College Basketball Takes Over South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, March 19 – 21

South Point Las Vegas
South Point Las Vegas

Press release: LAS VEGAS – South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa will be college basketball headquarters, beginning Thursday, March 19 through Saturday, March 21 to kick off the 2020 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Fans will “March to the Championship” at Las Vegas’ largest tournament watch party, with free admission.

South Point will serve as the best destination for college basketball fans as the march to the championship tips off. This year’s watch party will feature a 60,000 sq. ft. fan zone, doubling in size from previous years. The watch party will feature 20-foot projector screens, ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the nonstop action. As they watch their favorite teams in the country’s most anticipated tournament, guests can sip on discounted beverages, including $3 Budweiser products with buckets of six beers for $16 and Crown Royal shots for $3. In addition to the endless basketball action, the watch party will feature basketball hoops for fans to test their skills, cornhole and free 10-minute back massages to ease the stress of the last second action. Guests can take advantage of the on-site wagering stations, guests also have the option of downloading the Nevada Sports Book app, offering mobile betting and allowing guests to skip the line. Fans will be able to listen to their favorite team using the Listen EVERYWHERE app. The free app will allow guests to listen to clear play-by-play coverage in real time.  Doors will open at 8 a.m. daily. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Ahead of tip off, legendary sportscaster Brent Musburger will be hosting Betting, Brackets and Beers with Brent on Wednesday, March 18. Alongside renowned oddsmakers, Chris Andrews, Vinny Magliulo and Jimmy Vaccaro, the team will host a panel discussion on betting the tournament match-ups to help fill out the perfect bracket, plus how to bet player and team props and futures. Guests can sip on samples of VSiN’s signature beer, Bookmaker Blonde Ale. The event will be hosted inside the South Point Showroom and doors will open at 5 p.m., the event is free and open to the public.

the D Las Vegas to Debut Hockey-Inspired Concept, BarCanada, in Casino Expansion

Bar Canada at The D Las Vegas

Press release: LAS VEGAS – Downtown Las Vegas hotspot the D Las Vegas will up the ante with the reveal of its original bar concept, BarCanada, an ode to Canadian sports and culture. Debuting this March, the hockey-inspired tavern will merge modern design, specialty cocktails and an intimate game-day viewing space as part of the hotel’s second-level expansion project.

Additionally, the D will refresh its 9,000-square-foot second floor casino, with the renovation adding 800 square feet to its current sportsbook, Circa Sports; all-new Keno and high-limit slot areas; and new programming from VSiN, The Sports Betting Network.

“There’s no denying that Las Vegas has transformed into a sports destination, and the D’s casino and sportsbook expansion is a direct response to that growth,” said Derek Stevens, CEO of the D Las Vegas. “As a hockey fan, I know where you watch a game can be just as important as the game itself. We are excited to debut a high-energy space where locals and visitors alike will want to grab a drink, place a bet and cheer for their favorite teams.”

BarCanada also will bring on-site programming by VSiN, where their team of experts will provide sports betting analysis and live insights. A proud partner of the D, VSiN currently broadcasts live from the hotel’s sports hub LONGBAR, and will house a studio within the sportsbook at Stevens’ upcoming casino-resort project, Circa Resort & Casino.

Brian Musburger, CEO of VSiN, said, “We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Derek and the D. Everyone loves VSiN’s hits from LONGBAR, but as we continue to bring our unique sports betting content to a rapidly growing audience, it will be amazing to broadcast our expanded programming from this exciting venue at the center of Downtown.”

the D’s casino refresh will include the following:

