The highly anticipated Encore Boston Harbor casino is slated to open Sunday just over the city line in Everett, Mass.
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The glitzy gambling, hotel and entertainment complex, which cost an estimated $2.6 billion, brings Las Vegas opulence to a largely industrial waterfront, home to a subway train repair yard, a water and sewer agency facility and a power plant. The 33-acre waterfront development, which involved environmental cleanup of a former chemical plant site, is one of the biggest private developments in state history.
The Wynn Resorts' casino has a $28 million statue of Popeye by artist Jeff Koons and a colored carousel sculpture made of tens of thousands of fake flowers and jewels that will greet customers as they make their way into Encore Boston Harbor. Five-star hotel rooms will begin at about $650 a night. The resort has 15 dining and lounge rooms, a spa and a 210,000-square-foot casino.
Here's a look inside the lavish casino:
The casino offers table games such as Blackjack, roulette and Three Card Poker. Drinks will be served at the resort until 2 a.m. but for those who are actively gambling, beverage will be served until 4 a.m.
Paul DeBolle, a professor at Lasell College in Newton, Mass., told The Associated Press he and experts predicted the resort will pull in around $600 million in revenues from gambling, short of the more than $800 million the casino predicted for its first year. State lawmakers have taken a similarly conservative view, projecting it will generate about $540 million from gambling. The state will collect 25 percent of the casino's gambling revenues.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.