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Casinos cashing in on heat wave

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

One industry that might be seeing some good news from the unbearable heat is casinos.

It's so hot outside, tourists appear to be staying in and gambling more instead.

There was a noticeable absence of the throngs of people on the Strip Monday night.

It's not that the people aren't in Las Vegas, but the heat is keeping them indoors.

"Casinos are pretty much one of the only places that are open all the time for people and are air-conditioned, so I think that might help them draw people in," said David Schwartz, director of the Center For Gaming Research at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Everywhere you look, tourists were walking briskly to get from one place to the next.

"We just stay indoors," one Canadian tourist said. "We avoid going out at all times, and when we go out, we try to rush to the closest casino there is. During the night, there's nothing but humidity outside and hundreds of people. You're like a sardine. So you go in, sit at the table, spend an extra $20, $50, $100 here and there. It adds up. It's added up pretty well for us so far."

Air conditioning and cold drinks are incentives to keep playing.

"We're living in it," a tourist from Ohio said. "We started at seven o'clock in the casino, and I really believe that when you look at the figures you're going to find that this brought more money to Las Vegas, this 117."

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