5 things you need to know about the new Encore casino

Encore Boston Harbor is finally opening its doors Sunday morning — and they’re not closing.Looming over industrial Mystic River waterfront in Everett, the lavish resort casino begins full-tilt operations — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year — at 10 a.m. Encore officials expect it to draw 23,000 visitors on an average day and around 50,000 a day during peak weekends.gambling software

Offering literally thousands of slot machines, games, and poker tables, the $2.6 billion project is the second full-scale resort casino in Massachusetts, following the MGM resort in Springfield. The 33-acre property also includes a hotel (perhaps you’ve noticed the massive copper-colored structure from I-93), a vibrant array of dining and nightlife options, boutique shops, conference rooms, a spa, a riverside park, and even an 11,000-jewel-embedded carousel.Doug Williams, the head of table games for Encore Boston Harbor, say it’s the first “true Vegas casino” in the Northeast.

“I’m not saying the other casinos aren’t nice, but if you come here you will see the Wynn attention to details and the brighter lights and the chandeliers and the flowers and the carousel — everything that is known for the brand that you wouldn’t get at the other properties,” Williams said in an interview.Encore has a lot of attractions, but at its core it is, after all, a casino.

The gaming floor includes precisely 3,158 slot machines — from the classic mechanical reel games to digital video machines. Williams says they virtually have “every new slot machine known to man,” which take up the majority of the first floor below 40-foot-high ceilings and range from penny slots to $500 minimums.

According to Encore’s website, the offerings include popular themed machines, including Monopoly, “Wheel of Fortune,” and “Game of Thrones.”

There are then of course the table games: 143 in total ranging from blackjack to craps to baccarat to roulette to war (yes, war). The first floor will have stadium gaming with terminals and $5 minimums for novice gamblers, as well as dealers willing to teach newcomers. Each table also includes phone chargers and complimentary drink service.

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