Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment received a unanimous recommendation from the Nevada Gaming Control Board on Wednesday. The recommendation moves Mohegan one step closer to becoming the first tribe to operate a Las Vegas casino.
Deal to Operate Former Hard Rock Las Vegas
It can be recalled that in September of last year, Mohegan announced that it had struck a deal to operate the gambling site at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The deal is contingent on the renovation and the regulatory approval of the Nevada Gaming Commission. The remodeling of the property began last February and continued even with the COVID-19 pandemic as construction was deemed as essential business. It is anticipated to finish on time. Meanwhile, the Nevada Gaming Commission is expected to meet on October 22 to consider the recommendation of the Control Board.
JC Hospitality, the owners of the Las Vegas casino property, will serve as the landlord. JC Hospitality has also called on Virgin Hotels to manage and operate the property’s 1,110 guest rooms, which will become part of the Hilton Curio Collection. The property also brought in AEG Presents to assume the management, operations, and bookings for The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.New casino general manager Joe Hasson also said that celebrity chefs will be sought to operate its restaurants.
Mohegan Sun at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
The renovated Las Vegas casino will be rebranded as the Mohegan Sun at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas and is expected to open on January 15, 2021. According to Hasson, the Mohegan brand won’t appear in the building but the electronic signage outside the property will market the brand name.
The new casino will not have a poker room and the proposed sports book which will be operated by Betfred USA Sports isn’t expected to be up and running when the Las Vegas casino opens in January. GM Hasson said that they are still going through the process of securing a license.
About Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is the business enterprise of the Mohegan Indian tribe of Connecticut. They currently manage the gaming operations for Resorts Atlantic casino, the Fallsview Casino on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls, Indian casinos in Washington state and Louisiana, and its flagship Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville and Mohegan Sun Poconos in Pennsylvania.
Aside from expanding in Las Vegas, Mohegan has also set its sights on international gaming. It is currently developing a $5B resort at Incheon International Airport in South Korea which is targeted to open in late 2022. It also has a bid for a potential integrated resort license on the former Hellenikon International Airport near Athens in Greece.