Superlatives. It’s the nicest casino downtown but we already knew that. This place would reign high in Caesars’s portfolio, could slip comfortably into the upper echelon of MGM’s, and has Cosmo wow factor at every corner. It’s one of the nicest joints in Vegas; that’s the correct superlative.
Minimums and cross-marketing. The lowest I found was $25 opening night with a smattering of $15 tables the next day. Many predict these’ll drop drastically. I’m not so sure. Circa is in a unique position as the city’s newest casino standing across the street from the city’s oldest with both under the same company [and Fremont] canopy.
Player: “Where’s the $10 tables?”
Dealer: “I’m sorry, we don’t have any here but we have many across the street at our sister property.”
On most weekdays, I predict Golden Gate guests will be outnumbered by Circa guests at their own tables. And going to The D is still door-to-door more convenient than hopping between neighboring strip resorts.
It pulls whatever you consider Vegas’s luxury epicenter off its axis. I’ve never seen this many baccarat tables in a non-strip property. Drinks and food are strip quality and strip price. The cabanas are air-conditioned. I repeat: the cabanas are air-conditioned.
It’s a huge risk built for clientele who might not have downtown on their radar. Tier match the MGM Platinums and Caesars Diamonds, give them $100 at Barry’s, but only, only if they make their way up to Stadium Swim to claim their reward. They’ll see downtown in a new light.
Room rates probably won’t budge much. Considering the size of the casino to the limited number of rooms, they’re filling beds with players; I’m betting on a larger than usual room allotment dedicated to comp inventory.
Drink service was outrageously good.
Designed with Social in mind. Mega Bar, Vegas Vickie’s, and I’m sure Legacy Club. Parts of Barry’s. That sportsbook and Stadium Swim. Circa will consistently glow neon red on any social media heat map.
Unlike the strip, some of its top experiences aren’t rip offs. Cabanas and tables are at reasonable minimum spend requirements (over flat rental prices). I’m hoping parts of Legacy Club follow the same model.
There’s air conditioning vents in the floors. Wear shorts and skip the underwear.
I can’t help but draw parallels to 1989, The Mirage, and its influence. As time elapses, downtown history will be chronicled in two separate eras: pre- and post-Circa.