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Sayonara Encore Chambered Casino

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 4th January 2016 12:21pm
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The opening of Wynn Macau in 2007 ushered in a new era in intimate casino design - the chambered casino. The Steve touted the chambered casino as an achievement in casino design that could turn the gigantic, impersonal casino floor into intimate gaming salons while still retaining that big casino energy.

The chambered casino first appeared at Wynn Macau in 2007. The chambered casino made its U.S. debut a year later at Encore Las Vegas. Both Aria and Cosmopolitan incorporated aspects of the chambered casino theory into their casino designs.

The principle is simple... on the vast casino floor, intimacy and privacy can be created by the strategic placement of columns, large vases, drapes and tassels. These soft obstacles provide separation, privacy and a greater sense of place by turning each pod into a quasi-salon.

I took this photo on December 24, 2008, two days after Encore opened:

Encore Casino Opening

The drapes billowed from the top corner of casino pod, tied at the waist by giant tassels. Some corners of the casino featured giant vases in these corners as well. Within a year, the vases vanished, a year later the curtains vanished, leaving exposed pillars in the middle of the casino.

As of last week, the first rows of pillars have been removed (photo by JohnH.)

Encore Casino Opening

The new yet old, open casino concept. We'll wait to see if it is groundbreaking or not.

Steve loves going 'ta-daaa' and pulling the sheet off of stuff. This was another one of those 'ta-daaah's' where you go "Holy Shit... they've done it again."

-The Apple G4 Cube Promotional Video

The Chambered Casino was an Interesting idea that actually worked. It created such a sensation of intimacy, privacy and exclusivity that people were afraid to approach the casino tables. First the urns, then the drapes and now the ugly bare columns are on the way out. With Encore now going full court press on trying to teach millennial club goers to gamble, continuing the chambered casino experiment makes absolutely zero sense.

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark - that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back." - Hunter S. Thompson 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'

I still miss the drapes.

Tagged: encore   casino design   wynn macau   chambered casino   


Comments & Discussion:

The "chambers" weren't necessary, as Wynn/Encore had enough thoughtful interior design and low ceilings to avoid that warehouse sensation you get at some of the more expansive areas of Caesars, Venetian, PHo, etc. I can see chambers working as a remedy to older casinos with more utilitarian designs.

There will never again be anything quite as great as Encore was in its first 8 months of operation.

Bad move.

^ just had this same discussion with the VT guys the other day, down to the number 8.

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