• The Debut of BarCanada – BarCanada will deliver the Canadian spirit of hockey and hops for an unforgettable game watching experience. Conceptualized by design firm PGAL, the 2,000-square-foot, 20-seat bar will span 60 feet. Fans will be able to catch major sporting events in a space surrounded by 85-inch TVs and adorned with Art-Deco-inspired designs like maple-leaf embroidered chairs and red interiors. Big groups also can gather at communal tables with up to 38 seats to share Canadian-inspired eats and libations from D Grill.
• High-Tech Wagering – Growing by 800 square feet, Circa Sports at the D will introduce additional betting stations and one self-serve kiosk for ultimate convenience. Circa Sports – Stevens’ sports betting venture – debuted in 2019 and brings a customer-first approach with a team of the country’s top oddsmakers. It also boasts the first two-sided futures odds for major professional sports leagues, as well as competitive wagering menus and higher app limits. The sportsbook will continue to give spectators quality offerings, such as vast TVs and bar-top games that make betting more accessible.
• All-New Keno and High-Limit Spaces – Second-floor casino guests will enjoy the D’s 600-square-foot keno area and 1,340 square feet of high-limit slots, with an opulent VIP lounge. The keno space will showcase booth seating, individual seats for 16 people and modern technology. The high-limit slots and lounge will take center stage with thoughtful wall design and décor, including artistic light sculptures. In addition to the new keno and high limit areas, 9,000 square feet of the casino floor will be refreshed with new carpet, ceiling design, lighting and modern wallcoverings.

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Welcomes More Than 8,500 Fans to Biggest Big Game Bash

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

Press release: LAS VEGAS – On Sunday, February 2, more than 8,500 football fans gathered at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center to cheer on their favorite teams for the fifth annual Biggest Big Game Bash watch party. Hosting one of the largest crowds in the city, the event featured delicious food vendors, VIP Man Caves and massive stadium-style screens that provided guests with fantastic views of the game.

“Every year, we aim to throw the ultimate viewing party and 2020 proved to be one our best yet,” said Downtown Las Vegas Events Center CEO and Owner Derek Stevens. “It was great to witness the excitement and energy surrounding the biggest game of the year.”

From live odds at Circa Sports to celebratory ice-cold beers, guests filled the venue to enjoy its entertainment offerings. This included tableside food and beverage options from American Coney Island, Project BBQ and more, as well as Man Caves boasting plush couches, corn hole and 70-inch TVs.

Across the street, visitors packed the D Las Vegas at the property’s exclusive Man Cave spaces and Detroit Ballroom. Both options offered stadium-style food, on-site betting and state-of-the-art surround sound.

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center continues to be a watch party destination for football, hockey and more. For additional information on upcoming watch parties, please visit dlvec.com.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Will Rock One Last Time During “The Las Great Party Weekend,” Jan. 30 – Feb. 2

Hard Rock Las Vegas

Press release: LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas’ off-Strip playground, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, will offer free entertainment, food and beverage specials and more during the property’s The Last Great Party Weekend, Jan. 30 – Feb. 2. The weekend will commemorate Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s 25 years of rocking Las Vegas.

Below is the schedule for live entertainment (ticketed and free) and radio broadcasts for “The Last Great Party Weekend:”

Thursday, Jan. 30:

• DJ MoBlvd, 4 – 6 p.m. and 9 – 10 p.m. at Center Bar
• JT “The Brick” of Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM, 4 – 6 p.m. on the casino floor
• Melissa Allen, 4 – 7 p.m. at the stage near Fu Asian Kitchen
• Shawn Eiferman, 6 – 9 p.m. at Peacock Lounge
• Foxx and Mackenzie of 97.1 FM, 6 – 8 p.m. on the casino floor
• Peter Love, 8 – 11 p.m. at the stage near Fu Asian Kitchen
• The Growlers, 9 p.m. at Vinyl

• Tickets can be purchased for $45 and can be purchased online at www.hardrockhotel.com

• All Request Live, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Peacock Lounge
• Arrow, midnight – 2 a.m. at the stage near Fu Asian Kitchen

Friday, Jan. 31:

• Dayna Roselli and Sean McAllister of “Vegas Revealed” podcast, 11 a.m. – noon on the casino floor
• JT “The Brick” of Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM, 1 – 4 p.m. on the casino floor
• DJ MoBlvd, 4 – 7 p.m. at Center Bar
• Melissa Allen, 4 – 7 p.m. at the stage near Fu Asian Kitchen
• Mike O’Brien and Carla Rae of 96.3 FM, 6 – 8 p.m. on the casino floor
• The Rhyolite Sound, 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Peacock Lounge
• Peter Love, 8 – 11 p.m. at the stage near Fu Asian Kitchen
• The Growlers, 9 p.m. at Vinyl

