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The glittering towers
of CityCenter
months “That one-two punch brought us to Carta Privada, SPIN and Salon Privé offer
our knees,” he added before suggesting the high-limit gaming in intimate environments.
industry had obvious lessons to learn with Carta Privada’s eight-tables and luxurious sur-
regard to debt. roundings feature primarily blackjack, but
“Looking forward, I’ve learned that this offer guests the versatility to include games
industry should not support considerable such as baccarat, mini-baccarat, craps and
leverage. The business model before - that roulette, upon request. Customers can catch
we’ve deployed so successfully for so long - their favourite music video or sporting event
of leveraging up the balance sheet through on a number of television monitors while
acquisition, cash acquisitions or major devel- enjoying a cocktail in the comfort of the
opments, and then relying upon free cash lounge. SPIN is an intimate high-limit gaming
flows to deleverage, and then as you reload lounge offering a diverse selection of slot
the gun, go out and do it again, that is not a play. The individual games range from a
sustainable model.” minimum bet of $25 to a maximum of $5,000.
MGM Mirage became one of the most egre- SPIN offers its guests complimentary food
gious examples of gaming sector indebted- and beverage service as well as seating for up
ness weighing itself down with huge – and as to eight.
it turned out unsustainable – levels of lever- Designed by Peter Marino, these high-end
age. Murren said the task for the company lounges deliver high end service in an ultra
was to manoeuvre the company back towards chic atmosphere. Pools of natural light illumi-
much less onerous levels of debt. nate the space through skylights in the ceiling. Aria’s Carta Privada
“One of the principal objectives that I Flanking the lounges are Aria’s signature
have over the next five years is to systemati- Chinese restaurant, Blossom, and Lemon-
cally, very consistently, and very significantly grass, the only Thai restaurant in a resort on
reduce leverage to a point where we’re under the Las Vegas Strip. Baccarat Lounge, an inti-
five times leverage, where we become again mate bar located outside Salon Privé, allows
an investment grade company that is far more guests to relax and sip on unique libations.
prepared to weather the next recession.” The area also features a private entrance
With the hard work done, MGM’s ceo from Aria’s north drive and separate VIP
might be inclined to feel at least a little check-in and lounges for gaming and hotel
relieved that, whatever the next step in the guests, as well as dedicated elevators that
economic cycle brings, he has at least fin- transport guests directly to Aria’s Sky Suites.
ished the gargantuan project that he began. The Poker Room is unique to the indus-
“There was never a point when we were try as the non-smoking, 24-table room wel-
going to walk away,” Murren explained. “But comes guests with a distinctive look which
had I known things would turn out as well as not only features the four suits as part of
this I think I would have enjoyed the intel- the floor design, but playing cards frame
lectual experience more.” the room’s exterior as well. Highly-trained,
professional staff provide second-to-none
A walk through
customer service as games such as No Limit
the gaming floor
Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, Pot Limit Omaha,
2-7 Triple Draw and Omaha 8-or-better,
Aria’s casino approaches the gaming experi- among others, are spread 24-hours-a-day.
Aria’s Race and
ence in a new light; natural light, to be spe- Throughout the room are 15 high-defini- Sports Book
cific, which streams onto the gaming floor. tion television monitors positioned specifi-
Designed in warm, earthy tones, Aria’s casino cally to provide each player in the room a
mirrors the resort’s celebration of natural view at any time. Five tables of non-stop,
design elements. Foliage-like ceiling decor high-limit action are located in an elevated
lines the walkways, lit from above to suggest section of the poker room along with a
the sensation of strolling along a tree-lined one-table room exclusive to the ‘Big Game’.
street. Trellis-like canopies also provide Aria’s Race and Sports Book is a state-of-
guests a subtle direction to table games. the-art 10,000-square-foot betting arena
Offering more than 150,000 square feet of positioned in the heart of the resort’s action.
gaming, Aria’s unique layout and design ele- Adjacent to the SKYBOX Sports Bar and
ments allow guests to enjoy the energy and Grill, the Race and Sports Book offers seating
excitement of all their favourite selections for more than 100 guests and nine betting
in pockets of action, creating a more per- windows, along with two self-wagering
sonal and intimate setting. kiosks and 90 television monitors ranging in
It features145 table games and 1,940 slot size from 32 to 103 inches. High-tech betting
machines including 100 WMS machines and monitors feature the odds available for all
970 IGT AVP machines with 3-D Multi-Layer major domestic and international athletic
Display (MLD) technology. Games include and racing events, including the four major
Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, sports along with boxing, soccer and cham-
Roulette, European Roulette, Let it Ride, Pai pionship golf. Unique to ARIA’s Race &
Gow, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Sports Book are 20 Interactive Player Termi-
Poker, Crazy4Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, nals (ITP) providing Race Book guests the
Aria’s gaming floor with 145
Race and Sports Book, the 25-table Poker opportunity to place pari-mutuel wagers table games and 1,940 slots
Room, Slots, Casino War and Big 6. from the comfort of their seat.
34 February 2010 • feature
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