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Last edit: hail2skins on Tuesday, 13th December 2016 3:33 pm
Last response by wpsteel66 17th January 3:40pm

My grandfather wants his old casino back :(

Sigh......the artist depiction makes Encore Players Club look downright highbrow.

http://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/dec/13/level-up-where-casino-gambling-and-video-games-mee/

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 senatorkevin responded on Tuesday, 13th December 2016

A couple of things...

1: How the hell did the Rain Forrest Cafe last 20+ years?

2: It mentions a Sigma Derby. Are they moving the old one from the casino floor or are they adding in an additional one!? (For those note familiar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBuACzDx9vs )

3: This is technically an expansion of their gaming floor.

 vespajet replied on Saturday, 17th December 2016

Rainforest Cafe lasted at MGM for so long because these sort of places always do well in touristy places (The nearby Harley-Davidson Cafe lasted for nearly 19 years before closing at the end of October. The Hard Rock Cafe that is in front of the Hard Rock Hotel is closing at the end of this month after 26 years as the owners opted to focus on the location on the Strip instead.). The space had been rumored for repurposing for some time before the lease was up, so Landry's (Yes, the company that owns the Golden Nugget.) decided to move it to Harmon Corner next door to Bubba Gump's (another touristy restaurant chain owned by Landry's).

Considering the scarcity of Sigma Derby machines, it's likely a relocation of the existing machine. Then again Montbleu in Tahoe got rid of their two machines not too long ago, so maybe MGM bought them (either to replace the current machine or for parts.).

 levans replied on Saturday, 17th December 2016

And Rainforest had a great location since you had to walk by it when you entered MGM. When I stayed at the Tropicana for a few years I went in MGM to get to the elevated walkway to get back to my room. Never went in but the exterior looked cool and kid friendly.

 vespajet replied on Sunday, 18th December 2016

When I stayed at the Trop five years ago, I spent a lot of time at MGM and passed by the place a bunch.

 Drake responded on Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Hopscotch on casino floor? Hopscotch?!!

I'm worried about the younger generation. They don't seem to get this "gambling, booze, sex" thing.

 senatorkevin replied on Wednesday, 14th December 2016

why would they like gambling? they're not stupid and know that the house's edge has gotten bigger and bigger over the years and not to mention they have zero cash.

So that's why you need to ease them into pit games with other alternatives ;-)

 Drake replied on Thursday, 15th December 2016

That's true. But I've heard that hopscotch causes shrunken testicles and impotence. You can't have that in Vegas!

 hobgoblin7777 responded on Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Is MGM trying to utilize this space to compete with the Encore Players Club?

 jimmybond responded on Thursday, 15th December 2016

this is a precursor to skills based gambling, maybe future drone racing wagering.

 MinVegas responded on Thursday, 15th December 2016

I'm going to repeat what I said in the Vital Vegas comments:

1) I think it looks fun and I'd give it a try.
2) It's just the Rainforest Café which many people didn't visit anyway so you really didn't lose any valuable casino real estate.
3) There's still the largest casino floor in the US right outside the door. And it's one of the most generic and inoffensive ones on the strip.

 wpsteel66 responded on Tuesday, 17th January 2017

Different clientele with the younger generation so the casino operators have to find ways for this subgroup to spend all their money and keep them in the MGM...nightclubs only go so far.