Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Boston reports moderate traffic from Encore opening

Boston reports moderate traffic from Encore opening

No headcount yet on the number of casino visitors

A BIG CROWD turned out for the opening of Encore Boston Harbor on Sunday, but there is no official word yet on how attendance matched up against the casino’s prediction of roughly 50,000 visitors. At noon Sunday, which was about two hours after the doors to the 24/7 gambling establishment opened to the public for(...)

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Wynn Resorts formally opens for business

Wynn Resorts formally opens for business

Traffic not bad at the start of the day

WITH AN AUDACIOUS midmorning fireworks display, an emotional speech from the mayor of Everett, and a crowd of thousands lined up in the hot sun, Encore Boston Harbor threw open its doors to the public on Sunday. In his speech Sunday morning, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria referenced the bruising regulatory and legal challenges that Wynn(...)

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You’ve got to check it out

You’ve got to check it out

For $2.6b, a bit of high-end Vegas in Everett

HERE’S SOME TIDBITS picked up on a media tour inside Encore Boston Harbor on Friday. This is a unique place, with lots of local flavor, but if you’ve been to either of the two Wynn Resorts properties in Las Vegas a lot will feel familiar – the flowery décor, the serene spa, and the heavy(...)

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Wynn talks up entertainment district in Everett

Wynn talks up entertainment district in Everett

Maddox, sounding bullish, looks to expand, says casino not for sale

THE TUNE has certainly changed at Wynn Resorts. A little over a month ago the company announced it was exploring the sale of Encore Boston Harbor to MGM Resorts. Those talks were called off, and CEO Matt Maddox stated emphatically on Friday that the company would not consider selling the property and indeed views it(...)

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You could even swim in the Mystic at Encore

You could even swim in the Mystic at Encore

Barren wasteland transformed into Shangrila

ADD SWIMMING TO THE LIST of ways you can get to the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett. After a massive $70 million cleanup effort by Wynn Resorts, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said the Mystic River in the area of the casino is now rated clean enough to swim in. “That’s never happened in the(...)

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Wynn has plan for traffic, but yachts could be problem

Wynn has plan for traffic, but yachts could be problem

$1m ad blitz planned to discourage driving to casino

ENCORE BOSTON HARBOR, which won approval Wednesday to open for testing next week, is plunking down big bucks to try to avoid exacerbating the region’s notorious gridlock when it opens in less than two weeks, but the Everett casino only has limited control over how people get there. For instance, the casino’s three water shuttles(...)

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Betting notes: DeLeo wants floor vote on sports bill

Betting notes: DeLeo wants floor vote on sports bill

Should you be able to bet on Brad Marchand licking an opponent?

THERE ARE SCORES of variables for lawmakers to consider as they put together a regulatory scheme to legalize sports betting, but Speaker Robert DeLeo has already made up his mind on one important aspect of the pending legislation: there should be a bill brought to the House floor. The speaker telegraphed his hope for a(...)

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Wynn board pays $35.5m, brings saga to an end

Wynn board pays $35.5m, brings saga to an end

Disputes conclusions about Maddox, pays his $500,000 fine

THE WYNN RESORTS BOARD of directors said on Tuesday that it disagrees with a number of comments and conclusions about President and CEO Matt Maddox contained in a recent decision issued by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, but to avoid a protracted legal dispute had gone ahead and approved payment of the $35 million fine imposed(...)

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Encore president says casino will open on time

Encore president says casino will open on time

Regulators approve drinks for gamblers until 4 a.m.

THE TOP OFFICIAL at Encore Boston Harbor told state regulators on Wednesday that the Everett hotel and casino will open on schedule at 10 a.m. June 23. It will also be allowed to serve complimentary alcoholic drinks to active gambling customers until 4 a.m., thanks to a ruling by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The opening(...)

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Talks over, Wynn now committed to casino

Talks over, Wynn now committed to casino

Firm ceases discussions with MGM Resorts

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE DISCUSSIONS between Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts around a possible sale of the soon-to-open Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett are over and Wynn Resorts says it is committed to its Boston-area project. The two Las Vegas powerhouses had confirmed Friday that they were discussing a sale of the Everett property, a(...)

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