Despite its placement squarely in the Southwest, and the fact that there are 19 federally-recognized Native American tribes eligible to offer gambling, Nevada is home to just three tribal-owned casinos.
That list recently grew, however, when the renovated and rebranded Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels replaced the old Hard Rock Hotel and Casino near the Strip.
In a unique partnership, Virgin has brought on the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut—who own and operate a sprawling Mohegan Sun property back home—to operate Sin City’s first tribal-run casino.
New additions to the Las Vegas landscape are always welcome, so read on to learn everything you need to know about this historic development. What Happened to the Old Hard Rock Casino?
Located about a mile east of Las Vegas Boulevard on Paradise Road between Tropicana Avenue and Flamingo Road, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino first opened back in 1995. Bearing the signature Hard Rock Café branding that was popular in the ‘90s, the venue attracted celebrity gamblers and a younger demographic.
With a relatively small gaming floor and its slightly off-Strip location, the Hard Rock eventually settled into its status as a second-rate attraction. By 2011, Hard Rock Café founder Peter Morton sold off his stake. And in 2018, it changed hands once again when Virgin Hotels acquired the property.
Virgin closed everything down for a major renovation project in February of 2020, and just over a year later, Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels opened for business. The Team Members and Staff at Hard Rock […]