Las Vegas hedging its bets on esports

Some Las Vegas sportsbooks will be back in business this week, opening their apps for wagering for the first time since mid-March, when they were shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. One, Circa Sports, is even offering curbside service at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, helping customers sign up for mobile accounts and deposit funds while practicing social distancing. The timing coincides with the return of UFC this weekend and NASCAR racing the next. “The plan was to reopen when we had more popular sports return,” said Jay Kornegay, vice president of race and sports operations at the Westgate. “UFC has three cards in about 10 days and NASCAR has seven races from May 17 to 27. Add a few special golf events and we’re crawling back.

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