Saturday, July 03, 2004

Out-Bellaging the Bellagio?

This from LasVegasVegas on the newest hotel/resort/casino on the Strip in Las Vegas. We saw the steelwork when I was in Vegas in January, and the cabdriver who was talking about it made it seem full of mystery ... what's that Wynn fellow doing now?

The word in the street here in Vegas is speculating about Steve Wynn’s new joint (renamed “Wynn Las Vegas” after all things French fell out of favor and “Le Reve” was discarded) is scheduled to open next year will have a one hundred table poker room. That’s right, 100 tables of full time poker action in the most opulent surroundings the gambling world has ever know[n]. This place will have a man made mountain range and alpine lake hiding it from the “tacky” Vegas Strip. You can also get your Ferrari or Masserati tuned at the full service dealerships located within the complex. No word yet on the poker operation’s manager; but, Wynn and Bobby Baldwin [Mirage CEO] were recently seen dining in the same restaurant. These two teamed up at the Golden Nugget many years ago and changed the face of Las Vegas. The rumors continue that a new super tournament is in the works for the Wynn and if this is true then it will, in true Steve Wynn style, totally eclipse all current poker tournaments. Multiple qualifying events scheduled over the course of months leading to one “Mother of all Poker Tournaments.” We have even heard of in-the-hotel-only virtual poker tables where players can participate without leaving their rooms. I can’t wait for Wynn’s new project to open. When Steve Wynn has a grand opening it usually is the beginning of a new era for Las Vegas. He always raises the bar.

Add my voice to those who "can't wait." I think my win-a-zillion-dollars-and-move-to-Vegas fantasy just got a new destination. (I haven't checked my numbers yet, but the jackpot was about $300,000,000, which would solve my short-stack problems for a while.)


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