Be Aware Of Others In The Casino is one my first posts in 2013. As I continue to update posts and pages at NETimeGambling, I came across this little gem. I think six years ago I had a bad experience and needed a little rant. Let’s see what this all means…..
My usual weekend entertainment blog is postponed to tomorrow so I can briefly rant about certain etiquette-both social and casino-that needs to be followed.
1. Escalators – listen people, when you get to the end of the elevator, GET OFF and KEEP MOVING! That is not the time to gawk at where you unaware that people are tripping off the elevator to get AROUND YOU!
2. If you are walking around the casino with your family or entourage, get out if the way. Allow half the hallway for other people.
3. Elevators – Let people off the elevator before getting on. Just GET A OUT Of THE WAY.
4. Smokers – I don’t mind sitting next to. Your smoke doesn’t bother me, but don’t hold it in my face without taking a toke. Smoke if you need, but no one needs to have smoke blown into his/her face. Be Aware of people next to you.
5. Gawkers & Mosiers – enjoy your surroundings, but get out of people’s way! And stop gawking and moseying 3 or 4 in a row. You’re not the only ones in the casino.
6. Finally, wash your hands everyone, and do it often! Nothing is more disgusting as following a guy out of the restroom who hasn’t washed his hands only to see him go to a slot machine and wondering how many other filthy hands touched my machines. Yuck!
Roll The Bones By Dr. Dave Schwartz Is A Must Read for many reasons:
If you gamble, buy it!
Are you interested in the history of gambling, read it!
Does the correlation between history and social practices interest you, it should be in your resource library
If you visit Las Vegas, AC, Monte Carlo (the one in Europe), or Asia, this book will make every visit more meaningful than ever before.
YES, IT’S THAT GOOD!
What is “Roll the Bones” about?
In “Roll the Bones” historian David G. Schwartz tells the epic story of gambling, beginning with its early emergence from divination rituals and ending with today’s global gaming culture. In a sweeping, rollicking narrative, Schwartz looks at the betting games people have played since the dawn of history, and argues convincingly that gambling has always been a crucial part of the human experience.
“Roll the Bones” Roll the Bones by Dr Schwartz is the first narrative history of gambling, spanning the Stone Age to the Internet era. It examines how gambling evolved with, and influenced, human civilization. I started reading it and I couldn’t put it down – and I really don’t like reading anything more than the sports page in the newspaper!
It opens with an introduction about the Connecticut Pequot / Mohegan history. Dr. Dave explains how the emergence of these two giants in the industry follows along the vast history of gambling itself.
Dave Schwartz, or Dr. Dave was dubbed “gaming’s leading historian” by Global Gaming Business magazine. He is in charge of the Center for Gaming Research within Special Collections in UNLV’s Lied Library. In addition to overseeing the holdings of the Gaming Collection, Schwartz maintains the university’s gaming studies portal.
The Associated Press, UPI, Reuters, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Las Vegas Review-Journal quotes Dr. Dave often as an expert gambling historian.
Card Player Magazine says “When you sit down to play poker, in a cardroom or online, you’re taking part in a drama that spans human history, and Schwartz has written the definitive account of that history in Roll the Bones.”
Dr. Dave himself says it all on his website, http://www.dgschwartz.com , “Ultimately, Roll the Bones explains how the human predilection for a wager shaped human history from the Ice Age to the Information Age. People spend nearly one trillion dollars worldwide on gambling a year–wouldn’t you like to learn a little about how we got there? ”
“It’s been less than a year since a new casino opened in New England. But within days, Encore Boston Harbor Resort Opening. The opening of MGM Springfield and legalized sports betting in Rhode Island bumped up gambling interests in New England. But, Encore Boston Harbor raises the bar far above the other gaming properties in many ways.
With a sluggish first quarter, Wynn Resorts hopes their new Boston resort will be a huge boost for their bottom line. According to the Motley Fool’s post VIP Aren’t Betting Like They Used to at Wynn Resorts,it’s “still unknown whether Boston will attract the highly profitable baccarat players that have thus far driven [Wynn Resorts] Las Vegas and Macau’s profitability.”
NETimeGambling is a believer that Encore Boston Harbor opening will be a huge success, to the dismay of the other eight casinos in New England.
Previous head and namesake of Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn, always said he was “in the resort business, not the casino business.” The past year has been a rather volatile one for Mr, Wynn. Wynn Resorts ban its founder and former boss Steve Wynn from all its properties.It was part of the company’s efforts to keep its gaming license in the Massachusetts gaming market. While his name removed from the original project, his premier plans for this resort will soar above all that the northeast has to offer.
The WOW Factor
Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn resorts has always had a passion to “wow” guests. His resort design in Boston will offer amazing amenities, fine dining, premium retail offerings, and incredible entertainment. His vision for the Boston area will arrive with the same posh elegance seen in Las Vegas, Cotai & Macau China.
The resort lies on the Mystic River in the city of Everett. It will feature more than three million square feet/13 acres of gross floor area. Let’s take a look at what we can expect at Encore Boston Harbor.
