Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 1:34 p.m.
If rumblings out of Wall Street are true, it’ll be the biggest hotel shakeup on the Strip since Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson battled each other in 1999 to open Bellagio and The Venetian, respectively.
A local nightlife entertainment group involved with an East Coast banking group’s hotel is reportedly shoring up big hedge-fund investment dollars for a run at one of the Strip’s most prestigious hotels. The deal, which has a blessing from the seller depending on the $$$, could take three more months to produce.
It would help take the crushing debt off one of our hotel conglomerates. The deal is said to be larger than last week’s Genting Gaming acquisition of Echelon. The proposed buyer has established a foothold in the property and is expanding its venues in sister properties.
We know the names of the players but have promised to keep them secret until the planned acquisition is set. If it goes through, it will stun Las Vegas watchers, but it’s certain that all the puzzle pieces fit together and make economic sense for all parties involved.
* What surprises are George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber planning for the Keep Memory Alive gala auction April 13? They’re part of the star-studded salute with Barbra Streisand, Bono and many more to Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine celebrating their 80th birthdays at the fundraiser at MGM Grand. Another highlight will be when chef Gordon Ramsay auctions a private dinner for 20.
* British singer-songwriter sensation Ed Sheeran, who performed a stunning duet with Sir Elton John at the Grammys for his Song of the Year-nominated “A Team,” will headline the official VIP opening party of Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace on April 28. Currently opening Taylor Swift’s “Red Tour,” Ed is featured on her fourth CD and also wrote hits for fellow countrymen One Direction.
* It’s difficult to believe that with all the new nightclub competition about to fire up that one of the current leaders is increasing its bottle prices rather than reducing them in the face of the challenges. Back in the good old days, vodka was $275 in 2002, but one of the nightclub industry leaders will charge a whopping $695 a bottle plus taxes and the automatic 20 percent gratuity.
* Are The Scintas, our favorite first family of Las Vegas music, about to announce their new residency at the Downtown D Hotel now that Chrissy Scinta has recovered from throat problems, as we first rumored in Strip Scribbles on Feb. 5?
* Even before the new ABC diving-challenge show “Splash” begins airing, there are injuries. Despite scary and worrying moments during training, our Louie Anderson is OK, but Chelsea Handler sidekick Chuy Bravo has been injured so badly that he’s being replaced by soccer stunner Brandi Chastain.
* Which gorgeous and glamorous Las Vegas beauty is getting romantic overtures from two rival sports titans who don’t know about each other?
* What major boxing blockbuster will disappoint U.S. fans by skipping Las Vegas for an overseas gaming destination because of the bigger purse, perks and financial incentives being offered? Some insiders are saying that this could start a trend with Las Vegas losing other key boxing battles.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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