Feed everyone: Food Drive for Three Square starts today

LAS VEGAS – One million pounds.

In addition to being a nice, round number, it is also the official goal for this year’s MGM Resorts Canned Food Drive for Three Square.

“We were so close to that figure last year. Our goal this year is to get to one million pounds of food,” said Executive Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Maria Gatti. “It’s a big number, but I’m confident that we can achieve it.”

Last year’s record-breaking drive yielded a not-too-shabby 922,000 pounds of non-perishable food for southern Nevada’s largest food bank. This year’s collection drive kicks off today and, like previous years, runs through Oct. 31. Click through for everything you need to know about this year’s Canned Food Drive.  READ MORE

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Hit me! myVEGAS expands to include 21

myVEGAS-BlackJack-(web)LAS VEGAS – With the introduction of a new blackjack app, the Company’s myVEGAS social gaming platform is set to welcome a whole new audience.

Until now, myVEGAS has offered only slot-style games. This new app, a separate download from its slots counterpart, is myVEGAS’ first foray into virtual table games.

“Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games. Our team took a serious look at what worked well within our mobile slots app and we asked our players what they most enjoyed about the traditional Blackjack gaming experience,” said Andrew Pascal, President of the game developer PLAYSTUDIOS. “In the end, we discovered some great opportunities for innovation. We’re confident that the final product will appeal to the casual and sophisticated table gamers as well as our established slot players.”  READ MORE

First Rock in Rio performers, event details announced

LAS VEGAS – We’re one step closer to the U.S. debut of Rock in Rio, Vegas-style.

In a major announcement last week, event organizers unveiled long-awaited details on the legendary music festival in May 2015 at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on The Strip, north of Circus Circus. Main stage acts will include Metallica, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift and No Doubt. Also added to the initial lineup: Deftones and John Legend, with the promise of more to come, totaling 100-plus performances across six different stages.

The four-day festival will be held in Las Vegas over two consecutive weekends. The lineups will differ, with one weekend dedicated to rock and the other to pop music, according to show organizers. Also announced was a limited-time ticket pre-sale, now available at rockinrio.com/ticketsREAD MORE

Murren, other executives participating in G2E


Chairman and CEO Jim Murren (right) discusses the State of the Industry in a recent G2E panel.

LAS VEGAS – The city this week welcomes even more than its fair share of gaming industry leaders for the Global Gaming Expo, better known as G2E.

The four-day event, the industry’s biggest trade show and conference, takes place all week at the Las Vegas Sands Expo Center. Many MGM Resorts leaders, including Chairman Jim Murren, have already participated on panel discussions, sharing expertise on a variety of topics.

The Chairman kicked off this morning’s program alongside Seminole Gaming CEO James Allen in a wide-ranging State of the Industry discussion. The first question was about branding – the brand of the growing industry and the two leaders’ respective companies.

“The thing you have to remember is that brands are really meaningless without the people around them. For our guests, it’s about the personal connection people make with the employees they encounter,” Mr. Murren said. “Investing in people is really the most important part of investing in a brand.”  READ MORE