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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, March 7, 2010

Casinos not so flush lately

By Anthony Curtis

Nevada's 2009 statewide gambling win amounted to $10.39 billion, the lowest total since 2003 ($9.62 billion) and the largest single-year decline since Nevada began keeping track of year-to-year revenues in 1956. It was a 10.5 percent decline over 2008's $11.6 billion, itself down nearly 10 percent from 2007.

On the Strip, casino revenues of $5.5 billion in 2009 were a decline of 9.4 percent from 2008's $6.12 billion, and downtown dropped 10.1 percent.

Las Vegas' visitor numbers also fell, down 3 percent with just under 36.4 million coming to town. Convention attendance was down a whopping 23.9 percent, with 13.6 percent fewer meeting events.

REVUE RETURNS: The topless revue at Planet Hollywood featuring "Girl Next Door" Holly Madison has resumed after an abrupt two-month hiatus, during which the theater was remodeled and the show tweaked.

MONORAIL: The bankrupt Las Vegas Monorail has raised its fares once more, increasing the unlimited-ride one-day pass to $14 (from $13) and adding $2 to the three-day pass, now $30. The single-ride fare remains at $5.

NEW ALL DAY: The Rio has joined the fluctuating list of buffets offering an all-day pass. The Carnival World is offering breakfast, lunch and dinner for $24, including the weekend champagne brunch (which by itself is $24).

Q: I heard that Bill's will be turned into a strip club. Will it keep the casino and hotel?

You may have your Bills mixed up. It's the former Bill's Casino in Lake Tahoe being converted, not Bill's Saloon and Gambling Hall on the Vegas Strip. Still, it's a sign of the times, although the plan has yet to be approved by Lake Tahoe officials.

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