The sons of NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan charged booze tabs exceeding $50,000 to their Aria suite at CityCenter, Vegas Confidential has learned.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Friday confirmed it is involved. At issue is whether Marcus Jordan, 19, was drinking alcohol or gambling.
Gaming Control board member Randall Sayre said MGM Resorts International is in the early stages of an inquiry to see “where the system broke down.”
Sayre said the board was quickly informed of the matter by MGM, the parent company of CityCenter.
The activity of the high roller wannabes came to light when Marcus posted a tweet on Friday, Aug. 20, saying: “Last night was stupid..35k at Haze…Totals 50k something the whole day .. Damn!!” The tweet was quickly removed from the Twitter feed.
Sayre said it’s likely MGM will report its findings within two weeks.
Marcus and his brother, Jeffrey, 21, were in town with their father, who was conducting a fantasy camp at The Mirage.
At least one of Jordan’s sons was among a large group that had two tables at Haze on the night mentioned by Marcus Jordan. Michael Jordan, a high roller regular at MGM properties, was not with them, the source said.
Bottle service at CityCenter is among the highest in the city, with champagne prices starting at about $1,000 a bottle at Haze.
Haze is one of The Light Group’s three nightclubs at CityCenter. The New York-based company has more than a dozen clubs, restaurants and lounges on MGM properties.
Light Group owners Andrew Sasson and Jason Ader have been attempting to purchase the Monte Carlo from MGM for more than a year, and there have been rumblings of a lawsuit.
DRAI DEPARTURE CONFIRMED
Andrew Pascal, president of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, issued a statement Friday confirming the split with nightclub partner Victor Drai after a five-year relationship.
“In order to pursue other interests, Victor Drai has entered into an agreement with Wynn Las Vegas allowing him the ability to pursue a wide range of business opportunities which would necessitate reducing his responsibilities with our company.”
The relationship ends “with the warmest possible feelings of both parties,” said Pascal.
DEAL OF THE WEEK
The Jersey Boys are sponsoring the “Walk Like a Man” shoe drive Saturday to celebrate the show’s 1,000th performance at the Palazzo.
Fans who bring a pair of new children’s shoes (ages 5-18) to the theater will receive a complimentary ticket to the 6:30 p.m. performance.
All of the shoes collected will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.
Up to 1,000 free tickets are available to fans who participate in the shoe drive.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
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Correction: Political reporter Major Garrett and his wife, Julie Kirtz, have two daughters and a son.
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, at The Lounge at the Palms for a celebrity fantasy football draft. … Music giant Clive Davis, taking in Terry Fator’s show (Mirage) on Thursday. … The Oak Ridge Boys, checking out the Gold and Silver Pawn Store and chatting with Richard Harrison, patriarch of the “Pawn Stars” hit show.
THE PUNCH LINE
“Teach men to pull over and ask for directions. Am I right, ladies?” — From David Letterman’s Top Ten Ways Miss Universe Plans To Make The World A Better Place
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