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Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Jan 2017
We've recently received a tip that MGM Resorts International have begun removing the cloth canopies above the table games inside of Bellagio's casino. Not only have the canopy drapes been removed, they've removed the drape supports...

Tagged: las vegas   interior design   mgm resorts international   roger thomas   bellagio   tassels   

MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Oct 2016
The lovely, thoughtful and caring executives in charge of MGM Resorts International are yet again raising their resort fees. All rooms booked starting November 8th will have to pay the new fees. The last resort...

Tagged: resort fees   mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   jim murren   

MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Jul 2016
The kind and generous folks at MGM Resorts International have once again upped their resort fees for their middle tier properties MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage and Delano. The resort fees for these properties will...

Tagged: resort fees   profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   

MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 May 2016
As VT noted yesterday, the institution that is free parking on the Las Vegas Strip is imminently (and permanently) being dismantled by MGM Resorts International. There has been a lot of conjecture about who pays...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   paid parking   profit growth plan   m life   jim murren   

Boyd Gaming Sticks A Knife In The Strip

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 May 2016
This is interesting. Boyd Gaming, owners of Fremont, Orleans, Gold Coast, Sam's Town, The Cal, Main Street Station and Suncoast, have unfurled an advertising campaign that calls out price gouging properties on The Strip, offering...

Tagged: boyd gaming   fremont   orleans   sams town   the cal   main street station   mgm resorts international   advertising   

PGP: MGM To Expand Non-Smoking Rooms

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Mar 2016
Here's some good news... MGM Resorts International is looking to expand their inventory of non-smoking rooms in 2016. Great! As an ex-smoker, I'm ok with this development. Once you move to the other side...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   smoking   jim murren   chris nordling   jeff gebben   

MGM Responds To Zombie Jim Murren Twitter Account

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Feb 2016
They may have de-MGM'd the @jim_murren Twitter account, but MGM's junior varsity public relations squad is monitoring and responding to tweets directed at the disowned Jimbo Twitter. Looks like someone at MGM Careers is going to...

Tagged: jimbo   twitter   mgm resorts international   neenerneener      

Westgate Adds Parking Gates, Pay Stations

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Feb 2016
The Westgate Las Vegas, formerly LVH and Las Vegas Hilton, installed parking gates, card readers and pay stations to their parking garage. The gates are currently open. VT reader Waffle tells us: Went to the Westgate...

Tagged: paid parking   westgate   mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   

MGM Cutting Employees, Too

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Dec 2015
The fun hasn't stopped at MGM Resorts International, owners of Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York New York, home of the Profit Growth Plan, an internal...

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Look Who Plans To Profit From The MGM Profit Growth Plan

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Dec 2015
Indubitably, we will learn more ways in which MGM Resorts International will cut corners on guest offerings in the name of increasing profit via their Profit Growth Plan. They'll find creative ways to add...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   jim murren   

MGM Hates Bartenders, Too

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Dec 2015
MGM Resorts International, owners of Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, and Vdara, have been aggressively instituting new cost reduction programs throughout their collection of...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   project growth plan   comps   booze   

Hey Siri, What's The Best Hotel In Las Vegas?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 25 Nov 2015
Hey Siri, What's The Best Hotel In Las Vegas? There is so much wrong here, I don't know where to start. Time to call in the experts. Explain, John Gruber....

Tagged: apple   siri   technology   trump international   bad advice   

PGP: MGM Hates Your Travel Agent, Too

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Nov 2015
MGM Resorts International, owners of Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, New York New York and Vdara, have made a lot of waves lately via their Profit Growth...

Tagged: profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   resort fees   expedia   priceline   jim murren   travel agents   reddit   

PGP: Aria Limits Comp Booze Offerings To Well Brands

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Nov 2015
Aria is a nice property. Joint owners MGM Resorts International and Infinity World spent close to $10 billion dollars building it and probably another billion bucks bandaging birthing boo-boos. Lots of folks who...

Tagged: aria   mgm resorts international   comps   profit growth plan   

WOW: Bellagio Institutes Surge Pricing At Bars

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Nov 2015
MGM Resorts International has another new front in their Profit Growth Plan war on customers... the bar. Just like tightening slots and table games, MGM is now turning their cost control and variable pricing...

Tagged: profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   jim murren   bellagio   surge pricing   

Paid Parking: The Profit Growth Plan Mailbag

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Nov 2015
Did you know that MGM Resorts International has a blog? It is called "Momentum" and its primary focus is employee communications. Since most MGM staffers don't have or require network access to do...