• Tickets can be purchased for $45 and can be purchased online at www.hardrockhotel.com

• All Request Live, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Peacock Lounge

Saturday, Feb. 1:

• DJ Divina, 4 – 5 p.m. and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Center Bar
• Shawn Eiferman, 4 – 7 p.m. at the stage near Fu Asian Kitchen
• The English Beat, 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Peacock Lounge
• Mercedes and JC of 94.1 FM, 5 -7 p.m. on the casino floor
• All Request Live, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. at Peacock Lounge

• Final toast will begin at 8 p.m.

• Otherwise, 8 – 9 p.m. at the stage near Fu Asian Kitchen
• Ekoh, 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the stage near Fu Asian Kitchen
• The Growlers, 9 p.m. at Vinyl

• Tickets can be purchased for $45 and can be purchased online at www.hardrockhotel.com

• DJ Eric Snow, 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Center Bar
• Arrow, midnight – 2 a.m. at the stage near Fu Asian Kitchen

Sunday, Feb. 2:

• JT “The Brick” of Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM and Pilar Lastra, noon – 3 p.m. on the casino floor
• Sin City Sinners, 7 – 9:30 p.m., following the Big Game at Peacock Lounge
• Moksha, 10:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. at Peacock Lounge
• Arrow, midnight – 2 a.m.  at the stage near Fu Asian Kitchen

The final toast will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Peacock Lounge, led by property President and CEO Richard “Boz” Bosworth and local personality and announcer Mark Shunock. Guests can expect unforgettable surprises and appearances throughout the evening.

On Sunday, Feb. 2, guests can cheer on their favorite team during the Big Game, which will be aired on televisions throughout the property.

Guests will enjoy special pricing on select food and beverage items available throughout the weekend. $7 cocktails will be available at all casino bars. Cocktails include 90s favorites, Hard Rock Cosmos, Appletinis and Woo Woo, made with vodka, peach schnapps and cranberry juice. Shots will also be available for $7, including the Surfer on Acid shot made with Jager, Malibu Rum and pineapple juice and the Purple Hooter shot, made with vodka, triple sec and raspberry liquor.   Pink Taco and Mr. Lucky’s will be offering $19.95 specials available all weekend long. At Pink Taco, guests can sip on a Mi Casa margarita with a choice of three street tacos. Mr. Lucky’s will be serving a breakfast and all-day deal, both available 24/7. The breakfast deal features three eggs prepared any style, two bacon strips, two sausage links and toast, plus a classic bloody Mary. The all-day deal includes choice of a burger and a domestic beer.

Guests will have the chance to win iconic memorabilia pieces, including signed guitars, gold records, collector’s posters and more. Giveaways will be held daily.

Opening in 1995, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas has been a premier destination entertainment resort for 25 years. The property will shut its doors at 3 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3.

NFL Announces Locations of 2020 NFL Draft Events in Las Vegas

NFL Draft Las Vegas
NFL Draft Las Vegas

Press release: LAS VEGAS – Bringing fans and players together, the 85th NFL Draft will host various free events at iconic Las Vegas locations, April 23-25, 2020, the NFL announced today. The Draft comes to Las Vegas as the Raiders prepare to embark on their first season in the city and at Allegiant Stadium. The celebration – at the NFL Draft Red Carpet, NFL Draft Main Stage and NFL Draft Experience – will include free immersive activities and live entertainment and performances, bringing a new level of excitement to the NFL Draft that only Las Vegas could provide.

“Embracing Las Vegas’s unique energy and iconic locations as the backdrop for the 2020 NFL Draft will further elevate this growing event,” said PETER O’REILLY, NFL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CLUB BUSINESS & LEAGUE EVENTS. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Raiders, Las Vegas officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to create an unforgettable week-long celebration for our fans, the incoming prospects and our partners, as we kick off the NFL’s next 100 years.”

