Encore casino asks Mass. Gaming Commission for 4 a.m. last call

EVERETT, Mass. — When the Encore Boston Harbor Casino opens in June, gamblers could be served cocktails up until 4 a.m., if the Everett casino's application for extended hours to serve alcohol is approved.

While the normal cut off time in bars and restaurants is 2 a.m., Wynn Resorts has submitted an application to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to serve alcohol to active gamblers on the gaming floor until 4 a.m. Regulators approved a 4 a.m. last call for the gaming floor of the MGM casino in Springfield, which opened last summer.

The Gaming Commission is giving the public until May 20 to comment on the proposal requesting approval "specifically on the casino floor and only to patrons actively engaged in gambling." Bars and restaurants in the casino would stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m.

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said, in a statement:

"The City of Everett is committed to supporting the success of the Encore Boston Harbor Resort. In order for it to be a destination for an international clientele, the resort needs to be able to offer these clients a cocktail during the time they play. At 2 am all the bars and restaurants will be closed, and drinks will only be served only to those on the casino floor by a trained and certified server. Over serving and irresponsible behavior will not be tolerated. In addition, State and local police will be present along with Encore security and transportation services will be available for guests to ensure the safety of all."

The Encore Boston Harbor Casino is scheduled to open June 23.