MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Review
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As the largest resort complex in the world, MGM Grand has a seasonal amusement park and one of the largest gaming floors in Vegas among its several facilities.

 

MGM Grand Las Vegas opened in December 1993. During its time, it was the largest hotel complex in the world. It is nicknamed the “City of Entertainment”. It has majestic attractions such as the Grand Garden Arena, Hollywood Theatre, and Level Up.

 

How to go to MGM Grand Hotel and Casino

 

MGM Grand is in the middle of the southern half of the Strip’s 5.6 km area. It is close to many luxurious properties like other casinos, hotels, and malls. It’s 3.5 km away from McCarran International Airport and takes a 10 to 15-minute drive. 

 

You have many transportation options while in MGM Grand. The Taxis that pass by the casino are the least expensive ways to get to your destination. If you’re traveling with a large group, try the Deuce. It’s a double-decker bus that runs up and down the strip 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also ride the monorail system whose stops include Flamingo, LINQ, and Westgate. If coming from the McCarran International Airport, here are other transportation options that you can choose from:

  1. Bus (US$6): Take the Wax bus line from the airport. Get off at the Koval bus stop along Tropicana Avenue. You can walk to the MGM Grand from there. Walk along the avenue until you reach Audrie Street. Continue walking in the street until you reach the resort casino.
  2. Taxi (US$22): If you want to get faster to the MGM Grand, you can take a taxi from the airport.
  3. Shuttle (US$72): There is a shuttle service that will take you straight to the MGM Grand from the airport.

 

 

MGM Grand Casino Games 

 

MGM Grand lives up to its name by having one of the largest gaming floors in all of Vegas at over 170,000 square feet. It has nearly 3,000 gaming machines and 200 table games. It is one of Vegas’ most popular casinos. It is constantly visited by many high-profile players. All table games have minimum bets that start at $10. The gaming floor also has areas dedicated to $3 video machines like video baccarat, craps, and roulette. 

 

Baccarat 

Baccarat tables in MGM Grand feature standard rules and have a $10 minimum bet requirement. It has seasoned dealers that provide a high-energy environment that's enjoyed by novice and veteran players.

 

Blackjack 

All blackjack tables have 6-5 odds and have minimums ranging from $10 to $25. Tables with higher odds are at the high limit section. It features other blackjack variations such as Free Bet Blackjack that have a $25 minimum bet requirement. It also has virtual machines in the slots that have lower minimums ranging from $3 to $5.

 

Craps 

Craps tables are in a pit separated from other table games. It has a standard 3-4-5 games with a $10 minimum bet requirement. It has very friendly dealers that will happily instruct you about the table’s rules and betting options. These tables have very lively games and have some of the best odds in the casino. 

 

Roulette 

The minimum bet requirements for roulette tables vary. Their minimums range from $10, $15, and $25. All roulette tables follow the standard double-zero rule. It also has several virtual roulette machines with a live wheel and camera by the slots. 

 

Video Poker 

There are many video poker machines in the casino. You can find them in bars. Most of the video poker games have a $1 minimum bet requirement. However, there are also machines like “Jacks or Better” and Bonus Poker that have minimums of $0.05 or $0.10. 

 

Poker Room 

This 13 table poker room is a very active hotspot for many tourists and high rollers. The non-smoking poker room is between the Sportsbook and Centrifuge bar. It’s known for being one of the most active poker rooms in Vegas. It is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It hosts four poker tournaments every day. Here is the schedule for the poker tournaments:

 

Poker Tournament

Time

Guaranteed Prize Pool   

Entrance Fee

First Poker Tournament

11:05 AM      

$1,000

$80

Second Poker Tournament      

2:05 PM

$400

$60

Third Poker Tournament

7:05 PM

$750

$80 (min. bet)

Fourth Poker Tournament

10:05 PM

$400

$60

 

 

Other Poker Games

The casino has a large game selection. It includes mixed games such as Ultimate Texas Hold’em Progressive,  Pai Gow Power Tiles, and Crazy 4 Poker. It also features a video machine for Keno that has a $0.50 minimum bet. This area has a live DJ during peak hours to create an exciting atmosphere.

 

High Limit Room 

MGM Grand has a large high limit room filled with blackjack, baccarat, and roulette tables. The roulette tables have a European styled variant with one zero. It requires a $50 minimum wager per spin.

Baccarat and Blackjack tables both have a $50 to $100 minimum bet. Blackjack tables have a 3-2 payout and apply the standard rules. 

 

Slots 

The casino has a huge selection of slot games. It has 1,000 slot machines that have famous brands like Casablanca, Ghostbusters, and Goonies. Minimums on the main floor start at $1 and reach up to $5. Machines with higher rewards are close to the center of the casino. The lower stake machines are further away from the main area. 

 

High Limit Slots 

MGM Grand has a high limit area divided into different sections. It’s right behind the high limit tables section. It has many minimum bet options that range from $50 to $500. One of its most popular games is Cleopatra II. There is also a private room where you can meet with one of the casino hosts. 

 

Sportsbook 

The MGM Grand Sportsbook is one of the biggest of its kind in Vegas. It has over 100 seats and is across from the TAP Sports Bar. This non-smoking sportsbook has plenty of big-screen TVs and comfortable seats and couches for bettors and VIPs.

The sportsbook room has skyboxes that can fit up to 10 guests each. It can be adjusted to fit 20 guests. These exclusive rooms have some of the best betting experiences in Vegas. Its amenities include plasma TVs, CD systems, and surround-sound audio. 

