• reopening Massachusetts May 27

    Mass. Casinos Can Fully Reopen This Weekend. Here's What to Know

    Casinos can fully reopen over Memorial Day weekend in Massachusetts, when most COVID-19 restrictions and the state’s mask mandate will also lift. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Wednesday to rescind the pandemic-related rules, effective at noon on Saturday, for the state’s two casinos as well as horse racing and simulcasting facilities. The new orders apply to the state’s gaming...

  • coronavirus Apr 27

    Encore Boston Harbor Opens Vaccination Clinic

    Encore Boston Harbor, a hotel and casino in Everett, Massachusetts, will transform one of its ballrooms into a COVID-19 vaccination site starting Tuesday.

  • coronavirus Apr 27

    COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Opens at Encore Boston Harbor Tuesday

    Encore Boston Harbor, a hotel and casino in Everett, Massachusetts, is transforming one of its ballrooms into a COVID-19 vaccination site. The Moderna vaccine is now available to employees and Massachusetts residents ages 18 and older, according to Cambridge Health Alliance, which is running the clinic. Appointments to get vaccinated at the $2.6 billion gambling hall on the banks of…

  • Massachusetts Jan 25

    Ex-Tribal Massachusetts Chairman Seeks Dismissal in Casino Bribery Case

    The former chairman of a Massachusetts tribe is seeking to dismiss some of the federal bribery and extortion charges he’s facing over the tribe’s long planned casino project. Cedric Cromwell, former chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoags, filed a motion last week to dismiss three bribery counts. Cromwell also said in the filing that he reserves the right to file a separate...

  • Encore Boston Harbor Aug 20, 2020

    Encore Boston Harbor Ups Safety Measures After Stabbing, Large Party

    Following a series of incidents that include a stabbing, a shooting and a large party at the Encore Boston Harbor in the past week, the casino in Everett, Massachusetts, announced Thursday it is enhancing its “policies and protocols.” Among the changes is a cap on how many people can be in an Encore hotel room at once, with a hefty…

  • reopening Massachusetts Aug 13, 2020

    No Dice for Craps, Roulette at Mass. Casinos

    The slate of games offered at Massachusetts casinos will not expand as two of the facilities had hoped, at least not in the immediate future. Massachusetts Gaming Commission members declined Thursday to take up a request from MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor to authorize revival of craps and roulette, agreeing that the statewide public health outlook does not support…

  • reopening Jul 10, 2020

    Take a Look Inside as Encore Boston Harbor Prepares to Reopen

    As the Boston area’s only full casino prepares to reopen this weekend, NBC10 Boston got a look inside at the steps being taken to keep people safe. Brian Gullbrants is the president of Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, Massachusetts. He’s seen a lot in his career, but nothing like the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing shutdown. “We’ve seen tsunamis and...

  • reopening Massachusetts Jul 8, 2020

    Plainridge Park Casino Patrons Return to Temperature and ID Checks

    Slot machines are not meant to be turned off for four months at a time, as it turns out. A few hours after Plainridge Park Casino reopened Wednesday morning under rigid pandemic safety guidelines, Vice President and General Manager Lance George said the biggest issues he and his staff were dealing with included paper jams, printer errors and other bugs…

  • Massachusetts Jul 2, 2020

    MGM Springfield to Reopen Mid-July

    MGM Springfield announced they are reopening mid-July following their closure earlier this year amid coronavirus concerns. A spokesperson for MGM Springfield said they will reopen in a limited capacity to the public starting on July 13 at 10 a.m. The reopening will not include hotel services at this time. They say additional venues and the hotel will open in the…

  • Encore Boston Harbor Jun 30, 2020

    Encore Boston Harbor Furloughs 3,000 Workers

    The lone resort casino in the Boston area is furloughing thousands more workers as it eyes reopening in July. Encore Boston Harbor in Everett will have about 700 workers on staff, but about 3,000 workers and managers will have to be furloughed, Wynn Resorts said Monday. The casino in late May furloughed about 10% of its full-time staff and stopped…

  • Casino Jun 4, 2020

    Vegas, Baby! Casinos Reopen After Long Coronavirus Closure

    Mask use was spotty among customers as casinos in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada reopened Thursday for the first time since March

  • coronavirus May 14, 2020

    Casinos and Regulators Discuss What Their Eventual Reopening Will Look Like

    Faced with new challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic, representatives from Massachusetts’ three casinos met with gaming regulators via teleconference Thursday to outline their reopening plans four days before the governor is expected to offer guidance to closed businesses. The plans, which included temperature checks, face masks and social distancing, were discussed in detail over the course of a nearly…

  • Encore Boston Harbor May 13, 2020

    Encore Boston Harbor Outlines Reopening Plan

    In a 23-page document, Encore Boston Harbor has outlined its reopening plan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • foxwoods May 8, 2020

    Foxwoods to Temporarily Layoff Majority of Workforce

    Foxwoods Resort Casino announced Friday that it will temporarily lay off the majority of its workforce without benefits due to the coronavirus crisis. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribal Nations agreed to shut down their casinos in March to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Foxwoods opened in 1992 and had never closed before the pandemic. In Friday’s announcement,…

  • Taunton Feb 5, 2020

    Appeals Court Weighs Tribe's Quest for Casino Land

    A Native American tribe’s long running effort to secure sovereign land for a casino in Massachusetts is now in the hands of a federal appeals court in Boston.

  • Casino Jan 1, 2020

    Fiscal Reports Show Revenue Declines at Conn. Casinos

    Revenue at Connecticut’s two casinos declined in fiscal 2019 amid new regional competition, according to new fiscal reports. Mohegan Sun’s net revenues for the fiscal year were $992 million, down about 7% percent from the nearly $1.1 billion it took in the previous fiscal year, though revenue for parent company Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment increased, The Day reported. Net revenues…

  • Massachusetts Nov 19, 2019

    Federal Judge Tosses Suit Challenging Wynn's Casino License

    A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a $3 billion lawsuit accusing Wynn Resorts of cheating to win its casino license for Encore Boston Harbor. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti Saris says Sterling Suffolk Racecourse’s allegations do not constitute racketeering violations under the federal RICO act.

  • Massachusetts Oct 31, 2019

    MGM Springfield Dealer Sues Casino Over Wage Dispute

    An MGM dealer says the casino has been paying him less than minimum wage and shorting overtime pay. Shawn Connors, of Uncasville, Connecticut, filed a complaint Monday in U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, alleging that he is entitled to more than the wage MGM Springfield has been paying.

  • Massachusetts Oct 16, 2019

    Encore Boston Harbor President Stepping Down, Wynn Resorts Announces

    The president of Encore Boston Harbor has decided to step down, Wynn Resorts has announced. Robert DeSalvio, who has led the casino and resort for five years, will be replaced by Brian Gullbrants, who was in charge of the food and beverage operations at Encore, the Las Vegas-based company said Wednesday.

  • Massachusetts Aug 7, 2019

    MGM Sues Over Federal Approval of Connecticut Tribal Casino Deal

    Casino developer MGM has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal approval of a deal that would allow Connecticut’s two Indian tribes to open a third casino in the state.

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