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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.)

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.