Request for Public Comment: MGC Seeks Public Comment on Encore Boston Harbor’s Application for a Gaming Beverage License, Including a Request for Extended Hours

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is requesting public comment on a draft of Encore Boston Harbor’s gaming, beverage license application and, specifically, its request for extended hours on the gaming floor. The Commission, during a public meeting at its Boston office, reviewed Encore’s draft application and is now seeking public feedback. All submitted comments will be reviewed and considered by the Commission before a final determination on Encore’s license application.

As required by the gaming law, Encore Boston Harbor recently submitted a draft beverage license application to the MGC. The application is substantially complete and contains requests for 23 licensed areas throughout the property. Generally, the application seeks alcohol service at each of these areas between the hours of 8 a.m. – 2 a.m. According to the license application, all front-facing bars will close at 2 a.m. Also, Encore Boston Harbor is requesting extended alcohol service between 2 a.m. – 4 a.m. specifically on the casino floor and only to patrons actively engaged in gambling. A legislative amendment provides the MGC with authority to consider a two-hour extension of alcohol service (between 2 a.m. – 4 a.m.) at licensed gaming facilities only on the gaming floor so long as the patron is actively gaming and to require the necessary restrictions and limitations.

Read Encore Boston Harbor’s draft gaming beverage application.

Request for public comment: Encore Boston Harbor’s draft gaming beverage application.

Specifically, the MGC is seeking public comment about Encore’s draft beverage license application, including its request for extended alcohol service between 2 a.m. – 4 a.m. exclusively on the casino floor and only to patrons actively engaged in gambling.

How to submit a comment:

Send comments via email at with “Encore Boston Harbor Liquor License Application” in the subject line.

Mail written comments to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA 02110 Attn: Catherine Blue, General Counsel.

The Commission will accept comments until Monday, May 20, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.


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