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Changing the game: Poker gets a fresh look in Encore’s new room

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The new poker room at Encore.
Photo: Barbara Kraft
Debbie Lee

Las Vegas poker has changed. The game’s boom era of high stakes and high rollers is in the rearview mirror, and poker rooms on and off the Strip have diminished. But if anyone can help recapture—and even improve upon—the game’s glory days, it’s Steve Wynn. The original Wynn poker room relocated to its sister property Encore at the end of May, and its reincarnation brings a breath of fresh air to a scene in need of exactly that.

With 28 tables across 8,600 square feet, the modern space features its own sports-betting window (with 37 hi-def TVs to keep track of that parlay bet you made between hands), USB ports at each table and in-room restrooms. Tableside food service comes courtesy of Jardin and Wazuzu restaurants—options that far surpass the sandwiches available in most poker rooms.

It’s also in a prime location, steps from Encore Beach Club and Surrender. One could easily transition from a rowdy afternoon at the pool or a night of bottle service to a lively high-stakes session. And those who want more than a few hours of recreation can check out Wynn’s classic tournament series and test their skills against some of the best players in the game. Wynn Poker Room at Encore, 702-770-7654; 24/7.

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