Encore Boston Harbor, the first US casino of Wynn Resorts’ situated outside Las Vegas, launched on June 23 is now near to full staff and is exceeding initial expectations.
It was anticipated that the location would generate 5,000 employment before the opening of the $2.6 billion integrated resort. During the first month it had about 5,000 employees or more than half of the employment generated in the sixth month of the year in Massachusetts.
At the Wynn estate, the current headcount lies at 4,982 with another 220 employees on board and still another 64 positions to be fulfilled.
We’re getting prepared so that when we introduce more tables games, we’ll have appropriate staffing,” said Encore Boston Harbor President Bob DeSalvio in an interview with the Everett Independent.
“We’re trying to provide more games that customers might be looking for. By having more dealers, we’ll be able to have more low level games that some customers are looking for.”
Encore Boston Harbor has more than 3,100 slot machines, 144 table games and a 88 table poker room. The casino is bigger than the Wynn and Encore on the Las Vegas Strip with a gaming area of 210,000 square feet.
The hope was that the sector would eventually generate 15,000 places of employment in the Bay State when Massachusetts lawmakers decided in 2011 to approve casino gaming. Even if Encore Boston Harbor moves up to 5,300 positions, this would leave the state short of prior gaming industry employment forecasts because Plainridge Park Casino (PPC), a slot-only location, and MGM Springfield merge for about 5,000 employees.
The Wynn facility in Everett, Mass. produced $48.57 million in total gaming income (GGR) in July, its first complete month of service, with that figure increasing to $52.48 million last month. MGM Springfield, on the other hand, which lately celebrated its first birthday, scuffled. That estate fell well short of the $418 million anticipated first-year GGR and previously this year laid off some employees.
MGM Springfield is not the only gaming estate in New England that feels the heat of the new venue from Wynn. Last month, Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Rhode Island’s two casinos provider, announced headcount cuts following the launch of Encore Boston Harbor owing to decreasing income.
Wynn managers aimed the autumn period as the moment for global clients to sell their Massachusetts estate. DeSalvio said some of those customers are already touring Encore Boston Harbor and there is coming a more targeted marketing attempt aimed at ex-US tourists.
Gaming and marketing analytics director, corporate conference manager, marketing analyst, poker dealer, sommelier, a range of jobs in catering are among the lately published work opportunities at the integrated resort.