He’s simply known as Max.
Everyone at MGM knows him, having been a staple at the small bar inside the sports book for over 22 years. In fact, he was my first Las Vegas contact upon arriving here in 1997; we’ve been friends ever since.
Now MGM has a big brother to the Sports Bar, residing just across from the sports book and poker room. The sports book bar is benefitting from the overflow traffic the new larger bar/restaurant has brought.
“The top chefs like Bobby Flay have come by to check it out,” Max said. “The new place is doing pretty well. They’ve got good food, we have gaming over here. It’s a happy marriage. Bettors can go watch the games and eat there then come back here to gamble and hang out a bit.”
Max had the option of going to Sports Bar, but chose to remain at the smaller site where the betting action is.
“I’ve eaten there twice and enjoyed it,” he said. “But I’d rather work here, enjoy the games and have a Nathan’s hot dog.
Off the job, Max has been known to make a bet or two and follow his Boston teams. The strong New England accent is a dead giveaway.
“I’ve been up and down,” he said. “Perhaps the little goatee will change things.”
Mark Mayer has over 35 years covering sports events and is the sports editor at GT. Reach him at [email protected].