The Ultimate Guide to Gambling Like a Pro in Boston – Boston magazine



With the Encore Boston Harbor opening this month, gambling fever has struck Massachusetts. Here’s where to get in on all of the action.


Where to get your (legal) gaming on

MGM Springfield: Newish and smallish, this casino in downtown Springfield has table games and a sea of slots right off the highway in western Mass. Now, Springfield ain’t exactly Vegas, but if you’re looking for exciting new restaurants and star-studded entertainment away from the big city, this is the spot.

Encore Boston Harbor: Welcome to the gilded Cadillac of East Coast casinos. Encore won the bitterly contested license to build this new gambling den because it promised to bring the pinnacle of Vegas swagger to the heart of Greater Boston. From the looks of things, it didn’t disappoint.

DraftKings: All the fun of betting on the big game without the hassle of texting your bookie. DraftKings started out as a way to win money playing fantasy sports, but with legal sports betting in the offing, it’s poised to become the site for people who just love beating the spread on game day.

Plainridge Park Casino: Sad to learn that Suffolk Downs is holding its final race this month?