Has Encore Boston Harbor Met Expectations?

View From Harbor Walk

Has Encore Boston Harbor Met Expectations? In this revised post, a teaser if you will, of more tome, I will try to superficially answer that question. After my two day visit recently, I would like to check my expectations.  Let’s see how Encore Boston Harbor met out expectations.  For the prequel post, go to Encore Boston Harbor – What Can We Expect?

Encore Boston Harbor raises the bar far above the rest in many ways.  I will give an expectation from that article, then give our NETimeGambling take on it.

Wynn Resorts hopes their new Boston resort will boost their own sluggish first quarter, both in Las Vegas & overseas. NETG – This resort is what the region has been waiting for. I believe it will exceed revenue expectations.

The “WOW” Factor

Wynn resorts has always had a passion to “wow” guests by designing incredible resorts. The vision is to offer amazing amenities, fine dining, premium retail offerings, and incredible entertainment.  NETG – This place is amazing. Let’s take one of these at a time.

Amenities – elements of comfort and convenience, provided in addition to the usual hotel/casino. From the completely remote-controlled  hotel rooms, to the transportation possibilities, Encore is Amenites with a capital “A.” Expectation met.

Sinatra – Dining

Fine Dining – Sinatra, Rare, and the Buffet are all above and beyond what has been seen in New England. Expectation met.

Retail – Shopping options were cut back, but the shops included are pure high end. Still, the amount of retail options is a far cry from the The Wynn and Encore Esplanades in Las Vegas.  Expectation not met.

Exquisite Buffet – Inside and out, from the entrance to the food, to the presentation, the Buffet is amazing. So is the price. But would you expect anything different? Price matches the experience. Expectation met, indeed.

Entertainment – This is to be seen. However, the nightclub options are top notch. Expectation? Let’s check back later in the year.  If anything like the opening fireworks, I’d say expectations will be met.

Encore Boston Deluxe King Room

Encore Boston Harbor Hotel

A 27-floor hotel with 671 rooms, including 104 luxury suites. Reports are that the hotel rooms are exactly the quality expected. While the rooms are beige-themed, there is nothing beige about what the rooms offer. State-of-the-art conveniences such as voice-activated lights, curtains, heating,  air-conditioning, and privacy settings brings it all to your fingertips.  The rooms exude the highest quality.  Expectation met?  Are you kidding?, it’s Wynn we’re talking about here!


Ok, it has a Dunkin Donuts.  We’ve all been to DD, but nothing like this.  It’s the only Dunkin to have a marble floor!  ‘Nuff said.

Gambling – Lots of playable video poker, even at the quarter level. Table minimums are high, but are better in the morning and early afternoon.  $15 Craps, $15 Pai Gow & $25 Bac. Not bad for mid to high rollers.

Clientele – The people visiting Encore are as varied as grains of sand.  Every race and creed, every level of bettor, locals, national and global were attracted to this place. And I see no reason for it to stop.

State-of-the-art convention and meeting space

This part of the resort is beautiful. As you walk down the hallway of fine dining, you come upon Popeye, exquisite art, and a well planned all-purpose meeting area. walk past the Picasso Ballroom and you look upon the South Lawn and the Harbor Walk. It’s truly stunning. Expectation met again.

Harborwalk, Park & Shuttles, oh My

View from South Lawn

The intention from the beginning was to offer “Boston’s most magnificent outdoor gathering spot.” So not to spoil future reports, let’s just say you must visit it to appreciate all the planning of this area.  Expectations beyond meeting.


1/2 of Casino from Floor 2

Elegance is the word most used for Wynn & Encore Las Vegas casinos, and the same magnificent gaming floor is present in Everett. The two spacious sections, with wonderfully high ceilings, have hand-assembled red Murano glass chandeliers. They are transplanted from their original home at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas and each costs $150,000 each. Just one example of the spacious and beautiful casino – a casino to rival any in the country. But not just visually, but auditory as well. The speaker system attached to the columns in the casino is loud, clear and provides amazing sound all day.  Expectation? Double-check.

