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Nevada Casinos Lose $6.7 Billion in 2009

Total revenues were down from $25.0 billion in fiscal 2008 to $22.0 billion in fiscal 2009. Gambling was off 12.7%, room revenue off 16.6% (hotels are getting crushed everywhere), but beverage sales were flat! Rooms occupied (number of nights) declined from 42.8 million in 2008 (occupancy rate of 86.8%) to 41.6 million in 2009 or 82.2% occupancy rate. The average daily rate (ADR) declined from $119.46 in 2008 to $102.46 in 2009. In addition to the $3 billion decrease in revenue, the casinos saw a $4.8 billion increase in Other G&A expenses - probably from write downs of bad investments. Also casino payroll employment was off 12.3% or almost 25,000 employees. The two pillars of the Las Vegas economy have been gaming and construction. Construction is dead - and will be for some time because of all the excess capacity. And gaming is struggling too.