Gamblers losses fell 16% on the Las Vegas Strip and 15%statewide but fell only 1.6% in Downtown Las Vegas. Gaming lossesalso fell less than 2% in North Las Vegas, but unlike Downtown thatmarket's results were boosted by the early November opening of theAliante Casino.

The results are a bit of a head scratcher. While October's recorddecline was expected because that same month in 2007 was arecord month, Control Board senior research analyst Frank Streshleytells GlobeSt.com that given the soft performance in November2007--that month gaming win was down 13.9% statewide and 19.2% onthe Strip--he was expecting declines in the mid-single digits on apercentage basis, not double-digit declines.

He's also somewhat stumped by Downtown's performance. Some of itcan be attributed to chance, he says, because Downtown sports bookswon $1.6 million from bettors in November 2008 versus just $74,000in the same year-earlier period. In addition, Streshley says slotrevenue Downtown was down only about 8.2%, and revenue fromBlackjack and Craps was ahead of last year, while most marketsstatewide posted much higher declines in slot revenue and declinesin Blackjack and Craps.

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