|Clark County opened a parking lot adjacent to the sign last week so tourists could safely take their pictures with the famous icon.
Recession hammers casinos as gaming revenue drops 22.3 percent.
With no sign of an economic recovery on the horizon, Station Casinos and Harrah's Entertainment are bargaining with lenders to help resolve their cash flow problems.
Nevada regulators have changed some house rules with the goal of boosting lackluster business in private gambling rooms for high-rollers.
The casino giant, which pink slipped around 50 employees last month, said last week it plans to lay off another 216 workers from its Venetian and Palazzo resorts.