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Foxwoods Lures Seniors

7 April 2005

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the Connecticut Day: "They came from as far away as Portland, Maine, and as near as Waterford to hit the buffet and gaming floor at Foxwoods Resort Casino and laugh out loud at the jokes of Yakov Smirnoff.

"'A little gambling, a little eating...We do this a couple of times a year,' said Cesare Lopalo, 69, of Riverhead on Long Island.

"He was one of some 2,000 seniors who arrived by bus Tuesday as part of a casino promotion to improve business during the week.

"…Thomas L. Cantone, Foxwoods' vice president of marketing and entertainment, rejoiced as ticket holders queued up outside the Fox Theatre for the afternoon show. The earlier show, at 11 a.m., also had sold out.

"…Foxwoods and its entertainment venues are almost always abuzz on weekends, but the casino is still striving to fill its halls on weekdays. Booking acts that appeal to seniors and peddling bus-show packages to retirement centers seems to be working…"

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