“MGM Resorts International Honored With National Council On Problem Gambling's Public Awareness Award - PRNewswire” plus 1 more

“MGM Resorts International Honored With National Council On Problem Gambling's Public Awareness Award - PRNewswire” plus 1 more

MGM Resorts International Honored With National Council On Problem Gambling's Public Awareness Award - PRNewswire

Posted: 12 Aug 2019 11:29 AM PDT

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM Resorts International was honored recently with the National Council on Problem Gambling's (NCPG) Public Awareness Award at the organization's 33rd National Conference in Denver.

The award highlights an organization that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to social responsibility related to problem gambling. It was presented in recognition of the company's innovative use of a responsible gambling program: GameSense -- specifically MGM's Responsible Gaming Education Week campaign for 2018. Launched nationwide at MGM Resorts' properties in 2017, and developed by British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), GameSense integrates responsible gambling education and support into the company's guest service culture. It's all designed to help guests make informed decisions and keep gambling fun.

"We can't thank the National Council on Problem Gambling enough for presenting us with this award. Our entire team takes great pride in the work we're doing to promote responsible gambling throughout the world," said Rich Taylor, Executive Director of Responsible Gaming at MGM Resorts.

Taylor added that so far, GameSense has led to more than 950,000 customers having positive, transparent and proactive interactions about how to gamble responsibly. "GameSense continues to transform the way we approach responsible gambling with our guests and MGM Resorts is committed to leading the conversation to help develop a culture of responsible gambling and player health across the world."

NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte said his organization was pleased to celebrate MGM Resort's innovation and leadership with GameSense with its Public Awareness Award.

"I would like to congratulate Rich and the entire team at MGM Resorts for their leadership in raising public awareness about responsible gambling," Whyte said.  "Their initiative to implement GameSense across all their properties, far in advance of the regulatory requirements in most jurisdictions, has already led to almost one million teachable moments with their customers."

GameSense is an industry leading and innovative program, licensed to MGM Resorts by BCLC. In addition to speaking to trained employees, guests can also access GameSense through interactive touchscreens, printed educational materials and other resources. This marks an unprecedented commitment to integrating responsible gambling education into the company's entire guest service model.

Dr. Jamie Wiebe, Director of Player Health at BCLC, noted that MGM Resorts is taking an innovative approach to leveraging the program to ensure that messages resonate well with its players.

"Research shows that positivity, simplicity and friendliness lead to increased player engagement and it's great to see MGM Resorts using this approach through GameSense, which was first developed and introduced by BCLC in 2009, to increase positive play behavior amongst its players," Wiebe said. "This important recognition of MGM Resorts' work to raise the bar of responsible gambling programming is certainly well deserved."

Developed by BCLC, and integrated nationwide by MGM Resorts in late 2017, GameSense enhances awareness and education about responsible gambling for players and guests and, in doing so, raising the standards within the industry. The internationally recognized program encourages players to adopt healthy play behaviors and attitudes. This includes understanding how games work, setting and sticking to personally allocated time and monetary limits for gambling, as well as being open and honest with family, friends and oneself when it comes to personal gambling habits.

GameSense has earned international recognition such as the World Lottery Association's Best Overall Responsible Gambling Program (2010), and the U.S.- based National Council on Problem Gambling's Social Responsibility Award (2015). In addition to being licensed at MGM Resorts casino properties, the program has been implemented by Connecticut Lottery, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and Canadian provinces Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 30 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company recently acquired the operations of Empire City Casino in New York and Hard Rock Rocksino in Ohio, which was rebranded as MGM Northfield Park. In 2018, MGM Resorts opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 82,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.

Marc Jacobson
Media Relations Manager
MGM Resorts International

SOURCE MGM Resorts International

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How to visit Las Vegas for cheap: Free things to do, buffets on a budget and where to find deals - USA TODAY

Posted: 12 Aug 2019 09:56 AM PDT


The best Las Vegas buffets aren't necessarily the priciest. Check out these five buffets where you can eat all you want and not spend all your money. Nicole Schaub, Arizona Republic

With all the high-stakes gambling, posh designer stores and decadent dinners crafted by celebrity chefs, there are endless ways to part with your hard-earned money in Las Vegas.

