4
May

CNBC-bound

If you’ll be watching CNBC at 4:12 Eastern today, you’ll see me getting interviewed about Kirk Kerkorian. The MGM Mirage’s biggest owner is in the news because he is buying a big chunk of GM stock.

You can see me talk confidently about Kerkorian’s role in Las Vegas and gaming history, then attempt to adroitly deflect a question about his personal life…I know that he plays tennis, but we really don’t move in the same circles.

And no, I didn’t say that the GM stock buy was a part of a gambit to buy GM just to fold it into MGM, though they changeover would be pretty low-cost: they’d just have to add an extra M.

3
May

Ask a stupid question…

This is why you don’t ask for free legal advice.
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2
May

2 quick facts

I’ve been talking about Wynn Las Vegas a lot lately, but don’t think I’ve been neglecting my hometown any. Here’s two interesting facts from the Atlantic City, New Jersey Detailed Profile that probably explain why, to pursue a career in higher education, I had to leave the city:

Number of college students below state average.

Percentage of population with a bachelor’s degree or higher significantly below state average.

This site is a wealth of information.

29
Apr

The sincerest flattery

Does Wynn Las Vegas point the way to the future? Lloyd Fonvielle doesn’t think so, but I beg to differ. I predict that most of the casinos built in the next 10-15 years will try, on one level or another, to emulate Wynn. It’s starting already, for places that have only vauge plans.

Check out, for example, the Cascada Resort – A Future Luxury Resort in Las Vegas | scherf.com.

The Cascada, from their site

So is putting a pitch together as easy as tweaking the city’s most recognizable hotel tower, scaling down the water feature, putting a model next to your pool, and posting it the web? Maybe, but these people seem to have bigger things in mind: owning the very idea of a curved building.
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28
Apr

Thoughts on Wynn LV

As I said earlier, the opening tour was fantastic. It’s as if each area of the resort was designed to be the centerpiece.

That being said, here’s some pictures:
The exterior:
outside

And a shot of the crowd, seconds after the doors opened:
the doors are open

Of course, I got a few shots of the carpet as well–would you expect any less?

I’d definitely visit this place the next time you are in Vegas.

Now that I’ve had a few hours to think and sleep, here’s some more reflections:
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27
Apr

At Wynn Las Vegas

I’ve just gotten back from my sneak-peak tour of Wynn Las Vegas, and I’ve got one word: incredible. The multimedia show on the mountain’s interior, which you have to be a hotel or restaurant guest to see, is simply jaw-dropping.

Inside, I see elements of Wynn’s other resorts, particularly Mirage, Bellagio, and Beau Rivage, but evolved further.

Another observation: the decor, music and style are luxurious but contemporary.

I’ve got to run now: the casino is about to officially open. I’ll have more tomorrow.

27
Apr

Opening Wynn Las Vegas

The day has finally arrived: Wynn Las Vegas, five years in the making, will open at midnight tonight. I’ve been lucky enough to be invited on the sneak peak media tour at 10, so I’ve got a 2-hour jump on the general public. I’ll post some of my thoughts here, and I’ll be basing the epilogue of Roll the Bones around the experience.
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26
Apr

This is cool

I don’t have much time to post today, but at least I didn’t have to herd buffalo in Maryland.

25
Apr

Don’t worry…

“Don’t worry about making mistakes and destroying money,” Steve Wynn has told his employees. I wish someone would tell me that. Oh yeah, they’re opening the world’s most expensive casino resort in a few days, so I guess that there’s some pressure on everyone.
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25
Apr

Comments on comments

I’ve had to temporarily disable comments for most entries; I got about 130 spammed comments over the weekend, solicitations for online gambling sites. If anyone knows how, using Greymatter, I can foil these spam commentors, let me know.