MGM Resorts closes 500 guestrooms at Gold Strike

JEAN, NEVADA MGM Resorts International has closed more than half of its hotel capacity at its resort in Jean, citing diminished business.

MGM is shuttering a 500-key tower at the 800-key Gold Strike Hotel and Gambling Hall. It is also reducing F&B and gaming operations at the property, resulting in the loss of about 60 jobs, Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

It is the third major blow to the Jean gaming industry in four years. In March 2007, MGM closed and later demolished the 303-key Nevada Landing to make way for a master-planned, 166-acre mixed-use development. That project fell through with the onset of the recession.

Jean, which is located just inside California state line about 25 miles southwest of Las Vegas, has lost considerable gaming business in recent years to the proliferation of American Indian casinos in California.