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August 13, 2007

Wynn Talks Cotai, Encore and More in Interview

Posted by Hunter

Thanks to for pointing us to this interesting interview with Steve Wynn.

He talks about their upcoming Cotai property - he wants to make it the best in the world it seems... Also, some talk on Encore (the casino will look like Macau's, which is pretty much what we all expected) and Las Vegas Sands.

Great interview:

Update: I thought I had a photo of the Wynn Macau casino in my gallery but I looked and couldn't find one. I know I've seen it though - I remember really liking it with the columns and drapes - much more low-key than WLV. Anyone have a link?


Read archived comments (14 so far)
August 13, 2007 12:18 PM Posted by Devon

Fantastic interview! I always love to hear Steve Wynn speak unrestricted about the gaming industry. He always seems to come close to letting some big secret slip, yet keeps his lips sealed.

I just doubt that the cotai property will consist of what he is envisioning. Would investors really allow him to go all out, and turn 54 acres into an 800 suite dubai-esque property? Also, I know it was only a casual statement, but if cotai will be "the last great job" of his live, can we expect the golf course to be built before it? i just over analyzing...probably

August 13, 2007 3:34 PM Posted by mike_ch

Only pictures of the Macau casino that I remember are the ones at Click portfolio, then casino, and it's like the second or third one.

August 13, 2007 4:58 PM Posted by detroit1051

That was fascinating. Thanks. I believe Steve will follow through with his grand plans for Cotai which may be "the last great job", but I'm sure we'll see him and Aruze build casinos in Japan before he's done. There are some cautionary signs in Macau with visa restrictions and change in government leadership, but China will never go back on the money Macau generates.

August 13, 2007 9:41 PM Posted by Mike E

Other than the link Mike posted, I seem to only recall seeing interior photos of Wynn Macau's casino in Wynn magazine.

The shot with the cream colored hallways and mosaics on the floors looks magnificent--very intimate and elegant. I wonder if that is the high limit area or if the entire casino looks that way? Chris B. or anyone else care to shed some light? If Encore look anything like that, we've got a lot to look forward. All Steve needs now to fulfill my dreams of the perfect casino is a dress code...

August 14, 2007 5:32 AM Posted by Chris B

I haven't seen any mosaics on the floors though yes there are a lot of creams and reds and lots of chandeliers. I've got a couple of pictures from within the casino area but ... umm ... I'd obviously had a few drinks when I took them and they are very blurry. The ambience is not dissimilar to the rest of the resort, except perhaps with slightly dimmer lighting, so if you look at the esplanade photos (on this website in the photo section) the casino is not much different. I do find it a very pleasant atmosphere in which to place a few meager bets - certainly far more pleasant than the new lisboa and crown macau - will be interesting to see how Venetian will compare. Guess I'll find out soon.

August 14, 2007 6:48 AM Posted by macauphoto

The cream cololred hallway is what the main casino floor looks like in Macau. I am not sure if the color scheme will be the same but the feeling of Encore is the same. Where the casino floor is split up into smaller sections. seperated by columns and walkways.

August 14, 2007 8:29 AM Posted by John

Same here, Mike. I'm getting so tired of people coming into both Wynn and Bellagio in cut-offs and tank-tops, it just deters from the overall feel of the resort. Honestly, I wouldn't mind seeing the "no children under the age of eighteen" policy re-instated. I know it sounds sort of harsh, but I'm just getting sick and tired of kids running around these casinos and, of course, the cut-offs and tank-tops. I don't know what it is, but a nice pair of pants and a button down shirt would look much better in the Wynn's casino than would cut-offs.

About Encore, I do have to say that resort is coming along nicely. While I was in town over the weekend, it looked as though a bit of steel was inching it's way skyward and forming the low rise buildings. That was really the only thing of note that I had really seen while in town, other than the fact that Palazzo is getting very close to topping out.

August 14, 2007 8:53 AM Posted by Hunter

VT&T has someone's shot up that they put their own name on and are passing off as their own in case you are looking for another photo of the casino (sorry if that sounds bitter but I can't stand people stealing content and passing it off as their own). I'm not linking to it though as I do not condone that practice.

August 14, 2007 9:57 AM Posted by Brian Fey

Yeah, and??? Hunter, this has been happening for years. They do that on that site, this isn't news. Sometimes they give credit, but many times they don't. Nice huh! :)

I am really excited to see low rise portion of Encore go up.

August 14, 2007 10:09 AM Posted by Hunter

Of course it isn't news but I don't have to like it and the next time it happens with my content, I will be using all the tools at my disposal to have it corrected. Anyone that visits that site and clicks on the ads is basically rewarding that behavior.

I don't want to hijack this thread with this discussion but the Web is about *linking* (hence the term 'Web') and creating a fabric of interconnected information. Taking someone else's content, putting your name on it and not even having the courtesy to link back is not only in bad taste, it is totally illegal. I'm just so unimpressed by people that do that. I'm guessing that if it happened in reverse and someone took one of his maps and put their name on it, he would be none too pleased.

Anyway, back to Wynn and Cotai...

August 20, 2007 9:55 AM Posted by detroit1051

Liz Benston has an article in the LV Sun on Wynn's performance as well as comments on Venetian and Bellagio:
"But after two years, the performance of Wynn Las Vegas has quieted skeptics and has wowed even the most bullish on Wall Street.
"I think they really nailed it," Jefferies & Co. stock analyst Larry Klatzkin said. "It's probably among the top four, five or six casinos in the world as far as earnings go."

August 20, 2007 7:43 PM Posted by mike_ch

Unfortunately, the online article doesn't have the drawing used in the Sun paper edition, which is a very Steve-like baby on top of a giant sandcastle WLV holding a small plastic shovel in that "hi I'm Steve and I'm holding a pen" PR photo pose, while a couple other kids below are building castles by planting those upside-down bucket castles. One of them looks, er, a LOT like Sheldon Adelson.

August 21, 2007 8:19 AM Posted by John

No, Mike, it's up online. That's the first thing I saw when opened the article.

August 22, 2007 8:33 PM Posted by Mike T

Wynn Las Vegas voted best hotel in Las Vegas by Market Metrix.