Tag: Wynn

View All Tags

/ / / / / /

Wynn Drops to 2x Craps Odds, Aria and Bellagio Now Dealing 6:5 Blackjack

July 24, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | ()

It seems as though gambling becomes more of a losing proposition every week on the Vegas Strip.

A couple weeks ago, we were tipped off to New York-New York taking their house edge tweaks in blackjack to the high limits room for the first time. Now we get word from numerous sources, including the photo above from tipster @PaperPoster that the last two casinos on the Vegas Strip that didn’t offer 6:5 blackjack--Aria and Bellagio--have joined the growing trend.

This isn’t a small change to blackjack at Aria and Bellagio. @John_mehaffey reports that there are now a total of 40(!) blackjack tables that say “Blackjack pays 6-5" between the two properties. The difference from the traditional 3:2 blackjack is that you're getting paid $12 for a $10 wager on a 6:5 game vs. getting paid $15 for a $10 wager on a 3:2 game.

But wait...there’s more.

more ›

/ / / / / /

Here's One Fantasy That Won't Be Fulfilled in Vegas

June 10, 2015 at 10:44 PM | by | ()

Last Friday, the NFL laid the smack down on a fantasy football convention that was scheduled to take place at The Venetian from July 10 - 12. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback was even set to host the first of its kind National Fantasy Football Convention with about another 100 NFL players set to appear.

However, an unnamed source from the convention informed Fox Sports that the NFL, which was not officially part of the convention, had representatives calling players threatening that the participants could be suspended. The league denies this accusation and released the following brief statement:

“Players and NFL personnel may not participate in promotional activities or other appearances at or in connection with events that are held at or sponsored by casinos."

more ›

/ / / / /

What Happens If You Get Banned From a Las Vegas Property

Where: 3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
June 4, 2015 at 7:44 PM | by | ()

So, let's say you come to Vegas and you get into a little bit of trouble. Maybe you partied too hard or broke a rule… and then got banned from a casino (yolo). Is that ban permanent? We had a reader, who obviously will remain nameless, tell us about this terrible, horrible, very bad, no good day in Vegas.

“I am a frequenter of the Vegas pool club and nightlife scene, particularly those on the Wynn/Encore properties. Unfortunately, about a year back, I was caught with a single illicit substance in my wallet (I had forgotten it was there from the night before, was holding it for someone) and was told I was banned from the entire property. They had me face a security camera (which apparently took my pic) and my license. I haven't been back since.”

My question: is there a process to get un-banned from Wynn/Encore of any Vegas casino? Or is this a permanent thing?

more ›

/ / / / / / /

Venetian Latest Poker Room To Banish Cash

April 23, 2015 at 6:45 PM | by | ()

As of May 1, the Venetian will be the latest casino to disallow cash from being used to wager at the poker tables. The move comes several weeks after MGM Resorts announced it would be banning cash from the tables at all nine of its Strip poker rooms. The Wynn has since instituted the same policy. Under these new guidelines, players will be required to convert their cash to chips before the money is considered in play.

As we outlined in our previous report, the reason casinos are moving toward cashless tables is so that they can more closely track how much players are buying in for at the tables. The Bank Secrecy Act requires casinos to file a Currency Transaction Report for any player who buys in for more than $10,000 in chips. At table games such as blackjack and roulette, casinos have required that bets be placed with chips rather than cash for many years now. This makes it easy for casino personnel to track how much a player buys in for. At poker, however, the permission of players to bet with cash has made it easy for individuals to slip under the radar and conceivably go over the $10,000 threshold without the casino being aware of it.

A sign in the Venetian poker room (seen below) states that anybody purchasing $2,000 or more in chips will be required to do so themselves at the casino cage rather than using a chip runner. It is likely that players who approach the $10,000 threshold will be asked for identification, including a social security number, if they do not already have one on file.

more ›

/ / / / / / / / /

If You Haven't Discovered Michael Monge Yet, This Is Your Cue To Check Him Out

Where: 3121 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
April 8, 2015 at 5:23 PM | by | ()

Whether you’re an old soul or just looking for a traditional Vegas lounge experience, Michael Monge and the Wynn Encore Trio at Encore's Eastside Lounge may be just what you’re looking for. While I wasn’t alive for the original lounge acts that helped put Las Vegas on the map, I got hooked on the live music at Fontana Bar at Bellagio (now Hyde) when I first moved here about a decade ago. I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement ever since. It turns out, Encore has what I’ve been seeking.