27-floor hotel with 671 rooms, including 104 luxury suites –
Luxury is what we think of when we hear the name Wynn Resorts. According to PRNewswire.com, in April of 2019, “Wynn Resorts ….. earned the distinction of being the highest-scoring hotel company in the world as rated by Forbes Travel Guide. They outranked all other luxury hotel brands the company rates, representing a total of 1,105 hotels in 58 countries. Wynn Resorts exceeded each and every other luxury hotel brand including The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, The Peninsula Hotels, and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, among others.”
Encore Boston Deluxe King Room
The Everett property’s “smallest room,” the 650 square feet Premier King, is not only the largest standard hotel room in the Boston area, it is also the largest in New England. Wynn resorts always pays attention to the highest in quality and innovation. This hotel includes 507-thread-count linens, overstuffed pillows and shams, state-of-the-art conveniences voice-activated lights, curtains, heating, air-conditioning, and privacy settings. The highest quality suite will be the Signature Harbor View Suite, combining the comfort and amenities of a 1,350-square-foot Signature Suite with a pristine view of Boston Harbor and the city skyline.
15 restaurants and lounges ranging from waterfront casual to fine dining
Sinatra Wynn Las Vegas
The list includes a steakhouse, two Italian restaurants, a craft beer garden, a sports bar, a nightclub, a Vegas-style buffet, and, of course, Dunkin’ Donuts. The Buffet will most likely be similar to Wynn Las Vegas. It will include beautiful decor, over 120 different food items ranging from the usual fare to unusual delights. The buffet area will be a fresh, clean, flower-adorned room, accompanied by a price double that of the buffets at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. Considering the Wynn Las Vegas Buffet is one of the best on the Strip, this buffet will surely not disappoint.
Successful restaurants from Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas will be available at Encore Boston Harbor. The acclaimed Sinatra restaurant and Rare Steakhouse, inspired by the SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas, will headline the dining options. Encore Boston Harbor will also place a heavy emphasis on locally inspired venues ,including Fratelli, a casual Italian restaurant and bar created by Boston North End entrepreneurs Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano.
A 37,000 square-foot waterfront grand ballroom with10 break-out rooms, (total of over 50,000 sq. feet) and promenade. All meeting space is on the ground level. The space is only 1/6th the space of the new massive Mohegan Exposition Center. However, being located near Boston will certainly translate to a major convention option as the largest ballroom space in Boston outside of the Boston Convention and Exhibition.
Harborwalk, Park & Shuttles, oh My
The 6-acre, four-season public Harborwalk and park will be open for all to enjoy. Shuttle buses and boats will transport employees and guests to and from major transportation hubs in the area, as well as points across Boston Harbor. The intention from the beginning was to offer “Boston’s most magnificent outdoor gathering spot.” Public amenities will include a picnic park, paths for bikers and pedestrians, as well as viewing decks, waterfront restaurants and retail. The plans also include a performance lawn and boat docks. Custom-built European-style water shuttles will transport guests year-round from Boston directly to the resort.
Encore BosTon Harbor opening Casino with Flair
Elegance is the word most used in describing Wynn & Encore Las Vegas casinos. And the same magnificent gaming floor, with more than 4,000 gaming positions, will be in Everett. According to TravelPulse.com, “The 210,000-square-foot casino is divided into two spacious sections, with high ceilings and hand-assembled red Murano glass chandeliers transplanted from their original home at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.” The casino features:
more than 3,000 classic and state-of-the-art slot machines
143 table games
a stunning casino bar are centrally located beneath a grand staircase
secluded terraces offering high-end poker, VIP and private-gaming experiences
Casino rendition, courtesy Eventbrite.com
However, gambling rules & conditions have always seemed an after thought. The resort comes first. Gambling in a Wynn casino can be a financially tight experience, especially for low to mid rollers. In Vegas, Blackjack pays 6-5 for its $15 tables, but you can get 3-2 on its $100, $50, and $25 tables. The dealer must hit on soft 17 at all tables. Expect the same at Boston Harbor. Encore’s Poker Room should rival the likes of all New England’s casinos in comfort and amenities.
According to Massachusetts Gaming Commission guidelines, the casino will be non-smoking, with no ATMs available on the casino floor. Cash Advance is not available Massachusetts casinos according to MGC guidelines.
WHO WILL VISIT?
The clientele will be an eclectic mix of worldly travelers, gamblers, foodies and and vacationers. Wynn Resorts reduced its expected luxury brand retail area by 80% making more meeting and convention space. With an already vibrant club scene in Boston, two venues at Encore will make quite a splash to compete. “Mystique and Memoire are destined to be flagship destinations at Encore Boston Harbor,” Big Night Entertainment Group principal Ed Kane said. “We are thrilled to be able to deliver the premier, first-class experience that guests will expect at the resort.”
I visited and stayed at both Wynn and Encore Las Vegas. Steve Wynn’s previously-owned groundbreaking properties, such asMirage, Bellagio, are iconic, inspiring so much of the Vegas Strip’s landscape.
Encore Boston Harbor will be that inspiration for Northeast casinos. And it all starts this June, and NETimeGambling will be there.