How The Casino License Was Won

By Walter Pavlo

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an Opinion on FBT Everett Realty (FBT) v The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) which reversed an earlier decision to dismiss the case. The action was originally brought by the land owners of FBT in 2016 after it claimed it was forced to take a $40 million discount on the land, which was originally agreed upon to be sold to Wynn for $75 million. The story behind how that discount came to be and what made FBT sign for the sale of the land for such a loss has remained mostly a mystery. However, FBT’s case may now move forward and answer these questions and more about the inner-workings of how Wynn won the license.

What we all must remind ourselves is that the license for the casino in Everett was a zero sum game for the two bidders for the license, Wynn Resorts and a group of investors behind Suffolk Downs and its gaming partner (Caesar Entertainment and then Mohegan Sun). This was not a battle for a marijuana license or zoning for a building, it was a license to print money. Backed by billions of dollars, the two groups went at each other to win the license and along the way the most interesting of things started to happen, almost as if being orchestrated.

At the beginning, there was almost no doubt that Suffolk Downs would win the license. It had the back of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, the storied horse track was dying a slow death and a popular, self-made, local entrepreneur Joe O’Donnell was backing the project. Steve Wynn and his team were outsiders, showman, who used the influence of New England Patriot owner and billionaire Robert Kraft to partner on a site in Foxborough. Only, Foxborough wanted nothing to do with Wynn. Suddenly, almost as if it were planned from the start, Wynn touched down on the land in Everett. Within weeks, and fresh from rejection in Foxborough, Everett was a chosen site for Wynn’s casino project.

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Gattineri’s land and water, a link to Everett’s past and present

By Walter Pavlo & Josh Resnek

When the Encore Boston Harbor was built, it was a reminder of how much our land had been destroyed by 400 years of what had been considered “progress.” The cleaning of that land was just a start to returning Everett to its past but one man had a vision of returning it to what it once was.

No, it was not Steve Wynn, but rather, it was Anthony Gattineri, one of the partners of FBT LLC, the small limited liability company that sold the land to Wynn.

Gattineri always believed that the land on which the casino was built was special and or is cursed.

The 33 acre Encore Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel property was the site of Monsanto Chemical for 75 years.

For 75 years, Monsanto poured arsenic and poisons into the land the way modern florists water plants.

The land was infused with mercury, lead and arsenic. The arsenic went down twelve feet!

When Gattineri became a partner in FBT Everett Realty in 2009, he believed that the group would somehow transform the land. Through a series of unfortunate events, Gattineri became embroiled in a twisted story of government corruption, coverup and fraud. He was eventually indicted and tried in Superior Court but cleared of all wrongdoing. Gattineri never lost faith in himself. He turned inward and developed a love of everything mystical. He took his experience with the filthiest land and water in the nation n Everett and morphed into a dedication of his life to the preservation of clean water, and to the effort of deriving life’s secrets from the water, in particular, one special source in Lynnfield, MA.

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$B Encore suit moves forward

By LEADER STAFF

In an ongoing federal case with billions of dollars at stake and claims of international bribery, political payoffs, shadowy Mafia figures and rampant sexual misconduct, the First Circuit in Massachusetts tried Monday to figure out whether Massachusetts gaming officials made a mistake in choosing who should build the Encore Casino and Hotel.

The discourse between the attorneys was like a book reading from the pages of Walter Pavlo and Josh Resnek’s annotated investigative book to be published in the spring titled, “Encore-Steve Wynn’s Last Encore.”

The battle over the project — a $2.6 billion resort has in one corner Steve Wynn, the billionaire Las Vegas casino magnate who ultimately got the license, and in the other Suffolk Downs, a Boston-area horse-racing track that opened in 1935 and had been viewed as the local favorite.

Wynn came to Everett and fell in love with 33 acres of the most polluted land in the nation, the former Monsanto Chemical site.

Suffolk sued under federal anti-racketeering law, claiming that Wynn and his company should have been disqualified on the basis of bribery, fraud, and other serious misconduct in which they were engaged.

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Court case about Encore reveals secrets

Everett mayor Carlo DeMaria at Encore’s grand opening in 2019. (Photo by Joseph Presiozo)


By JOSH RESNEK

Mayor Carlo DeMaria has a passion for backdoor deals or pressuring someone to do his bidding.

This becomes apparent in the book “Encore” or “Steve Wynn’s Last Casino,” which will be coming out in the summer.

In 2009, FBT Everett Realty (a partnership with Paul Lohnes, Anthony Gattineri, Charlie Lightbody, and Gary DeCicco) did an end run around multimillionaire-trash man Billy Thibeault to gain control of 36 acres that was the Monsanto site in Everett.

Thibeault has gone on to become a major businessman and is a hugely successful developer.

The casino and hotel, built at a cost of $2.6 billion, stands largely empty today.

Gattineri and Lightbody were indicted by the federal court and later exonerated when the contrived government case against them fell apart with a jury finding them innocent.

DeCicco, the original landowner who put the land deal together, became the fall guy in all of this mess.

The FBI chased him and hasn’t stopped chasing him or portraying him as a gangster.

He is many things. He is no gangster.

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What do we want after COVID-19?

By Walt Pavlo
For the Leader Herald

I knew a guy who worked tirelessly at his business, a specialty steel fabrication plant for large chemical plants throughout the United States. He was up early in the morning and stayed until his last employee was done. He worked weekends, worked holidays and missed vacations. His business, for a while, was successful, until it was not. The large plants that were his primary clients started sourcing to India, China and South Korea. The one day, the bank called his note and the company went bankrupt. The man lost his life’s savings. That man was my Dad.

There was no bailout package for his small company and many like it that were put out of business through pressures that were not of their own making. Large corporations have for years outsourced much of their manufacturing to cheaper labor in other countries. Labor unions were often criticized for wages that were too high, leaving the United States unable to compete. Corporate America justified and embraced supply chains that spanned the world but allowed them to maximize profits. Now, those same companies want a bailout. That hardly seems fair.

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