Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment plans Vegas debut

The rebranded resort is slated to open at the end of 2020. Photo credit: Virgin Hotels and Rockwell Group

Integrated entertainment resorts developer Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is coming to Las Vegas.

MGE has entered into a multi-year agreement with JC Hospitality to operate the 60,000-square-foot gaming space at the upcoming Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, once construction wraps and pending MGE’s regulatory approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission. 

As announced in January, the soon-to-be former Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will reopen as the Virgin next year following renovations to the property. The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, MGE’s owner, will operate the Las Vegas Strip hotel.
“Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, as an extension of the Mohegan Tribe, pride themselves on traditional principles, in sync with modern values,” said Richard “Boz” Bosworth, president/CEO of JC Hospitality LLC, owner of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “MGE further expands on our commitment to partner with best-in-class operators for the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas transformation.” (The hotel is owned by a group consisting of Virgin Hotels, Juniper Capital Partners, Fengate Real Asset Investments, Dream Hard Asset Alternatives Trust and Cowie Capital Partners.)

The eight-month renovation is slated to begin in February and the resort is slated to open at the end of 2020. The property has an agreement with AEG Presents to assume the management, operations and booking for The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas beginning fall 2020 once the property is rebranded.

MGE owns, develops and manages integrated entertainment resorts in Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, as well as Northern Asia and Niagara Falls, Canada.