The 5 Biggest Casino Gaming Stories of 2018 By David G. Schwartz, Forbes December 17, 2018 at 3:35 pm With 2018 almost over, it’s time to consider just what the biggest news-makers were for the casino industry in that year. 2018 did not lack for either headlines or significant changes in the gaming industry, which continues to adapt to changing social and economic realities. Steve Wynn exits Wynn Resorts. He’s widely hailed as the man who created modern Las Vegas. Certainly without the resorts he built—Golden Nugget, Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, Wynn, and Encore—Las Vegas would look much different today. The Mirage changed the paradigm of what a casino resort should be, paving the way for the mega-resort era of the 1990s. His leaving Wynn Resorts is unquestionably a big deal.