Wynn Las Vegas, or simply Wynn, on the Las Vegas Strip, is the flagship of Wynn Resorts Ltd., the corporation founded by Steve Wynn, the former chairman of Mirage Resorts, Inc., in 2002. In 2000, Wynn sold Mirage Resorts to MGM Grand and, the same year, bought the Desert Inn, also on the Las Vegas Strip, for $270 million. To make way for the new resort, which nowadays covers 215 acres, or 87 hectares, Wynn demolished the main tower of the Desert Inn in 2001 and the remainder four years later.
After legal wrangling surrounding the purchase of private properties on Paradise Avenue, Wynn Las Vegas was built, at a cost of $2.7 billion, and opened on April 28, 2005, 55 years to the day since the original opening of the Desert Inn. Located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sands Avenue, Wynn Las Vegas has, in the meantime, become one of the most popular, if not the most popular, luxury resort and casino complexes on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, which stands 614 feet high, offers a total of 2,716 rooms, of various sizes, on 45 floors, while substantial portions of the complex are devoted to conference centre and retail space. The casino, itself, covers 189,000 square feet and offers a wide variety of table games and slots, plus a sportsbook and one of the most highly-regarded poker rooms in Las Vegas.