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Newest downtown Vegas casino set to open, pandemic or not

LAS VEGAS (AP) — If the 1,000-seat sports book at the Circa Resort & Casino doesn’t get you, maybe the six rooftop swimming pools will. Even during a pandemic, casino co-owner Derek Stevens hopes sun and sports will draw 4,000 people a day — all 21 and older — when the first and tallest new casino in four decades opens early next Wednesday in downtown Las Vegas. Stevens imagines ticket-buying crowds at his outdoor Stadium Swim and the indoor sports betting auditorium he calls the world’s largest. To accommodate them, he has also built an eight-story structure with almost 1,000 parking spaces, dubbed Garage Mahal.

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