After a successful and star-studded launch of sports betting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31, Encore Boston Harbor rounded off the historic day with a private party featuring former New England Patriot, Julian Edelman. The wide receiver handcuffed a suitcase of $11,000 in cash to his wrist and walked through the casino to place a bet at the WynnBET Sportsbook on the Boston Celtics to win the NBA championship. He was joined by former Celtics player, Eddie House, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Ronald Mariano and Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria.
January 31, 2023 marked the first-ever legal sports bets in Massachusetts taken at Encore Boston Harbor. The historic event started in the property’s WynnBET Kiosk Room as 32 lucky individuals made history placing bets on their favorite teams. Encore Boston Harbor president, Jenny Holaday counted down to the 10 a.m. legalization of betting as an array of broadcast, print, radio, and online media captured the moment.
Shortly after, 10 local dignitaries and sports legends gathered in WynnBET Sportsbook to place the first ever bets at the sportsbook’s wickets. The event was emceed by Sean McDonough and betters included: former Boston Bruin Shawn Thornton, former NE Patriots Ty Law and Matt Light, former Boston Celtics players Cedric Maxwell and Eddie House, former Boston Red Sox player Johnny Damon, US Olympian Angela Ruggiero, MA State Senate Speaker Ronald Mariano and state representatives Jerald Parisella and Aaron Micheltiz.