Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas

by Johnny Kampis

Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn opened his namesake property, Wynn, on the northern part of the Strip in 2005. The success of this luxury resort spurred him to build a second, similar hotel just north of the first, called Encore. Both hotels offer thousands of suites, numerous casino games, plenty of fine dining and show options.

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History

Wynn opened on April 28, 2005, on the site of the former Desert Inn Hotel. At the time of its construction, the resort was the largest privately funded construction project in United State history at a cost of $2.7 billion, according to Fodor's. Wynn purchased the site in 2000 and kept the golf course out back -- the only such facility located on the Strip. The property was the first in Las Vegas to combine players club data and a room key on one card. Encore opened in 2008 and cost $2.3 billion to build.

Amenities

Wynn Las Vegas Golf Course features a 37-foot waterfall and plenty of hazards. This challenging course costs several hundreds of dollars to play and is reserved for guests at one of the two properties. Le Reve, Steve Wynn's answer to Cirque du Soleil, has played at Wynn since its opening. No seat is farther than 40 feet from the stage. The Wynn Esplanade Shops, located in the walkway between Wynn and Encore, include stores such as Dior and Louis Vuitton. The properties also include a spa, fitness center and pool areas.

Gambling

The well-stocked casinos include thousands of the ubiquitous one-armed bandits, and while table games such as blackjack, craps and three card poker tend to feature minimum bets in the $15 to $25 range, penny slots are easy to find. Wynn includes one of the nicest poker rooms in town, with a variety of games and limits. That casino also includes a race and sports book featuring plush chairs and individual cubicles for game viewing.

Considerations

By being located on the northern section of the Strip, Wynn and Encore are farther than other major resorts on Las Vegas Boulevard -- such as Bellagio and Caesars Palace -- from the heart of the city's most popular tourist attractions. However, taxis and buses are plentiful along the Strip, and if you rent a car you can park or valet it here for free.

References

  • "Fodor's Las Vegas 2010"; Andrew Collins et al; 2009
  • "Frommer's Las Vegas 2009"; Mary Herczog; 2009

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About the Author

A veteran of the newspaper industry, Johnny Kampis has worked as a freelance writer since 2005. His articles have appeared in various publications including "The New York Times," "Atlanta-Journal Constitution" and the "San Francisco Chronicle." He currently serves as an editor of poker-based "Rounder" magazine and writer for the Alabama football publication "Crimson" magazine.

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