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In Vegas, clubbing almost as popular as gambling

| Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The cannon at the Flutter Fetti booth near the front of the gambling trade show in Las Vegas last week delivered regular bursts of metallic and crepe paper cutouts, shooting them to the ceiling in big booms and carpeting the floor with shimmering hearts, stars and circles.

The glittery mess outshone the slot machines and online poker touchscreens in more ways than one. A poll conducted this year by the national gambling lobby found that 26 percent of casino-goers skip wagering, and the city's growing mega-clubs are threatening to become the most lucrative draw for a town built on betting.

Sin City boasts 21 of the country's 100 most profitable nightclubs, according to the trade publication Nightclub & Bar. The town also dominates the top 10 spots, with seven clubs bringing in more than $25 million a year.

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