Set against the iconic backdrop of the Strip, the NFL Draft Main Stage will be constructed next to the CAESARS FORUM. Free and open to the public, fans are invited to gather at the Draft Main Stage viewing zone to watch the first round selections on Night 1 (Thursday), Rounds 2-3 on Night 2 (Friday), and Rounds 4-7 on Day 3 (Saturday). The Main Stage will also host daily performances by headlining acts throughout the Draft.

NFL Draft Las Vegas
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All three days of the NFL Draft will be broadcast on NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ABC – including two nights of primetime coverage on Thursday and Friday.

“The Raiders are thrilled to join the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the resort corridor, and the local community in welcoming fans to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL Draft,” said RAIDERS PRESIDENT, MARC BADAIN. “Just as the NFL journey begins on Draft weekend for many young players, the Silver and Black’s journey in the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World is also just beginning. There is no better place to showcase this special event than on the famous Las Vegas Boulevard, and fans will be treated to a truly unique experience in an iconic location.”

Located adjacent to the NFL Draft Main Stage, the NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos® Triple Zero will be a free, three-day football festival highlighted by interactive games, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, autograph sessions with NFL players and Legends, brand activations, giveaways and the NFL Shop presented by Visa. At the center of the action will be the NFL Draft Experience Stage, which will feature special performances by Las Vegas talent as well as interactive NFL-themed experiences.

NFL Draft Las Vegas
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The NFL Draft Experience will be free and open to fans at the following times:
Thursday, April 23: Noon – 9 PM PT or the end of round one
Friday, April 24: Noon – 9 PM PT or the end of round three
Saturday, April 25: 9 AM. – 6 PM PT or the end of round seven

“We are excited to partner with the NFL and the Raiders for our first major event together in Las Vegas,” said STEVE HILL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PRESIDENT, LAS VEGAS CONVENTION AND VISITORS AUTHORITY. “Our destination prides itself on creating unforgettable and epic events and experiences and we believe the 2020 Draft will be among the most thrilling events Las Vegas has ever hosted. We look forward to welcoming hundreds of thousands of NFL fans to our world-class destination on April 23.

CAESARS FORUM, the newest state-of-the-art conference center, located adjacent to the High Roller observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip, will be host to Selection Square. This exclusive area will feature the team tables where representatives from each club will make their draft selections.

The 2020 NFL Draft will open on Thursday, April 23 with the official NFL Draft Red Carpet, which will be constructed on the famed Fountains of Bellagio. Starting at 2:30 PM PT, attending prospects will make their debut on the carpet. New this year, the red carpet will feature the Draft Red Carpet Stage, an exciting new addition to the opening event.
NFL Draft Main Stage, NFL Draft Experience Stage and Red Carpet Stage performers and schedules will be announced at a later date.

Fans interested in receiving NFL Draft updates can register at NFL.com/2020Draft/Interest.
Visit NFL.com/2020Draft for all the latest NFL Draft updates and announcements.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Announces The Ninth-Annual Hoops & Hops College Basketball Viewing Experience, March 19-21

Hoops & Hops
Hoops & Hops at Cosmopolitan

Press Release: LAS VEGAS (Jan. 13, 2020) – Tournament Madness takes over The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with the return of Hoops & Hops, a three-day college basketball luxury viewing experience March 19-21. Doors will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The extensive 40,000 square foot Belmont Ballroom, located on the fourth level of the Chelsea Tower, will transform into a wall-to-wall basketball mecca featuring multiple stadium-style high-definition projection screens and 10 betting stations within an on-site dedicated sports book. The interactive lounge will also include complimentary bar games, such as Golden Tee and Super Shot as well as a hardwood basketball court with a regulation hoop where fans can practice their skills in between the action. For breakfast and lunch, a collection of crave-able bites and courtside-inspired snacks are available for purchase on the cash and carry menu.

