Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas, which stands at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road, on the site of the former Desert Inn, is the flagship property of Wynn Resorts. The founder of Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn, resigned as chairman and CEO of the company in February, 2018, rather than face what he described as ‘an avalanche of negativity’ after allegations of sexual misconduct against employees were published in ‘The Wall Street Journal’.

Nevertheless, Wynn Las Vegas, which opened on April 28, 2005, remains a five-star property, where luxury and opulence is the order of the day. The 45-storey Wynn Tower offers 2,716 rooms and suites, all of which have floor-to-ceiling windows. Sizes start at 640 square feet, as standard, but more lavish options include 1,817-square-foot suites with separate living, dining and sleeping spaces and two-bedroom, 3,224-square foot villas, complete with butler service.

Of course, Wynn Las Vegas is destination casino resort, where gaming is the main attraction. The expansive, 111,000 square-foot casino floor is home to a comprehensive assortment of table games and over 1,800 slot machines – traditional classics, as well as the latest offerings – with stakes up to an eye-watering $1,000 a spin. Sports bettors can enjoy the latest action in a state-of-the-art sports book, decked out with wall-to-wall TV screens and comfortable, plush seating.

Other amenities at Wynn Las Vegas include a wide variety of signature restaurants, casual eateries, lounges and bars, catering for all tastes and budgets, a temperature-controlled main pool, two award-winning spas, luxury shopping, an on-site theatre and an 18-hole golf course. According to Fodor’s Travel, ‘It’s classy, not gaudy, and you won’t find better service anywhere.’

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is situated on the northern outskirts of Atlantic City, New Jersey, less than ten minutes’ drive from the the world famous Boardwalk. As a hotel, the Borgata is the largest in New Jersey, with 2,767 guest rooms and suites, ranging in size from 460 square feet, as standard, to 1,500 square feet, all with floor-to-ceiling windows. Non-gaming amenties include a spa which, at 54,000 square feet, is the largest in Atlantic City, indoor and outdoor pool areas, an event centre, a theatre and a selection of world-class restaurants.

The Borgata orginally opened in July, 2003 but, since April, 2022, has been owned by Vici Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquired previous owner MGM Growth Properties for $17.2 billion. The Borgata is still run by MGM Resorts International and, according to figures released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement was the highest-grossing casino in Atlantic City in 2021; it posted a gross operating profit of $174 million, up from $650,000 in 2020.

The colossal 161,000-square-foot is home to over 200 gaming tables, offering a wide range of table games, including baccarat, blackjack, craps, pai gow poker and roulette. Slot players are amply catered for, with over 3,500 slot machines; stakes range from a penny to $500, with a coinless, cashout voucher system that eliminates the need to carry buckets of coins around the casino floor. The Borgata Poker Room is considered the best on the East Coast, offering 21,000 square feet of comfortable, non-smoking space, with over 50 tables in the main room and another 18 in a separate, high limit room. Unsurprisingly, Texas Hold’em is the most popular game, but Pot Limit Omaha, 7 Card Stud and other variations are available.

Bellagio Las Vegas

Thanks in no small part to its starring role in the 2001 Warner Bros. Pictures heist caper ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, directed by Steven Soderbergh, Bellagio Las Vegas is arguably the most iconic hotel in Sin City. Built on the site of the historic Dunes Hotel and Casino, in the centre of the Las Vegas Strip, Bellagio covers 77 acres and forms the backdrop to a vast, choreographed water feature known as the Fountains of Bellagio, which offers free shows day and night.

Originall conceived and owned by disgraced casino mogul Steve Wynn, Bellagio opened in October, 1998. However, Wynn’s company, Mirage Resorts, Inc. was acquired by MGM Mirage, later MGM Resorts International, in May, 2000. In October, 2019, MGM Resorts International sold Bellagio to Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT) in a deal worth $4.25 billion. MGM Resorts holds a 5% equity stake in a joint venture company, from which it leases back operations for an annual payment of $245 million.

The Fountains of Bellagio aside, gambling is, unsurprisingly, the main attraction at Bellagio. The casino floor covers 156,000 square feet including, since 2013, 2,600 square feet devoted to a private gambling salon, known as ‘Villa Prive’; access to the latter is by invitation only and restricted to high rollers willing to play $300,000 in a single session. More accessible gambling options included approximately 140 gaming tables, offering blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and pai gow among others, not to mention 2,300 reel, video reel and video poker slots. Classic poker action is available in a dedicated, 7,000 square feet poker room with 40 tables, plus the exclusive, two-table ‘Legends Room’, formerly ‘Bobby’s Room’, which is the spiritual home of high-stakes poker in Las Vegas.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Opened on February 15, 1992, Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, a federally recognised Native American tribe, on their reservation in Mashantucket, Southeastern Connecticut. Covering an area of 900,000 square feet, Foxwoods is, in fact, the largest resort casino in North America. Foxwoods Casino Resort shares 25% of its slots profits with the state of Connecticut which, in 2021, accounted for just shy of $90 million in tax receipts.

A total of four casino floors, namely the Fox Tower Casino, Grand Pequot Casino, Great Cedar Casino and Rainmaker Casino, feature over 250 gaming tables featuring 22 varieties of table game, including baccarat, blackjack, craps and roulette, as well as less mainstream games. Slots, too, are very much in evidence, with over 3,500 slot machines and video poker machines, suitable for all budgets, distributed among the gaming floors.

Accommodation at Foxwoods Resort Casino is of the highest order, with the AAA Four Diamond Grand Pequot Hotel, for example, offering twenty-three stories of deluxe guest rooms and suites. Away from the excitement of the gaming floors, visitors to Foxwoods Resort Casino have plenty of opportunity for relaxation. The Norwich Spa at Foxwoods, for example, offers soothing treatments, such as massages and facials and, for the more actively minded, a fitness centre decked out with the latest cardiovascular and strength training equipment.

Retail therapy is readily available, not least at the Tangers Outlets at Foxwood, which brings together numerous leading brands, including Calvin Klein, Nike and Gap, under one roof. When you are in need of refreshment, you will find that Foxwoods offers a a wide selection of signature, fine dining and casual restaurants and plenty of bars and lounges if you just want to wet your whistle.