According to Scott Roeben of Vital Vegas, Penn National Gaming is buying the Tropicana, a classic but money-losing resort on the Las Vegas Strip, according to an internal letter obtained by VEGAS INC. Penn operates 26 casinos and other properties in 16 states and the Canadian province of Ontario. It’s only Las Vegas property, M Resort (one of my favorites) has always been a wonderful place to stay, eat & gamble – but ten minutes south of Las Vegas Strip center and not enough hotel space is enough to not be considered a major presence in Las Vegas.
This addition of the Tropicana will bring that Vegas Strip property Penn National has been looking for.
Vital Vegas goes on to say, “The change of ownership for the Tropicana could be a boon for the struggling hotel-casino. Existing Penn National Gaming customers would be likely to visit the Trop to take advantage of the company’s loyalty program, Marquee Rewards already in use at M Resort.” And this is where the connection to New England is made.
Penn already has Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway in Bangor Maine. They will also be the first to open a casino in Massachusetts at Plainridge Park in June this year. All, I assume, will be part of the Marquee Rewards program. So points and comps earned on either coast should be connected. Consider being a devoted player at either their Maine or Mass location and spending a vacation on the strip or at M Resort with the points you earn, comps you achieve, or host you have.
Thanks to Scott, the man with the his fingers on the pulse of Vegas.
Penn National continues to grow – making New England more of a destination, and Vegas more accessible.
That’s all for now