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The One Where We Lunched at Wynn Macau

December 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM | by | ()

Once again, we're taking you back to China for the second installment of our quick two-hour visit to the gambling mecca of Macau. Yes, we only spent two hours there which might be a record visit. But all in all it was about a four-hour tour as the ferry to and from Hong Kong takes about an hour each way. (We'll have more on how to do that later.)

So with time being of essence, when we showed up at the ferry terminal in Macau and saw the shining red Wynn shuttlebuses, we hopped in one right away and within a few minutes we were dropped off alongside of a very familiar-looking building, The Wynn Macau.

This being Macau, where serious gamblers go to gamble, we presumed this Wynn would be somewhat more opulent but no, it had about the same cheesy glitz as Wynn Las Vegas with the decor pretty much note for note (or shall we say butterfly to butterfly) the same as the Sin City hotel.

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The Wynn Shuttle Bus is Alive and Well...in Macau

December 14, 2011 at 7:40 PM | by | ()

The Wynn Las Vegas may have done away with their shuttle bus which ferried guests around the property, but the ride is still alive in Macau. Yes, we traveled all the way to Macau to bring you this story.

The buses run to and from the Macau Ferry Terminal as well as the mainland China border gate. They are plentiful and frequent and best of all, decked out in Wynn red and dotted with Wynn butterflies.

The inside, though, does not look as pretty as the outside. The seats are no better than the shuttle buses you ride from the airport here in Vegas except they have a little leather padding where your head rests against the seat. (That says Wynn Macau, too.)

A shuttle attendant told us that while the buses say Wynn on the side, they are operated by another company so the driver isn't always obligated to stop. Which is what happened while we were waiting for a ride. It's ok as another one pulled up just minutes later.

We'll have more from Wynn Macau soon, including our "big" win/Wynn!

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Is Vegas Still for Gamblers?

July 27, 2011 at 3:40 PM | by | ()

For most of it’s lifetime, Las Vegas has been a gambling town. The city was built on money generated from casino tables. From the time gambling was legalized in Las Vegas in 1931 until 1976, Las Vegas was the only place in the United States where you could legally gamble.

This monopoly on gaming combined with cheap rooms and food helped Las Vegas grow incredible amounts throughout the 50s, 60s and early 70s. When Atlantic City legalized gambling in 1976, Las Vegas lost it’s monopoly and started losing visitors. This wouldn’t change until Steve Wynn built The Mirage in 1989 and reinvigorated Las Vegas as an entertainment destination. But, is Las Vegas still a good place for gamblers to vacation?

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Vegas: The (Third) Best Around?

June 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM | by | ()

It's looking like the thrill may be permanently gone when it comes to taking a gamble in Vegas.

A new TIME magazine article says Sin City may soon lose it's number two spot when it comes to the world's most profitable gaming destinations... to Singapore.

The American Gaming Association has projected that the city-state will become the world's second largest gambling hub with forecast earnings of $6.4 billion. This figure will allow Singapore to surpass Vegas, which is expected to bring in $6.2 million, in the rankings.

Vegas lost the number one spot to Macau a few years back. The article states that Macau raked in a whooping $23.5 billion last year alone.

Tell us, when it comes to your Vegas vacation, where does gambling fall on your list? Is it in the top three things to do? Top five? Not even on the list? Let it ride in the comments below!

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