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Wynn wins Boston area casino license

Last edit: 8splitter on Tuesday, 16th September 2014 1:46 pm
Last response by Chance777 18th September 8:21pm

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 Chuckmonster responded on Tuesday, 16th September 2014

Wow. We'll finally get to see what Steve's vision of an "Urban Wynn" will look like. Unless, of course, someone fucks the whole thing up.

 8splitter replied on Tuesday, 16th September 2014

Chuck, MA faces a statewide referendum vote this November to decide whether or not to "repeal the deal" -make casino gambling illegal again. So, don't expect anything more than designs, PR and campaigning until the vote passes. This still might not happen.

 detroit1051 responded on Tuesday, 16th September 2014

Unlike "urban casinos" in cities like Detroit, Cleveland and Toledo, Boston is a fascinating city. Wynn will build a first class facility which will draw high-end players, tourists and business meetings. I'm relieved that Wynn got the license instead of Mohegan Sun. An added bonus is that Wynn will clean up one of the most toxic sites in the country, the old Monsanto property.
I was surprised Wynn caved on all the challenges including traffic at Sullivan Square and modifications to the skin of the building. Steve must think he'll make a lot of money in Everett. I watched part of Wynn's presentation today, and I'm very impressed with Kim Sinatra. I doubt casinos will be repealed.

 Chance777 replied on Thursday, 18th September 2014

Steve knew the river clean up was the deal maker....there is a HUGE Asian gambling market in Bahston to draw upon. some 30-40 buses a day go to CT.

 adztheman responded on Wednesday, 17th September 2014

The Boston Globe has renderings of what this is all supposed to look like; the hotel portion looks like a smaller version of Mirage, minus a third wing, while some of the buildings that will house a proposed ''Winter Garden'' look exactly like what was built around Bellagio.

Wynn has also committed to millions of dollars worth of traffic improvements as there are real fears of traffic nightmares around the site in Everett.

 fanonscudder responded on Wednesday, 17th September 2014

Besides the pending Nov. ballot question, another interesting part of the story will be smoking & giving away free drinks. Happy hours are illegal in MA. and the non-smoking lobby is ever present. Even in neighboring R.I. drinks are not allowed to be given away. Puritans live.

 adztheman replied on Thursday, 18th September 2014

The original gaming legislation mandated that every square inch of a Destination Resort Casino in the Commonwealth be smoke free...the second version had that down to 75%.

In Connecticut, large swaths of Mohegan Sun are now smoke free, including all the restaurants; restaurants in Foxwoods all went Smoke Free a couple of years ago, after table games dealers started pushing for smoke free tables in Hartford.

In Rhode Island, you can get soda and water free; beer is $4.50 for an aluminum bottle..not sure what mixed drinks run you...but I dare you to find a parking spot at Twin River on a Friday or is packed..

In Illinois, where I first started going to casinos in the late 90s, water, tea, coffee and soda are at self serve stations...there were free drinks, until the original law was amended..

I noticed one thing of interest at Mohegan Sun last time I was there..a section of the casino now sells every lottery ticket you can get in Connecticut..somebody finally figured it out..sell lottery people that win..

 fanonscudder replied on Thursday, 18th September 2014

75% smoke free is still a lot. Wow, what a difference from all other places. I was in Mohegan Sun in CT. in Jan. (to go see Prince in concert) and won a jackpot on a Wicked Winnings slot for like $950 and then proceeded to fruitlessly try to celebrate with a victory drink, only to be informed that shots were not allowed to be served whatsoever on the property per state law. Really? Geez, give me Vegas any day.