Over the Labor Day weekend, Las Vegas Police responded to a large disturbance at the Encore Casino and Hotel on the Strip. About 20 men and women were apparently fighting in the hotel lobby and then the fight spread to the gaming floor, causing a ruckus that in the end, sent shock waves along the length of the Strip, which is right now trying to survive the effects of the pandemic.
At one point, someone apparently tossed a pile of money into the air “making it rain money” causing near pandemonium among those who scurried to pick it up and to put it into their pockets.
Multiple men and women were involved in the fracas, which apparently began when one man confronted another and sucker punched him, and then a fight began,” according to reports in the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper.
“During the same time, another male began swinging a liquor bottle, hitting several persons. Two security officers were struck by unknown males. In the process, a veridoc (identity verification) machine, plants, and stanchions were damaged,” according to a lawsuit filed by Wynn Resorts to sue those responsible for causing violence on their property.
Sixteen people were arrested, and three Wynn guards were sent to the hospital.
Many patrons of the casino who gamble there because they feel safe in the five star environment, were aghast over the goings on, according to reports in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
A very well-known gentleman I know from the North End who loves to play cards with the bad boys told me a great Carlo story that went something like this:
“Carlo played for hours one night with my buddies. He ended up owing thousands when he left the card table and headed home. He was pretty grim. Losing at cards is bad. Owing when you leave the table is worse.
“Anyway, before Carlo left the table, one of the bad boys in charge of the game asked him politely: ‘When do I get the money you owe.?’”
“Carlo turned to him and said: ‘Next week. Guaranteed. You know me,’ he added, my buddy told me.
“Yeah, Carlo. That’s what I’m worried about,” my buddy told me the North End guy said to him with a grimace.
“’See you next week Carlo. I’ll be waiting right here. No excuses, Carlo,’” he said, according to my buddy.
Next week came and passed.
No Carlo. No payment.
The fellow in the North End was getting a bit impatient. Mind you, this wasn’t about Encore not paying its in lieu of tax bill to the city even though the payment was guaranteed by the host agreement.
“Where’s my money? “the North End gentleman asked Carlo during a phone call after waiting patiently several weeks, my buddy told me.
Carlo responded adroitly. After all, he is the mayor, a big crap shooter really up on his toes and aware of everything going on in his world.
“Oh. I already paid what I owed you,” Carlo exclaimed, my friend told me.
What has happened in Springfield with MGM attempting to renegotiate its host agreement with the city there has now begun here with Encore.
The city’s savior, the brainchild of the mayor, has apparently changed the host agreement unilaterally by sidestepping Everett on a $10 million payment it owes in lieu of taxes.
Instead of paying the city what it owed since March as promised for July 15, Encore has apparently paid the state, and then the state will pay the city.
Several councilors have conceded that’s a nice how do you do coming at a perilous moment when the city’s finances are in question.
Expenses are exceeding income, and budget cuts, layoffs and salary reductions have been levied to bridge the income gap.
“It gives me great concern that Encore would pay the state rather than the city like they did in the first and second quarter. It’s a big concern they would do that,” said City Councilor Mike McLaughlin.
“It shows irresponsibility on the part of Encore. Out of four payments, they’ve only gotten one payment right and on time. Not a great track record,” he said.
For the mayor, who brought Encore to the city, the payment gaffe is an agonizing twist.
Encore was to have been a panacea for the city. The city’s financial difficulties were over with the coming of the casino, according to the mayor.
“Instead, it looks as though our money problems have multiplied,” said Councilor at Large Mike Marchese.
The City of Everett can breath a sigh of relief. The license for Wynn Resorts has been granted. A tidal wave of money is about to begin rolling into the city treasury thanks to this ruling which comes at nearly the last minute.
The Encore Casino and Hotel will be opening as scheduled on June 23, 2019.
It is a costly license for Wynn Resorts.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission fined the company $35 million for numerous violations of controlling statutes and regulations relating to pervasive failure to properly investigate in accordance with existing policies and procedures, and to notify the Commission about certain allegations of wrongdoing.
Exactly what amount of that $35 million fine will go to Everett is in question.
However, not in question is the opening, and beginning of a huge stream of income for many, many years to come to the city that it might never have accrued with any other effort.
The casino and hotel are expected to take in almost $2 billion during its first year of operation.