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Businesses Cash in on World Series of Poker Players

LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of thousands of people are heading to Las Vegas, hoping to be crowned the best poker player in the world at the World Series of Poker.

This year, more events were added, making Las Vegas' take bigger and better.

The red carpet has been rolled out for those players who are coming from all over the world to the Rio Hotel and Casino. The director of the World Series of Poker says more than 2,000 people are taking part in the first official day of play.

Yesterday, it was the dealers who tried their luck. Today, it's a $1,500 buy in no limit hold 'em tournament. And those 2,000 players have to stay somewhere when they aren't at the tables.

The Rio has been sold out. But its not just the hotels, there are other businesses, like restaurants and vendors, that depend on all the traffic brought in by the World Series of Poker.

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Romney Returns to Nevada for First Time Since February

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Republican Mitt Romney is heading back to Las Vegas.

Romney is scheduled to stop here during a swing through the West on Tuesday. He is starting the day in Craig, Colo., with a rally at Alice Pleasant Park. Hours later, he'll greet voters in Las Vegas at Somers Furniture.

The next stop is Trump International Tower just off the Strip, where Romney will attend a fundraiser with Donald Trump. The minimum donation to attend is $2,500.

Nevada and Colorado are important swing states that could decide who wins the White House in November. President Barack Obama has also been campaigning in the area.

This will be Romney's first visit to Nevada since the state's Feb. 4 GOP presidential caucus, a contest he easily won.

Employees Accuse Roy Horn of Sexual Misconduct

Employees Accuse Roy Horn of Sexual Misconduct

LAS VEGAS -- Private details about Las Vegas entertainer Roy Horn - of Siegfried and Roy - are being made public. Four former caretakers are suing Horn for sexual misconduct. Their attorney says graphic video shows Horn's behavior was aggressive and "animalistic".

Siegfried and Roy made showbiz history for more than 30 years with their trademark white lions and tigers. They were the single most-successful Las Vegas entertainment attraction until October 2003 when a tiger mauled Roy Horn during a performance. Horn suffered devastating injuries.

Now, the 67-year-old Horn is fighting to save his reputation. He is accused of bad behavior off stage. Attorney Andrew Rempfer represents four men, all immigrants, who cared for Horn at Siegfried and Roy's "jungle palace" compound near Rancho Drive and Vegas Drive.

Elton John Sick, Cancels Weekend Performances

Elton John Sick, Cancels Weekend Performances

Representatives for Elton John say performances for his show, "The Million Dollar Piano" have been cancelled.

The following dates have been called off:  Thursday, May 24; Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 27.

Elton John developed a serious respiratory infection last weekend while performing at The Colosseum.

This week the condition worsened, resulting in Elton being hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 23. Physicians are recommending that Elton does not perform any concerts for approximately seven days, getting complete rest and antibiotic treatment to cure his respiratory infection and prevent any damage.

Sir Elton John is very disappointed he is unable to perform the remaining three concerts this week of "The Million Dollar Piano" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

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Alleged Casino Robber Had Little Chance of Success

LAS VEGAS -- The search continues for two men involved in a plot to steal thousands of dollars in chips from the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Twenty-four-year-old Michael Belton was the only one who didn't get away after he was wrestled to the ground and arrested.

Belton faces felony charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and burglary. According to police, Belton and another man only identified as "Carlos" wore wigs and sunglasses when they pepper sprayed a high-stakes blackjack table and ran off with 23 chips worth $5,000 each.

Casino employees eventually tackled Belton to the ground and recovered all the chips, but "Carlos" got away. Belton told police the met the third suspect named Carlos Rodriguez through CraigsList.

Moon Chips from Vegas Casino Mogul Sent to NASA

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- What are the odds that chips of rock from man's first visit to the moon would end up with a flamboyant Las Vegas casino owner who once had a place with a rocket ship logo, a sign declaring "Sky's the Limit" and an eatery called the Moon Rock Cafe?

A Las Vegas lawyer for the estate of Bob Stupak is finding out.

Stupak died in 2009, and attorney Richard Wright recently sent to NASA a tabletop display with four rice-sized rock chips.

Wright hopes it'll be authenticated and returned to the people of Nicaragua.

Wright's got documents showing Stupak bought the display in 1987 for $10,000 and casino stock from a Baptist missionary preacher from Arizona who said it came from a Costa Rican mercenary soldier during the Nicaraguan revolution.

Cables Arrive for the Strip's Newest Attraction

Cables Arrive for the Strip's Newest Attraction

Twelve semi-trailer trucks loaded with massive steel-support cables rolled into Las Vegas Tuesday.

The cables are for the $200 million SkyVue project. SkyVue is a giant observation wheel slated to open on the Strip in 2013. The attraction, which will include a shopping center, is being built across the street from Mandalay Bay.

There was enough cable delivered Tuesday to stretch from Las Vegas to San Francisco.

"It is the key process to getting the next portion of the wheel done. They have to get the columns to support the wheel and the next major phase will occur in the next 60 to 90 days when we set what we call the hub and the spindle," David Gaffin with SkyVue said.

The base of the wheel must in place before construction on the shopping center can really get under way. The shopping center will be 140,000 square feet of shops.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)