Steve Wynn presents Treasure Island
Started by apollo28 on Wednesday, 14th August 2013 5:17 pm
Last response by 8splitter 19th September 4:18am
sbpewsaw responded on Wednesday, 14th August 2013
Nice find! I do miss the old Treasure Island with the whole Mutiny Bay arcade, Block Spot Grille, and most importantly, the original pirate show.
maddog22 replied on Thursday, 15th August 2013
Agree completely, yet another victim of "de-theming". And for whatever reason, the "Skanks of TI" show isn't nearly as entertaining.
veenstra56 replied on Saturday, 17th August 2013
Don't forget the cleanliness.
Chuckmonster responded on Thursday, 15th August 2013
Kind of amazing to see the original vision intact. The mind forgets.
Roger Thomas talked about Treasure Island's de-themeing with the Vegas Gang, he called it a bootyectomy.
apollo2828 responded on Thursday, 15th August 2013
It does look like a beautiful hotel. That original lobby looked very classy.
The casino doesn’t look like anything special.
I wonder why it has a red headed step child status in Wynn’s mind. Shouldn’t that place belong to Beau Rivage?
RateVegas replied on Friday, 16th August 2013
BR is like a mini Bellagio. It's quite nice.
pkluvsvegas responded on Thursday, 15th August 2013
Old Treasure Island is best Treasure Island.
Why you would remove the pirate theme from a building designed around pirates is beyond me. Just like removing the Egyptian theme from a 300 foot tall glass pyramid with a sphinx in front.
jimmybond responded on Thursday, 15th August 2013
though the reporting is hilarious...nothing says 'family oriented entertainment' like restricting entry to guests 21+
Blakjackkid responded on Friday, 16th August 2013
I loved the theme too! I stayed and played there many times during the Wynn years. I think what happened as to de-theming was that the casino bosses found that the families that showed up didn't gamble as much as they thought they would. I remember MGM used to have a much greater Wizard of Oz theme when it first opened as well.
Heresiarch replied on Friday, 16th August 2013
Given that the casinos seem to be shepherding visitors into not-gambling activities (oontz bottle service, pool cabanas, gourmet restaurants), I would think theming could come back.
I'd rather be playing blackjack vs a dealer with a parrot on her shoulder, a Pirates of the Carribean slot near the Buccaneer's Bay shops, or even swimming in a mermaid-ridden lagoon with little rope bridges strung overhead. Lucky 7s at the cosmo? Not for me.
Which is the point, I think. Theming means being all things to some people; theming is being some things to all people. No-one hates the latter, but fewer love it. And I think any business can make more money off of people that love their product.
Blakjackkid responded on Sunday, 18th August 2013
All I can say is Thank God MGM turned down Ruffin last year when he tried to buy the Mirage off them. He also offered $500 mil for Monte Carlo (got turned down) and $500 mil for Beau Rivage and got turned down! LOL
He claims he will buy another Strip property before the end of 2013 though!
theANT responded on Sunday, 18th August 2013
I would kill to see a "where are they now" featuring that trio of underage rat-tail-ians. You know, nothing major - just sit them down, show them the video and ask them to recap that day and the twenty years after that. Maybe follow them around for a few days and see how things have turned out since that fateful day...
n580564x responded on Thursday, 22nd August 2013
Wow! 20 years since the TI opened, god I feel old! I was a teenager when the casino opened, but I remember staying there with my parents a few years later when I was 18, I was too old for kiddie stuff and too young to gamble. I remember trying to act like I was older and being caught and told that I could be arrested if I got caught again.(I put $1 in a slot and spinned the machine, the security guard was there before the machine was finished spinning, or at least that's how it felt. He was cool and walked me up to my room with a stern warning, he called my parent the next morning to let them know what happened. I got a few quick ones with a belt and I was so scarred I never did that again! lol). I think it may be time to go back to themed casinos, casinos now a days are too cookie cutter and quite boring. My kids do enjoy the new sirens of the TI show, but I thought that the old Pirate show was better. I guess i am becoming an old foggie. lol