The MGM Grand is a huge casino and hotel complex based on Las Vegas Boulevard (3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States), right in the heart of Las Vegas, within easy reach of all of the major Vegas tourist attractions and just a 6 minute drive from the city’s international airport. One of the world’s most famous gambling sites, it boasts the biggest casino floor in Vegas and the third largest hotel on the planet.
It was opened in 1991 on the site of the old Marina Hotel and Casino. Over the years, the MGM Grand has been updated and refurbished several times, but its current incarnation is that of an Art Deco classic style reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The complex is owned by the well known casino operators MGM Resorts International, who also own a number of other famous casinos and leisure outlets.
The casino is the obvious centrepiece of the MGM Grand and it truly is an enormous casino floor area. For a start, there are more than 2,500 slots machines. This huge selection of games includes almost every game that you can imagine from the newest high tech video slots to classic three-reel machines and old favourites.
One of the advantages of having so many gaming options is that the casino can offer a wide range of staking limits, so you can find penny slots and high roller $1,000 per spin games. The selection of progressive jackpot games at the MGM Grand is particularly impressive, and includes both stand-alone machines and jackpot titles linked in networks with other MGM Resorts venues, making possible some truly massive payouts. There are also slots tournaments and a high limit area for those who want to play for $5 or more.
Table game fans are also well served by the MGM Grand. Here you can find over 130 table and poker games including multiple varieties of Blackjack, Baccarat and Craps, along with more specialist titles such as Pai Gow Poker, Let it Ride, 3 Card Poker, and Casino War. And if poker is your game, you will appreciate the MGM Grand poker room that is aimed at small to medium stakes players, with limits ranging from $1/$2 to $5/$10.
One of the most attractive aspects of casino gambling at an MGM venue is the M Life Program, which awards you points for every dollar spent at their facilities; points which can later be exchanged for rewards. Sports punters are also well catered for at the MGM, thanks to a state-of-the-art 60-screen race and sports book area, which can seat up to 104 people.
Like all the top casino complexes, the MGM Grand can offer a wide range of accommodation, to suit every budget. The main hotel area has an impressive 4,293 standard rooms and 751 suites, and on the top floors there are the five-diamond rated Skylofts.
Alternative accommodation can be found at the Signature at MGM Grand, which is made up of three towers that each boasts 576 suites, and for VIP guests there are luxury villas to be had at the Mansion at MGM Grand, and for the very wealthiest guests, the MGM Grand offers 576 suits that range in price from $450,000 to $2 million!
Las Vegas has a reputation as a cultural hotspot as well as a gambling city, and the MGM Grand is a venue where some of the world’s most famous artists perform. There is a variety of entertainment areas in the complex, and depending on when you visit, you may see a Cirque du Soleil production, a major boxing event, comedy shows, music and magic.
Casino goers who want to take a break from the casino floor are spoilt for choice. There is a huge selection of dining outlets, many of which have attracted some of the world’s biggest chefs, and there is a bewildering array of buffet and fast food venues if you want to grab a quick snack. Guests can also relax at the world class Grand Spa, play golf, swim in the enormous MGM Grand pool or go shopping in the 20 speciality retail outfits.
The MGM Grand casino complex has everything that a South African casino player could need and more! The choice of games on the casino floor is unrivalled by almost any other casino in the world, and with access to some of the best restaurant facilities in the casino industry as well as world class entertainment, the MGM Grand is one of those venues that should be on every casino enthusiast’s must-visit list.