If you gamble in Las Vegas, you need to know Steve Cyr. He’s a casino host, a guy who makes sure you get free rooms, comped meals, private jet service, tickets to the Mayweather fight -- as long as you’re willing to gamble high enough to deserve it. The subject of Vegas tell-all Whale Hunt in the Desert and newly hired VP of player development at the freshly revamped Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton), 51-year-old Cyr has a reputation for being one of the most aggressive hosts in town. He’ll press you to gamble beyond your comfort level and just might make sure you get the ritziest suite you’ve ever seen, complete with a fawning butler.
For our interview, Cyr reserved a 15,000sqft high-roller enclave at the Westgate, complete with more than a dozen TVs, hand-painted murals, and a private pool. It also happens to be the same room he once kicked Bill Gates out of. “Gates was renting it for $10,000 a night during the Consumer Electronics Show one year,” Cyr says. “He had it for Wednesday and Thursday and wanted to extend for two more nights. But I told him that he needed to get out of the room; Larry Flynt was coming, and he’d be risking a couple million dollars. Gates said that he would pay $15,000 a night. I told him that I would give him a credit line of $200,000, he could gamble it up, and keep the room for free. Bill Gates didn’t like that. Security came in and helped him pack. He left soon after. Rooms like these are for players, not tourists.”