But with a little bit of planning, you can do Las Vegas on a budget without feeling like you're missing out on a thing, according to The Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.

It just takes a little strategizing to find the cheapest times to go, the most cost-effective way to get there and plenty of activities that won't cost you a cent.

So, from choosing the best days to travel to getting the best deal on a buffet, here are ways to shave some expenses from your visit to Sin City.

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Go to Vegas midweek

The most popular days to travel to Las Vegas are Thursday and Friday. The most popular days to leave there are Sunday and Monday morning. In terms of lodging, Friday and Saturday nights typically cost more. 

If you can be flexible, you'll pay a lot less for your flight and hotel room. For instance, going there on a Sunday and coming back on a Tuesday or Wednesday will save you significantly on flight and hotel.

Don't worry, it's Vegas — there's something to do every night of the week, not just on  weekends.


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Where to eat on a budget in Las Vegas

The days of ultracheap all-you-can-eat buffets are over, but you still can get some good deals. Check out The Arizona Republic's list of all of the buffets in Las Vegas and consider paying for a 24-hour pass or a pass that lets you eat at several casinos.

If you're completely price-focused, these buffets have the lowest prices on the Strip

Not into the buffet scene? At most restaurants, lunch is more affordable than dinner. Or head off The Strip to explore some of the local-favorite restaurants.

Check websites for happy hour specials. And look into hotel and casino rewards programs: They're free to join and sometimes offer discounts or free buffets to loyal customers.

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Check for deals online

From spa specials to show tickets and discounted buffet passes, you can find a lot of Las Vegas deals on GrouponLiving Social and Smarter Vegas. 

If you're staying at a hotel, check its website for promotions. Local websites also offer deals. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau recommends checking these:

Free and cheap things to do

Along with well-known freebies like the Fremont Street Experience, Bellagio Fountains, Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Mirage Volcano and the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign, there are quite a few free things to do in Las Vegas.


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Cirque du Soleil. If the price of a ticket isn't in your budget, check out a rehearsal instead. "Mystère" and "KA" offer a chance to see what happens behind the scenes.  Space is first-come, first-served. "Mystère" rehearsals are 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays at the theater in Treasure Island. "KA" rehearsals are noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays at the KA Theater at MGM Grand.

Vegas Golden Knights. The Las Vegas NHL team is super popular. If you can't afford a ticket, check out a practice at City National Arena in Summerlin.

See Big Elvis. Pete Vallee is one of the most famous Elvis Presley impersonators. He has performed more than 7,000 times on The Strip and sings all your favorite Elvis hits. Catch him in the Piano Lounge at Harrah's.

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Free art exhibits. Check out the Fine Art Collection at Aria at CityCenter on the Strip. If you have a car, head about 10 miles south of Las Vegas to Ugo Rondinone's Seven Magic Mountains colorfully painted stacked boulders. Take a tour of the new artwork scattered through the recently renovated Palms Casino Resort near the Strip.

Play pinball. Bring some quarters and check out the Pinball Hall of Fame, a museum full of pinball machines from the 1950s to 1990s. It's at 1610 E. Tropicana Ave.

Take a brewery tour. Reserve a tour and tasting at Banger Brewing, 450 Fremont St. It includes a flight of four beers. Price is about $9; you can take home a souvenir glass for a few dollars more. bangerbrewing.com.

Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden and Chocolate Factory. There's no charge to tour the garden, which covers 3 acres and has 300 plants, in nearby Henderson, Nevada. If you have a few bucks to spare, sign up for a $15 chocolate tasting or a $25 chocolate-and-wine tasting. ethelm.com.

Take a million-dollar picture. Get your free souvenir photo in front of a pyramid of cash at Binion's Gambling Hall, 128 Fremont St. Note: You have to be 21 to take a photo. binions.com.


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