A big thank you to Drambuie Man for sending in a new report and photos from Macau.
I asked for some more photos of Wynn Macau and the Venetian and we got some good coverage. I can't wait to get out there and see this stuff myself.
The report is after the jump...
I just missed the opening of the Crown by a week, and was a little depressed. Looking back I should have taken pictures, to be fair however it’s a rather generic grey hotel building. Might as well be a Hilton.
The Venetian is getting ready to rock and roll. The landscaping/canals need major work still as you may be able to tell from my photos. They have 2-3 months though. A funny thing about the place since the scaffolding is coming down, it strikes me how BORING the place looks in comparison with Macau. Colorful classical Mediterranean weathered architecture is par for the course in Macau. When the original is put beside the Vegas faux, the latter fails to excite.
Incidentally, I ran into one of the Aussie slot technicians installing the slots at the Venetian. As somebody asked, it’s an Aussie company called Aristocrat doing most of the machines in Macau. Apparently the slot space at the Venetian will be much larger than anything in Macau, and will rival some of the largest spaces in Vegas.
Add to this the fact that the Venetian Macau as more rooms than the MGM Grand in Vegas you get the idea this is one HUGE development. I was informed it was three times the one in Vegas, or six football fields. I do not know how equal those metrics are, but it gives you ideas.
The Wynn expansion is about ready to go. The barriers are gone. However the opening date is unclear as to when. I was told before the Venetian, after the Venetian, and a shrug. Regardless, my photos are heavy on Wynn as requested. Match the dates/times to see my entire circuit around. I tried my best to nonchalantly get into the pool area, but to no avail. The only way for a non-guests to get in (I think) is a small patio connected to part of the old Tryst. The foyer and patio area of the old Tryst are now a little cocktail area. If you want to know my spin on the Tryst closing, see my comment on the post on the blog.
As for the rest, no real notable progress. Things are plodding along. There was not even enough notable to take pictures of.
I do not know quite how to say this, but the lack of customer service and comps across the board in Macau is really beginning to bother me after these few scouting trips. Sure these places have the same scope and aspirations of their Vegas counterparts or models, but they seem to be missing the small things.
For example, take the player cards. When I give a card in Vegas at a table, its taken, scanned, and handed back with a “Thank you Mr. Dram”. In Macau, in every place, it’s thrown across the table with a “Whaaaa!” I know part of this could be a language/culture thing, but things like that are the nice touches that always made me feel welcome.
Add to this the lack, or rather negligence, in some of the comps normally extended to a punter. Drink service is pretty abysmal if you want something other than bottled water and tea. Just a beer alone is pretty hard, and forget about a mixed drink. I do not think cigarettes are comped, given the quizzical “why?” look when I simply asked for matches.
So anyway the more I go, the novelty is somewhat wearing off. On the other hand, Macau is still the funnest place I have gambled in Asia (with the notable exception of packed to the gills Happy Valley). Not to go off the deep-end, but there are certain cosmic crossroads on this globe, Macau (along side Hong Kong) is just one of those crossroads. And ironically, I never have felt that way about Vegas.
Enough touchy-feely. I played Baccarat exclusively for want of craps game. I did quite well; so much so I darted into a Tiffany’s in Hong Kong and got a “F-you” gift for my ex-wife (I have a odd sense of humor).