Hoops & Hops offers three distinct experiences:

• Thursday and Friday Single Day Open Bar Pass | $250 per pass, per day (+ Ticketmaster processing fees)

Enjoy open bar (includes well liquor, beer, wine, soda, and water) Interactive games, roundtable and bar seating are available on a first come, first serve basis. À la carte menu items will be available for purchase.

• Saturday Single Day Open Bar Pass | $150 per pass (+ Ticketmaster processing fees)

Enjoy open bar (includes well liquors, beer, wine, soda, and water – shots and Red Bull not included). Interactive games, roundtable and bar seating are available on a first come, first serve basis. À la carte menu items will be available for purchase.

• Reserved Seating – Guests looking to level up can reserve plush sofa seating, which includes premium access to VIP waitressed beverage service and an unlimited buffet of game-time favorites. Reservations can be made by emailing EntertainmentCabanaSales@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com, or calling (702) 698-6797 for day-of reservations.

Tickets for Hoops & Hops can be purchased at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. All guests must be 21 and over. Guests will also receive complimentary entry into Marquee Nightclub with a valid Hoops & Hops wristband. Reservations and open bar packages will be available for Identity-member presale on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. PT and purchase on Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. PST.

South Point Hosts Big Game Celebration on Sunday, Feb. 2

South Point Las Vegas
South Point Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, home to Las Vegas’ premier sports book and the VSiN broadcast studio, will host their annual Big Game watch parties on Sunday, Feb. 2. With no admission fee, five watch parties, food and drink specials, on-site wager stations and more, South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa offers football fanatics the perfect location to watch the most anticipated professional football game of the year.

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2. Seating the Showroom, Exhibit Hall and Grand Ballroom are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests will cheer loud as they catch all the action on large-screen televisions. In addition, sports fans can catch the Big Game action in the Grandview Lounge and Sports Book.

Guests will be able to enjoy food specials available for purchase in the Showroom, Exhibit Hall and Grand Ballroom. Specialties include game day favorites such as chicken wings, hot dogs, popcorn, pulled pork nachos and more. Drink specials will be available for purchase, including buckets of six Budweiser or Bud Light aluminum bottles for $25 and $5 cocktails with SKYY Vodka, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal and Don Julio.

Guests can be involved in the action at South Point’s spacious sports book, featuring wall-sized big screen televisions, plasma televisions and more. For those looking for the quickest and easiest way to place bets, guests can log onto the Nevada Sports Books app from anywhere in the casino. South Point will offer additional on-site wagering stations inside or near each of the viewing parties to offer a convenient location for guests to place bets.

Room packages are available starting at $239 plus resort fees and taxes and include a two-night stay in a premium room and up to four (4) seats in the viewing party. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1.866.791.7626 or emailing reservations@southpointcasino.com using the code BIG2020.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to attend the viewing parties.

Big Game Watch Party to Touch Down at HyperX Esports Arena, Feb. 2

Press release: LAS VEGAS – Guests can cheer on their favorite team by celebrating the Big Game at a special watch party at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas on Sunday, February 2, 2020. From 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., the gaming hotspot will offer an unforgettable game day experience with an all-you-can-eat buffet, up close football action on the arena’s 50-foot LED screen, VIP rooms, giveaways, and more. Tickets will start at $50 per person.

• All-You-Can-Eat Game Day Package – Fans can bring their game face and appetite with HyperX Esports Arena’s all-you-can-eat game day buffet. The feast comes complete with a nacho and chili bar, pulled pork sliders, pretzel bites with beer cheese sauce, Carolina BBQ rib tips and much more. Access to the buffet is included with every ticket purchase.
• Up Close Screen Action – To catch every touchdown, visitors can watch the Big Game from HyperX Esports Arena’s massive 50-foot LED screen. With 30,000 feet of venue space that includes banquet-style and high-top seating options, there will not be a bad view in the house.
• Private Big Game VIP Rooms – For an elevated experience, the venue will offer VIP private rooms, featuring TVs and luxury seating. Each room can accommodate up to 15 guests, with easy access to the arena’s second-level bar for custom cocktails.

To reserve a spot, visit the event site or email Karen Carlough at karen.carlough@alliedesports.com for VIP room rental.

