Thatís partly why Iím going, I want to scout out the 1/2, 2/5 and 5/10 games and see if it would be worth going out there for a longer period of time. The problem Iím finding is that Boston is really expensive for accommodations everything. I can probably find a monthly for a decent price.
Finally visiting the new Encore! Hoping for reasonable table minimums...
Overall, this was good. Place is very shiny and new and classy and what you would expect from a multi billion dollar Wynn facility.
When I showed up I had to walk around through the thousands of slot machines before I found the craps tables. The craps pit has 6 tables, and on a Thursday night around 5:30 when I showed up, 2 were open. One at $25 min and one at $15 min. The $25 had some crazy hootin' and hollerin' so was probably hot. The $15 looked pretty warm and I stood around for probably 20 or 30 minutes waiting for a spot. Folks were winning and no one wanted to quit while they were ahead, so not a lot of people leaving. This was my only big annoyance - you have people standing around wanting to gamble, why not open another table? Oh well.
I got in at the $15 table. Bought in for $520. Played my usual pass line + odds plus 1 or 2 come bets + odds. Odds are 5x across the board, and they will let you go up another $5 on the 5/9 to make it an even number (e.g. a $15 pass line bet, point is 9, you can go up to $80 odds to make it proper). As I said the table was warm/hot and damn if I didn't cool it right down. Almost lost my whole roll in the first 15 minutes. Thankfully we recovered and it was choppy for the next hour or so, up and down.
Dealers were professional and pretty good. I wouldn't say on par with an elite strip joint, but definitely knew their stuff. I'd put them on par with a good downtown/off-strip crew in Vegas, or low-end strip. I expected lots of yahoo customers who didn't know what they were doing, and was mostly surprised. There was one guy who clearly knew just enough to be dangerous. He kept betting the "hard 12" and "hard 2." One of the base dealers joked "okay, well I can't pay you if they come easy!" He also routinely had his odds improper (odd amount on 5/9). The pit tried to help him but basically gave up. Also this guy was my LEAST FAVORITE kind of craps player. Making 3 or 4 different center bets, then just as the dice go out, decides he wants another one. Come on man, get your bets down and let the dice roll.
Eventually I needed a break to sit down so I cashed out $480 - $40 bucks down and a couple of free beers (tipped $1 every other). The drink service was prompt, which was a big thing I was curious on. They also would load up their trays with Sam Adams even if not ordered, which is a nice touch for a cocktail waitress. If you want one, they just give it to you, no waiting for the return trip.
Came back and the $15 table was still hammered with people, but the $25 was thinning out. I was feeling frisky and wanted a bit more roll to play the big table, so I took 2 black chips from my color in and laid the 10 ($5 commission). White knuckled it for a few rolls before big red showed up and I banked $100. So at this point I have $575 total and could have walked away a winner for the night. But what fun is that :P. Well long story long, I lost almost my whole roll (cashed out $24 after breaking a green chip for drink tips). The $25 table was choppy again, and we had some ups and downs. I actually had a decent roll for the table as I hit several 6s while I personally had nothing on it - was limiting myself to 2 come bets with odds at the green chip table - should have just made one more to hit some repeaters. Oh well, hindsight and all.
Didn't play anything else. My BS is very rusty so didn't even want to sit down at Blackjack. Didn't eat any food. The place smells nice, like a Vegas casino. No smoking inside. Shuttles from nearby MBTA stations were good (luckily I travel through these stations to/from work, so it was an easy trip for me).
In the month of November, they are offering a $1,000 high hand promotion every 20 minutes between noon and 10:00 pm M-F on raked games. They take a $2 promo drop. 10% rake up to $5 max.
Encore Boston Harbor not for sale, casino President Brian Gullbrants writes to employees
I'm sure they are gutting crushed financially just like every other casino during COVID, but I was surprised when I heard the rumor that the Wynn corp would throw in the towel this soon on a new property. So, not surprised that it was inaccurate.