The cast of SyFy’s “Naked Vegas” and bodypainting at the Golden Gate on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in downtown Las Vegas.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Golden Gate owner Derek Stevens hosted a screening party for the SyFy series “Naked Vegas” on Tuesday night that featured Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller, who wanted the bodypainting artists to turn models into a deck of playing cards.
Body wrangler Drew Marvick brought the artists and models, including Nicholas Herrera, Wiser Oner, Kelly Belmonte and Heather Aguilera, to the celebration downtown, and it didn’t take long for the newly painted bikini bartenders and dealers to dance atop their bars.
Crowds of spectators jammed Fremont Street to get a look at the risque paintwork and were given disposable cameras to capture the colorful painting. Derek, who also owns the D Las Vegas downtown, had asked the “Naked Vegas” team to paint models to camouflage with the casino walls and then jump out to surprise guests.
Thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his photo gallery.
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Golden Gate Hotel & Casino The Golden Gate bills itself as being the Las Vegas original — it started out in 1906 as Hotel Nevada, which opened to the public with electric lighting, ventilation and steam heat radiators. The original rooms, with modern improvements, are still in use. The city's first telephone was installed there, with the phone number "1." A group of Italian-Americans from the San Franscisco Bay area bought the property and established the Golden Gate in 1955.
Blending vintage and contemporary Las Vegas, the boutique casino-hotel was renovated and expanded in 2012 with new luxury suites and a high-limit pit. The new lobby displays artifacts from the hotel's history, while high-tech features add to their list of Las Vegas firsts, including a Gen 2 energy-generating elevator, sophisticated HD surveillance system and Tangerine Global digital streaming for its in-room TV entertainment centers.
The casino features sexy Dancing Dealers and blends the latest in slots and video with traditional craps, blackjack and newer table games like 3-card poker and Let it Ride. The casino pays 10x odds on dice and 3 to 2 on all blackjacks. See more photos from the renovation celebration.
The Golden Gate also features Du-Par's Restaurant and Bakery, a 24-hour diner that serves what Esquire Magazine has called the "Best Pancakes in America." The Golden Gate also continues to offer "Las Vegas' Original Shrimp Cocktail," a tradition since 1959, served in a tulip sundae glass for $2.99.
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