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MGM CEO Blames House Republicans For Online Poker Delay

MGM CEO Blames House Republicans For Online Poker Delay | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it
MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren says House Republicans are to blame for holding up passage of federal online poker legislation.


MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren no longer expects federal online poker legislation to pass in 2012, and he blames Republicans in the House of Representatives for the delay. In a keynote address at the Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi on Thursday, Murren said online poker will come this year, but it won’t be at the federal level “because the federal government is doing what they are best at,” i.e. sweet FA.


Murren’s comments represent something of a reversal from his position in February, when, on a call with investors to discuss the company’s 2011 financial figures, Murren said he believed the feds would get their act together before the year was through. Earlier this month, on a call to discuss MGM’s Q1 numbers, Murren said the company remained “aggressively focused” on the federal path, but admitted hedging his bet by keeping “keenly aware” of possibilities at the state level.


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Las Vegas: Owner mull zip lines connecting Strip casinos

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Las Vegas: Owner mull zip lines connecting Strip casinosReno Gazette JournalAP LAS VEGAS — Casino operator MGM Resorts International is thinking about building zip line rides between its Luxor and Excalibur resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.


Casino operator MGM Resorts International is thinking about building zip line rides between its Luxor and Excalibur resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports county officials in Sin City put off a vote on the project until April 17 to let the Federal Aviation Administration review the plans. One of the prospective lines would run from the top of the Luxor’s pyramid to the roof of MGM Resorts’ tram station outside the Excalibur.


MGM Resorts spokeswoman Yvette Monet says the plan is still being evaluated within the company and does not have a timeline. Documents submitted to the county show that Ziptrek Ecotours Inc of Whistler, British Columbia, would operate the attraction. A similar attraction has become popular on the Fremont Street experience downtown.

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MGM Resorts to launch social gaming site

MGM Resorts to launch social gaming site | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it

American bricks-and-mortar casino operator MGM Resorts International has announced plans to launch a social gaming site over the next three months.

Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts launched its M Life customer rewards programme website in January of last year that awards players with a range of one-of-a-kind experiences and insider privileges and stated that its new social gaming domain would recreate the ‘Las Vegas Strip experience’ and exclusively feature its brands.


“I'm very proud of our efforts with M Life,” said James Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for MGM Resorts. “We are seeing tangible benefits of capturing increased customer spend at our properties. We think this will continue and expand with the recent addition of our non-gaming amenities to our rewards programme. We're very actively now cross-marketing our regional properties to drive market share and increase visits to Las Vegas and we expect this trend will only improve with the marketing relationship we have created with Ameristar.


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