US – Circa Sports pays out $11m to pro football contest winnersBy Phil - 19 January 2022
Circa Sports awarded $11m to the winners of its record-setting Circa Survivor and Circa Million III pro-football contests, which concluded on January 9.
Marking the largest legal football survivor contest in the world, Circa Survivor awarded five winners a collective $7m payout. Back for its third year, Circa Million III delivered $4m in prizes over the course of the season, with the final winner claiming $1m.
“Our team at Circa Sports introduced some of the biggest football contests in the world within three years of operation, and the payouts were extraordinary” said Circa Sports CEO Derek Stevens. “We were thrilled to award six individuals win seven-figure prizes, and even got to celebrate with a few of them during game 20 in the world’s largest sportsbook at Circa Resort & Casino. It was a tremendous year for football, and we are looking forward to see what’s in store for next season’s contests.”
The winners of Circa Survivor each lasted 20 legs of the football season, including Thanksgiving and Christmas day. This entailed choosing one different team to win straight up each week, but the player could not pick the same team twice for the duration of the season. The five winners ended up going 20-0-0, which was a two-game increase from last year’s contest.
During Circa Million III, each player made five professional football picks against the spread each week. One point was awarded for each correct selection and one-half point for each push. A collective $4m in payouts were awarded, including a $100,000 booby prize for last place in the full season.
At a special presentation and cocktail reception at The D Las Vegas on January 14, the contest winners were presented with checks from Stevens and the Circa Sports team.
Since its 2019 launch, Circa Sports has become known for a leadership team consisting of the industry’s top oddsmakers, and a menu featuring some of the best odds in the country. The brand has seen rapid growth since its first location at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. Shortly after, it opened at sister property the D Las Vegas, and then launched its flagship location as the world’s largest sportsbook inside Circa Resort & Casino. This was quickly followed by Southern Nevada satellite books at Tuscany Suites and Casino in Las Vegas and The Pass at Water Street in Henderson. Additionally, Circa Sports has expanded in the country with operations in Colorado and Iowa.
Details for the 2022-2023 football contests will be announced this summer.