- Steve Wynn’s Las Vegas resort is now offering masterclasses to aspiring casino moguls
- Classes, hosted each day, cover a multitude of roles and careers at the casino
If anyone knows what it takes to succeed in the casino game, it’s Steve Wynn. The owner of his eponymous casino resort that’s grown to become a global brand, Steve Wynn’s business nous is to be envied.
It’s to be emulated too for any aspiring empire builders, a feat that’s actually possible now that the luxury casino developer and art collector’s Vegas resort is offering masterclasses.
Masterminds behind the success
At 75 years of age, the mogul remains as passionate about his beloved casinos as ever. His flagship resort, the Wynn Las Vegas, is running a programme of classes that will introduce the masterminds behind the casino’s ongoing success. It’s a chance to pick the brains of those who know the gambling trade best and to learn what goes on behind the scenes.
The range of roles that the classes cover is extensive; locals can get to grips with the daily routine of one of the casino’s sportsbook managers, or can alternatively field questions to the Wynn’s resident hair stylist.
The informal classes, seven in all, have proven so popular that they’ve now been rolled out to other Wynn resorts, starting with facilities in Boston and Macau. The intention is to turn these behind-the-scenes programmes into a regular fixture. The 90-minute classes, which are hosted each afternoon, cost between $125 and $150 to attend and are designed to be educational as well as enjoyable.
The future of the strip
Sprightly as billionaires like Steve Wynn and the 93-year-old Sheldon Adelson are, it’s fair to say that they won’t rule the roost forever. Who will take up the mantle when they’re gone and spearhead the future of the Strip for decades to come? While programmes such as the Wynn’s afternoon classes will entice the next generation of casino workers, any of whom could potentially make it all the way to the top, UNLV is going a step further.
The university has developed a coaching programme that will place 20 high school students into a summer school where they’ll learn first-hand what it takes to make a casino work.
The scholarship programme paves the way for these young students to pursue a career in the casino industry with a view to eventually taking up managerial or executive positions. If these mentoring programmes can develop even one or two bright sparks, the future of Las Vegas’ casino industry will be in safe hands.
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