Standings for Circa Friday Football Invitational

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 NFL Week 4, Oct. 1)



Contestant Overall Record Total Points Best Bet Record
Best Bet Points
Chris Fallica 14-6 14 4-0 4
Chuck Edel 14-6 14 2-2 2
Marc Lawrence 12-8 12 4-0 4
James Salinas 12-8 12 1-3 1
Steve Fezzik 11-8-1 11.5 3-0-1 3.5
Randy McKay 10-9-1 10.5 2-2 2
Jeff Whitelaw 10-9-1 10.5 2-2 2
Doug Kezirian 10-10 10 2-2 2
Dan Saley 9-10-1 9.5 2-2 2
Erin Rynning 9-10-1 9.5 0-3-1 0.5
Bobby Brubeck 9-11 9 2-2 2
Cris Zeniuk 9-11 9 1-3 1
Mike North 8-11-1 8.5 2-2 2
Joey Fortuna 8-12 8 1-3 1
Paul Stone 8-12 8 1-3 1
Brian Edwards 6-14 6 3-1 3


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