MGM Resorts gets Nevada approval for mobile tournaments

MGM Resorts gets Nevada approval for mobile tournaments

Thursday, July 14, 2016

MGM Resorts has broken the mould in Las Vegas by becoming the first casino group to offer a digital and interactive tournament via a mobile device after getting approval from the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

The easyPLAY Mobile Tournaments have been developed with mobile gaming tech company oneLIVE inc, and allow guests at nine Las Vegas resorts to compete with other players in a variety of tournament games using their own mobile devices whether they are at the pool, sipping cocktails at the bar, or simply relaxing in their rooms.

Tom Mikulich, Senior Vice President of Business Development for MGM Resorts International, said: “The introduction of easyPLAY Mobile Tournaments at our MGM Resorts properties gives our guests an exciting, new opportunity to play their favourite games while enjoying the best Las Vegas has to offer.

“The tournaments are extremely user-friendly, provide players with a variety of game options including slots and bingo, among others, and bring an element of competition that our guests will enjoy whether they are sitting at a bar enjoying a drink or simply hanging out by the pool.”

easyPLAY offers regularly scheduled tournaments of classic casino games including slots, bingo and video poker as well as fun social, casual and console games.

Guests 21 years of age or older can participate from any mobile device, personal laptop, or the new InteractivePro Tables located throughout MGM Resorts' properties ARIA Resort & Casino, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, Luxor, New York-New York and Excalibur.

The first tournament is based around progressive slots with a $5 entry fee for a chance to win a minimum grand prize of $10,000.

Michael Jabara, president & CEO of platform developer oneLIVE inc, commented: "MGM Resorts leads the way with creating innovative experiences and programming for its guests. With our easyPLAY Interactive Tournament Platform, MGM Resorts' guests now have access to fantastic contests and tournaments that weren't possible before."

Totally Gaming Says: “MGM will be just the first casino operator in Las Vegas to offer tournaments in a digital format as the state laws gradually evolve to reflect what is possible via technology. This is just the latest mobile development in the state although there remain quirks in the legislation. For example this product will only be made available to those who reside in the US. International visitors will still have to play physically.”

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