MGM Grand Detroit to have 'premier poker room'

Kirk Morrison is All-In
MGM Grand Detroit opens Oct. 2 with eight-table poker room

Detroit isn't likely the first place you think of when you hear "unparalleled luxury" and "premier poker room."

But that might change a little bit this fall, as MGM announced today it will open its $800 million MGM Grand Detroit hotel and entertainment destination on October 2, "raising Detroit's luxury hospitality offerings to unparalleled heights."

Of particular note, the casino plans to have Detroit's "premier poker room," with early reports suggesting it will have eight tables total. It has yet to release the complete details about game offerings.

"The October 2 opening of MGM Grand Detroit will signal a new era for downtown Detroit with matchless amenities and accommodations never before available in the Midwest," said George Boyer, MGM Grand Detroit President and COO.

"The introduction of MGM Grand Detroit demonstrates delivery on our promise to create an unparalleled hotel and entertainment destination for our guests to enjoy, whether business travelers, international visitors or members of our own community. The opening of the destination also will create an additional 1,000 jobs, of which more than half will be Detroit residents."

Details they have released: the MGM Grand Detroit will feature 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 "opulent" corner suites.

Guests will also be able to choose from three signature restaurants from two of the world's preeminent celebrity chefs, Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina.

The destination also will feature 24-hour in-room dining by Puck plus casual restaurants, lounges, "high-energy nightlife," the only resort-style spa in the market and 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

In case you're wondering how they're going to pay for it all: MGM Mirage also reported its second quarter 2007 financial results last week, with net revenues for the second quarter increasing 10% to $1.9 billion, an all-time record quarter.

The company also reported its highest-ever second quarter diluted earnings per share.


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