With last night’s surprise double elimination of two supermodels on the VH1 reality show "Model Employee," we are now just one week away from knowing who will win the $100,000 year-long Face of Mandalay Bay contract.
I’d predicted the twist in yesterday’s Strip Scribbles column and both Shah Granville and Johanna Da Ru were sent packing in tears. We’re left with Alex Farmer, Sonja Ewy, Jassmine Amos and Sharrone Holt. The drama will be dragged out in next week’s finale as two more get fired and two are left standing until the dramatic final verdict.
The winner -- kept under wraps and tight security for the next seven days -- gets a 12-month modeling contract and will be a regular on M-Life TV, featured in the pages of M-Life magazine and make numerous personal appearances at the resort.
We’ll have the first interview with the new "Face of Mandalay Bay" right after the judges’ decision.
RECORDS SMASHED: At the halfway point of the 44th annual World Series of Poker in the Rio, there have been 40,039 entrants, up 27 percent from last year and beating the record-breaking 2011. That total exceeds the combined entrants for the first 26 years of WSOP history. The giant poker festival has broken more than a dozen records so far: There’s been a 10 percent increase in money, too, with $54,109,710 awarded to date, compared with $49,095,775 at this point a year ago. That total exceeds the combined prize money handed out in the first 21 years of WSOP. The average WSOP gold bracelet winner has walked away with a first place prize of $364,308 — more than 7 times the U.S. median household income ($50,054).
Largest first place prize thus far is $1,199,104, won by Benny Chen. Event No. 26 winner Ken Lind has the highest return on investment for any player so far in the Seniors Event, where his $1,000 entry fee returned him $634,809 for his win -- a staggering 634 times his investment, in just three days of play
HOUSE MOVES: It should be the easiest of moves when guitar guru Carlos Santana sells his Summerlin home for $3.75 million and moves in right next door to a larger, more luxurious abode. He shelled out $6 million for the new place, which has a $400,000 state-of-the-art movie theater and 3-D projector, according to realty websites. The home is described as a “technological and architectural masterpiece,” complete with $2 million in sound and video equipment. There’s a game room, gym, putting green and a pool with a 65-inch flat-screen TV that rises from beneath the slate deck. As if that’s not enough luxury, the walls telescope so indoor-outdoor sizes can be changed at the touch of a switch!
DEBUT HOME GAME: The sexy powerful gridiron girls who play for the Las Vegas Sin are ready for their home-game opener on Saturday against Green Bay Chill. Quarterback Nikki Johnson and wide receiver Cassandra Strickland lead the charge at the Orleans Arena at 8 p.m. No longer known as the Lingerie Football League, it's now the Legends of Football.
Check our earlier story on June 4 and the photo gallery from when the Sin and Chill last met. Saturday’s game will be televised on NBC Sports.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS: Which Strip show decided not to renew its run after selling $180,000 of tickets weekly but discovered costs were $270,000 a week? ... Which producer is about to be sued for $30,000 in unpaid cast salaries? ... Which show executive moved out the production's scenery and costumes yet is owed over $50,000 from not being paid for almost three months?
The hottest place for Sunday brunch has become the Bare pool at the Mirage, where there’s an open bloody mary bar, breakfast burritos and lobster tacos. The view of the topless beauties sunbathing is free but the three-liter Dom Perignon Rose Champagne costs $11,925!
"Fantasy" producer Anita Mann has to find a new headline singer for her sassy, sexy adult revue at the Luxor. Lorena Peril is stepping down this fall to perform as Sandy in the global tour of "Grease." Her husband, Ray John, will play the role of Vince, so they won’t be apart. … Is Caesars Palace singer Matt Goss going to take a leave of absence if plans for a world tour get locked into place? ... "American Idol" Season 5 winner and Paris headliner Taylor Hicks will throw out the first pitch for the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field Sunday. Ten lucky fans at the game will have the opportunity to win tickets to his show. ... Rival blondes Paris Hilton and Holly Madison both have VIP passes for the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
British producer David King has confirmed our reported rumors that when his New York-New York venue closes next month to make way for the new MGM arena construction, his three shows will leave town; there’s no available alternative space that makes good business sense for now. ...Be sure to catch Las Vegas art dealer Rod Maly’s son Brett on the new episode of "Pawn Stars" tonight on the History Channel. Its titled ‘King of Pain.”
I wasn't aware until readers let me know, but the new band The Summer Set has given me a speed-dating shout-out on its debut album "Legendary" and its hit single "Boomerang.” They’re here next weekend on this summer’s Warped Tour.
MAGIC LIVE: Over 60 performers and presenters from 15 countries will be at the 22nd edition of Magic Live Aug. 11-14 at the Orleans. There’s only one American in each of the stage shows and close-up demonstrations. The last one was in 2011; the next won’t be held for another three years. Registration and discounted hotel rates are here.
RE-OPENING: Mayor Carolyn Goodman torched the ribbon at noon Thursday for the re-opening on Fremont Street of the world famous Atomic Liquors.
Everybody from Roy Rogers, Frank, Dean and Sammy and Barbra Streisand imbibed there. It was used for location scenes of "Casino," "Twilight Zone" and "The Hangover." The building began life as Virginia’s Cafe in 1945 and became Atomic Liquors in 1952, when patrons sat on the roof to watch atomic mushroom clouds form the Nevada Test Site! You can see the entire history of our town’s oldest bar at atomiclasvegas.com. And you’ll understand why it's as much a museum as a bar!
TONIGHT'S TIPS: Original pranksters Steve-O and comedian Tom Green start a four-night run at Vinyl in the Hard Rock. ... Electronic music legend Infected Mushroom perform at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool. ... Every club in town is featuring Electric Daisy Carnival DJ’s but the three I’ve picked are Nicky Romero at Light, Avicii at Marquee and Hardwell at Hakkasan. ... Conrad and Candice Gallagher open their new PoshBurger Bistro, boasting the world’s best gourmet burgers with Kobe beef and sliders with elk, venison and salmon.
TOMORROW’S TEASE: Although hundreds of electronic music DJs, artists, stilt walkers and fire performers will entertain 345,000 revelers at the Electric Daisy Carnival for three nights starting tomorrow, we still have the weekend celebrity preview. It features many wild rival alternative entertainment choices ranging from the Las Vegas Sin football game against the Green Bay Chill to the Buckcherry hard rock concert at Red Rock Resort and “Mob Wives” star Ramona Rizzo celebrating her bachelorette party at Crazy Horse III while her groom Joseph Sciafani remains behind bars. Their wedding will be conducted by phone!