First tribal casino opens in Las Vegas

Mohegan Sun Casino has launched at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Mohegan Sun Casino has launched at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

The Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas has become the first casino run by a tribe in Sin City.

US.- The Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, at the former Hard Rock International property, has opened as the first Las Vegas casino run by a native American tribe.

The Mohegan tribe already owns and operates Mohegan Sun, one of Connecticut’s two major casinos, which opened in 1996. It also recently entered into an agreement with Connecticut to offer sports betting, both online and brick-and-mortar, and online gaming in the state.

At the grand opening in Las Vegas, actor and TV host Mario Lopez threw the ceremonial first dice roll at the carps table.

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In 2018, the British billionaire Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Group, bought the former Hard Rock Casino for an undisclosed amount and announced he would transform the property into a Virgin Hotel location.

Branson’s company outsourced the gaming side of the business, reaching an agreement with the Connecticut-based Mohegan Tribe in September 2019. They received a licence from the Nevada Gaming Commision last October.

The 60,000 square foot Mohegan Sun Casino offers 650 slots and over 150 table games, high-limit areas and a race and sportsbook

The whole resort has more than 1,500 suites across three towers: Ruby, Opal and Canyon, a five-acre desert pool oasis including a multi-functional event lawn; a live music and entertainment theatre with 4,500 capacity and twelve food and beverage venues.

According to a press release, the hotel features a “no nickel and diming” policy, which includes free wifi, “street-priced” minibars in the rooms and no resort fees of any kind.

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