An Introduction to Bally’s Las Vegas
Bally’s Las Vegas was formerly known as the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino and is located in Paradise, Las Vegas on the Las Vegas strip. Caesars Entertainment own and operate the resort which features a hotel that offers 2 814 luxury rooms. More than half of the hotel rooms are located in the North Tower while the rest are in the South Tower which is now known as the Jubilee Tower, after the long running Jubilee production show which was held at the resort from 1981 to 2016.
Bally’s Las Vegas also features a 67 000 sq. ft. casino gaming floor which is home to many casino table games and slot machines, banqueting and meeting rooms that take up 175 000 sq. ft. and a large shopping centre which is situated on the floor below the casino gaming floor. The shopping area features multiple restaurants. A Las Vegas Monorail station is located at the rear of Bally’s Las Vegas.
The History of Bally’s Las Vegas
In 1963 the site originally was home to the Three Coins Motel. In 1967 the Bonanza Hotel and Casino took over the site and soon after it was renamed New Bonanza Hotel and Casino. Shortly after, Kirk Kerkorian took over the site and began construction on the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino opened with 2 084 hotel rooms in 1973. At the time it became the largest hotel in the world and was larger than the Empire State Building. The resort was said to have made the largest impact on the Las Vegas strip and was the most popular destination until the opening of the Mirage Hotel.
In 1980 a fire broke out in one of the restaurants which travelled up to the hotel. A total of 85 guests and employees were killed. The fire led to fire safety being implemented in hotels worldwide and is seen as one of the worst fires in a high rise building in the history of America.
In 1985 the hotel was purchased by Bally Entertainment Corporation who changed the name of the resort to Bally’s Las Vegas. Bally Entertainment Corporation was later purchased by Hilton Hotels who eventually split from the casino resorts division which became known as Caesars Entertainment who officially acquired the resort in 1995.
Bally’s Las Vegas Casino Floor
The Bally’s Las Vegas casino floor is home to over sixty five table games. These include four different versions of blackjack, baccarat, roulette and craps. Pai Gow tiles, Pai Gow poker, let it ride and three card poker with a six card bonus is also available.
The casino offers an ultimate slot experience where slot machines, casino slots and progressives are available in abundance. Players have an opportunity to take part in many slot tournaments which are played on Las Vegas slot machines.
Bally’s Las Vegas is part of the total rewards programme which earns points for playing; dining; shopping or staying at any of the participating resorts. The points can be redeemed for credits to play with at the casino. Members get discounted prices on selected live entertainment shows and certain other events.