Best Features of Encore Casino
Las Vegas has come to Boston with the Wynn Resorts’ new Encore Boston Harbor casino.
The $2.6 billion Encore Casino opened in July 2019. The 210,000-square-foot casino includes more than 3,000 slot machines and 144 gaming tables. The 3 million-square-foot facility, which also features a 671-room hotel and resort, 12 on-site restaurants, and a nightclub ranks as one of the 30 most expensive buildings in the world. The Encore Boston Harbor joins the MGM casino in Springfield as the only two casino resorts in the state after Massachusetts voted in 2011 to allow the building of new casinos.
There are more than 3,100 slot machines to choose from, including video slots like 88 Fortunes, Buffalo Diamond, and Dancing Drums and reel slots like Buffalo Gold, Fu Dao Le, and Game of Thrones. There are also themed jackpot slots, like Monopoly, Wheel of Fortune and Jin Ji Bao Xi Rising Fortunes. The casino also features a wide variety of video poker games, including classic variations as well as multi-hand games like 3/5/10 play poker and Ultimate X Bonus Streak.
Along with a wide variety of slots and video poker games, the casino offers 144 gaming tables offering dealer-assisted and fully automated blackjack, baccarat, and roulette. Aside from the 144 gaming tables, the Encore Casino also features a poker room with 88 tables that include 11 high-limit tables and six VIP tables.
Massachusetts is also in the process of legalizing sports betting, which will bring a full-scale sportsbook to the Encore Casino. The state is expected to roll out its legalization by summer of 2020, according to Governor Charlie Baker.
Encore Casino Online
The sports betting legalization bill will allow the Encore Casino to launch an online sportsbook, bringing sports wagers right into your living room. The state is not currently expected to legalize all online gambling, however, so don’t expect to be able to start playing online slots or blackjack just yet. Even though other states that have legalized sports betting have also approved online gambling, online casino gaming still remains on the wishlist.
Instead, Encore Casino Online will accept sports wagers from any adult over 21 years of age who is located in the state. Encore is expected to feature a full variety of NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, UFC, and boxing wagers, as well as lesser-watched sports. The state is expected to prohibit the casino from accepting wagers on college sports, so you won’t be able to bet on Boston College or any other college games, though some lawmakers have pushed for NCAA betting to be included in the legalization.
Online Gambling in Massachusetts
Encore Casino, the MGM, and the Plainridge Park Casino are expected to be licensed to accept sports bets in person and online by summer of 2020. The state voted in 2011 to allow the building of three new casino resorts, so there is still a slot open for another casino to join the pack.
Along with the existing in-state casinos, Massachusetts is expected to allow some online-only platforms like daily fantasy sports giants FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings to launch mobile betting platforms.
Despite bipartisan support for the legalization of sports betting, there has been little movement on the prospect of legalizing online casino gaming in the state. Of course, despite being approved in 2011, the MGM only opened in 2018 and the Encore Casino only opened in 2019 so it’s quite likely that online casino gaming will be next on the agenda once the casinos really take off.