A former high-ranking Wynn Resorts official, Gamal Abdelaziz, who was one of the key players when Mayor Carlo DeMaria was trying to bring the casino here, is being tried in Federal District Court.
Gamal Abdelaziz conspired with William Singer, a college admissions fraudster. Singer aided Abdelaziz’s child to be admitted to the University of Southern California as a basketball player when she was not good enough to play for the university.
Abdelaziz paid Singer hundreds of thousands of dollars to have his daughter admitted.
Mr. Singer told Abdelaziz and many others that they could bypass the regular admissions process by presenting their children as athletic recruits, and he falsified or embellished their credentials so they could do that, the prosecutor said in Federal District Court in Boston where the trial is into its second week.
Abdelaziz had numerous contacts with DeMaria during the initial period when Wynn Resorts got involved in Boston.
Abdelaziz is a major casino figure in the industry.
He has denied any wrong- doing telling prosecutors: “He thought Singer was legitimate,” Brian T. Kelly, the lawyer for Mr. Abdelaziz, said in his opening statement in Boston federal court. “He had no inkling that Singer was a skilled con man.”
Part of Encore’s effort to come to terms with itself and what it ought to be is all bound up in a new venture by two Boston restauranteur legends.
Frank DePasquale – the man literally with all the dough and much of the skill – is partnering with his gambling buddy, the bon vivant Nick Varano to launch Frank and Nick’s for the new casino sports betting bar.
The eating and betting venue is Encore’s newest and most dynamic entry into the electronic betting world.
Opening on September 4, the restaurant will feature more than 60 televisions, including a mammoth 10-foot high and 123-foot-long video wall.
When the Encore Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel opened to great fanfare in June, 2019, the hopes and dreams and all the business acumen the Wynn Resorts crew could muster led us to believe this was going to be an unprecedented success.
It has been a success but a success with qualifications.
It has not risen to what it was supposed to be.
The hotel remains less than half full during busy weekends. It is not open Monday through Thursday. Casino revenues appear to have topped. Growth is a question mark as executives look forward into a future they cannot predict.
There is rising demand but this is juxtaposed against changing trends in the casino world.
Such a situation was unimaginable just three years ago.
Today, it is a fact of life, and expensive one for the Wynn Corporation.
Steve Wynn, the defrocked billionaire gaming guru envisioned the Encore as an international playhouse attracting thousands of foreigners coming into Boston to gamble away small fortunes while staying in five star rooms and suites at the hotel.