Tuesday, December 23, 2008

An Encore From Last Night

Many others documented the opening far better than me, and I urge you to head over to EncoreOpening.Com to see all the terrific commentary and photos provided by Hunter at RateVegas.Com and Chuck Monster at VegasTripping.Com. Also, Dave McKee had some insightful thoughts on the design of the property that you can find here.

But here's a 6-minute video episode of The Strip showing the Wynns as they declare Encore open for business. The people who were already inside were either invited friends or hotel guests. Click on the image to watch, and sorry as always for the shaky camera work. It may be better to merely listen.


Here's a better still show of the couple:


I went on to dinner with Hunter, his wife Megan, Chuck, Mike E and listener/reader Brian Fey as well as a couple of new friends at Sinatra, where the Wynns dined nearby with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf among others. It was an outstandingly delicious meal.

As I took the long march from Sinatra to the Wynn south valet to get my car, I went through the shopping esplanade the connects the properties. It was after 11 p.m., the place had been open for three hours, and the line was, as Miles likes to say, bananas. This is where it started...


...and it went on...

...and on...


...and on, into the Wynn casino. There were at least 800 people in that line. And there were others at other entrances. Wow.

5 comments:

Peter said...

Was the line for the restaurant (Sinatra) or just to gain access to the Encore casino?

THE STRIP PODCAST GUYS said...

line was to get into the resort. there wasn't a line at sinatra other than those weho had reservations

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Anonymous said...

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MrEintSantaCruz said...

I heard the line didn't die down until well after midnight. Crazy !