The $4.2 billion Wynn Palace is expected to welcome its first paying customers to Macau’s Cotai Strip resort by about Aug. 22.
That’s probably an estimate as the resort owned by a China subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts scrambles to deal with the difficulty related to getting an adequate number of employees hired and trained. As of recent days, there was no official indication that the company knew how many gaming tables would be permitted.
“The process there is a bit like climbing a mountain with one hand tied behind your back,” said a non-company source who is familiar with the general lack of openness on the part of casino regulators.
Some of the investment firms following the ongoing saga of resort construction in the Macau area seem to have recently come to the conclusion that a late August opening appears likely.
The Wynn opening was originally scheduled for March but was delayed until June as the company looked for clues from the government about which ways it was leaning on issues related to marketing and staffing
Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: