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Crash highlights Chinese-American gambling market

Crash highlights Chinese-American gambling market

March 16th, 2011 in News

NEW YORK (AP) - The fatal crash of a bus heading from a Connecticut casino to New York's Chinatown illuminates how casinos aggressively seek Chinese-American gamblers.

About 30,000 Chinese New Yorkers per week board discount buses that take them from Chinatown to casinos.

Gambling addiction worker Peter Yee notes Chinese children grow up seeing some form of gambling "as part of everyday ritual."

He says "there's no other population that is exclusively targeted by the gambling industry like the Chinese."

The Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville (UNK'-ahs-vihl), Conn., estimates a fifth of its business comes from ethnic Asian clients.