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Las Vegas Strip Casino Will Reopen As Smoke-Free Property

Park MGM Will Reopen At The End Of The Month And Become Vegas' First Casino To Ban Smoking Inside

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One of the few Las Vegas Strip casinos that has yet to reopen will do so with a smoke-free environment.

MGM Resorts announced Monday that it will reopen the last of its closed Strip casinos, Park MGM, on Sept. 30. When it reopens, the property will become the first casino in Las Vegas history to prohibit smoking inside it.

According to an Associated Press report, president and COO of Park MGM Anton Nikodemus said that there is a large market that craves a smokeless casino.

“We believe there is a high-level of pent-up demand to have a non-smoking casino, especially here in Las Vegas,” Nikodemus told the AP. “During this time we’ve been able to really prepare the property for a smoke-free resort experience.”

The short history of smokeless casinos hasn’t been kind to operators. The infamous former Atlantic City casino Revel opened in 2012 with a smoking ban, but filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy about a year later and went out of business in 2014.

The building remained empty until it reopened as Ocean Casino Resort in June 2018, which allowed indoor smoking.

There will be designated smoking areas outside the property and smoking policies have not changed at any of MGM’s other Strip properties. Once Park MGM opens at the end of the month, MGM Resorts will have reopened all of its properties nationwide since the COVID-19-induced shutdown of brick-and-mortar gambling in mid-March.

Its main competitor, Caesars Entertainment, still has three Las Vegas properties closed. Its Strip properties Cromwell and Planet Hollywood, as well as Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, an off-strip property that is the home of the World Series of Poker.

 
 
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