Despite Wynn’s problems, casino still rises in Everett By Joan Vennochi, Boston Globe August 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm There, beyond Costco and the Texas Roadhouse restaurant, it looms: The golden tower, rechristened “Encore Boston Harbor,” to erase the name of Steve Wynn from the $2.5 billion casino project the now disgraced mogul personally championed for Everett. A recent trip to a discount wine store located in the strip mall that currently abuts the casino development put me close to metro Boston’s coming gambling attraction. As I stocked up, naturally on Chardonnay, I thought about the still-winding path to casinos in Massachusetts. The state’s expanded gaming law was enacted in 2011 — seven long years ago, when Deval Patrick was governor and Massachusetts was coming out of an economic recession. It authorized three resort casinos and a slots parlor, which is open for business at Plainridge Park. But, given today’s 3.5 percent unemployment rate, did Massachusetts really need those casinos?