New York Men Arrested for Cheating at Roulette During Casino's Launch Event, Police Say

Four people were arrested at a casino in Boston, Massachusetts, during its first 24 hours of being open for business, including two men accused of cheating at roulette.

Jankelli S. Volquez, 27, and Hector Hernandez, 56, both of the Bronx, New York, were charged with cheating and conspiracy after allegedly being spotted cheating together at the roulette table while attending the opening day of the $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor casino on June 23.

A third person was also arrested on suspicion of trespassing for returning after being kicked out of the casino while a fourth was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

A fifth person was also issued a summons on a possession of heroin charge.

Police downplayed the arrests, stating that the number was small given the thousands of people who attended the grand launch.

"Very limited problems," Everett Police Chief Steven A. Mazzie told the Boston Globe. "Overall, we feel good."

Everett Police also said they were happy with how things went on the first day despite the arrests and the sheer number of people attending.

"The grand opening of Encore Boston Harbor went smooth this morning," the department wrote on Facebook. "Thanks to all the visitors for their patience and a big thank you to our officers for helping make this event successful early on."

Massachusetts State Troopers were on hand to assist casino security with minor incidents, such as underage people being on the gambling floor, medical aid, and crowd control.

The two New York men accused of cheating were released on personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from the casino, a spokeswoman for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey confirmed to the Globe.

People were urged to leave their cars at home and take public transport in order to help ease congestion and traffic around the casino.

"This morning demonstrated that guests will leave their cars at home if they have access to modern and convenient choices," Robert DeSalvio, president of Encore Boston Harbor, said in a statement to the Boston Herald.

"In the days ahead, we will continue to monitor traffic closely, but today we want to thank our visitors who embraced alternatives. Dozens of federal, state, and local agencies collaborated with us on plans, and the early results show great promise for the long term."

The Encore Boston Harbor casino is the third casino to open in Massachusetts since the state legalized casino gambling in 2011.

Encore Boston Harbor
A general view of Encore Boston Harbor Casino in the Boston Suburb of Everett on March 3 in Boston, Massachusetts. Paul Marotta/Getty
New York Men Arrested for Cheating at Roulette During Casino's Launch Event, Police Say | U.S.