Wynn Resorts CEO says company is paying employees to retain them despite coronavirus closures Contessa Brewer, CNBC · March 25, 2020 at 2:38 pm These are idle times for nearly 650,000 gaming workers in the U.S. as the remainder of the commercial casinos in the country are expected to close by Wednesday. Many employees have been laid off. Some have been promised a couple of weeks’ pay. But it’s becoming clear the coronavirus crisis will last beyond that. Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox was the first to close casino doors in Las Vegas, even before Nevada’s governor ordered them shut for 30 days. Maddox told CNBC in an interview he learned a lesson from the financial crisis in 2008: It pays off in the long run to retain employees, even if it costs the company in the short run.