American Idol® MultiPLAY™ Video Slots Rock MGM Resorts International™ Properties as Part of 30-Day Exclusive Partnership With IGT

December 10, 2010
Slots Hit MGM Resorts Casino Floors This Week; Game Launch Celebrated with Private Danny Gokey Concert

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology's (NYSE: IGT) star-studded American Idol® MultiPLAY™ video slots have arrived at MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) properties as part of a 30-day exclusive partnership between the two companies. The MGM Resorts and IGT duo gives MGM Resorts access to the American Idol® video slots and highlights the power of game manufacturers and properties working together to create unforgettable player experiences.

As an IGT Center Stage Series Game, players will feel a rush of excitement as vivid LCD screens deliver eye-popping graphics while MEGAfx fill the air with hit songs from the show. Adding to the allure, American Idol® will capture players' imaginations by reuniting them with Simon, Randy, Kara and Ellen in this rousing MegaJackpots® game.

"From the judges to the music, the game captures the dynamic characteristics that have made the show one of the most popular in American history," said Eric Tom, IGT Chief Operating Officer. "This is not only a game, but a sensory experience that will immerse players in the people and music that have made American Idol® such a beloved brand."

Steve Zanella, general manager of MGM Grand Detroit, said, "We are always looking to introduce new, innovative games and this 30-day exclusive with the American Idol games provides our guests the quality and entertainment they've come to expect.  The partnership with IGT allows MGM Resorts the opportunity to offer our guests one of IGT's premier platforms."

To help kick off the 30-day exclusive, MGM Resorts and IGT are rewarding MGM Resorts' Players Club members with access to a private Danny Gokey concert at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Friday, Dec. 10.  Gokey's debut album, My Best Days (released on March 2), was the biggest first-week number in 18 years for a debut by a country male. MGM Players Club members will have the opportunity to receive two tickets to the concert by cashing in 250 Players Club points.

The penny denomination game, which has 40 pay lines and is a 600-coin maximum bet, also will be installed at the MGM Grand Detroit and Biloxi's Beau Rivage over the course of the next three months.

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage.  The Company has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, Illinois and Macau. One of those investments is CityCenter, an unprecedented urban resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip featuring its centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and management agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world.  MGM Resorts International supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its gaming properties. The Company has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and the Company's commitment to sustainable development and operations.  For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's Web site at

About IGT

International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems products worldwide, as well as online and mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets. More information about IGT is available at

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