The Star of the Show

The real star of the show at Encore Boston Harbor is the property in its entirety.  Without walking around the halls, the casino, and the vast Harbor Walk, you are denying yourself the true unique and awesome flavor that is Encore Boston Harbor. No can truly appreciate this project without taking it ALL in at least once.

Enjoy our slideshow below of Encore Boston Harbor to see what you are missing. Stay tuned here and at TravelZork for more coverage of the Resort Gem of New England, Encore Boston Harbor.





New England Casinos Offer Multiplier Days

I Love Multiplier Days!

New England Casinos Offer Multiplier Days throughout the year.  It’s one of the great equalizers to earning comps and decreasing payout percentages is gambling big on multiplier days. In New England, where the competition is about to get fierce and the eventual nine casinos are going to be battling for patrons money. Multiplier days are one of the best ways to get people through the doors.  It’s also one of the type of promotions that gamblers should take advantage of.

Bonus point multipliers have long been used as a marketing tool in casinos. The practice dates back to the earliest days of player tracking systems. Multiplier days can increase your status/tier points and/or club points for dining, etc.

Mohegan Sun has always offered multiplier days. Now, Foxwoods & MGM Springfield are offering them as well. Oxford Casino in Maine has also offered these type of promotions for quite a while. Here are the list of multiplier days in December at New England’s casinos.


In the middle of Maine (actually considered southern Maine), in the wilderness where the town of Oxford sits, you can find Maine’s newest casino, owned by  Churchill Downs Inc. It’s quite rural, with the biggest point of interest besides the casino being Poland Springs Water production center.

Oxford offers many promotions, and multiplier days are included. This month, Oxford’s typical points days includes:

The bad news about these multipliers is that they exclude Tier Points, Keno & Video Poker. Only slots and slot points are included.  The video poker is so ugly, you would think they would include VP as a compromise….just saying……

Mohegan Sun Casino Resort

STATUS MAYHEM – (TBA) Give your Momentum status a huge boost with Status Point multipliers from 6:00am – MidnightThe multiplier will randomly change throughout the day – earning you anywhere from 2X – 5X Status Points. This promo guarantees that each of the multipliers occur at least 2X throughout the day. Every hour, or sometimes on the half hour, the new multiplier is announced and posted on screens all over the three casino areas. (Not valid on poker play.)

Double Momentum Dollars & Double Status points June 28th.  Now includes POKER ROOM

TRIPLE STATUS POINTSJuly 7th, & July 25th

Related Post – Mohegan Sun “Status Mayhem” – A Great Low Roller Promo

Foxwoods Casino Resort

TRIPLE TIER POINTS – Foxwoods seldom offers multipliers, but probably due to the rise in competition, we now see them. Available on July 14th,  you can earn TRIPLE TIE CREDITS on slots, table games, keno, bingo and race book. (Not valid on poker play.)


New Entrance renderings for MGM Springfield

The newest New England casino, MGM Springfield, has added multiplier days as well.

First, Mondays in June. Swipe at kiosk to activate your bonus point multiplier, up to 5X.

Also, MLife Rewards Tier Credit Multipliers are available on Tuesdays in June.  The amount of the multiplier depends on your tier level:

  • Saphhire – 2X Bonus Tier points
  • Pearl – 3X Bonus Tier points
  • Gold -4X Bonus Tier points
  • Platinum & Noir -5X Bonus Tier points

You can earn Bonus Tier Credits on slot machines, table games and non-gaming spend. It starts at 12:00AM and goes until 11:59PM.

Take advantage when our New England Casinos Offer Multiplier Days – they can make a big difference for your tier status, especially for those of us who low to mid-rollers.


Remember, when you gamble, embrace the math, not the myth.



Encore Boston Harbor Resort Opening Soon

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.

Related Post – Steve Wynn’s Everett Casino Will Happen

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.

Related Post – A Taste of the North End Is Headed for the Everett Casino

State-of-the-art convention and meeting space

Ballroom area rendition.

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.


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.