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Las Vegas Strip Casino Halts Midweek Operations

Encore Las Vegas Will Close Every Monday At Noon And Reopen Every Thursday

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A Las Vegas Strip casino is suspending its midweek operations indefinitely to account for the decrease in consumer demand.

Wynn Resorts announced Tuesday that it would beginning Monday, October 19, it would be closing its Encore Las Vegas casino starting every Monday at noon and reopen the property at 2 p.m. every Thursday. Wynn’s poker room, which is located in Encore, will be moved to the casino floor of the Wynn near the self-parking garage until 24/7 hours are restored.

According to the press release, the new schedule will remain intact “until consumer demand for Las Vegas increases.”

Nevada’s gross gaming revenue in the months since Gov. Steve Sisolak allowed casinos to reopen in early June shows that gaming operators are still struggling to return pre-coronavirus numbers. With tourism numbers for Las Vegas dropping, thanks in large part to the absence of midweek conventions, Strip casino operators posted a nearly 40 percent year-over-year revenue decline in September.

UNLV gaming historian David Schwartz told the local CBS affiliate that Wynn’s move is reasonable given the situation and that more casinos will likely use this business model until the market rebounds.

“With most conventions being on hiatus, we don’t have a lot of mid-week occupancy, so it makes sense to close hotels, or even the entire resort during the week,” said Schwartz. “If the current conditions continue, we could see more properties do this.”

Another Las Vegas Strip property, Planet Hollywood, implemented similar measures when it reopened last week. The Caesars-owned property will keep its casino floor open 24/7, but the hotel operations will only be available Thursday-Sunday.

Wynn Resorts’ CEO, Matt Maddox, penned a piece last week outlining a potential plan to bring large gatherings back to Sin City. If those gatherings return, it would lay the foundation for the Las Vegas gambling market to return to pre-lockdown levels.

 
 
 
 

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AdrianP
8 days ago

Well, as soon as they keep the free parking, bring back FULL and proper buffets, and have the almost illegal 'resort fee' HALVED, then why on earth would anyone even contemplate coming back to Vegas? Management lost the plot long ago on how to run Vegas.

Of course, they also need to eliminate the enforcement of masks. Only an idiot would go to Vegas if they had to wear a mask.

Also, get rid of all those stupid perspex dividers. Everyone knows now the virus pandemic is moslty fake in terms of the death rate. Almost no one under 50 dies from being infected, just as they don't die from the Flu.

Corporations need to take charge and tell government officials how its going to be. They seem to have no problems bribing government officials to create new developments, so why aren't they doing it now to get customers back?

 
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