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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   


Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Jun 2016
MGM Resorts International just announced that they are going to partner with Sydell Group to transform Monte Carlo into a new resort called Park MGM. MGM/Sydell Group team plans to "redefine Vegas Hospitality" and "elevate city's...

Tagged: park mgm   monte carlo   eatily   nomad hotel   jim murren   


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...

Tagged: mgm resorts   paid parking   jim murren   profit growth plan   


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   


MGM Paid Parking: Tourists Pay, Employees and M Life Noir Free

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 May 2016
Paid parking is imminent. Sources told us previously that the deadline for implementing paid parking at MGM properties was May 31, 2016. Based on the quick work MGM is making to install lighting, pay...

Tagged: paid parking   mgm   mgm grand   luxor   bellagio   jim murren   profit growth plan   


PGP: MGM's M Life Charm Offensive

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 Mar 2016
With the paid parking doomsday clock steadily tick-tock-ticking away, MGM Resorts International has launched a charm offensive. In the last few weeks, MGM has been sending out offers containing steeply discounted hotel rates in front of...

Tagged: mgm   profit growth plan   m life   comp clubs   point shaving   paid parking   jim murren   


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   


Can You Feel The Murrn?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Feb 2016
Can you feel the Murrn? #feelthemurrn ...

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MGM CEO Jim Murren Blogs About Parking

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Jan 2016
While the east coast of the U.S. is getting hammered by blizzard, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren has been busy shoveling snow of his own - in the employee parking garage. Jim Murren has taken...

Tagged: mgm   profit growth plan   paid parking   jim murren   blogs   quantum teledildonics   


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   


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   


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   


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   


Update: Jimbo Gets A Twitter Account

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Oct 2015
First came @JohnUnwin, Cosmopolitan CEO who hyped his properties, made fun of Steve Wynn and engaged in VT comedy via Twitter. Second came @DerekJStevens who took the Social CEO concept even further with behind...

Tagged: twitter   jim murren   social media   gordon absher   alan feldman   marketing   


New Feature Posted: Delano Las Vegas Panoramic Suite Review

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Sep 2015
Just a note to those tuned into RSS, Facebook and/or @vegastripping Twitter feeds that we've posted a new feature article. Recently, I had the pleasure to stay in one of the Panoramic Suites at Delano Las...

Tagged: delano   thehotel   mandalay bay   reviews   jim murren   


Peekaboo: The Inside of The Arena at New York New York

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Aug 2015
Operators of the Vegas Wants Hockey Facebook page posted a dozen photos of the inside of The Arena. It looks like... an Arena! Can't wait to see "Murren On Ice" when it opens. Thanks Mac78130 for...

Tagged: peekaboo   arena   new york new york   hockey   construction murren on ice   


Murren: Harmon Nightmare Is Over

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Aug 2015
Today, MGM Resorts International CEO declared that the Harmon Hotel "nightmare is over" thanking CityCenter CEO Bobby Baldwin for having the botched building removed, expeditiously. Murren went on to say that the company has lots of...

Tagged: murren   harmon   crystals   city center   


Murren: "Mirage is not on the market."

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Aug 2015
Moments ago, MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren said on the quarterly earnings call. Mirage is not on the market. We don't put a for sale sign out. The last thing we would do is...

Tagged: mirage   rumors   sale   murren   


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   


Kirk Kerkorian Dead At 98

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Jun 2015
Billionaire mogul, developer, dreamer, businessman and Las Vegas visionary Kirk Kerkorian died last night at the age of 98. Kirk's obituary via Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg. Statement from MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren: MGM Resorts and...

Tagged: Kirk Kerkorian   Jim Murren   MGM   


Sayonara Harmon Hotel

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Jun 2015
With whimper and whistling wind, Sir Norman Foster's aborted Harmon Hotel - the elliptical City Center cylinder - is nearly gone. Poof... and there goes Jim's Mistake's pet mistake. Harmon was a once...

Tagged: harmon   citycenter   demolition   sir norman foster   jim murren   


The Powerpoint Equivalent of Jim Murren's Head On A Plate

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Apr 2015
Activist financial firm Land And Buildings have taken their fight to seize control of MGM Resorts International's board of directors to the people in the form of an explosive 99 page document you can download...

Tagged: jimbo   murren   mgm   land and buildings   yowza   


EXCLUSIVE: The Rock in Rio Damage Control Memo

Posted by Misnomer on 23 Apr 2015
Judging by our inbox, which is stuffed with offers to purchase Rock in Rio tickets at prices that seemingly fall by the day, the upcoming music festival is struggling to reach its attendance goal. We...

Tagged: misomer   rock in rio   murren   


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   


Harmon Hotel Lawsuit Settled

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Dec 2014
Ending what would've been years of litigation, lawyers representing Harmon Hotel owners MGM Resorts International and building contractor Perini have settled their lawsuit over the botched construction of CityCenter boutique hotel as it is slowly...

Tagged: harmon   murren   failure   demolition   lawsuits   city center   


Harmon Demolition Is Under Way

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Jun 2014
VT reader bgrapes sent us this photo showing what appears to be blocks of Harmon Hotel's windows being removed from the exterior of the hotel. Harmon Hotel at CityCenter, designed by starchitect Sir Norman Foster, was...

Tagged: harmon   city center   demolition   implosion   murren   ooops   


Peep: MGM CEO Jim Murren's Home

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 May 2014
MGM Resorts International CEO and CityCenter visionary Jim Murren recently had his home profiled late last year in popular design magazine Dwell. The article, entitled A Picturesque Desert Prefab, discusses Murren's vision for...

