After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that Broadway musical Spamalot is heading to Wynn Las Vegas.
Wynn Gets Spamalot
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Well, since this is a Wynn item, I guess I'll post this here as it's an update of my experiences with the resort:
First, they withdrew that room offer they sent. I don't mind this, except for how they handled it. First, they sent us a letter that arrived one day after the offer within expired. Upon calling in, we were told the offer was extended until September 1st. Calling in several days ago we were told that it was withdrawn. "Well, we extended it but now we've withdrawn the extension." Not a crime against humanity or anything, I never expected free rooms at the place when I first saw at, but the way they handled this was a little amateurish.
Second, I decided the other week to pull up stakes from mid-strip and go get my gambling fix at Wynn, like I was thinking about doing earlier. A lot of things (such as having a guy actually rejecting people with strollers) reminds me of the old days of Bellagio. The Bingo thing is still a great deal for gamblers as it gives them something to stop playing the machine and look at, and I appreciate those. A lot of people, though, just kept playing right through it.
Also, remember how the other week I complained about the music and noise from those advertisements on the TV screens on the banks of machines? Guess what? They nixed them! It's almost like they're reading.
On the negative hand, the machine mix was very different from what I've come to expect. In particuar, there's almost no Double Diamond slot machines at Wynn. There's a lot of Triple Diamond, and Double Triple Diamond, and Double Double Diamond, etc, but very few actual Double Diamond. And the ones that were there were already taken over by people who found them and protected them like hawks.
Plain old regular Double Diamond is moderately popular because it's pay scale is even-handed regarding how many coins you pay, there's no massive skew towards playing max coins. Look around at many Caesars/MGM properties, and you'll see Double Diamond machines that offer 50% of the 2-coin pay when you pay 1-coin, even on the highest payout.
Most other machines have gimmicks or crazy payouts tilted towards the high end of max play. The only other one I can remember that doesn't do that is Wild Cherry, and I didn't see many of those either. Mostly bonus game slots (where you usually get robbed on the reels until you hit the bonus game and try and make some money) or had crazy payouts/progressives. People who like those fancy games are usually playing the video slots, anyway.
Still, I managed to push at the end of the day and hold onto my gambling money, which is better than I do at Bellagio or Mandalay. Wynn is very nice, although it's totally there yet to pull me out of my "home" casino (Paris) and the adjacent Bellagio. It's close, though. It just has a few things I didn't care for.
I Don't know where to put this but, Expedia.com has a picture from a Fairway villa on their website. Its in the Wynn Las Vegas Page on expedia. It shows a lovely pool overlooking the big waterfall. Check it out
Matt, the Country Club Grill also overlooks the waterfall on the 18th green. The CC Grill is in the middle of the back side of the building, and there are three or four villas on either side of it. You can't actually see into them, but if you're on the Grill's outside patio, you can see part of the pool of one. The view from the Grill is as nice as it is from the villas. It really is a spectacular setting.
Michael C, it sounds like Wynn's marketing people didn't handle this entire promotion properly from the beginning, and then they made it worse, first extending the offer and then withdrawing the extension. Interesting. I've been watching room rates on Wynn's website through the summer and September. They're pretty high which may mean summer wasn't as soft as they originally projected when they made the initial free offers. I liked the bingo games on all the slots. I won $55 or $60 twice but never got the $6-8,000 prizes. Sort of a clever concept. I'm one of the suckers casinos like because I'd rather play the video and bonus slots even though it's tough to win if you don't get a decent bonus. It'll be great to make my second trip there next month.
Does anyone know if there was any attempt by MGM-Mirage-Mandalay to acquire "Spamalot" for the Excalibur? The show would have been a great thematic fit for the Excal (medieval comedy), and could have really brought that property a high-profile, highly-regarded entertainment option that it has long been lacking. Wynn may have just beat all others to the punch here.
We just saw Spamalot at Wynn and thought it was absolutely fantastic. Even people who were not Monty Python "fans" loved it. John O'Hurley as King Arthur (played J. Peterman on Seinfeld) and the entire cast was amazing. You can read more about it here.
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The Star Studded opening of Spama lot Was wonderful!
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