>Vegas Strip Gambling Rises for Second Straight Month

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>Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — Las Vegas Strip gambling revenue rose 5.9 percent in December, the second straight monthly gain and a fresh sign the worst casino slump on record may be easing.

Strip proceeds climbed to $502.2 million in December from a year earlier, Nevada’s Gaming Control Board said today on its Web site. Revenue for the full year declined 9.4 percent.

Gains were driven by baccarat winnings, particularly at Aria casino, a venue at the $8.5 billion CityCenter resort MGM Mirage and Dubai World opened last month, analysts Bill Lerner at Union Gaming Group LLC and Robert LaFleur with Susquehanna Financial Group said today.

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