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"24-7" Author Reviews Wynn Las Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 11th May 2005 3:05am
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And on the seventh day, I showed up to pay my respects. I elbowed my way toward one of Steve Wynn's gleaming new craps tables. Ah, I love the smell of fresh green felt in the evening. Someone rolled a seven within moments, and the rest of the night went pretty much like that. I didn't take it personally Wynn is understandably in a hurry to recoup his eye-popping $2.7-billion investment. Still, I drew the line at the gift shop.

Sorry, Sebastian. I was in no mood to plop down $38 for a cap or $42 for an infant's T-shirt. Instead, I got him a $10 pirate's T-shirt across the Strip at Treasure Island, a casino Wynn built a decade ago which, in Vegas time, might as well have been the 1850s.

No other major American city owes so much of its prosperity and there is a great deal of intoxicatingly new, chaos-inducing prosperity in Las Vegas to one person as this place owes to Steve Wynn. The city turns 100 this week, but the modern-day phenomenon of Las Vegas dates back to 1989, the year Wynn, backed by Michael Milken's junk bonds, opened the Mirage.

"Wynn saw a city no one else saw here, and made it happen," says Alan Feldman, an L.A. native and former ad executive who moved to Las Vegas after the Mirage's opening to handle Wynn's public relations. He is now a competitor to Wynn, having stayed on at MGM Mirage after Kirk Kerkorian's hostile takeover of Wynn's old company.

[ Check out our review of Andres Martinez' 24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down in the New Las Vegas - Ed ]



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