Another ‘wynner’ for Vegas

May 3, 2005 7:56 AM

The theme of Wynn Las Vegas is that the signature masterpiece resort was built from "the inside out."

Simply put, the magnificence of Bellagio and Mirage are inside the structure and all around a massive golf course.

"As you go around, you will find things new and unique here," said Vincent Magliulo, Wynn’s director of race and sports operations. "The golf course is spectacular, but it’s only a part of the quality and attention to detail that Mr. Wynn placed into the hotel."

Having the Today show telecast live from the beautiful atrium inside Wynn Las Vegas certainly was a big feather in a cap Steve and Elaine Wynn have worn in a town he has played a major part in defining over the past four decades.

"We spoke over the weekend," Magliulo said of his chat with the boss. "He was making the rounds and being one of us. He leads by example and his passion rubs off on everyone. When 12:01 (a.m.) came Thursday and the doors opened, the journey began. We took our first bet and the action has been steady since."

That first bet was a 15-1 futures wager on the New York Mets to win the World Series. A woman, whose name was not released, made several wagers on the Mets for friends and relatives.

"It’s just so great to be back behind the counter," said Magliulo, who was in charge of race and sports for a number of years at Caesars Palace. "We’re happy to have been able to open just before the Kentucky Derby. That’s going to be a big day for us and we’re very excited to be a part of that excitement."

The race and sports book, like everything else at Wynn, was very hush-hush. Not much information leaked out and absolutely no pictures were allowed. In fact, security offices are still patrolling the area with orders to make patrons delete any photography of the book. Cameras are allowed in the atrium area and just about anywhere else in the massive resort.

"Yeah, it’s just like the VIP list," Magliulo said. "We can say just the sports and entertainment world was well represented. We just can’t say who they were."

We’ll leave that for the entertainment media snoops to handle that. Just point the way to the betting window.

"The passion and energy that we as employees feel hopefully will rub off on our customers and make them want to come back," Magliulo said. "I feel the difference between our place and the other great places in Vegas is that the level of service is unmatched. We focus on the everyday operation of Wynn. It must always be the best."

The book is similar to those found at Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and the old Desert Inn. It’s not so much about size, but opulence. This is one place customers will enjoy making wagers and watching the games in comfort. The bars and restaurants are right there, so you won’t miss any action.

"We named our restaurant/deli Zooza Crackers in honor of Charlie Meyerson, who was a longtime casino marketing executive and close friend of Wynn," Magliulo said. "Charlie sadly passed away last year, but I know he is here in spirit."

In Charlie’s name, we can say Vegas has another Wynn-er on its hands.