Pokeraddict
Posted by Pokeraddict
Aug 19, 2015

Introduction

Encore is the sister casino of Wynn Las Vegas.  The two casinos are connected by a corridor that includes upscale shops and nightclubs.  Encore opened on December 22, 2008.  That was about three and a half years after the opening of its sister property, Wynn.

Encore is identical to Wynn in almost every way.  The color scheme, hotel exterior design, room design, slots, and video poker available are nearly mirrored.  The game rules are exactly the same.  The only difference is the minimum bet at Encore is sometimes lower than at Wynn, especially during the week.

The atmosphere at Encore is one of elegance.  The entire casino floor, nightclubs, lounges, restaurants, and hotel rooms are all in mint condition.  The bartenders, dealers, and servers are all professional and well dressed.  There is no environment like Wynn and Encore on the Strip.

Gambling at Encore

The quality of gambling at Encore varies greatly.  Lower limit players will be forced to play 6-5 single deck blackjack games during peak hours.  The minimum bet for this game is generally $15.  There are five single deck blackjack tables at Encore.

The shoe blackjack games start at $10 during off peak hours but are usually $15 or $25.  These games allow double down on any two cards and after splitting.  There are 20 of these tables.  There are eight more tables with the same rules that pay 6-5 on blackjack.  The minimum bet for these is usually $10.  Two tables of blackjack switch offer $10 minimum bets.  All blackjack games outside high limits have a $1,000 maximum bet.

There are eight double zero roulette tables where the minimum bet is $10 during most hours and $15 on weekends.  Carnival games have a $10 minimum and include Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker, and Crazy 4 Poker.

There is an Asian table games pit on the main floor.  There are six baccarat tables with limits of $50-$20,000.  There are two Pai Gow Poker tables with limits of $25-$5,000. 

There are six craps tables.  One always has a $10 minimum bet.  The others are either $15 or $25 but can be raised upon request.  Craps odds are 3-4-5 times and the Field pays triple on 12.

There is a large high limit area.  Most tables are baccarat that starts at a $100 minimum bet.  There are two six-deck blackjack tables that stand on all 17’s and offer surrender and double down after splitting. 

The Wynn Red Card is the players club at Encore.  Slots award one point for every $1.50 in action.  Video poker pays one point for every $6 wagered at standard machines.  Full pay games require $15 to earn one point.  Players can convert 1,000 points into $10 directly on a slot or video poker machine.  Table games earn points based on the size of wager, game played, and speed/length of action.  Wynn and Encore have been known to be very generous with mailers, especially to new players.

There is no sportsbook at Encore.  There is a sports betting counter that uses the lines spread by the Wynn book.  It is open during the day.  There is no poker room at Encore but there is a popular one located down the connecting corridor at Wynn.

Hotel at Encore

There are six different room styles available at Encore.  All are considered suites and are double the size of a standard hotel room.  There is a Resort Suite and Panoramic Suite.  Both are 745 square feet.  The only difference is the view.  These start at $189 on weeknights and $299 on weekends.  The Panoramic Suite is $70 more per night.  There is a $30 per night resort fee on these rooms that includes wireless internet and access to the fitness center. 

There are also Tower Suites.  The main suite starts at $324 per night.  The Parlor Suite starts around $799 per night and is multi room suite.

Restaurants at Encore

For dining purposes, Wynn and Encore share restaurant listings.  All are within a convenient walk of each other.  Most restaurants are located within Wynn. 

There are four restaurants located at Encore.  Sinatra is a fine Italian restaurant.  Wazuzu is a Pan-Asian experience.  Botero is a Colombian bistro.  There is also a 24-hour café.

Entertainment

Encore is home to XS.  That is a world class nightclub that is open 11pm to 4am Friday through Monday.  Monday is industry night where locals get in for free.  Encore Beach Club is a unique day club experience.  It is open from 11am to 7pm.  It also opens on Thursday night for late night fun by the poolside.

Wynn offers Surrender and Tryst, two of the top rated Las Vegas nightclubs.  It also offers shows and headliners in its theaters.  There are a variety of upscale lounges located throughout both resorts.

Parking

Encore guests may park in the Wynn parking garage and cross the bridge over to Encore.  There is also a separate valet and parking garage on the north side of the resort.

My Conclusion

Encore is just as elegant as Wynn.  There is little different about the two properties.  Encore is just a little smaller and slightly less expensive.  Guests can walk five minutes indoors through a corridor of luxury shops to access the amenities at Wynn.  Encore rooms tend to me about five percent cheaper than Wynn so those looking for the same experience at a slight discount can check it out for a cheaper price.

   

       

Contact Information

Address: 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: 702-770-7000
Web site: wynnlasvegas.com

Resort and Parking Fees

Resort fee $39.00
Parking fee $15.00

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Games at Encore

BlackjackLocationDecksMinMaxSoft 17DADASRSASurrTablesCSMParty Pit6/5 BJVideoH. Edge
BlackjackStrip 6 10 5000 H YesYes Yes Yes 16NoNoYesNo1.84232
BlackjackStrip 1 10 1000 H YesNo No No 3NoNoYesNo1.69824
BlackjackStrip 6 25 5000 H YesYes Yes Yes 8NoNoNoNo0.48263
BlackjackStrip 2 50 10000 H YesYes No No 2NoNoNoNo0.45688
BlackjackStrip 6 100 10000 S YesYes No Yes 4NoNoNoNo0.35361
Blackjack VariantsDecksMinMax
BJ Switch 6 10 2000
Miscellaneous# of TablesMin BetMax Bet
Big Wheel 1 2 100
Poker variants# of TablesMin BetMax Bet
Crazy 4 Poker 1 10 500
Pai Gow Poker 2 25 5000
Three Card Poker 2 10 500
Ultimate Texas Hold'em 2 10 500
Baccarat# of TablesMin BetMax Bet
EZ Baccarat 16 25 20000
Craps# of TablesMin BetMax BetOddsField12Video
Craps 6 10 5000 2x Triple No
Roulette# of TablesMin BetMax BetRulesVideo
Roulette 8 10 300 00 No
Roulette 1 3 3000 00 Yes
Roulette 1 100 5000 Euro No
Video PokerRankAvg ReturnGrade
Video Poker43 96.62% C-
Video KenoRankAvg ReturnGrade
Video Keno1 93.52% A+