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The Latest Vegas Mega-Casino Looks Like a Winner

It’s easy to think of Las Vegas as something of a finished product from a real estate and construction perspective. After all, there seem to be almost more casinos, hotels, and miscellaneous entertainment venues than visitors know what to do with already. At the same time though, there’s still quite a bit of space around the Strip, and there’s always a hunger for new and exciting attractions.

For instance, it wasn’t all that long ago that we remarked on a mixed-used project in Las Vegas that had been acquired by 3D Investments LLC for US $216 million to be revamped. And a bit closer to the heart of the city, the MSG Sphere project has become one of the most hyped entertainment developments in the United States. As of this past spring, said project was valued around $1.8 billion, with its “exosphere” now completed and towering over Westchester Drive

Alongside developments like these meanwhile, Vegas continues to add to its virtually unrivaled collection of casino resorts as well. And the latest addition in this regard –– Resorts World Las Vegas –– looks like a winner.

As the BBC reported in June of 2021, this new venue is the result of a US $4.3 billion project by the Malaysian-based Genting Group. The group partnered with Hilton Worldwide for the development, which was designed by the local architecture firm Steelman Partners. W.A. Richardson Builders started construction in 2017, and despite a bit of conflict (Wynn Resorts challenged the building’s design as an infringement on its own resort designs), the venue was completed in a short time. It now stands as the most expensive resort ever built in Vegas.

Beyond its hefty price tag and general novelty though, the resort appears to be on its way to becoming a popular favorite among the tens of millions of visitors who flock to Vegas each year. This is due to a handful of factors….

Unique Location

As mentioned, there’s more space than people tend to assume on the Strip, and Genting Group has taken advantage of this in an interesting way. Resorts World Las Vegas is situated at the northern end of the Strip, a few blocks from the “main” stretch (where venues like Caesars, the Mirage, the Bellagio, the Venetian, and the Wynn are almost overwhelming). Its closest neighbors are Circus Circus –– which opened in 1968 –– and Trump International, which is by no means a casino hot spot by comparison. Thus, Resorts World Las Vegas manages to be both conveniently located and able to dominate its immediate surroundings.

Spectacular Poker Room

In recent years, it’s become generally accepted that the best Las Vegas poker rooms are those at the Bellagio, the Wynn, and the Aria –– with some consideration for the Venetian, as well as a few off-strip venues like the Golden Nugget and The Orleans. But as more people come to know Resorts World, this typical list of top poker spots may have to be adjusted. This resort’s poker rooms are a step above most others –– ornate but inviting, technologically advanced yet still conveying that classic high-stakes poker feel. Designated for both individual play and tournaments, the Resorts World poker room seems destined to become a favorite spot.

Cashless Wagering

We just noted that the poker room at Resorts World is “technologically advanced,” and this is actually something the venue boasts with regard to its casino as a whole. This new resort has in fact become the first one in Vegas to offer comprehensive cashless mobile payments. Visitors can pay for everything from cocktails to casino table deposits through the resort’s app.

Enviable Food Scene

Finally, there’s food. Vegas has become such a hot spot for restaurants it’s almost hard to believe a new resort could stand out in this space. Yet Resorts World’s 40 restaurants are noteworthy. Going above and beyond to tap into the ever-expanding food scene, this venue offers restaurants by celebrity chefs (like Ray Garcia), cocktail bars and comfort food spots, a steakhouse/sportsbook combination, and even a “Famous Foods Street Eats” space with 16 international cuisine stands. It’s about as fun a place as there is to eat on the Strip these days.

Naturally, Genting Group also built in the standard attractions: beautiful pools, luxurious suites, a high-end spa, and so on. But it’s the features above that have set this new development up to be an enormous success in Las Vegas.

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Cathy Spears

Cathy Spears is a blogger with a passion for education, real estate, architecture, design and new technologies.

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