Tribal Gaming Giant Enters Las Vegas Casino Market
The Las Vegas casino industry continues to grow at a solid clip. Millions are being spent on renovations both on The Strip and in the downtown area. New projects are also on the board throughout the casino gambling capital of the world. Most of these big-dollar investments are coming from local developers working with the big casino owners in town. However, one project on the books is bringing a new player to town.
Tribal gaming owner Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment will partner with JC Hospitality to run a new 60,000-square-foot casino. It will be located in the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. This will be Mohegan Gaming’s first business venture in Las Vegas. As part of the Mohegan Tribe, the company currently operates real money gaming operations in:
First Native American Indian On The Las Vegas Strip
This will be the first casino on the Las Vegas Strip corridor to be operated by a Native American tribe. The property is currently under construction and scheduled to open in late 2020. The deal is contingent on Mohegan Gaming’s regulatory approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Richard Bosworth is the president and CEO of JC Hospitality, LLC and former owner of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He was quoted as saying:
“Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, as an extension of the Mohegan Tribe, pride themselves on traditional principles, in sync with modern values. We are excited that Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will be their first entry in the Las Vegas market.”
Mohegan Gaming is best known for the highly successful Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. This casino features 364,000 square feet of gambling space.
As part of his press release, Mr. Bosworth also told FOX5 that the property will have multiple operators. This includes multiple food and beverage companies as well as AEG. That company will operate The Joint as an entertainment venue.
Richard Branson Owns The Hard Rock Casino & Hotel?
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino was acquired by Virgin owner Richard Branson in March of last year. A complete renovation is now underway and the property will be rebranded Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Celebrating the end of Hard Rock’s tenure in Las Vegas, the casino has some big plans in the works. The “Farewell Tour” music memorabilia exhibit opens on Sept. 27. Open Thursdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., it will run right through Jan.31, 2020.
A special press release announcing this exhibit added:
“The exhibition will feature artifacts such as costumes, musical instruments, props and artwork not seen by the public in decades by iconic performers including, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Aerosmith, Guns N’Roses, Elton John, Elvis, Lady Gaga, The Beatles and more. New Items will be added to the collection on a regular basis. Giving attendees something new to see during the exhibition’s expected four-month engagement through January 2020.”
There are multiple closing events and promotions as part the “end” run of the Hard Rock. One featured bonus is a special drink promotion at 1995 prices when the property first opened.