The Eastside Lounge is right off the casino floor with a beautiful view of Encore’s pool area. On Wednesday through Sunday nights from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., you can catch singer Michael Monge and the Wynn Encore Trio performing four sets in front of this beautiful backdrop. The lounge has a $10 cover charge with one drink minimum per person, but locals can enjoy free admission Sunday through Wednesday. The cocktail list offers a slew of classics, much like you’ll hear from the band.

more ›

/ / / / / / / /

Poker Tournament Madness This March, Too

March 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM | by | ()

Last-minute buzzer beaters, underdogs pulling off huge upsets, hitting that six-team parlay to make up for the money you blew at the craps table... these are all of the things that make March Madness one of the most exciting times of the year to be in Las Vegas. When you aren't busy hanging out at the sportsbook watching all of the tremendous basketball action, there will be plenty going on in the local poker rooms. Here's a look at some special tournaments series being offered this month:

more ›

/ / / / /

Annual Universal Whisky Experience Returning To Strip

Where: 89109
March 6, 2015 at 2:47 PM | by | ()

Developer and whisky enthusiast Mahesh Patel is returning to Vegas and bringing another year of the finest whisky experience the world has to offer. It's literally a smorgasbord of only the the best spirits, and as much as you'd like. There is hardly an event like this in the world, and on March 11-14, whisky lovers will come from all over the globe to convene at Wynn|Encore.

more ›

/ / /

First Ever Fantasy Sports Combine Coming To Wynn

Where: 89109
February 20, 2015 at 10:04 AM | by | ()

No matter how much money you wager in fantasy sports, it’s not considered gambling (see why here). However, if you do wager money on fantasy sports, you might want to check out the Fantasy Sports Combine coming to Wynn July 17-19. Tickets to this event start at $895 so consider it for serious fantasy sports gamblers players only.

The inaugural event will offer a collection of fantasy experts who may be able to help you gain an edge after you listen to their insights and strategies on how to win daily, weekly and season-long leagues.

more ›

/ / / / / / /

Magical Mondays: Shimshi

February 16, 2015 at 9:02 PM | by | ()

For this installment of Magical Mondays, we’ll get to know another of the Las Vegas magicians on SyFy’s Wizard Wars. Shimshi is a magician who got his start in his native Israel and now performs regularly at corporate events and private gigs at Wynn and Encore. After appearances on America’s Got Talent, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and now Wizard Wars, Shimshi is continuing to develop plans for his own Las Vegas stage show.

more ›

/ / / / / / / / / / / /

Check-Out Folio: A New Bar To 'Hop' To And Go 'Nuts' Over, And More

February 13, 2015 at 8:57 PM | by | ()

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of February 9:

Downtown brews up a new bar: Hop Nuts Brewing will mark its grand opening in the Downtown Vegas Arts District tonight. Located at 1120 S. Main Street (suite #150), the bar has been quietly serving up brews since New Year's Day. Stop by and find 12 beers on tap, ranging from an Hop Nuts IPA (7.4% ABV, 65 IBU) to an Hop Nuts Imperial Stout (8.5% ABV, 75 IBU). The brewery is open Sunday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday until 4 a.m. Tours are available, upon request. Call 702-816-5371 to inquire.

more ›

/ / / / / / /

Super Bowl Betting Results And A Look Ahead To Next Year

February 2, 2015 at 1:56 PM | by | ()

By now you probably (hopefully) know the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champs, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. The point spread in the game went off in many Las Vegas sportsbooks as a pick ‘em so the Patriots covered the spread. The game also went over the total which was somewhere between 47 and 48, depending when and where you wagered. The win and total score ended up in a four-way teaser win for bettors. Usually, when sports bettors win, the result is bad for casino sportsbook operators. In the case of the Big Game, it wasn’t entirely good for bettors or bad for the sportsbooks.

With a huge menu of prop bets available sportsbooks may have been able to eek out an overall win. Prop wagers make up the majority in Big Game bets at the Westgate SuperBook while they only make up about 15% of Big Game wagers at Wynn. Every sportsbook operator offers a different number of prop bets so the results will vary. William Hill released almost 700 and here are some of the results of their more popular prop bets:

more ›

/ / / / / / / / / /

The Best Tickets Of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM | by | ()

It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.

Can a show set in the ever-changing landscape of Las Vegas performing for today's immediate gratification and 'what have you done for me lately' crowd really land a Best Show award for the fourth year in a row? A year ago we thought another Spiegelworld production would at least give Absinthe a run for its money, but the demise of the super but short-lived Vegas Nocturne eliminated that debate.

VegasChatter revisited the tent long-term parked in front of Caesars Palace this month in the interest of fairness and to ensure Absinthe wasn't resting on its lack of competition laurels at this point. Was Absinthe still fresh or had it gotten stale?

more ›