Standings for Circa Friday Football Invitational

January 2, 2023 04:34 PM

On Friday nights in the fall for more than a decade, football bettors would crowd a small, smoky sportsbook on the Strip to see two handicappers go head to head in a $10,000 winner-take-all contest. The contestants’ names were lit up outside on the marquee, adding an element of prestige to being a part of the Stardust Invitational.

The contest concluded after the 2005 season -- the Stardust closed on Nov. 1, 2006 and its two hotel towers were imploded in March 2007 -- and it has been missed.

So it’s time to bring back memories of an old friend. In a tip of the cap to the Stardust Invitational, Circa owner Derek Stevens is putting up his money and putting his support behind a new VSIN-produced event, the Circa Friday Football Invitational.

The theme is the same, but the contest format is slightly different and improved. While there are still 16 handicappers in a bracket, all contestants are involved each week in a season-long competition, as opposed to the Stardust format that pitted only two handicappers a week in a head-to-head elimination duel. Stevens has boosted the prize money to $25,000.

The 16-handicapper field is officially set. Here are the contest details:


Sixteen handicappers compete -- with no entry fee required -- in a season-long contest with $25,000 in prizes awarded.

When: Friday, September 9 through Friday, January, 6, 2023 (18 weeks)

Where: VSIN studio at the Circa sportsbook

Contest plays: Five plays, college and NFL sides and totals (no props, team totals, first-half plays etc.) with one designated as the Best Bet (BB).

Here are the updated standings:


STANDINGS (through Week 17, Jan. 2)


Contestant Overall Points Best Bet Record
Best Bet Points
Chris Fallica 51-34 51 12-5 12
Doug Kezirian 48-35-2 49 8-7-2 9
Chuck Edel 49-36 49 6-11 6
Paul Stone 48-36-1 48.5 7-10 7
Joey Fortuna 46-37-1 46.5 9-8 9
James Salinas 45-36-3 46.5 8-9 8
Randy McKay 45-38-2 46 8-9 8
Jeff Whitelaw 42-39-3 43.5 8-6-2 9
X-Marc Lawrence 40-38-2 41 10-6 10
X-Dan Saley 35-37-2 36 7-8 7
X-Brian Edwards 33-37 33 7-7 7
X-Bobby Brubeck 29-34-2 30 4-9 4
X-Cris Zeniuk 26-32-2 27 4-8 4
X-Erin Rynning 24-30-1 24.5 3-7-1 3.5
X-Steve Fezzik 21-28-1 21.5 6-3-1 6.5
X-Mike North 16-26-3 17.5 3-6 3


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