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The Wynn's Grand Opening

28 Apr 2005

I made sure to get a good nights sleep before heading to the Wynn for the private party on the night of the 27th before the doors were set to open at midnight.

I woke up at around 3:00pm, returned a few phone calls, and then jumped into the shower. The day before I rented a Tuxedo since the party was a black tie charity event.

By 5:00pm I was at the Venetian to pick up Lori, my date for the evening. She was stunning. Everywhere we went people commented on how beautiful her dress was.

We arrived on time right at 5:30 and headed straight for the Ferrari's. I met the manager there and he took me on a tour of the place. We saw Roger Penske's car as well as Steve Wynn's. Wow. I want a Ferrari! Actually I always did ever since I was a kid and I think I might just splurge a little bit... we'll see.

After that, Lori and I decided to tour the property and do some tasting at the various restaurants. One in particular had me mumbling as I ate, "Mmmmm... yum, yum, yum.... mmmmm." I sounded like Matt Dillion in Flamingo Kid!

The restaurant is called Wing Lei and I'm probably going to eat there again tonight. You absolutely have to try it- you won't regret it.

At 9:00pm we had a chance to see the show, "La Reve" which was created by Dragone, the creator of Cirque du Soleil. The showroom is awesome, there truly isn't a bad seat in the house. We sat in the back row which is only about 47 feet from the stage.

Before the Show started Steve Wynn and his wife Elaine greeted all of the guests and thanked them for their donations. Over $2 million was raised for various local charities.

The show was beautiful. I won't spoil it for you with details, you'll just have to see it for yourself.

After the show was over we headed to the poker room to await the "running of the bulls." At midnight the doors would open and over 3000 people that were patiently waiting in the streets would fill the place.

Maybe ten minutes after the doors opened to the public we had poker games going. I participated in the first official hand, raising with 6-6 on the button. The board read A-3-4-5 on the turn and I called two bets. The river was the ultimate tease giving me a set of sixes. I didn't pay off the river bet, but was already stuck $40!

Luckily I was playing $4-$8. From there I moved to the $2-$5 no limit game for a while, and then basically floated around the room for a while greeting people.

Lori's mother finally made it through the doors at almost 1:00am and I took her and Lori upstairs to see my room. Wow. The rooms are unreal.

Lori was tired, having only slept a few hours the night before, coupling that with "fancy shoes" that aren't exactly made for walking, her feet were killing her. The price women have to pay to look beautiful :-)

I showed Sandi around for a little while and then head back to the poker room. Before going to bed I stopped into the club La Bete to see how things were going. Actually tonight Antonio and friends will be at the club and I'll probably join them for a drink.

Speaking of Antonio, I saw him this morning on the set of the new poker movie "Lucky You" starring Robert Duvall, Drew Barrymore, and Eric Bana. The director asked both of us to shoot quick little cameo roles in the film. I was out of there in an hour and finally went home to take a nap.

Tonight, I have dinner reservations for four at 9:30pm at my favorite new restaurant Wing Lei. It'll be my mother, Lori's mother, and of course Lori and me.

After that, I'm going to play a little poker and then as I said earlier head to La Bete for a drink with Antonio and friends. Unless of course someone decides they want to play heads up for half a million? J