Tagged: paid parking   profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   public relations   jim murren   

Paid Parking: MGM Adds Car Counters To Parking Garage Ramps

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Nov 2015
MGM Resorts International is in heated internal discussions about shifting to a paid parking model as part of their Profit Growth Plan initiative to create new revenue streams for the company. A tipster has sent us...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   jim murren   paid parking   profit growth plan   

MGM Spins Off 10 Properties Into Real Estate Investment Trust

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 Oct 2015
MGM Resorts International has spun 10 of its properties off into a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) to be called MGM Growth Properties LLC, or MGP. MGM is giving the new subsidiary MGP the...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   reit   finance   

Coming Soon: No More Free Parking At MGM Resorts

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Oct 2015
Get out your pitchforks and fasten your seat belts folks, Las Vegas as you know it is about grind to a screeching halt. Sources have told VegasTripping that MGM Resorts International is on the verge of...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   las vegas   fees   resort fees   parking   

Second Nightclub Promoter Sues Hakkasan For Monopoly

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Aug 2015
Los Angeles-based nightclub promoter Ben Hakim has filed a cross complaint against Hakkasan LV LLC and Hakkasan LTD LLC in U.S. District Court in the State of Nevada. In court documents obtained by VegasTripping, Hakim alleges...

Tagged: hakkasan   lawsuits   mgm resorts international   

UPDATE: Here Come The New Fees From MGM

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Aug 2015
You may wonder why we talk about the corporate end of things so much on VT. The answer is simple - the suits make the decisions that affect your Vegas trips in the future....

Tagged: mgm resorts international   hotels   amenities   fees   

MGM Hakkasan Hospitality Unplugged

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Jul 2015
In February 2014, we posted that MGM Resorts International would be partnering with Hakkasan Group to build a Hakkasan Hotel at MGM Grand. We obtained renderings of the project shortly thereafter. Someday, these renderings will...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   hakkasan group   mgm hakkasan hospitality   jim murren   mgm grand   hakkasan hotel   gansevoort   

Video: The International Under Construction

Posted by Chuckmonster on 31 Jul 2014
Check out this amazing video of The International Hotel & Casino under construction in 1969, as Elvis Presley signs his contract to perform at the hotel's grand opening and beyond. Amazing! Big thanks to Misnomer for the...

Tagged: elvis   vegas history   construction   international   hilton   westgate   

The Arena In The Park

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Nov 2013
Earlier this week, MGM Resorts International and AEG formally unfurled fruits of their partnership to construct an arena located atop the former CityCenter design annex, directly behind New York-New York. The news of this...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   new york new york   monte carlo   city center   arena   the park   murren   

MGM Holds A Garage Sale

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Oct 2013
Hot on the heels of Caesars Entertainments's epic sale of junk, trash and collectables, MGM Resorts International is having their very own garage sale. Looking at the catalog of items is a study...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   garage sale   

MGM And The Company Town

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Jun 2013
The Review Journal Inside Gaming blog trumpeted this headline yesterday: Confidence in MGM Resorts future climbing Go read the article. Evidence cited is: J.P. Morgan investment analyst said meetings with MGM were 'upbeat', the news that MGM 'might'...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   jimbo   murren   gaming bizness   company town   

Trump International Penthouse Suite YouTubed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 Apr 2013
Here's a treat.... one of Misnomer's relatives got bumped up to the Penthouse Suite at Trump International all because the wifi didn't work... seriously. Quite a bump. We'll venture a guess that...

Tagged: trump international   youtube   penthouse   suites   

The Group Murrening

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Oct 2012
On the first night of VIMFP, a group of dedicated weirdoes broke off from the drunkypants festivities at Bar Vdara and headed towards the ARIA porte cochere to pay tribute to the CEO who made...

Tagged: mgm grand international   murrening   vimfp   aria   

FAIL! The MGM Resorts Computer System Disaster Continues!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 Jun 2012
It appears that the failures we reported at ARIA weren't an isolated event. Computers at the front desks of the entire MGM network have been down for the last three days during what some...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   fail   murren   

Morgans Hotel Group Buys Majority Stake In Light Group

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Nov 2011
Today, Morgans Hotel Group announced in a statement that it had reached an agreement to purchase 90% stake in nightlife pioneer The Light Group for $46.5m. The deal calls for a $28.5M cash on...

Tagged: morgans hotel   mgm resorts international   light group   

MGM Resorts International Starts Marketing Towards Kids

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Oct 2011
MGM Resorts International has registered the above cute little lion cub icon as a "logo mark" targeting children. Printed matter, namely, catalogs featuring clothing, leather goods, travel bags, games and toys, prerecorded videotapes, audio tapes and...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   mgm grand   

MGM PR Rewrites Jim Murren's Wikipedia Entry - AGAIN!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Jun 2011
They're back... the MGM PR machine has once again dove into the wily waters of Wikipedia to freshen up CEO Jim Murren's entry, piecemeal restuffing the horseshit we called them on in January. Wikipedia user...

Tagged: murren   mgm resorts international   

FMLife: MGM Cuts Comps For Low Rollers

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 May 2011
During yesterday's earnings call MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren told investors that the implementation of M life has resulted in notable cost savings for the company. We've been able to see a meaningful reduction in...

Tagged: m life   murren   mgm resorts international   comp clubs   

MGM Postpones MLife Vegas Rollout

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Nov 2010
Those of you eager to get a taste of MGM Resorts International's brand new M Life players club, you're gonna have to wait at least three more months. Lets hope that they're spending...

