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Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 | 5:01 p.m.
2013 Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Hawaii
Fiery star chef Gordon Ramsay intends to have the word “Ironman” tattooed on his body when he next arrives in Las Vegas. He wants the artwork to be a permanent reminder of his successful completion of Saturday’s Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Hawaii, a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon in the hot sun on a windy course on the Big Island.
Gordon was one of 1,900 athletes who were selected from the 80,000 applications to compete in what’s described as “one of sport's most hellish endurance events.” He had never qualified for it before.
His official time was 14:04:48. Despite a slow speed of 20 minutes per mile in the marathon, he cracked the 112-mile bike segment in just six hours, 35 minutes and the 2.4-mile swim in one hour, 20 minutes. Competitors dropped out, and many finished by midnight after starting at 7 a.m.
Professional athlete Frederik Van Lierde of Belguim won with a time of 8:12:29. “Dancing With the Stars” champion and retired Pittsburgh Steelers great Hines Ward clocked in at 13:08:15.
The now much thinner 46-year-old Scottish chef — who has restaurants here at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and Paris — used Twitter to tell supporters “it’s done” as he crossed the finish line. The “Master Chef” judge was saddened in his victory celebration to learn of the tragic death in Chicago of his “Master Chef” Season 3 winner Josh Marks. You can watch Gordon’s amazing achievement on NBC on Nov. 16.
TOPLESS GIFT: Two of Riviera’s “Crazy Girls” topless temptresses will deliver a check for $2,500 on Friday to the charity Safe Nest at the 30th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Luncheon at the Rio. Originally, to celebrate the start of their 26th anniversary, the dancers wanted to donate a portion of the ticket sales to a cancer charity, but it rejected the gift, saying that it didn’t want an adult cabaret’s financial support.
TV TIDBITS: Las Vegas soul singer Barry Black starts on his quest for fame and fortune on NBC’s “The Voice” tonight. Barry, a Samoan, will have Adam Levine of Maroon 5 as his mentor.
Showtime’s “Gigolos” filmed here will start shooting Season 5 shortly to air next spring. Congratulations on the renewal to sexy studs Nick Hawk, Vin Armani, Brace Land, Ash Armand and Bradley Lords.
Tattooed chef and DJ Steve Martorano got the go-ahead to film his new reality TV series here as his new Mediterranean restaurant opens at Paris. Steve, who runs Cafe Martorano at the Rio, now has five restaurants, and the series will deal with the heartache and headaches of ensuring that all five are up to his high standards of Mama’s Philadelphia meals.
Magician Murray Sawchuck will appear on this week’s “What Not to Wear” as the Learning Channel wraps its multiyear run. Then, Murray hosts the first anniversary of the Neon Boneyard with “Walking Dead” memorabilia at its Boneyard Bash for Halloween.
Dancers on the Jennifer Lopez world tour have Nuvo TV cameras focused on them for its new reality TV series, “A Step Away,” which features Las Vegas darling Tera Perez, J.Lo’s stand-in dance captain.
CHANGING HOMES: Leggy Leigh Zimmerman and husband former Foreigner guitarist Domenick Allen have relocated from Summerlin to London, where they have launched their own duets show in the West End. They say this second return to Britain is a permanent move, but they will still keep their Las Vegas home so that Domenick can fulfill his “Vinyl Classic Rock Experience” shows with Denny Laine.
Leigh won an Olivier Award during her recent run in “A Chorus Line” there, which prompted a slew of offers in the British capital. “It’s as permanent as permanent can be in our business,” Domenick said in an email to me over the weekend. They lived there for seven years starting in 2002, when she starred onstage in “The Producers.”
Learn everything about the future and what’s being developed in downtown from former Mayor Oscar Goodman and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh in a documentary airing on PBS Channel 10.
Hip-hop DJ Carnage spins the wheels of steel at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.
Check out the unique photo look at Nevada in the Cody Brothers exhibition at the Springs Preserve titled “Nevada Reflections: The Silver State in Black and White.”
AEG entertainment chief John Meglen reviews the Las Vegas show landscape and talks about his superstar artists Celine Dion, Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart as Shania Twain resumes her residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.