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Final Cards Dealt at Iconic Las Vegas Casino

There was a final volcano eruption at the Mirage

(Newser) - A final blast from the Mirage's signature volcano marked the passage Wednesday of an aging Las Vegas resort that wowed crowds when it opened in 1989 and went on to revolutionize the casino resort industry and reshape Las Vegas as a tourist destination. "What would the Mirage be...

Next Union Strike on the Table Could Shut Down Las Vegas

Tens of thousands of casino, hotel workers vote to authorize a walkout

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Las Vegas hospitality workers fighting for new union contracts voted Tuesday to authorize a strike that could impact more than three dozen casinos and hotels. As the AP reports, the Culinary Workers Union hasn't gone on strike in more than three decades. The union didn'...

Gunman Kills 1, Injures 2 at Vegas' Mirage

Shooter remains at large

(Newser) - A man shot three people, killing one, inside the Mirage Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip before escaping Thursday, accordion to police. Officers responded to a room on the 8th floor within a minute of receiving a 911 call around 8:30pm local time, CNN reports. A man was pronounced...

MGM Mirage Doubles Down on Global Market

Vegas brand expands to Asia, Middle East despite industry woes

(Newser) - With the hospitality business gasping for air and its own core business in trouble, MGM Mirage is going global in hopes of building its brand well beyond Las Vegas. Having sealed eight deals with hotel developers and in talks with 10 more, the company will introduce the Bellagio and MGM ...

Cash-Poor MGM Mirage May Sell Casinos

(Newser) - MGM Mirage, the gambling conglomerate, is considering the sale of casino properties in Michigan and Mississippi to pay down debt and save an underfunded Las Vegas development, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Vegas-based company has retained Morgan Stanley to shepherd the sales of the MGM Grand Detroit and Biloxi’...

Giant Vegas Project May File for Bankruptcy

Kerkorian-Dubai megaconstruction will miss debt payment

(Newser) - City Center, the sprawling $8.6 billion Las Vegas development and the largest private construction project in history, will likely fail to make a $220 million debt payment today and may file for bankruptcy. The project is a collaboration between Kirk Kerkorian's MGM Mirage and Dubai World, a conglomerate owed...

What Downturn? Vegas Gets New $2.3B Resort

Mogul riding high while rivals, Vegas struggle

(Newser) - Recession has dimmed the glittering lights of Las Vegas, but it hasn’t stopped hotel and casino mogul Steve Wynn, AFP reports. Wynn is preparing to open the lavish $2.3 billion resort Encore on Monday as Sin City weathers its worst economic meltdown in decades. “I don't owe...

MGM Mirage Chief Quits Amid Fake MBA Flap

Lanni denies sudden resignation related to degree fib

(Newser) - The CEO of MGM Mirage has announced his resignation, but denied it had anything to do with lying about having an MBA, reports the Wall Street Journal. J. Terence Lanni, one of the most powerful figures in the gambling world, has long claimed to have an MBA from the University...

MGM Delays New Casinos for Vegas, Atlantic City

After credit downgrade, firm reports 67% decline in quarterly net income

(Newser) - MGM Mirage will suspend work on new casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City due to the dismal credit climate, the Wall Street Journal reports. The firm reported a 67% drop in third-quarter net income as the slumping economy quells consumers’ desire to gamble or spend at casino restaurants and...

US Casinos Dotting Macau Can't Cash In

Gambling's red hot, but local middlemen take a huge cut

(Newser) - Casinos on the Chinese island of Macau create more gambling revenue than the ones in Las Vegas and Atlantic City combined, but US operators—permitted to set up shop there since 2004—are decidedly not rolling in the money. The Wall Street Journal looks at the bumps in the road...

Comeback for Siegfried & Roy?
Comeback for Siegfried & Roy?

Comeback for Siegfried & Roy?

Duo discuss reigniting Vegas tiger act

(Newser) - Four years after a horrific mauling by a 600-pound white tiger at the Mirage hotel almost killed Las Vegas showman Roy Horn, he and partner Siegfried Fischbacher appear to be planning a comeback, reports People magazine. "A good magician never lets the cat out of the bag," the...

Dubai Betting $5B on Vegas Casino Giant

Deal with MGM Mirage gives Persian Gulf state stake in gaming Mecca

(Newser) - Dubai World—a company owned by the government of the oil-rich Persian Gulf state—plans to invest up to $5.1 billion in MGM Mirage, the world's second-largest casino company, Bloomberg reports. The move would give Dubai a presence in booming Las Vegas and free up assets for MGM Mirage...

Kerkorkian Hedges Bets on MGM
Kerkorkian Hedges Bets on MGM

Kerkorkian Hedges Bets on MGM

Billionaire investor withdraws offer for casino properties

(Newser) - Mega-investor Kirk Kerkorian has withdrawn his intended bid for two of MGM Mirage's showcase properties. Kerkorian, who owns a 56% stake in the company, pulled his preannounced offer on news of a multi-billion dollar development deal between MGM and South African casino giant Kerzner International to develop a new property...

Kerkorian Bets on Bellagio
Kerkorian Bets on Bellagio

Kerkorian Bets on Bellagio

Billionaire who controls MGM Mirage makes bid for its two hottest assetsi

(Newser) - Activist investor Kirk Kerkorian, who holds a controlling interest in MGM Mirage, is making a play to buy two of the casino company's crown jewels. Kerkorian's company, Tracinda Corp., is in talks to acquire MGM's Bellagio Casino and the $7.4 billion CityCenter development, currently under construction. Kerkorian currently owns...

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