Possible COVID-19 Victim from NY Stayed at Mirage Hotel-Casino

Mirage Hotel-Casino in Las VegasOn Wednesday, the Southern Nevada Health District reported that there are now three new possible positive cases of COVID-19 in Clark County. That brings the total number of presumed coronavirus cases up to five in Southern Nevada.

The two presumed cases of COVID-19 in Reno, Nevada make it seven cases in the entire state currently.

One of the three new cases is a victim from New York. The victim is described as a woman in her 40s. She came to Las Vegas to attend the Women of Power Summit at The Mirage hotel-casino and arrived in the city on March 5.

MGM Resorts International made a formal announcement about the case on Wednesday to properly warn guests and staff. This announcement came one day after the company announced its temporary closure of the buffets at all of their Las Vegas properties, to be put into effect this Sunday, March 15.

While the company would not confirm whether the buffet closures were indeed a preemptive response to the coronavirus, they did release a formal statement to the media regarding the presumed coronavirus case of their hotel guest:

We were informed that an individual from New York who was a guest at The Mirage and an attendee of the Women of Power Summit from March 5-8 has tested positive for coronavirus. Upon learning of the individual’s symptoms, Mirage staff worked in coordination with the state health district to implement MGM Resorts’ health and safety protocol. 

Professional cleaners with expertise in this area are deep cleaning and sanitizing the individual’s room, as outlined in the Company’s health and safety procedures and in accordance with CDC guidelines for eliminating the presence of the virus. Access to the room remains restricted as it undergoes this comprehensive cleaning and disinfectant process. 

In addition to its pre-existing high standards of cleanliness, maintenance and sanitation at its properties, MGM Resorts in recent weeks implemented temporary enhanced cleaning procedures with a heavy emphasis on public areas.

We are currently coordinating with the Southern Nevada Health District to notify guests and employees who may have had close prolonged contact with the individual and are directing our employees to follow all self-quarantine requests.

 We wish the individual well and offer our support in her recovery. The health and safety of our guests and employees is our highest priority, and we will continue implementing the health and safety steps we’ve taken to prepare for potential health and safety risks and combat the impact of this virus. 

MGM Resorts Health and Safety Procedures

In addition to the transparency found in their formal statement announcing the presumed coronavirus case, the company also released its health and safety procedures to reassure guests, visitors, and company employees:

MGM Resorts has maintained close coordination with health officials since the virus first became known and proactively communicates CDC prevention guidelines with guests and employees. The company has taken several steps to plan for potential health and safety risks, including investing time and resources to ensure its properties are prepared for the potential impacts of the coronavirus. 

In addition to its pre-existing high standards of cleanliness, maintenance and sanitation at its properties, MGM Resorts in recent weeks implemented temporary enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols. They include: 

Placing hand sanitizer dispensing stations in high-traffic, visible areas such as entrances, exits, elevator landings, and hotel lobbies.

Increasing the frequency of disinfectant procedures, with focus on: 

  • Faucets and toilet flush levers
  • Doorknobs and locks
  • Entrance and exit doors and door handles
  • Handrails
  • Slot machines handles and armrests
  • Elevator buttons
  • Light switches

MGM Resorts Stocks Dropping

With the recent announcements of their data breach, buffets closing, and a recent hotel guest possibly having the virus, MGM Resorts International’s stock has been running wild on the charts.

It’s hard to tell the trajectory their stock will take within the coming weeks. The best thing to do right now if you’re investing in it is to keep a watchful eye on the news surrounding MGM Resorts International and the coronavirus.

MGM Temporarily Closing its Buffets

Buffets are actually a big money-maker for Strip casino operators, as they can easily charge anywhere between $25-$50 per person to dine, depending on weekday vs. weekend brunch, dinner, and gourmet dinner pricing.

It’s unsure whether MGM Resorts International decided to temporarily halt buffet operations due to dropped occupancy levels in their various Las Vegas properties, but what we do know if that the company will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 news weekly and assess what to do from there.

Stay tuned for more news regarding the global coronavirus pandemic, including how it’s continuing to affect Las Vegas casinos, tourism, and industry workers.

Lucky Gambler Wins Massive Slot Jackpot in Las Vegas

Most visitors to Sin City hope they manage to win big inside the casinos. Sometimes, this dream becomes a reality. This week, one lucky gambler managed to win a massive slot jackpot in Las Vegas.

Wheel Of Fortune Slot

These huge jackpots are more common than you might think. Today, we’re going to look at how much the gambler won. We’ll also look back at a few more recent big winners in this city.

Let’s get into it!

Slots Player Wins $2.2 Million This Week

Some gamblers love playing slots. Others feel table games offer the best way to win big. Regardless of how you feel, it’s hard to deny that sometimes, slot machines can offer absolutely massive payouts.

On Friday, one slot player won an incredible $2.2 million playing the Wheel of Fortune Triple Red Hot Bells game inside the Mirage Hotel & Casino. This massive slot jackpot in Las Vegas was won on just a $5 wager. The winning spin came at exactly 8:10 am.

It’s great news for this gambler. $2.2 million is one of the biggest slot jackpots in recent memory. Fortunately, this isn’t the first huge slot win and won’t be the last.

Let’s take a look at some other jackpot winners in recent memory.

Another Huge Slot Jackpot in Las Vegas Was Won This Month

The Wheel of Fortune slot machine is well-known for offering some of the biggest prizes in Las Vegas. It seems like every few months, a lucky player wins huge on one of these games. Earlier this month, one gambler took home several hundred thousand dollars playing Wheel of Fortune.

News broke on November 5th that a slots player connected on a 25-cent Wheel of Fortune Triple Double Emeralds for an incredible jackpot of $257,221.73. Just eight days earlier, another player won $492,743.64 on the same game!

Also in late October, a Pennsylvania native took home an astounding $64,829.61 on a 1-cent Tarzan slot machine at the STRAT.

It’s a great time to be a gambling fan in Las Vegas. There are more affordable slot machines now than ever before. There are also some exciting new gambling venues set to open here over the next few years.

New Hotel-Casinos Scheduled to Open in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is home to many of the very best hotel-casinos in the world. Recently, several major casino companies here have begun selling their biggest properties. Many new companies are also constructing new gambling venues here.

Earlier this year, news broke that the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas was sold to Virgin Hotels. Soon, Virgin will begin the renovation of this gambling venue. It’s scheduled to close for eight months while construction is taking place and will open before the end of 2020.

Another exciting casino-resort set to open here is Resorts World, located near the top of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s owned by the Genting Group and is one of the most expensive venues ever built in Las Vegas. As of now, the plan is for this venue to open in December of 2020.

With the Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Entertainment merger almost complete, it’s possible that even more hotel-casinos could be sold here. We’ll need to wait and see which properties Eldorado feels it can benefit without.

One lucky gambler won an absolutely massive slot jackpot in Las Vegas this week. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on these jackpot wins over the next few months!