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Encore Boston Harbor finishes installing and inspecting 3,000 slot machines

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Encore Boston Harbor is one step closer to opening.

The soon-to-be-open casino resort in Everett finished installing and inspecting 3,158 electronic gaming devices, or slot machines, 143 table games, and 88 poker tables, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced Tuesday. It is set to open June 23.

“As Encore Boston Harbor gets ready to open to the public, the MGC is focused on ensuring that our policies and procedures protect the integrity of the gaming industry and safeguards fair play for patrons,” Gaming Commission Chair Cathy Judd-Stein said in a statement.

Two divisions of the Gaming Commission — the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau and the Information Technology Services Division — supervise these steps to “ensure the integrity of the games, compliance with regulations and overall adherence to Massachusetts strict gaming standards,” the Gaming Commission said in a statement.


The payouts that slot machines give are determined by random number generator software and must have a minimum theoretical payout of 80 percent during the cycle of the game, the Gaming Commission said. All table games are required to be inspected prior to opening and then reinspected in a routine manner.

To verify compliance with gaming standards, gaming agents are required to look at how the operating machines are operating, to monitor their usage, and to occasionally perform audits, among other things, the Gaming Commission said.

“I commend the ongoing dedication of MGC’s IEB and ITSD staff for their commitment to the highest standards of regulatory compliance,” Judd-Stein said.

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