Circa Sports Guaranteeing $12 Million In 2022 NFL Contests

Written By Nicole Russo on August 12, 2022
Circa Sports Contests

When it comes to football contests, nobody does things quite like Circa Sports. This year, the company is guaranteeing $12 million total in its Circa Million IV and Circa Survivor contests.

TheLines sat down with Circa VP of Operations Mike Palm and CEO Derek Stevens to talk about the contest and some special events coming up at the property in Las Vegas.

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There are two separate contests this year at Circa sports: The Circa Million IV and Circa Survivor. Both carry $6 million in guaranteed prizes.

Circa Million IV

To participate in Circa Million IV, you have to sign up in Las Vegas on property. After that, you can play from anywhere. It is $1,000 to enter, and each person gets a max of three entries.

You make five picks against the NFL betting spread each week. Circa awards one point for each correct selection and one-half point for pushes.

If you get the most points and win the contest, you get $1 million. Over $3.5 million is distributed for places 2-100. There are also additional prizes awarded quarterly as well as to last and second-to-last place.

The best part of all is that Circa takes no rake on the contest. All extra fees go toward the prize pool.

You can find more details on the contest here.

Circa Survivor

Your other option to get a chance at a $6 million prize pool is to enter the Circa Survivor contest. This one also comes with a $1,000 price tag, but you can get up to six entries. Sign-ups are done in person at the Las Vegas property.

Participants choose a different NFL team to win every week, and each team can only be chosen once, so strategy is very important here. You will make up to 20 NFL picks, which include weeks 1-18, as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas games.

You are eliminated from the contest if your pick loses its game or the game results in a tie. If more than one entry remains at the end, Circa will evenly split the prize pool amongst the winners.

There is also a $1 million bonus prize for entries that go undefeated (20-0) without selecting the LA Rams and Cincinati Bengals in the contest.

Click here to read contest rules and regulations.

Circa CEO Derek Stevens Talks Contests and Special Events

We had a great opportunity to sit down with Circa CEO Derek Stevens to talk about how the contests have grown over the years and what customers can expect from the contests this year.

Tell our readers a little bit about the contests and what your goals are for it this year.

We started up Circa Million four years ago with a $1 million guarantee. With us being a newer contest, we felt we had to do a guarantee, and each year we have grown it. This year we have two contests. We have the Circa Sports Million IV and the Circa Survivor. Both contents have a $6 million guarantee, so in total, we have guarantees of $12 million. Nobody else is doing $12 million guaranteed. Just the magnitude of the contest is pretty amazing. Another unique thing is we don’t take any rake. Every single dollar of entry fees goes back to the winning contestants. Our goal this year is to make sure we hit $6 million worth of entries in each contest. If not, then we have to make up the difference.

When do you open the contests, and when do sign-ups end?

The contest opened a couple of months ago, and sign-ups end on September 10.

Are there any cool events coming up at Circa Las Vegas?

We have three contest weekends coming up on August 12, 19, and 26. All three weekends are special contest sign-up weekends with various events. That includes open bars at Bar Canada at The D Casino & Hotel.

We are bringing in VSiN talent for meet-and-greets on each Friday night of those weekends. On Saturdays during the day, we are doing events at Stadium Swim for people that sign up for either football contest.

For the August 12 weekend, we are doing a concert with Theory of a Dead Man. On the August 19 weekend, we are doing a concert with Simple Plan.

For the August 26 weekend, which is our culmination weekend, we are doing a 2022 Football Preview hosted by Mike Palm with our 2022 sports betting panel.

The panel includes Circa Sports Director of Risk Chris Bennett, former NFL players Brian Urlacher and Shaun King, as well Senior Strategist for Covers Adam Chernoff.

We sat down with Chris Bennett last week to get an inside look at NFL betting at Circa Sports. You can read that article here.

Circa is expanding…what can customers expect from the company outside of Las Vegas?

Mike Palm, VP of Operations, gave insight into what customers can expect from Circa in the future and outside of Vegas.

We are open for mobile sports wagering in Colorado. We offer mobile sports wagering in the state of Iowa. On August 30, we are opening a brick-and-mortar location in Sparks, Nevada. Derek will be there for the opening of Legends Bay Casino, where we will have our first location in northern Nevada. Q1 of 2023, we look to have both mobile and brick-and-mortar solutions in Illinois by partnering with Full House Resorts and American Place Casino.

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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for and She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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