Casinos winning big by betting on Asians
July 28, 2006
BOSTON Connecticut’s two casinos say they’re aggressively courting Asian customers in Boston and New York.
Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun together send 100 buses a day to bring in Asian gamblers from Boston’s Chinatown, Dorchester, Quincy and Lowell.Foxwoods says one-third of its 40-thousand customers a day are Asian. Mohegan Sun says Asian spending makes up a fifth of its business.Some say casinos are filling a void in entertainment options for Asian immigrants. Gambling doesn’t require language skills or a high upfront cost.The two casinos offer favorite Asian games, Asian food and special events featuring celebrities from Asia.Mohegan Sun’s vice president Anthony Patrone says the casino is interested in reaching out to the Latino market as well. The casino held its first Latino boxing match last week. Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.