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21-Year-Old Becomes Youngest to Win WSOP Champion

A 21-year-old Michigan poker professional who chose cards over college has won the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas.

Joe Cada won the $8.55 million top prize early Tuesday morning. He became the youngest player to win the tournament in its 40-year history. He went head-to-head on the final round with 46-year old Darvin Moon, a logger from western Maryland.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Casino Earnings Down in September

State gambling regulators say September was another down month for a crucial state index of financial health.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Tuesday that casinos in the state won $911 million from gamblers during the month. That's a nearly 9 percent decrease compared with the same month in 2008.

September became the 21st month in a row of year-over-year declines in casino winnings. Regulators say the state collected $54.3 million in taxes last month based on the September revenues. That's a nearly 14.6 percent decrease from the same month a year ago. Revenue from gambling wagers make up about 30 percent of the state general fund.

Nevada has been particularly hard hit by the recession as gamblers pull back on discretionary spending.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

City Approves Contract Aimed at Getting Downtown Arena

The Las Vegas City Council has just approved to enter an exclusive agreement with Cordish Companies, Inc. that could result in an arena being built in the downtown area.

The contract will allow the company to do a feasibility study to see if the arena should be built.

The entire proposed project would incorporate about 20 acres of city land near US 95 and Las Vegas Blvd. The project would be centered around a 20,000 seat arena, which could be home to a professional basketball or hockey team.

In addition, the project would also include a mixed use entertainment district. The company has up to two years to conduct the study.

 

Arrest Reports Offers Details on Children Falling From Car

There were 10 people in the car, seven of them were young children and no one was restrained, according to the police report of an accident that involved three children falling out of a moving car.

Vanessa Ramirez admitted to police that she knew her friend, Nancy Lopez, was drunk but still let her three children ride in her car. Two of the children injured were hers and one of them is still in critical condition following the Sunday night incident.

Read the Arrest Report for Nancy Lopez

Police say they found beer in the vehicle and Lopez admitted drinking. Police say there were two adult males and seven children in Nancy Lopez's car. One of Lopez's children also fell from the car but was not seriously hurt.

 

The Haunted Casino Brings People to Binion's

As tourism numbers dip in Las Vegas, nowhere has seen more challenges than Downtown. Casinos on Fremont Street are trying new things to attract customers. During Halloween, that means scaring up a few more guests.

Fremont Street itself has a number of Halloween related events going on, but Binion's did something they have never done before. They dedicated an entire unused floor to Halloween.

An electric chamber sits outside Binion's. Walking inside, there's something frightfully different about the casino. Even the waitresses and dealers took part in the holiday. "Everyone is really excited about the costumes. They love them. People are constantly coming up to us complementing our costumes -- telling us how cute we look," said dealer Cory Ghiotto.

This is just the beginning of the attraction. This week, Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin said the only way to get customers in this recession is to offer a reason to visit.

Mayor Announces Downtown Arena Plans in the Works

An arena in Las Vegas could be the first step in getting a professional sports team to the valley. Once again, it's Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman who's keeping that idea alive.

The mayor caught people a bit off-guard during a press conference about the zoo, when he also mentioned a major announcement to be made at the next Las Vegas City Council meeting.

He says it has to do with the city negotiating an agreement with an entertainment company to bring an arena to town.

This isn't the first time the mayor has talked about the city getting a sports arena downtown. Whether it happens or not, we'll at least hear more about it at the next city council meeting.

Man Arrested in Beating, Robbery of 2 Women

Metro Police have arrested a suspect in the beating and robbery of two women. Police arrested  44-year-old Glenn Scruggs on Saturday.

Police say the crimes happened Oct. 20, 2009 in a home near 11th and Fremont streets. One of the women, who is older than 65-years-old, was hospitalized with facial fractures.

Scruggs is in custody at the Clark County Detention Center and is facing robbery, battery with intent to commit robbery, batter with substantial bodily harm and robbery of a victim over 60 years of age.