Poker Guides

The Wynn, LV
  Written by Tim Lavalli
 LAS VEGAS/Thursday, 06 September 2007

The Poker Room at the Wynn Las Vegas is a bit of a tricky review for me. I will attempt to be fair and dispassionate but I should disclose that I am not fond of this room. I will also mention that every time I say that to any group of poker players there are voices of praise for the room at the Wynn.

The mirage My local poker buddies demanded that the first good thing I say about The Wynn Las Vegas Poker Room was that it has the best parking in town. Now what they mean is: the best parking for access to the poker room. Just enter the main parking structure north of the casino main entrance and keep going up. The elevator is on the Strip side of the building and when you get up there around the fifth floor you will see the VIP poker parking area right next to the elevator. Take the elevator down to the first floor and when the doors slide open you will be looking at the poker room.

The spacious poker room has 26 tables and I do like that even though it is one room, the large wooden pillars and half walls divide the space into several mini-rooms and alcoves. This design gives the room an intimate feel. The décor is dark wood and plush carpet and chairs. My one complaint is that the tables are often too close together but it’s a small issue.

The Wynn is another of the big rooms that offer a wide range of games and betting structures. The No-limit Hold'em tables have blinds from $1-$3 and $2-$5 through the middle ranges at $5-$10, $15-$30 and $30-$60. There is nearly always a $100-$200 game on the board in the evenings. There is no maximum buy-in cap for these tables.

Limit Hold'em starts at $4-$8, $8-$16, $15-$30 and $30-$60. There are often limit tables at higher blinds on the weekend. The poker room usually has a $10-$20 'mixed' game in progress; this is one of the signature games at the Wynn. Pot Limit Omaha is often on the interest list but the game has not been a starter on my last several visits to the Wynn. Weekends change everything; the room is very popular and very full nearly every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tournaments are run Tuesday through Friday at noon. Tournament Director David Eglseder ran the tournaments at the really great Canterbury Park Card Room in Minnesota for many years before moving to the Wynn. In my opinion, the tournaments at the Wynn at first class operations. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the buy-in is $330; Friday's Noon event is a $540 buy-in. The tournaments have a guaranteed $5,000 prize pool. They run single table satellites on tournament days beginning at 8 AM.

Any review of the room at the Wynn would be incomplete without mentioning Deborah Giardina, Director of poker Room Operations. Deborah has more than fifteen years in the poker industry including nine years with Lyle Berman Enterprises. For those players who notice these things, it is generally the Director of Poker Operations who sets the tone for the room and who guarantees the success or failure of a room. The Wynn has a very successful poker room and Deborah Giardina is one big reason why.
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written by wow powerlevel , December 23, 2010
The Wynn has a very successful poker room and Deborah Giardina is one big reason why.
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