Tagged: murren   interiors   


MGM Adding EV Chargers, Tesla Supercharger Opens

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Feb 2014
Great news for fellow electric vehicle owners, MGM Resorts International announced last week that they will be building 27 Level 2 electric vehicle chargers in their Las Vegas resorts as well as at their corporate...

Tagged: electric vehicles   tesla   mgm   murren   fremont street   


Update: Vdara Death Ray By The Numbers

Posted by Misnomer on 22 Nov 2013
Way back in 2008, my esteemed colleague, Dr. Charles S. Monster, accurately predicted what has come to be known as "The Vdara Death Ray," same being the curved building's tendency to focus and reflect high...

Tagged: misnomer   vdara death ray   murrening   


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   


Harmongeddon: Judge Declares Harmon Clear For Demolition

Posted by Chuckmonster on 27 Aug 2013
In the case of MGM/CityCenter Land LLC vs Perini, Las Vegas District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez approved MGM's petition to tear down the defective tower. The judge cited a possible earthquake as reasoning why...

Tagged: harmongeddon   citycenter   murren   implosions   


Vegas Gang #94: Resort Fees, Cotai, Wynn, MGM, Hyperloop and More

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Aug 2013
Episode #94 of the Vegas Gang Podcast has been posted. After a small wrap up of the resort fee discussion, we hit the ground hard covering earnings season reports from Wynn & MGM, did...

Tagged: vegas gang   podcast   mgm   wynn   wynn palace   cotai   hyperloop   mergers and acquisitions   murren   vimfp   


Delano Las Vegas Construction Begins In November, Targeting April 2014 Opening

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Aug 2013
This morning, MGM Resorts International held its quarterly earnings call. It was filled with back patting and many congratulations by institutional investors... MGM didn't lose as much money this quarter as they had previously. MGM's...

Tagged: delano las vegas   morgans hotel group   light group   murren   mandalay bay   


Murren Talks MGM Cotai

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Aug 2013
In a counter swat to Steve Wynn's boastful earnings call speech about Wynn Palace, MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren laid out an argument for the forthcoming MGM Cotai property to investors. Murren stated that development...

Tagged: mgm   murren   cotai   macau   steve wynn    


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   


Mission Accomplished!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 May 2013
The mission: raise awareness of ARIA and the many mysteries contained therein and neutralize Cosmopolitan. You have no idea how huge Aria's marquee is until you see it in person. ABSOLUTELY ƒ*©KING GINORMOUS. Even...

Tagged: aria   marquee   murren   citycenter   


JimTV: The Park - Updated With More Renderings

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Apr 2013
MGM boss Jim Murren has you figured out. After renaming the company "MJIM Resorts" in the embedded video, he engages in a quick dissertation about what it is that Vegas visitors want. Y'all are...

Tagged: the park   new york new york   monte carlo   murren   hershey highway   


The Park Details and Renderings

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Apr 2013
Tomorrow morning, the press will trumpet something VT readers have known for weeks - the pending renovation of Monte Carlo and New York New York's Strip-facing facades, the construction of a 20,000 seat arena (in...

Tagged: the park   new york new york   monte carlo   linq   renovations   murren   


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   


ARIA Marquee Testing Testing Testing

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Apr 2013
The ARIA marquee is in test pattern mode now. We knew it was large, but yikes. Three cheers for Vegas style competition: make your thing bigger, taller, brighter, louder than the neighbors. ...

Tagged: aria   marquee   cosmopolitan   signage   murren   


MGM's Cirque Du Diversity

Posted by JohnH on 21 Feb 2013
The story of Steve Wynn's Miss Spectacular is most certainly a well known one. It supposedly had everything one could want out of a Las Vegas-based, Broadway-style musical: Steve Wynn, music by Jerry Herman, showgirls,...

Tagged: mgm   murren   youtube   steve wynn   


Four More Years!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Nov 2012
MGM Resorts International announced yesterday that they have extended the contract of CEO Jim Murren until late 2016. While this is certainly not great news for shareholders it is great news for this gaming...

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M Life's Double Secret Probation Level

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Oct 2012
Sapphire, Pearl, Gold, Platinum... p'shaw. We all know that the only M life card worth having is a Noir card. Wrong. Even with Noir reverting back to invitation only, leaving thousands of Noir...

Tagged: m life   murren   


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   


#VIMFP: Drink Up, Event Passes and More

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Oct 2012
Holy crap! I crawled out from under a pile of Lime-A-Rita cans to realize that a week from now a metric Canadian shit ton of you freaks will be on the ground in Vegas...

Tagged: vimfp   picnic   murrening   vdara   


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   


Photo: Murrening For Senate

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Sep 2012
VT superfriend Big Hoss and Mrs. Hoss making us proud to Amurrenicans on the steps of the U.S. Senate in tribute to Ipso Facto Jimbo. Heroes!...

Tagged: murrening   ipso facto jimbo   


VegasEats: Terrace Pointe Cafe at Wynn Las Vegas 2012

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Sep 2012
Some things you can depend on. Death, income taxes, not winning the Megabucks progressive and Terrace Pointe Cafe at Wynn having the best pancakes on the planet. With the roaring changes taking place...

Tagged: wynn las vegas   dining   terrace pointe   pancakes   breakfast   steve wynn   murren   


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