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Strip Scribbles: Las Vegas-based SK+G competes on AMC’s ‘The Pitch’

SK+G 'The Pitch'

Christopher DeVargas

Jim Gentleman, Ellen Curtis, Jerry Kramer, John Schadler and Doug Hentges of the Las Vegas-based ad company SK+G on Monday, April 23, 2012. SK+G is going to be featured on AMC’s new TV series “The Pitch.”

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Las Vegas Sk+G on AMC's 'The Pitch'

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Poker legend Thomas "Amarillo Slim" Preston during the World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe in Las Vegas on May 18, 1972. Amarillo Slim died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at age 83 after a long illness.

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Kelly Preston, daughter Ella Travolta and family friends with "Jersey Boys" stars Rob Marnell, Deven May, Travis Cloer and Jeff Leibow at the Paris.

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Angel Porrino hosts at Crazy Horse III on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

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From left, back to front, Carrot Top, Anthony Cools, Bobby Slayton, George Wallace, Alan Havey, Oscar Goodman and Sammy Shore.

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Amy Adams, third from right, and her sisters at "O" in the Bellagio on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

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Rita Ora at Lavo in the Palazzo.

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Lorena Peril, top row center, "Fantasy" castmates and friends at LAX in the Luxor on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

“The Pitch,” a new, unscripted reality TV series, begins as a two-episode, back-to-back premiere tonight on AMC with a Las Vegas advertising agency featured in a battle of wits to create the next big advertising campaign for environmental solutions company Waste Management.

Our friends John Schadler and Jerry Kramer founded their agency SK+G and along with their staff will be seen on AMC, home of “Mad Men” and viewed in some 100 million homes.

“The Pitch” is produced by the same team as “Undercover Boss” and “Project Runway” and chronicles the incredible lengths, intense stakes and tight deadlines top agencies encounter when they take aim at new business. Check out Las Vegas Sun colleague Conor Shine preview interview with John and Jerry, and check back after 10 p.m. in Senior Editor John Katsilometes’ the Kats Report to find out how SK+G fared against New York’s Ad Store.

O’SHEAS SHUTS & AMARILLO SLIM DIES: Our condolences as the poker world says a fond farewell to legend Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston, who died Sunday at age 83 after a long illness. He was a regular Las Vegas player and won the World Series of Poker Championship at Binion’s Horseshoe in 1972. Our thanks to the Las Vegas News Bureau for this historic photo of Slim.

We also say goodbye to O’Sheas on the Strip with its incredible 30-year history of party fun led by Brian “Lucky the Leprechaun” Thomas. The new project Linq project with its over-towering observation wheel will be taking its place, although Caesars Entertainment execs say the casino will relocate at a later date. Check out the Sun’s coverage of the final hours.


John Travolta’s actress wife Kelly Preston watched “Jersey Boys” at the Paris with her mom and friends on the advice of her husband and daughter Ella Travolta, who had seen it in New York and raved about it. Kelly took her group backstage after the performance to meet the cast and congratulate them.

Blonde bombshell Angel Porrino showed off her seductive side as guest of honor at Crazy Horse III and its Posh Boutique nightspot sporting sky-high black stilettos and a playful TopShop dress. The “Absinthe” star sipped champagne while enjoying strawberries and whipped cream.

“Survivor” host Jeff Probst and his family dined at STK in the Cosmopolitan on Monday night. Comedian and actor George Lopez enjoyed breakfast at Society Cafe in Steve Wynn’s Encore. Strip comedians Anthony Cools, Carrot Top, George Wallace, Alan Havey, Sammy Shore and Bobby Slayton invited former Mayor Oscar Goodman to their monthly lunch at Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris.

Actress Amy Adams was spotted at Tao and Tao Beach in the Venetian and also watched “O” at the Bellagio with her sisters while in town. Also at Tao: Lennox Lewis, Rohan Marley, Karen Marley (his sister) and Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams.

At neighboring Lavo in the Palazzo, Redfoo and his Party Rock crew; Scout Masterson and Bill Horn of “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood”; plus, U.K. songstress and Jay-Z protege Rita Ora with pals Rob Kardashian and Wilmer Valderrama. After her impromptu show, Rob and Wilmer jumped next door to Tao and right into the booth with DJ Vice, where actress Minka Kelly was partying after Marquee Dayclub.

Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, also partied at Marquee, where Jon Bon Jovi, who stayed at the Cosmopolitan while on the Strip for Tiger Jam, hit the Library there and happily met fans while enjoying wine with his friends.

“Fantasy” at the Luxor headline beauty Lorena Peril performed for partygoers at LAX in the Luxor. Dressed in a sexy leather bustier, rhinestone-studded camo-print mini skirt and silver-spiked pumps, she performed her single “Dance on Me,” which opens the burlesque topless show. She wrapped her performance with her next single “Soulja.”


Comedy legend Rich Little opens his one-man “Jimmy Stewart & Friends” at the LVH, and magician Murray Sawchuck performs close-up magic at the Tropicana -- check out my interview with Murray posted today. And Alex Ortiz, Rene Garcia and Aida Rodriguez are at Tropicana’s new Laugh Factory through Sunday.


We go inside the newest Las Vegas tourist attraction to inspect evidence of UFOs and other unexplained phenomena from the mysterious Area 51, and an entertainment theater opens on the Strip.

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