PA casinos fight for NYC-area customers

The New York Times takes a look at how table games at Mount Airy and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs are suddenly drawing more tourists from the New York area. But at the same time, casinos in Connecticut and New Jersey are stepping up the competition.

This is the type of paragraph state budgeters like to see: Jimmy and Lana Ting go to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut or Atlantic City three times a month. But on opening day for table games at Mount Airy, they boarded a special gamblers’ bus in Flushing, Queens, for the trip to the Poconos. “It’s closer,” said Mr. Ling, who favors Pai Gow, or double-hand poker.

This one? Not as much. Asked if he would return to Mount Airy, Leung Yiuwah, a double-decker bus driver from Brooklyn, hesitated. “It depends on my luck,” he said with a grin. “I have a lot of choices. The competition is very great.”

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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