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Phil Ruffin receives approval to buy Circus Circus

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Posted at 9:47 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 12:47:55-05

LAS VEGAS (AP) - — A billionaire Las Vegas Strip resort owner told Nevada regulators he plans to renovate and expand the Circus Circus Las Vegas hotel-casino.

Phil Ruffin won final Nevada Gaming Commission approval on Thursday to buy the 51-year-old property for $825 million from MGM Resorts International.

He says he plans to add a swimming pool complex including sand beaches on vacant land nearby. Ruffin is a friend and business partner with President Donald Trump in the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas.