The highly anticipated Encore Boston Harbor casino is slated to open Sunday just over the city line in Everett, Mass.
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.