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Chinese-run tour bus companies help fuel desert casino tourism




A general view of a gambling sign outside Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel on Fremont Street July 19, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A general view of a gambling sign outside Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel on Fremont Street July 19, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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We mentioned earlier that the bus involved in the recent crash in Irwindale carried mostly senior citizens, and most of the passengers were also of Chinese descent.

Part of a thriving business of Chinese-run bus tours that take customers to desert casinos every day. Dr. Timothy Fong is well-acquainted with these companies as co-director of the Gambling Studies program at UCLA.