WAUKEGAN, ILL. – Las Vegas-based Circa Sports will expand its operations to Illinois in collaboration with Full House Resorts’ (Nasdaq: FLL) upcoming American Place, a destination entertainment casino under construction in Waukegan, Illinois. This will expand Circa Sports’ footprint to its fourth state, following Nevada, Iowa and Colorado.

“We are thrilled to introduce our industry-leading sports betting and hospitality experience to Illinois,” said Circa Sports founder and CEO Derek Stevens. “We have developed incredible relationships with Midwest bettors at our Las Vegas casinos, so to bring our product to the great state of Illinois is a major milestone for us.”

The initial arrival of Circa Sports in Illinois will be in The Temporary by American Place, a temporary casino that Full House Resorts will operate while constructing the permanent American Place casino, in addition to the launch of its popular mobile sports betting app. The Temporary will include a dedicated wagering area with betting kiosks, physical ticket windows, and digital boards with real-time odds. Bettors can catch all the sports action on 36 televisions, ranging from 60” to 80” screens. Using the mobile Circa Sports app, Illinois bettors will be able to register, fund, and wager on sports from anywhere in the state. The permanent American Place casino will feature a best-in-class retail sportsbook to match the quality and scale of the casino development.

“We promised Illinois a premium gaming and entertainment facility, and that includes a first-class sports book experience,” said Alex Stolyar, Chief Development Officer of Full House Resorts. “We witnessed how Derek and his team have revolutionized the sports betting and viewing experience at Circa, and knew that they would be the right partner for American Place.”

Stevens added, “American Place has been an excellent partner for the launch of our temporary sportsbook. This is our first time introducing a physical book to a new state, and we are thrilled to work with Full House to bring it to life.”

Circa Sports has achieved impressive growth since its 2019 launch. Debuting at Stevens’ Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, the brand is available to bettors in five locations across Southern Nevada – including a flagship location in the world’s largest sportsbook at Circa Resort & Casino – and via mobile betting offerings in Colorado and Iowa. Circa Sports has become known for a leadership team consisting of the industry’s top oddsmakers with a menu featuring some of the best odds in the country.

American Place is currently being developed as a premium gaming and entertainment destination within Waukegan’s Fountain Square district. The permanent casino facility will include approximately 1,600 slot machines, 100 table games, a state-of-the-art sports book, an exclusive 20-villa hotel, a 1,500-seat live entertainment venue, and a wide variety of bars and restaurants.

About Circa Sports
Helmed by casino owner and downtown Las Vegas developer Derek Stevens, Circa Sports is blazing a new trail in the gaming industry by combining customer-first approach to business with a team of the country’s top oddsmakers. Circa Sports boasts one of the most competitive wagering menus in Las Vegas and is a leader in the city for sports futures. The venture currently operates in the world’s largest sportsbook at Circa Resort & Casino, as well as sister properties Golden Gate Hotel & Casino and the D Las Vegas. Stevens launched his first Las Vegas books outside of his downtown properties at Tuscany Suites & Casino and The Pass Casino in Henderson. Additionally, Circa Sports’ mobile app is available in Colorado and Iowa, and the brand will launch at a temporary casino in Waukegan, Ill. In partnership with Full House Resorts. Inc.

About Full House Resorts, Inc.
Full House Resorts owns, leases, develops and operates gaming facilities throughout the country. The Company’s properties include Silver Slipper Casino and Hotel in Hancock County, Mississippi; Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel in Cripple Creek, Colorado; Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana; Stockman’s Casino in Fallon, Nevada; and Grand Lodge Casino, located within the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village, Nevada. The Company is currently constructing The Temporary at American Place, a new casino in Waukegan, Illinois, and Chamonix Casino Hotel, a new luxury hotel and casino in Cripple Creek, Colorado. For further information, please visit or

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