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By The Numbers: Wynn's Encore Casino In Everett

The Encore Boston Harbor Casino in Everett is seen from across the Mystic River in Somerville. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The Encore Boston Harbor Casino in Everett is seen from across the Mystic River in Somerville. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The massive Everett casino — located just a few miles from downtown Boston — opens its doors Sunday. Here's a look at Wynn Resorts' Encore Boston Harbor, by the numbers:

$2.6 billion -- Wynn Resorts says it spent an estimated $2.6 billion constructing the casino complex. Some more numbers: Encore has 671 hotel rooms, 14 bars and restaurants (and a 24-hour Dunkin'), more than 3,000 slot machines and 144 table games and 88 poker tables.

3,000 -- There are 3,000 (paid) parking spaces at the casino. But as drivers know, the region has a bit of a congestion problem. So Wynn Resorts is asking patrons to also make use of other modes of transportation — such as the MBTA, shuttles buses and boats, and bike-share.

25% -- The state will take a quarter of gaming revenues from the Everett casino. State lawmakers expect that will total $98 million next fiscal year. The casino will also pay millions annually to Everett and surrounding communities.

5,800 -- Wynn Resorts ultimately wants to fill 5,800 jobs, though its general counsel told the Boston Globe earlier this week that 4,900 people have so far been hired. With the area's low unemployment rate, the hiring spree has created trouble for some other local businesses.

12 -- Massachusetts casinos are charged fees to pay for a program called GameSense that aims to combat gambling addiction. Starting Sunday, there will be 12 GameSense advisers working at Encore, with two or three on duty at a time.

4 a.m. -- The complex has an alcohol license until 2 a.m., matching the statewide last call, but regulators are allowing people who are "actively gambling" to be served until 4 a.m. (That's also the case at the MGM casino in Springfield.)

$28 million -- Encore's vast art collection includes a 2,000-pound Popeye sculpture by Jeff Koons that Wynn Resorts founder Steve Wynn purchased at a 2014 auction for $28 million. Yes, it includes a shiny spinach can.

Jeff Koons' "Popeye" is seen at right at Sotheby's in New York before its 2014 sale to Steve Wynn. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
Jeff Koons' "Popeye" is seen at right at Sotheby's in New York before its 2014 sale to Steve Wynn. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

$35 million -- Sexual assault allegations against Steve Wynn prompted an investigation by state gaming regulators. After concluding that company executives concealed those allegations against the former CEO, regulators upheld Wynn Resorts' suitability for maintaining its casino license, but slapped a $35 million fine on the company. The fine — which amounts to less than two days of company revenue — has been paid.

$70 million -- Before the glitzy complex could rise, Wynn Resorts says it spent nearly $70 million on environmental cleanup of the land, which used to be the site of a chemical plant. Overall, the company said it removed nearly 1 million tons of contaminated sediment from the land and the Mystic River.

-- The Wynn casino has been a long time coming. It's been almost eight years since then-Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law authorizing three casinos and one slots parlor to come to Massachusetts.

As others look on, then-Gov. Deval Patrick shakes hands with House Speaker Robert DeLeo after signing a bill legalizing casino gambling in Massachusetts in 2011. (AP)
As others look on, then-Gov. Deval Patrick shakes hands with House Speaker Robert DeLeo after signing a bill legalizing casino gambling in Massachusetts in 2011. (AP)

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Ben is WBUR's digital news manager.

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