Wynn Casino, Las Vegas

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The Wynn in Las Vegas is the flagship property of Wynn Resorts Limited. The entire resort lies on land covering 87 hectares. It has 45 floors and 2,716 accommodations, ranging from rooms measuring 640 square feet to villas spread over 7,000 square feet. It also has retail space totaling 76,000 square feet and a convention center that is 223,000 square feet. And of course, there is the casino. The casino in Wynn covers 111,000 square feet of gaming tables and slot machines.

While “Resorts” below is no slouch, it’s safe to say that the Wynn Las Vegas is the first true, modern, mega-casino on our list. Built in 2005, directly on the strip in Paradise, NV, the Wynn features 111,000 sq. ft. of gaming space, is named one of the Top Hotels in the World by Condé Nast Traveler, and features its own Ferrari-Maserati dealership.

Encore Las Vegas (also called Encore at Wynn Las Vegas; often just called Encore) is a luxury resort, casino and hotel located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The resort is connected to its sister resort, Wynn Las Vegas; both are owned by Wynn Resorts, formerly headed by casino developer Steve Wynn. Wynn Plaza, a new 75,518 square feet (7,020 m2) retail space, is a uniquely designed complex that will augment the existing luxury retail collection currently showcased at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore as well as bring the shopping experience to the high traffic area bordering Las Vegas Boulevard.

Encore has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award every year since opening. The Tower Suites at Encore and The Spa have both received the Forbes Travel Guide five-star award. Encore Las Vegas and its sister property, Wynn Las Vegas collectively hold more Forbes five-star awards than any other casino-resort in the world and it is considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world. Together with adjacent Wynn Las Vegas, the entire Wynn complex has a total of 4,750 rooms, making it the world's seventh-largest hotel.

Wynn Paradise Park, a new $1.5 billion 20 acres (8.1 ha) lagoon and watersports area, is currently being built adjacent to Encore. The project will open in 2019 and will add beach-front meeting space, a boardwalk, additional foodservice, and other attractions.

Encore, the new Las Vegas casino-hotel from Steve Wynn, aims to draw the world’s freest-spending gamblers with impeccable service and top-flight amenities, including a “Sky Casino” unlike any other on the Las Vegas Strip.

Its five 63rd-floor gaming salons offer high rollers — known as “whales” in gambling lingo — a completely private oasis.

Of course, they need to have at least $300,000 in their pockets to bet.

The private rooms — fashioned for players of the high stakes card game baccarat and other table games — offer vistas through floor-to-ceiling windows that echo the unVegas-like natural light and outdoor views featured throughout Encore.

Casinos and gambling parlors do what they can to hide natural light so gamblers will continue playing with little regard for the time of day or night.

The global recession has hit Las Vegas hard, but interest in the new setting, along with enticing offers to casino patrons, has been generating business.

“It’s been filled and occupied every day since we opened, other than last night,” Encore Chief Operating Officer Rob Oseland told Reuters in a recent interview.

The $2.3 billion, 2,000-room Encore sits adjacent to Wynn Resorts Ltd’s Wynn Las Vegas, the company’s larger, nearly four-year-old luxury casino hotel.


The new resort has opened at an unlucky time of rising unemployment rates, a slumping stock market and weak housing prices.

“The economy amounts to a room-pricing decision for us,” Steve Wynn, founder, chairman and chief executive of Wynn Resorts, told Reuters in December when Encore opened to the public.

Oseland said Encore has been running at more than 90 percent occupancy, albeit with “a correction in pricing.”

At mid-week rooms at the new resort are going for about $179 a night, compared with the $300 target rate cited by the casino executive.

But many patrons are paying nothing at all as Wynn seeks to promote his latest project.

“The room? It’s pretty much free. When I get the deals, I come out,” said Dan Suslavich, a poker-playing student from Boston.

Encore’s Sky Casino is an import from the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, where Wynn opened a casino in 2006.

The new Las Vegas resort is 48 stories tall, but the private salons are located on the 63rd floor — a discrepancy explained by the lack of floors starting with the number four. Asians associate four, which sounds similar to “death” in Chinese dialects, with bad luck.

Oseland said the Sky Casino “attracts particular high-end gamblers” looking for “a sense of convenience and privacy.”

It is monitored remotely through digital cameras by Nevada’s Gaming Control Board.

“They want to protect the customer and the state’s tax dollars,” the casino executive said.