Encore Boston Harbor sued over alleged “bait and switch”

From the Boston Globe

Encore Boston Harbor is being sued by a frequent patron, Jason Turley, who says the casino used a “bait and switch” tactic when it promised him – and hundreds of other patrons – a $300 gas card to come to the casino on April 23. Turley and “hundreds of other regular players” at the casino received an e-mail two days earlier in which Encore said Speedway gas gift cards would be handed out between noon and 6 p.m. on April 23. “No other conditions or requirements were provided in the email,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Middlesex Superior Court on Dec. 15. Turley and “hundreds of other regular patrons” showed up, but received $300 “free pay vouchers” instead of gas cards, the suit says.

Those vouchers “had no value outside the Encore casino, and which [those people] would lose if they lost while betting,” the suit says. “None of the patrons who arrived that day received a gas card as advertised by Encore,” the suit says. Turley’s suit is filed on behalf of himself and “other individuals” – unnamed in the suit – who also received the gas card promotion e-mail, the suit says. Encore used the promise of the gas cards as a ‘bait and switch’ to bring patrons into the casino, the suit says. A spokesperson for Encore declined to comment on the suit. — SEAN P. MURPHY

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