Las Vegas casinos are relying on the high rollers known as "whales" to drop big money on the city's most lucrative table game, baccarat. "For us to make money in gaming today without baccarat is almost impossible. We need the big whales to make money," said Debra Nutton, senior vice president of casino operations at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Baccarat brings in nearly 60% of the MGM Grand's table-game revenue.

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