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Encore Boston Harbour opens

Wed, Jun 26, 2:07pm by Staff Writer

Four people were arrested in three incidents at Encore Boston Harbour during the casino’s first 24 hours in operation, which the city’s police chief described as a success. 

The Boston Globe is reporting Police Chief Steven A Mazzie said there were “very limited problems.”

He said the number of arrests was low, given the many thousands of people who visited the $2.6 billion resort casino, which opened Sunday morning.

Traffic problems were minimal, he said, and emergency medical personnel were quick to help people who struggled with the heat as they waited to get inside.

One person was charged with trespassing after they were asked to leave and then came back, another was arrested for disorderly conduct at about 2.30am Monday and two men from New York were arrested after allegedly cheating at roulette, according to police.

Jankelli S Volquez and Hector Hernandez were charged with cheating and conspiracy after being observed cheating at a roulette table, State Police spokesman David Procopio said.

They were released on personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from the casino, said a spokeswoman for Attorney General Maura Healey.

State and local police respond to incidents at the casino. All four people arrested were booked at the Everett Police Department, Procopio said.

Another casino patron was issued a summons for possession of heroin, he said.

In addition to those criminal matters, Procopio said state troopers helped Wynn Resorts security with minor incidents, such as underage people on the gaming floor – many of whom were passing through with adults – arguments, medical aid and crowd control.

The Encore, which has 671 hotel rooms, 15 restaurants and lounges and 3,158 slot machines, opened with a fireworks display and Frank Sinatra crooning through the loudspeakers Sunday.

It is the state’s third casino to open since lawmakers legalised casino gambling in 2011.

Michael Weaver, spokesman for Encore, said the casino had about 5,000 guests waiting in line at noon on Sunday.

“We were able to accommodate all guests inside Encore at 2.30pm and had steady visitation throughout the afternoon and evening,” he said.

On Monday afternoon, the Encore was fairly busy. The burger bar was nearly full of patrons, there was a line at the Dunkin’ Donuts with marble floors, the poker room had at least 200 people, and several blackjack tables were full.

“We are very pleased with our visitation thus far and the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received from guests about the Encore experience,” Weaver said.

A new test of the resort casino will come this weekend – its first Friday and Saturday nights – when the crowds could well be larger and the traffic more of a challenge.

Mazzie said police are prepared for the days and weeks ahead, but “every day is a first for this facility and for us.”

Boston ready for new casino

Massachusetts leaders hope the resort and its curved, bronze-toned hotel tower – echoing the company’s distinctive properties in Vegas and Macau – transforms the city’s reputation as an industrial afterthought.

“We were ready for something like this,” mayor Carlo DeMaria said last week, putting forth a vision of a thriving waterfront district of hotels, restaurants and shops.

“Everett will no longer be that place where the scrap yards and the used car lots and the power plant are.”

Key to that revival, DeMaria and casino officials say is the company’s nearly $70 million environmental clean up of the 33-acre former chemical plant and its shoreline.

A new 6-acre car park featuring a harbour walk and gardens will give the public access to the city’s waterfront for the first time in more than a century.

Wynn Resorts has also purchased a number of homes and businesses leading up the casino’s grand entry and begun razing then, with promises of future redevelopment.

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