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Encore Boston Harbor Dragged into Blackjack and Slots Cheating Scandal

Recently updated on July 17th, 2019

Just a few weeks after their grand opening, Encore Boston Harbor is already facing cheating charges. Several governing investigations, a torrent of criticism over why the businesses management had not addressed its employees’ allegations appropriately, and two heavy charges later. A $20 million fine by the Nevada Gaming Control Board and another $35 million charge by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Wynn Resorts had hoped that it could turn over a novel leaf and the grand-open the $2.6 billion extravagance resort in the Greater Boston area with no issues.

Nevertheless, that was a short-lived absence of misfortune for Encore Boston Harbor. While the property unlocked to much of fanfare on June 23, 2019, and welcomed a successful first week of work, during which it made a gaming win of $16.8 million. Now it faces cheating accusations, its customers to reap the financial benefits and to boost its revenue.

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Encore Boston Harbor The Lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit was filed in the Middlesex Superior Court and claims that there are practices organized at Encore Boston Harbor’s casino floor that are ripping casino players off and also violates Massachusetts’ gambling law. The lawsuit represents A. Richard Schuster, a New Yorker who gambled at the betting facility. In the lawsuit, Schuster said that he did play blackjack and the pokies at Encore Boston Harbor’s casino floor. His experience at blackjack tables, he reflects, ought to have been paid out at 3-2 odds. Still, he was paid out at 6-5 odds.

In a traditional blackjack game, a gambler is paid out at 3-2 odds when hitting blackjack. Under Massachusetts’ gambling regulations, the state’s two profitable casinos can pay bettors at 6-5, however, only if firm requirements have been fulfilled by the business so that they make sure that the playing field between a player and the house is levelled. Schuster then argued that at Wynn’s Boston Casino, the 6-5 pay-out rule was joined with extra rules that upsurge the house’s edge against the gambler. The casino, therefore, had an advantage beyond what the state licenses recommend.

Wynn Resorts Boston – State Gaming Regulations

Under the state gaming regulations, 6-5 pay-out blackjack casino games, players must play with 1-2 decks as an alternative of 6-8 decks. A gambler must be dealt with two facedown cards which they can look at. Rendering to the lately filed lawsuit, Encore Boston Harbor did not follow those rules. They used eight decks and dealing face-up cards to gamblers that they are not permitted to touch. The lawsuit also estimates that the practice caused casino players to lose around $35.60 each hour on $50 wagers. The casino denied the allegations and states that it follows the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s rules and the terms of its license from the watchdog.

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