The declines were offset by a 20% increase in Strip gamblingrevenue in October and the fact that gambling revenue from November2006 was 22% higher than November 2005. Casinos stocks fell onFriday, as did the Dow Jones Industrial Average.


Visitor statistics for November have not yet been released. InOctober, visitation was essentially unchanged from the previousOctober at 3.4 million. Year-to-date, visitation is up 0.8%, Stripgaming revenue is up 2.49% and statewide gaming revenue is up1.43%.


In Clark County as a whole, gaming revenue fell 16.26% inNovember, but remained up 2% for the year. In Washoe County, whichincludes the Reno area, gaming revenue fell 0.8% and is off 3.9%year-to-date.


The Gaming Control Board attributed the decline to a lack of bigspecial events and fewer high-end gamblers. Nothing big happened inVegas in November compared to the previous November, when eventsincluded concerts by the Rolling Stones and Barbara Streisand andthe Floyd Mayweather-Carlos Baldomir boxing match. The evidence forfewer high rollers was a 61% drop in casino revenue from one oftheir favorite games, baccarat.

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