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The Bellagio fountain sprays in sync with music during one of its afternoon shows, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Las Vegas. (JULIE JACOBSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS/JULIE JACOBSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The Bellagio fountain sprays in sync with music during one of its afternoon shows, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Las Vegas. (JULIE JACOBSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS/JULIE JACOBSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

MGM eyes Toronto for sprawling integrated resort and casino Add to ...

The company behind some of Las Vegas’s best-known gambling destinations – including Bellagio, Luxor, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage – has begun lobbying to build its first Canadian casino in Toronto.

MGM Resorts International’s development staff visited Toronto recently and the entertainment behemoth has hired a local firm, Sussex Strategy Group, to make its case at city hall. Two of its associates had informal conversations about a casino with Mayor Rob Ford’s staff, a dozen councillors and political aides during last week’s council meeting. MGM is exploring a $2 billion-to-$6 billion investment in the city, one that could go well beyond slot machines and roulette wheels to include hotels, restaurants, spas and convention facilities.

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