MGM Grand Las Vegas
The MGM Grand Las Vegas is owned by the American billionaire Kirk Kerkorian’s company, MGM Resorts International. The 5 star hotel on the Strip is the second largest hotel in the world based on the number of its rooms. Since it was built it has been in competition with the Venetian/Palazzo and other complexes on the Strip. It is one of the main symbols of modern Las Vegas.
History of the MGM Grand Las Vegas
The MGM Grand Las Vegas was built on the site of the Marina Hotel, a 714 room older hotel- casino dating from 1975. Kirk Kerkorian bought it in 1989 and for a few months it was attached to the Tropica Country Club becoming the MGM-Marina Hotel. This was closed down in November 1990 but it was October 1991 before the demolition and then the construction of the new complex began. At that time casino owners on the Strip were beginning to try to become more family oriented and to attract a new clientele with entertainment aimed at all ages. Kerkorian followed this trend and to build up the entertainment aspect he used one of the other main companies in his group : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which produces films and cartoons for all ages.
The MGM Las Vegas’ other attractions
The MGM Grand Las Vegas has 5034 rooms and suites as well as a “resort” offering other attractions :
-2 spas : “The Christophe Salon” and “The Spa at MGM”.
-A large theatre : The MGM Grand Garden Arena
– A gym
-Several tennis courts
-A swimming pool complex
-A convention centre : The Convention Center.
-A wedding chapel : The Forever Grand Wedding Chapel
Other permanent attractions are also on offer including a glass lion habitat opened in 2012, a Cirque du Soleil Show ( Ka), David Copperfield’s Magic Show in the Hollywood Theatre as well as “The Experience”, entertainment based on the famous CSI television series.
The MGM Grand Las Vegas Casino
At 15 930m2 the MGM Grand Las Vegas casino is one of the largest on the Strip with over 2500 slot machines with wagers from 1 cent to $1000. In a special High Limit Slots area, players can receive payouts of up to $500 000. The MGM Grand Casino also contains a 20 table poker room as well as a magnificent sports betting and horse racing room with a capacity of up to 100 gamblers. It also has hundreds of gaming tables for roulette, baccarat, blackjack, sic bo, craps and several versions of poker.