It also offers seasonal events and contests for all bettors. There are many restaurants nearby such as Nathan’s Hotdogs and Bonanno's Pizzeria. You need to make a $10 bet for horses or a $100 bet on a sports game to get a drink ticket. 

 

 

MGM Grand Hotel Amenities 

 

 

Restaurants and Fine Dining 

MGM Grand has many world-class restaurants with famous celebrity chefs handling them like Tom Colicchio, Joel Robuchon, and Masaharu Morimoto. Among these restaurants is Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak. It is famous for being one of the best steakhouses on the Strip. It uses high-quality ingredients to create amazing dishes that include veal, lobster, and steak. It also has award-winning wines, bourbons, and scotches in its menu. 

The Joel Robuchon restaurant is one of the most decorated restaurants in Vegas. It has the Forbes Five-Star,  AAA Five Diamond, and the Wine Spectator's Grand Award. It is one of the most reserved places in the Strip. Visit now to experience magnificent French cuisines such as Le Saumon, Le Pintade Fermiere, and La Sphere de Sucre.  

Morimoto Las Vegas gets its name from the celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto. He is famous for his role on the Iron Chef TV show. This classy restaurant has a Japanese inspired menu including exotic dishes such as Braised Black Cod, Seared Snapper, and the Morimoto Shabu Shabu. 

 

Nightclubs and Bars 

There are a lot of high-quality bars and nightclubs in MGM Grand. The bars you can find in the hotel and casino are TAPS Sports Bar, FiAMMA Trattoria & Bar, and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill.

TAPS Sports Bar provides guests with a casual but comfortable atmosphere. It has close to 60 HD flatscreen TVs, a massive trophy collection, and plenty of cozy seats. It serves delicious breakfast specials and has a large special beverage menu. 

FiAMMA Trattoria & Bar has traditional Italian dishes and drinks. Its luxurious atmosphere gives customers one of the most intimate dining experiences in Vegas. Its mouth-watering dishes include Grilled Mediterranean Octopus, Lobster Gnocchi, and Fiamma Tiramisu.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is one of the most lively bars in Vegas. It has a California-inspired menu with iconic dishes like wood-fired pizzas, Big-Eye Tuna Tartare, and Three Cheese Mac N Cheese.

 

MGM Grand Hotel Rooms 

The MGM Grand’s main hotel building has over 4,200 rooms. The standard rooms are spacious with their 350 square feet to 450 square feet sizes. High roller suites start at 675 square feet. All rooms are large and have high-end amenities like 40-inch flat-screen TVs, media hubs, and minibars. 

 

MGM Grand Spa 

The MGM Grand Spa has 30 private treatment rooms that give you everything you need to relax. It offers amazing facials and exciting whirlpools. It also has a large lounge area where you can find many ways to relieve your stress. 

 

Grand Pool Complex 

This 6.5-acre complex provides some of the most refreshing poolside experiences in all of Vegas. It has four refreshing swimming pools, three whirlpools, and cascading waterfalls. It also has a 54,500-square-foot party pool called the Wet Republic. This is famously known for hosting one of the wildest pool parties on the Strip. You can enjoy a variety of food and drink options at the pools. You can also get a poolside massage. 

 

Parking 

MGM Grand will charge you for parking and valet services. The first hour is free for all guests. If you have an M life Rewards card you’ll receive valet services free of charge. You can also choose to charge your parking fee to your room bill. 

 

MGM Grand Garden Arena 

The MGM Grand Arena can fit over 16,000 people and is one of the most popular places to watch special events. It has held hundreds of spectacular events like concerts, championship boxing matches, and other sports league events. It is famous for state-of-the-art acoustics, masterful lighting, and an excellent view from every seat. 

 

Level Up 

This 12,000 square foot building is one of Vegas’ most unique attractions. It has been called a “Gamer’s Paradise”. This offers many interactive games including QuadAir Hockey, Bubble Hockey, Sigma Derby, and Giant Pac-Man. It also has Golfstream, the world’s first indoor laser golf course. It is popular for using laser guidance and augmented reality to give guests a revolutionary golf experience. 

 

Topgolf 

Topgolf is a four-level entertainment venue with interactive golf games and balls that score themselves. It is one of Vegas’s hottest gaming concepts. It features climate-controlled hitting bays, hundreds of HDTVs, and dynamic event spaces. Golf players of all skill levels need to play in this place at least once in their life to try something very few have ever experienced. 

 

Trivia 

  1. MGM Grand has been featured in films such as Ocean’s Eleven, Vegas Vacation, and The Great White Hype. 
  2. Its opening was the most lavish production in all of Vegas at the time.
  3. The MGM was the first resort on the Strip to have an outdoor seasonal amusement park. It was named Grand Adventures and included attractions such as Skyscreamer, Lightning Bolt, and Grand Canyon Rapids.
  4. MGM Grand once had a Wizard of Oz theme. It even had the “Emerald City” green color among many Wizard of Oz decorations and props. During this time, guests who entered would see Dorothy, Scarecrow, and Tinman among other three characters by the entrance. 
  5. It once had the Emerald City attraction which featured an elaborate yellow brick road walk-through. It had many scene recreations from the movie, as well as animatronic figures of all the Wizard of Oz characters. 
  6. Emerald City was demolished during an extensive renovation in 1996. 
  7. The casino was the setting of an extremely tragic event called the MGM Grand fire on November 21, 1980. It is one of the worst hotel fires in U.S history. It killed 85 people. 

 

MGM Grand is one of the most successful establishments in Vegas. Its history shows that it is not afraid to try new ideas. People visit from all over the world to experience MGM Grand’s innovative attractions. Visit now and let your imagination run wild. 

 

 

 

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