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December 19, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: 100th show for ‘Panda!,’ World Series of Poker, ‘Chow Masters,’ Star Surveillance

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Opening night of “Panda!” on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Palazzo.

Opening Night of ‘Panda!’

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“Panda!,” the first-ever Chinese-produced show to take up a Las Vegas residency, has celebrated its 100th show at Palazzo. Audience members signed their names on a commemorative banner on their way into the theater.

John Caparella, hotel president, and Elizabeth Hansen, director of Asian leisure sales, presented the cast with a specially designed cake from the Venetian/Palazzo pastry team.

“As the first resident Chinese show in Las Vegas, we’re honored and humbled to celebrate 100 magnificent shows at Palazzo,” said director An Zhao. “One hundred shows is a testament to the amazing talent of our wonderful cast and creative team.”

“Panda!” mixes high-flying acrobatics, mystifying martial arts, music and dance with performers from China National Acrobatics Troupe, Shaolin Monastery Kung Fu Monks Troupe and China Star Dance Troupe.

Ryan Riess Wins 2013 WSOP

Ryan Riess, 23, a poker professional from East Lansing, Mich., poses with stacks of cash after winning the World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold 'Em tournament at the Rio Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Launch slideshow »

WSOP AT THE RIO: Today’s preview of the 45th Annual World Series of Poker, which runs May 27 through July 14 at the Rio, is expected to feature 65 gold-bracelet events. But more importantly the most money ever awarded in one WSOP event: a whopping $200-million-plus. It’s expected that this year the WSOP total will surpass $2 billion in prize money.

QUICK NOTES

Tonight on Travel Channel’s “Chow Masters,” our Las Vegas chef Sammy DiMarco hits the Mile High City of Denver in search of the perfect nacho, and here’s a hilarious clip about their origin.

Former magic assistant Brittney Palmer, who went on to become a UFC ring girl, married Australian Aaron Zalewski over the weekend, and the topless temptresses from her former show “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo were her bridesmaids — with their gowns on, of course.

Why is it after five months of promises for payment that choreographer and director Jennifer Romas and her dance troupe are still owed money by Block 16 Hospitality for their performances at the Planet Hollywood nightclub they operated, then closed? Jennifer felt so bad about the nonpayment that she paid the girls out of her own pocket.

Our own Las Vegas rock band Avalon Landing came oh so close but narrowly missed out on being voted into the final three bands getting a shot at global stardom. Hard Rock International called on aspiring musicians, and more than 10,000 bands entered, 418,000 votes submitted and 750 bands competed in battles at 70+ Hard Rock Cafes.

Avalon Landing got to the final 24 but just missed being in the final three to go to Italy this summer to perform at the first Hard Rock Live Rome music festival.

2013 Epicurean Affair and Daniel Boulud Announcement

The Daniel Boulud announcement and the 2013 Epicurean Affair at the Palazzo on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Launch slideshow »

James Beard Award-winning chef Julian Serrano will be the host of the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair when it returns to Palazzo for the fifth time May 22. The scholarship fundraiser is sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association.

This year’s participants include Mario Batali’s B&B Ristorante and Carnevino, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, Buddy Valastro’s Buddy V’s Ristorante, Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar, Daniel Boulud’s new DB Brasserie, Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse, Kerry Simon’s Simon, Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, Tao and many others.

STAR SURVEILLANCE

Actress Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) dined with friends at Stack in the Mirage and enjoyed chef Brian Massie’s Hot Rocks and pigs in a blanket.

Actor Ron Perlman (“Hellboy,” “Sons of Anarchy”) also dined at Stack, while old-school hip-hop legend Slick Rick was at a nearby table before his show at 1 OAK, where comedian Tommy Davidson was among the crowd.

WWE Diva Ariane Andrews partied at the Bank in Bellagio.

Stars at Haze in Aria included Darren McFadden (Oakland Raiders), Jarrett Jack (Cleveland Cavaliers) and R&B singer Rico Love, who performed. He flew in from Miami, dined at Akira Back’s Yellowtail, performed and then flew to Milwaukee to begin a 45-city tour.

Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Buddy Valastro palled

up at Hakkasan in MGM Grand enjoying the sounds of Tiesto from a VIP booth on the fifth level until 3 a.m.

Director Clint Eastwood’s son, actor Scott Eastwood, was at Mandalay Bay Events Center for the Professional Bull Riders’ Last Cowboy Standing researching for his next role in “The Longest Ride,” in which he’ll play a professional bull rider.

Instagram model and Miss Coed 2014 Lauren Hanley celebrated her 21st birthday at Encore Beach Club at Night pool party. The buxom blonde who this year was linked to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, now drafted to the Cleveland Browns, partied with five girlfriends and her mom.

Former NFL stars posed for photographs and signed memorabilia at Nove Italiano in the Palms: Heisman trophy winners Eric Crouch (University of Nebraska/Kansas City Chiefs), Johnny Rodgers (University of Nebraska/San Diego Chargers) and Mike Rozier (University of Nebraska/Atlanta Falcons), as well as Melvin Fowler (Buffalo Bills,) Hugh Green (Miami Dolphins,) Derek Hagan (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Matthew Hatchette (Jacksonville Jaguars), Courtney Hawkins (Pittsburgh Steelers), Napoleon McCallum (Oakland Raiders), Paul Pratt (Detroit Lions) and Patrick Turner (New York Jets). The group was in town for the A Level Playing Field Foundation’s charity golf tournament.

Our gorgeous gridiron girls the Las Vegas Sin of the Legends Football league hosted a full-uniform meet-and-greet for fans today at Charlie Frias Park to promote Thursday’s season home opener against the Green Bay Chill at the Thomas & Mack Arena.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Stage and screen star Chazz Palminteri performs his one-man “A Bronx Tale” show at the Smith Center. My interview with Chazz was posted earlier today.

Charles Fleischer and Tracey MacDonald headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.

2014 VUBBA: Master Series Dinners at Caesars

Gordon Ramsay hosts a Master Series Dinner for 2014 Vegas Uncork’d on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at his Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Hollywood multimillionaire Candy Spelling hits Las Vegas with a bombshell tell-all book and calls out her tabloid TV daughter Tori Spelling. We’ll continue Vegas Uncork’d coverage with Mario and Daniel, chat with Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez as she packs for Donald Trump’s Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge and see if tattoo artist Walter “Sausage” Frank of Club Tattoo here makes it to the “Ink Master” finals.

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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