MGM Casino’s Update Photo and Video Policy

MGM Casino’s have now implemented a new photo and video policy. This policy essentially allows guests to take photos and small videos of their own casino gaming play as long as it’s for personal use. There are stipulations in place that would be considered YouTubers or using the data for more commercial purposes.

It’s no surprise that the move is to entice the younger crowd of casino visitors that can’t tie up their shoes without documenting it with a smart phone. In all seriousness we have been taking photos and videos or our play for years and never been told different in any casino we have been in. Interesting move.

MGM Casino’s  Photo and Video Policy

The  new policy can be summed up in these points:

  • Guests playing a slot machine may take photos and short video clips of their own slot play with their own personal devices. The photos and videos must be for the guest’s personal use only. Prior approval is required for live streaming and long videos of slot play.
  • At the discretion of table games staff, guests playing at a table game may take photos and short video clips of their own hands with their personal devices. The photos must be for the guest’s personal use only. Prior approval is required for live streaming and long videos of table games play.
  • At the discretion of poker staff, guests playing at a poker table may only take photos of their own play with their own personal devices. The photos must be for the guest’s personal use only. All video recordings, regardless of length, require prior approval. Live streaming is never allowed in the poker room.
  • Guests who are recording for the purpose of distribution, such as vloggers, streamers, and YouTubers, as well as any guests wanting to use equipment like external lights or tripods, always require prior approval before recording anywhere within the casino. Guests interested in getting approval to shoot can contact MGM at



Oasis Pool at The Mirage in Las Vegas

Oasis Pool at The Mirage

One of the hidden gems of Vegas is the Oasis Pool at The Mirage in Las Vegas. We found about this private adults only pool back a few years ago and have had to fabulous stays at it since. Tucked away beside the main Mirage pool the Oasis Pool is a private pool that allows adults only with paid seating that has to be reserved. Trust me it’s worth every penny.

What is The Oasis Pool at The Mirage?

The Oasis Pool at the Mirage in Las Vegas is a smaller private pool located adjacent to the main pool. At one time it was the kids pool. Seats and entry are by reservation only which can be mad online in advance or by simply visiting the entrance and enquiring if seats are available that day. The Oasis Pool is not a party pool but more of a relaxed adult only atmosphere with soft rock or pop music playing in the background.

Oasis Pool at The Mirage in Las Vegas

What’s Included in a Reservation

The cost may seem steep but they will spoil you. You really get a day of being pampered in a relaxed adult atmosphere by the pool. We originally were going to spend one day here but after one day we couldn’t go back to the main pool seating. In comparison the main pool was like caddy’s day in the movie Caddyshack to us.

    • Cost is roughly around $55 a day for a reserved seat
    • A lounge chair which you get to choose on a first come first serve basis. The seat is yours for the day so you can come and go as you please.
    • Pro Tip: I would suggest lining up anywhere from an hour to a half hour at least if you really want to pick a great seat. Most chairs are poolside but there are some that are set back.
    • A side table.
    • An umbrella which a pool attendant will set up and move for your during the day.
    • Towel service.
    • Pro Tip: Notice the Orange Floaters in the photos below? They can be rented cheaply for the day and are great for leaning on in the pool and setting your drinks on.
    • At the time of our visit there was self serve citrus flavored water dispensers. This may have changed to free water bottles due to covid19.
    • There was also snacks or treats delivered throughout the day but this may have changed as well.
    • Personal waitress to serve drinks and deliver food from the Paradise Cafe (another gem as food is very reasonably priced and excellent).
    • Pro Tip: We liked the far end of the pool or the let side (poolside) when entering. It give a great view and the best sunshine.
    • Steps away from the main pool and washrooms.

We love the private Oasis Pool at The Mirage in Las Vegas. It’s a private, laid back pool experience with adults only. If you try it once you will be hooked. Trust me. Enjoy these photos from a couple of our trips.

The Mirage Las Vegas

Oasis Pool

Las Vegas pools

The Mirage

Plastic Straws Phased Out at MGM Resorts

MGM Resorts in Las Vegas has begun the process of phasing out plastic straws at it’s resorts. The  company has dubbed the campaign “The Straw Reduction Initiative”. The initiative began earlier this week at The Aria and Mandalay Bay Resorts. The company estimated that it was using 250,000 per day, and about 100 million per year. Plastic straws are bad for the environment as they take a couple of hundred years to breakdown. MGM has stated that this is a green initiative and not a cost cutting measure as many on social media are stating.

Plastic Straws Phased Out at MGM Resorts
Photo by Dean Hochman

Visitors can still get a plastic straw if they ask for one. They are no longer going to be just given out as they have in the past. So no worries, if you require a straw in Las Vegas  you can still get one. They will still be handing them out with frozen drinks and to go cups. Restaurants and stores such as Starbucks within the resorts are still handing out straws as well.

Reusable Plastic Straws

The phasing out of plastic straws in something that is not localized to Vegas. There will be more and more companies ditching plastic straws over the next few years. As stated it’s good for the environment and it saves them money. Like many people that bring their reusable coffee mug in for a fill up we will be using reusable straws in the future. You can already buy a number of different options on Amazon. You can purchase inexpensive plastic straws, steel straws and a number of different types of collapsible reusable straws for easy carrying.