Mandalay Bay


One of the larger resorts and convention spaces on the Las Vegas Strip is Mandalay Bay. Owned and operated by MGM Resorts Inc, this glistening gold complex has been an easily identifiable landmark for about 18 years now.

Previously named The Hotel, Delano Las Vegas is Mandalay Bay’s second tower, 45 stories tall with 1,117 suites, all of which are at least 750 square feet.

Also connected is the Four Seasons Hotel and Spa. Its hotel rooms occupy floors 35-39 of the main hotel building. In addition, Mandalay Place is a long, indoor shopping plaza with bars, restaurants, and shops one story up and adjacent to the casino floor. No review would be complete without mentioning the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, which when it opened was one of the largest in the world: about 100,000 square feet of unobstructed space.


Mandalay Bay feels much newer than other casino-resorts from the late-1990s. Upgrades and additions in Delano, Daylight Beach Club, Light Nightclub, and the timeless Shark Reef Aquarium or wave pool (the closest thing to a beach in town) make the property an easy place to re-visit and enjoy.

The sheer size of the breezy, Polynesian-themed property may lead one to estimate that Mandalay Bay has more than 1,700 slots (and video poker), yet the casino overall is very well diversified. With a giant race and sportsbook and a 50-table poker room, there are many places to take a seat and enjoy all the casino has to offer.


There are many perks to the size of Mandalay Bay’s sportsbook; however, running to it from the busy hotel tower elevators to place a last second wager is not one of them.

With the PlayMGM app, anyone physically located in Nevada, especially visitors to the Mandalay Bay, have a sportsbook on their phones. Simply download the app from the App Store or Play Store and head to the sportsbook counter with an M Life card and photo ID to deposit. Withdrawing winnings is just as easy.

Play slot tournaments from anywhere on an M Life property with EasyPlay Mobile Tournaments. Connecting to the real-money slot fun is as easy as opening the casino’s wifi. A link will appear, or after logging into the wifi, go directly to Tournaments are generally day-long events, and entry is as little as $10, for which top prize is regularly $1,500 or more.

MGM Resorts has been working closely with PlayStudios to offer the best in mobile casino entertainment. Currently, there are many options to play for free and earn real comps, like free rooms and meals.  

Pop! Slots, Konami Slots, and MyVegas are three of the popular PlayStudios mobile products where anyone with a connection to the internet can play for free from anywhere and earn real rewards. The popular MyVegas brand is a Facebook app and includes MyVegas Slots and MyVegas Blackjack.


MGM Resort’s M Life loyalty card program is one of the most popular in Las Vegas. It’s completely free to sign up, and the benefits are immediate. Earn access to show pre-sales, special room rates, and discounts at some retail shops (based on tier). M Life members earn points for gaming as well as general spending at M Life properties. Having an M Life card is a must in order to have the full Vegas experience.

Like most casino loyalty programs, M Life is tiered. It begins with the rank of Sapphire up to the special invitation Noir card, with Pearl, Gold, and Platinum in between.  

Remember getting through the tiers is not only for high rollers. All slots, video poker, and table games play counts and adds up quickly. Moreover, points are earned through virtually all spending on dining, hotel, spa, and entertainment at M Life properties. It’s always a benefit to hand over an M Life card when paying for something as minute as a coffee, pastry, or after dinner cocktail at Orchid Lounge.