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Casino City’s Friday Five: NFL contests, anniversaries and expansions edition

26 May 2023

By Dan Ippolito

Last month, we saw dreams get made as over 200 athletes heard their name called during the NFL Draft. With a few months until the start of the season, NFL bettors can look forward to an even bigger reward from the Circa Sports contests. Before we dive into those details, let’s take a look at some other top stories. There’s a hotel expansion at a California casino, an Atlantic City resort celebrating 45 years, the price of a Las Vegas trip going in the wrong direction, and a preview of the 2023 World Series of Poker, which begins next week.

Let’s start this week at Circa Resort & Casino, which has created what has become the biggest football contest in the U.S.:

5. Circa Sports Million and Circa Survivor are back
After the $12 million payout for the 2022-23 season, Circa Sports Million and Circa Survivor both return for another year, but this time with an even bigger payout. At a guaranteed $14 million payout between the two contests, this year’s pro football contests promise to be the largest payout for the 2023-24 NFL season.

For an entry fee of $1,000, players make five picks against the spread in the Circa Million V every week and go head-to-head with the other contestants, competing to win a share of $6 million in total guaranteed cash prizes. Each correct selection awards you one point, while each push will earn you a half point. Do you have what it takes to beat last year’s grand-prize-winning score of 59-26-5?

Entrants will compete for the $1 million first prize and a Circa Sports blue jacket. Even if you don’t place first, $3.65 million will be allocated amongst places 2-100 at the end of the season. Additionally, $300,000 of prizes per quarter will be awarded every four to five weeks. Last place can also win! The last place booby prize winner will receive $100,000 and second-to-last place booby prize winner will receive $50,000.

Circa Survivor will last up to 20 weeks starting with Week 1 of the NFL season and include Thanksgiving Day/Black Friday and Christmas as their own contest weeks. Each entry costs $1,000, which comes with a Circa Survivor hat and 10 entries maximum per person. For each leg of the contest, you will select one NFL team. Be careful with your selection, as each team can only be selected once per entry during the contest! If you select a team that loses or ties its NFL game during contest weeks 1-20, your entire entry will be eliminated from the contest.

Circa Survivor will continue until a single entry remains. The last remaining entry will win the entire pool with a promised minimum of $8 million.

4. Las Vegas could soon cost you more
In this week’s video, we hear Caesars Entertainment CEO Tom Reeg’s comments about how there’s a new clientele in Sin City.

Las Vegas is always changing and now boasts world-class cuisine and entertainment, and all of this is leading to higher paying customers, and you can bet that’s music to gambling companies’ ears.

“Back in our parents' day, it was a very different market, low value, you get steak and lobster for a couple of bucks,” said Reeg. “Now you're talking about one of the best food and beverage scenes in the world."

Not only that, but professional sports teams now call the city home. The Vegas Golden Knights, an NHL expansion team, were followed by the relocation of the NFL's Oakland Raiders to a stadium just off The Strip. Now, the Oakland A's baseball team is also headed to town, and there's even a Formula 1 race this fall.

The growth of these big events in Las Vegas not only means more visitors filling up hotel rooms, but they also draw a higher level of clientele.

3. New hotel expansion set to hit Jamul Casino
Earlier this week, the Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation announced the expansion of the Jamul Casino in California with a boutique, luxury hotel. The hotel is currently under construction.

The 16-story hotel will offer 200 rooms, including 52 suites, and be accompanied by a six-story parking structure with 350 parking spaces.

The hotel will offer retail space, meeting and banquet facilities, a full-service spa and salon with an outdoor deck, a fitness center, luxury guest rooms and suites for VIP guests, and an 11,000-square-foot rooftop pool deck including a jetted hot tub, cabanas, and a rooftop bar.

2. Resorts Casino Atlantic City to host 45th anniversary celebrations
Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City is celebrating its 45th anniversary this Memorial Day weekend. The celebration gets started this afternoon with a special giveaway, activities and live entertainment.

Starting at 1 p.m. today, the activities get underway as Kelsey Grammer and Mayor Marty Small Sr. host the Annual Opening of the Sea Ceremony.

Entertainment throughout the day consists of viewing unique sand sculptures by renowned artist John Gowdy, promotions from Wiseguy Entertainment, The Kilted Rogues Bagpipers, Brittany Lynn from Philly Drag Mafia and more.

Once the clock strikes 5 p.m., guests can enjoy the Annual Beach Ball Drop at the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk.

1. Top 10 things to expect from the 2023 WSOP
The World Series of Poker, which begins on the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday and runs through 18 July, is the most prestigious poker event in the world. Poker pro Tadas Peckaitis has 10 things to watch at this year's event, which is expected to attract record-breaking attendance figures, including:

New Events
One thing that makes the WSOP exciting is its variety of events, and we can expect to see at least two new events in 2023, Gladiators of Poker and Ultra Stack.

Players on a tight budget will be glad to hear that Gladiators of Poker will have the lowest buy-in for a live event as it only costs $300. On the other hand, it is rumored that the Ultra Stack will be a super-deep stack event with a $600 buy-in.

Return of the Mysterious Bounty
The Mystery Millions tournament, popularly called the Mystery Bounty event, will return at the WSOP 2023.

The tournament will have a $1,000 buy-in and offer bounties starting from $10,000, with $1 million going to the lucky winner and any bounties they earn on their way to victory.

A new star
This year’s tournament will be the most media-covered poker event of the year, so we will probably see a few new players make names for themselves.

Whether it be because of their skills at the tables, trash talk, clothes, or even pure luck, new players will emerge to take their five minutes of glory or maybe to make a career from the game.

One of the best things about poker is that anyone can win, and no event has proven this more over the years than the WSOP, where we have had some amazing poker success stories.

Dan Ippolito
As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and he writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports.

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