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Casinos gearing up for another new year

Casinos are gearing up for what they hope will be a successful Chinese New Year.

The mood was subdued on the Strip early Thursday night, but clearly the casinos are hoping to capitalize on what has become one of the biggest annual events in Las Vegas.

Here are some shots from Bellagio and Caesars Palace. Turn to the Review-Journal this weekend for more Chinese New Year coverage, including questions about whether the recession will suck some of the air out of the festivities.

Chinese figure in the Bellagio conservatory

Plants and decor in the Bellagio conservatory

Decorations at the Las Vegas Boulevard entry to Caesars Palace

The casino at Caesars is heavily decked out
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