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Despite one less weekend day than 2017, December was good for the Las Vegas Strip.

Visitation was up over 2% and room revenues leapt 16% to an average of $104/room.

This was particularly impressive given a 23% decline in convention attendance.

Even with so many fewer conventioneers, hoteliers were able to push room rates almost 12% higher, to an average of $128/night, on 81% occupancy (87.5% on weekends).

Visitors to Vegas numbered nearly 3.3 million, with 222,000 of them conventioneers.

Drive-in traffic was strong, up 4%, with a 3% increase in Californians.

By the way, it’s goodbye Total Rewards, say hello to Caesars Rewards.

While we’re loath to part with a catchy moniker, Caesars is the best brand name in gambling and the company has underutilized it, particularly during the Gary Loveman regime, so we like the change on balance.

* MGM Resorts International closed on its purchase of Empire City Casino/Yonkers Raceway, an $850 million deal with the Rooney family that adds 5,200 VLTs to the MGM inventory.

However, the lion would prefer a Vegas-style casino, complete with table games.

The racino also comes with 50 undeveloped acres, so are you thinking what I’m thinking?

(Megaresort.) Also, with New York City practically within his grasp, will MGM CEO Jim Murren still want a casino in Connecticut?