In what is a further attempt to hang onto to the $2.4 billion Everett resort casino, Wynn Resorts will rebrand the project, “Encore Boston Harbor” according to reports out of Las Vegas. The company has yet to make a formal announcement, but will do the rebranding, dropping the current “Wynn Boston Harbor.”
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is currently evaluating the “suitability” of Wynn Resorts to hold the license for the massive development that gets bigger by the day. Founder Steve Wynn has been accused of rape and sexual harassment and has reached multimillion-dollar settlements with former employees.
Wynn Resorts has made moves to distance the Everett project from Steve Wynn himself. He resigned as CEO and chairman, and then sold his remaining 12 percent interest in the company. Last week, The Everett Stimulus. reported that company officials were actively seeking to rebrand the project.
Whether or not changing the name of the resort satisfies the gaming commission remains to be seen. Commission officials say the “suitability” review will be done by summer. The gambling authority has wide latitude in determining whether Wynn Resorts can keep the license.
Steve Wynn’s $7.5 million settlement with a former manicurist was hidden from the commission when it initially did a review back in 2014.