MGM Mirage Selling Treasure Island for $500M

By: AP
By: AP

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Casino operator MGM Mirage Inc. is selling the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip to Wichita, Kan., billionaire Phil Ruffin for $500 million.

Ruffin's interests include casinos and greyhound race tracks. He bought the Treasure Island property through Ruffin Acquisition LLC for $500 million cash and $275 million in secured notes issued by Ruffin Acquisition.

MGM Mirage says the combined value of the deal, including debt, is $775 million.

Ruffin and MGM Mirage say the sale has to clear regulatory and governmental reviews. The acquisition is targeted to close by the end of the 2009 second quarter.

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