January 9, 2013 |
MGM Resorts properties along the Las Vegas Strip are rolling out free Wi-Fi service throughout the low-rise public spaces of the resorts, from casinos to pools to restaurants. Once the system is fully implemented, you will not need to get up from a slot machine or a blackjack table to check emails. The technology is being installed in stages. It's already up and running at Bellagio , MGM Grand , Mandalay Bay and the Mirage. Service will be available later this year at Excalibur , Luxor , Monte Carlo and New York-New York . The new service, catering to what's being called the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
December 31, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - It wasn't the mysterious fan with a briefcase of cash who picked this town clean during NFL gambling season. Rather, it's been bettors wearing a new orange Peyton Manning jersey, or Packers fans with their cheesehead hats, or Patriots fans - who loyally bet on their favored teams each week. The problem for Las Vegas sports books is that many popular NFL teams beat the point spread during the regular season. And with many bettors combining their picks in parlays, $20 wagers turned into payouts of up to more than $1,000, depending on how many winning bets they combined.
September 20, 2012 |
Gamblers in Las Vegas flocked to bet on Oregon State when sports books listed UCLA as more than a 10-point favorite, resulting in a substantial dip in the point spread. Unbeaten UCLA (3-0), which will play Oregon State at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, stands as a seven-point favorite at the multi-property MGM Resorts sports book and at the LVH casino. “The sharp bettors think highly of Oregon State,” said Jay Rood, director of MGM Resorts' book. “It's all sharp money now.” While dramatic point-spread moves can sometimes alarm bookmakers, Rood said since the heavy betting is coming on Oregon State to win following a similar pattern in the Beavers' upset of Wisconsin this month, he does not suspect anything sinister.
January 22, 2012 |
Jay Rood has posted the most important number of the year to sports gamblers in Las Vegas and throughout the country. In Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, the AFC champion New England Patriots are favored to defeat the New York Giants by 31/2 points. Also of interest, the over/under for total points in the game is 551/2 points. Now, Rood, vice president of MGM Resorts supervising 12 race and sports books across Nevada, including Aria, MGM Grand, Mirage and the Bellagio on the Strip, waits for another seven figures of action to come his way. How did you finalize those numbers?
June 27, 2011 |
Las Vegas buffets are legendary — and sometimes free. MGM Resorts International is offering a breakfast or lunch buffet each day with a stay at Vdara, Aria, Mandalay Bay and other selected hotels through early September. Act quickly if you want this deal because this brief offer ends Monday night. The deal: I like this offer because you can splurge on an expensive room or stick to your budget, depending on which hotel you choose. The Complimentary Buffet Everyday package applies to selected MGM resorts and requires a stay of two nights or more to get a free breakfast or lunch buffet for two each day. The buffet is valued at $20 per person, which comes out to a $40 savings per day. When: The offer is good for stays through Sept.
April 13, 2011 |
MGM Resorts International, the casino company founded by billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, will gain control over its Macao joint venture through steps including an initial public offering of some shares held by partner Pansy Ho. Ho will sell as much as 23% of MGM China Holdings Ltd. in a Hong Kong IPO and an additional 1% to MGM Resorts, boosting the Las Vegas company's stake in the Macao casino to 51%, the partners said Wednesday. Through the new majority ownership, MGM Resorts will be able to consolidate the Macao operation on its books.