Tagged: mlife   comp clubs   mgm resorts international   murren   

Vegas Gang #52 : M and Penn, MGM Numbers and More

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Oct 2010
On the most recent episode of the Vegas Gang Podcast, the gang takes on a whole bunch of thorny subjects including Penn National's recently announced debt takeover of M Resort, the August 2010 gaming figures,...

Tagged: vegas gang   mgm resorts international   m resort   penn national   podcast   

9 World Class Resorts, 108 Ways to Hack

Posted by MikeE on 8 Oct 2010
MGM Resorts Player's Club offers are always bewildering. Why do I get offers from New York New York when I can't even recall the last time I gambled a single dollar through their slots? And...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   mlife   comp clubs   offers   

Lion Incorporated Upgrades Reservations Process

Posted by MikeE on 26 Sep 2010
Kudos to MGM Resorts for simplifying the reservations process. They totally overlooked the fact that it *still* takes not one, but two inquiries to look up room rates on specific dates, but at least now...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   aria   mgm grand   excalibur   internets   

WTF: Mlife Website Error Sends Your Trip Details To Strangers

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Sep 2010
Y'know that new Mlife players club website that we've been talking about? Well, VT super reader Donnymac66 took it for a spin last night and decided to check his future Mirage trip itinerary dated...

Tagged: mlife   privacy   mgm resorts international   murren   

Coming Soon: MLife iPhone App

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Sep 2010
Inside of a recent presentation to prospective investors, MGM Resorts International has dedicated a full powerpoint slide to the mobile apps they've built for many of their hotel offerings (Aria, Bellagio, Mirage, MGM Grand, Mandalay...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   mlife   players club   iphone apps   

CityCenter Love Connection

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Sep 2010
Just a quick note to those tuned into the Twitter and RSS feeds that Admiral Hillegas posted a new feature article over on Two Way Hard Three, the first of a three part series looking...

Tagged: two way hard three   mgm resorts international   citycenter   aria   vdara   mandarin oriental   veer   crystals   jim murren   

For Sale: Half Stake In City Within A City, Bellagio ADJ

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Aug 2010
Someone strike up the band and pack up the donkeys, as it is looking like the biggest suckers to ever play the casino game - Dubai World - are on the verge of cutting bait...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   dubai world   city center   stocks   

International Grand Opening Invitation on eBay

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Jul 2010
Here's a big time score for you Vegas collector nuts, an original invitation to the Grand Opening of the International Hotel and Casino (now the Las Vegas Hilton) formerly owned by Stardust bookmaker/bagman Hy 'The...

Tagged: ebay   international hotel   las vegas hilton   

Ten Years of MGM By The Numbers

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Jul 2010
It has been been 10 years since the ink dried on MGM Grand Inc.'s $6.6B takeover of Mirage Resorts Inc., as good a reason as any to assess how MGM's business strategies have been voted...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   city center   murren   gaming business   

MGM's M life Comp Club Gets Complicated

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Jun 2010
Ladies and gentlemen... welcome to Mlife, the 'so new it hasn't been implemented yet' tiered comp club from MGM Resorts International. Mlife contains a whopping five tiers of player rankings, proving once again that nobody builds...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   mlife   comp clubs   total rewards   boyd gaming   

Battle of the Casino Skyline Collages

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Jun 2010
If there is one thing that makes me puke faster than reading 5000 word blow by blow trip reports that cover every last boring ass detail of a strangers boring ass trip, it is the...

Tagged: harrah's   mgm resorts international   graphic design   

MGM's Internal Pecking Order Revealed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Jun 2010
While perusing the recently refreshed Las Vegas Shows page on MGM Resorts International's corporate website, eagle eye VT reader donnymac66 noticed that the listing of the shows reveals what might be their internal resort pecking...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   pecking order   aria   bellagio   mandalay bay   

VegasGang #48 - Wynn Resort Fee, MGM and More

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Jun 2010
The Admiral has just posted Episode #48 of the Vegas Gang wherein we discuss news from Wynncore including the resort fee and staffing reductions, MGM Mirage's name change, tracking CityCenter's performance, the LVRJ / Righthaven...

Tagged: vegas gang   wynn las vegas   mgm resorts international   resort fees   

It's Official, MGM Mirage is now MGM Resorts International

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Jun 2010
MGM Mirage has officially changed its name to MGM Resorts International, changed its corporate website to MGMResorts.com and unveiled a brand new logo. Tah-daaaaaaa!...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   mgm mirage   logo   

MGM Mirage Round Up: New Name, New Players Club, New Rooms at MGM

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Apr 2010
This morning, MGM Mirage filed paperwork with its shareholders requesting to change the company's name to MGM Resorts International, or via acronym MRI. The name change is intended to change perceptions from MGM Mirage being primarily...

Tagged: mgm grand   mgm mirage   mgm resorts international   room renovations   players club   resort fees   

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