Bleacher Report Debuts Live Interactive Betting Game Show at B/R Studio in Caesars Palace Las Vegas Sports Book

Caesars Palace Sportsbook
Caesars Palace Sportsbook

Press release: Weekly B/R Betting Game Show to Premier with Guest Host Chad Ochocinco on Thursday, Dec. 12

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Bleacher Report is continuing its mission to deliver premium sports betting content for its B/R Betting brand with the debut of a new live interactive game show from the B/R Studio at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas Sports Book. The weekly B/R Betting Game Show will be shot in front of a live audience with content distributed across the B/R app and B/R Betting social handles throughout the week. It will feature a rotation of guest hosts starting with former NFL superstar Chad Ochocinco, who will lead the audience in games and contests immediately following the NFL’s Thursday Night Football broadcast for its debut.

The B/R Betting Game Show puts fans at the center of the action by inviting them to participate in a series of fun, interactive games with the chance to win cash and prizes. The repeatable segments include ‘Win or Destroy’ where fans have to show how well they know a celebrity guest for a chance to win valuable memorabilia or watch it be destroyed by an industrial shredder, ‘Champ or Chump’ betting challenges where participants try to predict outcomes of celebrity challenges and athletic contests, and regular on-the-spot challenges within the Caesars Palace Sports Book like ‘Get the Picture’ or ‘Over/Under.’

The addition of a new show to the B/R Betting portfolio comes as video views have increased by four times over the past two months, averaging 13.3 million views per month across all platforms. It will join other series’ including Your Fantasy Fire Drill and the B/R Betting Show, and will be hosted by Kelly Stewart and Cabbie Richards.

“When we launched our partnership with Caesars Entertainment almost a year ago, it was with this type of content in mind. Something that can engage fans at the most iconic sports book in the world, while providing B/R Betting compelling programming that can be distributed to our hyper-engaged fanbase,” said Sam Toles, chief content officer of Bleacher Report. “The B/R Betting Game Show reflects the B/R voice in a unique format that we know audiences will love.”

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Guests can also experience Bleacher Report on Sunday mornings with live shows from 8:30-10 a.m. from the B/R Studio at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas Sports Book.

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) Partners With Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Virgin Las Vegas
Virgin Las Vegas

Press release: UNCASVILLE, Conn., September 17, 2019 — Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, master developer of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas rendering courtesy of Virgin Hotels and Rockwell Group.jpg awe-inspiring integrated entertainment resorts (IER) worldwide will enter into one of the most exciting casino markets in the world through a venture with JC Hospitality. MGE has entered into a multi-year agreement with JC Hospitality to operate the 60,000-square foot gaming space at the soon to be Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, contingent on the successful completion of construction and pending MGE’s regulatory approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

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“Aligning the MGE brand with Virgin Hotels Las Vegas extends our growing reach into yet another legendary global entertainment capital. Together with Virgin Hotels, experience seekers all over the world will have the opportunity to partake in an extraordinary guest journey that only our strategic alliance can deliver,” said Mario Kontomerkos, MGE’s Chief Executive Officer.

MGE is currently in the midst of an exciting chapter of growth to become the world’s leading integrated entertainment resort (IER) developer. MGE’s brand presence in the world’s most exciting entertainment environment establishes the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, MGE’s owner, as the first Native American Tribe to operate in the Las Vegas resort corridor.

“This new and exciting relationship brings together two ‘Best in Class’ organizations and continues the Mohegan Tribe’s tradition of blazing new trails for others to follow,” said James Gessner Jr., Interim Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe.

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“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,” said Richard “Boz” Bosworth, president and chief executive officer of JC Hospitality LLC, owner of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “MGE further expands on our commitment to partner with best-in-class operators for the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas transformation.”

The property recently announced an agreement with AEG Presents to assume the management, operations and booking for The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas beginning fall 2020 once the property is rebranded as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

The eight-month renovation is slated to begin in early February 2020 and the re-imagined Las Vegas lifestyle casino resort is slated to open at the end of 2020.