The MGM poker room has been dealing cards in a temporary location for a few weeks, mostly due to the cowboys taking over the old space for now. As you can see from the pic up top, the temp room isn't actually a room but sits on the gaming floor near the lion habitat. The tables will fold back to their permanent home after the rodeo rides out of town next week but the rumor mill wonders whether 2012 calls for a move back to the current floor location.
Posters in this AllVegasPoker thread discuss rumors Rainforest Cafe's closure. Can't say that would surprise us. While we enjoy soaking in the wilderness when coming down the nearby escalator, we've never eaten at this location and by the looks of it when we pass, not many of you have either.
Word has been circulating that MGM will be putting the lion habitat down. We've heard it as has VC reader UTE. One AVP poster says a dealer chatted about MGM wanting to remove the family attraction to go more adult with party pits and go-go dancers. Guess there aren't enough of those already around the city? We hope this rumor isn't true. Not only would the MGM would have to ditch these renovation ads but where we would we go to wonder whether the lions are sleeping or attacking? Where will parents drop the kids for hours on end while they sit under the roar of the slot machine? We're kidding on that last question: kids, don't leave your parents at the slot machine.
We're not keen on losing the lion habitat. MGM is one of the only Strip casinos kids and adults both can enjoy without it feeling like a Circus. If that's the corporate directive though, our guess is the always empty basement arcade is where Brad Garrett moves the laughs come next year.
Don't forget that the ball drops on Studio 54 in January, reportedly for a bigger and better club. Since smaller and sh*ttier doesn't sound as snappy.
What other MGM Grand rumors have you heard? What changes (or non-changes) would you like to see? Let us know!
[Photo: MGM Grand Poker]