Director Matt Metcalf on VSIN’s Follow the Money

By Circa Sports | Dec 2, 2020

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Opening a New Book: The New Circa Las Vegas Sportsbook

Opening a New Book: The New Circa Las Vegas Sportsbook

By Matt Metcalf @MMpact | Oct 23, 2020

For a little over a year Circa Sports has existed in 2 locations, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino and the D Las Vegas. We opened the doors on June 1, 2019 and for the most part have not looked back. A lot of our thought process in starting our hole-in-the-wall sportsbook located in the oldest hotel in Las Vegas was to make as many mistakes as we could as quickly as we could. The importance of making these mistakes is that this is usually the best way to learn – and the often the only way to grow. We knew…

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Circa Sports — Where The Pros Play

By Matt Metcalf @MMpact | Jun 23, 2020

When we opened the doors to Circa Sports a little more than a year ago, we had a few ideas about what we were bringing to the sports betting landscape. Part of the reason we felt qualified to take an honest look at what was missing in the sports betting world was our experience on both sides of the counter.

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Booking and Wagering on Smaller Sports and Niche Markets

By Matt Metcalf @MMpact | May 26, 2020

With the recent events regarding COVID-19, bookmakers around the world have been forced to become resourceful in their efforts to find additional sports to add to their betting menu. This has created a unique situation for bettors and bookmakers all around the world.

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Sportsbook Director Matt Metcalf on Be Better Bettors

By Circa Sports | May 11, 2020

Sportsbook Director Matt Metcalf joins the Be Better Bettors podcast to discuss his career in sports betting and Circa Sports’ bookmaking philosophy.

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Sportsbook Director Matt Metcalf on VSIN’s Follow the Money

By Circa Sports | Feb 14, 2020

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Why Betting Lines Move: A Bookmaker’s Perspective

By Matt Metcalf @MMpact | Jan 24, 2020

If you hang around sportsbooks long enough, you will overhear countless conversations between bettors speculating about why a certain line has moved. Betting lines move for a variety of reasons and for the most part are in a constant state of flux. In this article, we will run through some of the main reasons why a betting line might move between the time the line opens and the start of the game.

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Key Factors for Bowl Game Bookmaking

By Matt Lindeman @lindetrain | Dec 27, 2019

College football bowl games have become a national pastime and typically generate a lot of interest from sports bettors. A number of factors can influence the point spread for bowls, creating an entirely new challenge for bookmakers relative to the regular reason.

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How Lines Are Set: An Oddsmaker’s Perspective

By Matt Metcalf @MMpact | Dec 20, 2019

The opening line can be a term that is thrown around pretty loosely when it comes to sports betting. You will often hear media outlets say “Vegas” opened the line this or “Vegas” has the line at that. But what does that really mean when we hear these expressions?

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