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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...

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More MGM Parking Rules!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2016
We've uncovered a few more fine print details regarding MGM's paid parking program. The Dates This is when paid parking will be turned on at various properties: June 6 - Aria (and Vdara), Bellagio, Monte Carlo, New York-New...

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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   


M Resort Is Having The Best Casino Giveaway Ever!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Mar 2016
I'm not sure which is more awesome, what it is that M Resort is giving away or the security ropes keeping the patrons. Also what do you think "and more" could possibly be?...

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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   


Update: MGM Resorts International Announces Paid Parking

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Jan 2016
According to Washington Times, MGM Resorts International is going to announce paid parking later today. We've received numerous tips from numerous sources that MGM called a meeting at 10am to discuss the changes with employees. ...

Tagged: mgm resorts   paid parking   profit growth plan   jim murren   


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...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   human resources   employees   


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   


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   


Vegas Eats: 3940 Coffee and Tea at Delano, Baby Cakes at M Resort

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Sep 2015
This is more an addendum than a full fledged Vegas Eats review. You may remember a recent review of Della's Kitchen at Delano, where a I mentioned their "doughssant" - a cronut without copyright...

Tagged: vegas eats   delano   babycakes   coffee   m resort   donuts   


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   


Photo: The Final Floor Of Harmon Hotel Being Removed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Aug 2015
Big thanks to VT superfriend VegasGalB for sharing this photo of construction crews demolishing the very last floor of the Harmon Hotel taken from her office at Veer. Veer was also plagued with the...

Tagged: harmon hotel   mgm resorts   ipso facto jimbo   


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   


Penn National Gives Anthony Marnell The Red Stapler

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Jun 2015
Earlier this month Penn National Gaming named former Golden Nugget, Foxwoods and Sugarhouse executive Bob Sheldon to head their newly created Las Vegas business unit, which include existing holding M Resort as well as the...

Tagged: penn national   tropicana   m resort   anthony marnell   bob sheldon   dave kingman   


Murren: Make Us An Offer

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Feb 2015
In this morning's investor relations call, MGM Resorts International reported positive results for Q4 2014, "the best Q4 EBITA since the peak in 2007" and "the best full year in six years." City Center has been...

Tagged: murren   mgm resorts   city center   crystals   harmon   


Strike Up The Band: The Park Releases More Details

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Apr 2014
MGM Resorts International dropped some press release this morning, assembling a horn section of Wagnerian proportions to sing to the heavens a dozen paragraphs laden with trendy buzzwords aimed to sympathetically vibrate your heart strings. I...

Tagged: the park   mgm resorts   new york new york   jimbo   


M Resort DeiMagines Their Rewards Program

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Dec 2013
M Resort sent out a mailer outlining changes and upgrades to their rewards club. The somewhat lousy name iMagine Rewards has been swapped out with the equally generic and perhaps confusing to Cosmotologists Marquee Rewards. ...

Tagged: m resort   comp clubs   gambling   


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   


Update: Delayed Delano Las Vegas Walks Back Dates

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 May 2013
Here's a quick update to last week's story about Delano Las Vegas being delayed. Delano Las Vegas, the rebranded THEhotel, was originally scheduled to open in Fall 2013. As we reported last week it had...

Tagged: delano las vegas   morgans hotel group   mgm resorts   manadalay bay   the hotel   


Ladies And Gentlemen, Welcome to 'the park'

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Apr 2013
Step aside Linq, MGM's new stadium project built in parking lot between New York New York and Monte Carlo will be called: the park No, I'm not joking. We can confirm that the park will occupy Rue de...

Tagged: the park   new york new york   monte carlo   mgm resorts   murren   


Exclusive: MGM To Drop CityCenter Name

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Feb 2013
At a meeting of employees today, Bobby Baldwin, CEO of CityCenter, announced that the name CityCenter is now depreciated and will be completely phased out over the coming year. Mr. Baldwin did not...

Tagged: citycenter   bobby baldwin   mgm resorts   aria   


Jim's Plate: A Half Baked Puree Of iOS

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Oct 2012
Yesterday, the MGM Resorts International employee blog Momentum trumpeted the release of a new iOS app - Healthy Eating, Healthy You - a digital "greatest hits" of Jim's Plate from around the Employee Dining Rooms...

Tagged: apps   mgm resorts   murren   ipso facto jimbo   


That Moment When M Life Said YOU Owed THEM Money

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 16 Jul 2012
The lovely thing we've all been touting about Mlife is the way you earn credits and comps. Earn and spend through play, hotel, dining and BOOM! - tier credits, tier changes, and ExpressComps are neatly...

Tagged: m life   comp clubs   mgm resorts   murren   jims plate   vimfp   


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   


The Cult To Play M Resort May 26

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Apr 2012
In the mid-1980s I dated a punk rock girl bedecked in torn colored tights, Chuck Taylors, spiky bracelets and a mostly shaved head whose remainder was bleached three shades of blonde. I loved her. She...

Tagged: m resort   concerts   


VegasEats: M Resort Studio B Buffet

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Mar 2012
The All You Can Eat Buffet, the place where indecision and gluttony meet for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. Case in point, the below photo, taken at M Resort's Studio B Buffet. Bacon, scrambled eggs, eggs...

Tagged: vegaseats   buffet   m resort   


M + Like = 2500 iMagine points

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Mar 2012
This week in M Resort Facebook shenanigans, they are offering to give you 2,500 free points transferred to your iMagine players club card if you give them a "like" on their Facebook page. That's even better...

Tagged: m resort   comp clubs   imagine   


Facebook + M Resort + Like = Free Pizza

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Mar 2012
The M Resort has decided that your forking over your Facebook information is equal to them forking over a free* pizza into your mouth. And not a dubiously obtained utility slice either... a...

Tagged: m resort   giveaway   pizza   


M Resort New Years Eve = Free Cake!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Dec 2011
The other resorts might have a Kardashitard or two, but do they have cake? No. They do not. Instead of forcing people to stand behind a velvet rope waiting your turn to glimpse the...

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The Studio B Buffet at M Resort Is Having A Contest

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Nov 2011
Here's a great contest for all of our local friends or you wack ass trippers who take 15 day long vacations in Las Vegas without going insane... the Studio B buffet at M Resort is...

Tagged: m resort   contest   buffets   studio b   


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   


M Resort Expansion To Add Second Tower, Shopping Promenade and More

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 28 Oct 2011
While enjoying my most recent on-the-way-out-of-town stay at the always impressive M Resort, a shift manager dropped a bit of a bomb to us. M Resort may be planning to start construction on a...

Tagged: m resort   construction   


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   


We Now Know What MGM's Green Advantage Is!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 31 Aug 2011
Way back in April, we inquired as to what MGM Resorts International had up its sleeve when they copyrighted the terms "MGM Resorts Green Advantage" and "M life Green Advantage." Check out the original post. Well, we...

Tagged: mgm resorts   murren   green advantage   


Vegas Gang #63: Interview with M Resort's Anthony Marnell III

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Jul 2011
Earlier today the Vegas Gang was fortunate enough to virtually sit down with the man behind M Resort - and as you will learn a whole lot more - Mr. Anthony Marnell III. As readers...

Tagged: vegas gang   m resort   anthony marnell iii   


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