The Wynn Encore complex is the Biggest Casino in Las Vegas
By Steve Beauregard
The biggest casino in Las Vegas, as determined by the square footage of the casino floor, is the Wynn and Encore complex on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.
The Wynn and Encore have a combined 186,187 square feet of casino space, according to the State of Nevada Gaming Control Board. It’s 14.8% larger than the next largest casino in town, which is, surprisingly, the Sunset Station Hotel & Casino.
The Wynn and Encore are different casinos of course, located a long walk away from each other, however since both resorts are all under one roof and under one gaming license, the Gaming Control Board counts the entire dual-resort as one giant casino space.
They (the gaming control board), determines the largest Las Vegas casino by calculating square footage strictly devoted to gaming. Floor space used for restaurants, show rooms, convention floors, gift shops, clubs, hotel rooms, etc., are not counted in the totals. What gaming square footage figures do include however, are floor spaces used for slot machines, video poker tables, table games, poker tables, sports books, and if applicable, keno lounges and bingo halls.
Combined, Wynn and Encore have 2,195 slot machines and 240 table games.
While they combine to form the biggest casino on the Strip and in Sin City, if listed separately, neither resort would make the list of the top 10 biggest casinos in Las Vegas!
Wynn and Encore Square Footage
The Wynn itself has approximately 111,000 square feet, while the Encore has approximately 74,000 square feet. And yes, I know those numbers do not total the 186,187 square feet mentioned above, however these figures are from when the resort’s construction was completed. The 1,187 square foot difference may be due to the expanded poker room.
Casino space inside the Wynn
Also, in case you’re interested, the Wynn and Encore sit on one of the largest casino parcels in Sin City, with 215 acres total. This includes the resort’s 18 hole golf course located behind the hotel towers. Wynn Resorts recently announced plans to covert part of the golf course into a massive recreational lake and resort, dubbed “Wynn Paradise Park.”
As for the interior today, current Wynn/Encore casino floor space is broken down as follows:
Slot machines (including video poker and other electronic games): 109,853 square feet.
Pit games: 65,634 square feet.
Race and Sports Book: 5,600 square feet.
Poker Room: 5,100 square feet.
Interestingly enough, although it’s known as the gambling capital of the world, none of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas come close to the half a million square feet of casino space found at the WinStar World Resort and Casino in Oklahoma, which holds the title of thelargest Casino in the U.S.
As a side note, although the Wynn and Encore combine to have 4,750 hotel rooms, it doesn’t rank as the biggest Hotel in Las Vegas. That honor goes to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, which has 5,044 hotel rooms, but “only” 153,000 square feet of casino space.
Wynn Resorts chairman Steve Wynn opened Wynn Las Vegas on April 8, 2005 at a cost of $2.7 billion. Although glitzy, glamourous, and jaw-droping gorgeous, the Wynn did not become the largest casino in Las Vegas until three and a half years later, on December 22nd, 2008, upon the opening of its sister resort, the $2.3 billion Encore.
Biggest Sportsbooks in Las Vegas
While the Wynn/Encore is the biggest gambling joint in town, the 5,600 square foot sportsbook at the Wynn is nowhere near the biggest in Sin City. That honor goes to the Westgate, just east of the Strip.
According to the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino’s sportsbook had 14,174 square feet in 2015. Impressive, to be sure, yet it would only put it as the third largest sportsbook in the state of Nevada. However that number is no longer accurate as the sportsbook’s remodeling and expansion was completed in January of 2016.
The Westgate has the Biggest Sportsbook in Las Vegas
Thus, there has been no official count since the $13 million dollar remodel, however the resort itself says the newly expanded sportsbook now has 25,000 square feet, along with 400 seats. It claims, and I believe rightfully so, that it is the “World’s Largest Race and Sports Superbook.”
But it’s not just the size that’s impressive. Westgate’s sportsbook has a video wall that is 20 feet by 220 feet long, in what they claim is the world’s largest indoor LED video wall. In other words, much larger than your 55 inch at home. The sportsbook director claims its pixels make it five times clearer than the massive screen at AT & T Stadium in Dallas.
Here is a list of the top five other biggest sportsbooks in Las Vegas and Nevada below. Surprisingly (and I double checked), iconic sportsbooks like at Caesars Palace and the Mirage did not make the list:
2) South Point Hotel and Casino – 21,411 square feet
3) Mandalay Bay – 18,125 square feet
4) Aliante Casino and Hotel – 14,200 square feet
5) Grand Sierra Casino (Reno, Nevada): 14,174 square feet
6) Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa: 14,066 square feet.
(Photos courtesy of (top one: Wynn Resorts), then adrigu, and Westgate.)