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‘Casino Confidential,’ focusing on Binion’s, debuts Thursday on TLC


Steve Marcus

An exterior view of Binion’s in Downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.

Casino Confidential on TLC

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TV executives at TLC are saying that Thursday’s new series “Casino Confidential” filmed at Binion’s Downtown will be a “high-octane, no-hold’s-barred” docu-soap rather than regular reality TV programming. They say it will expose extraordinary events and crazy characters as told from the perspective of Binion’s staff. TLC says viewers can expect to watch unruly high rollers, all-night partygoers and bachelor parties gone rogue.

Admittedly, it will bring amazing publicity to the ever-growing Downtown, but skeptics are already questioning whether it will be beneficial. The network suits defend it, saying it will not be another “Sin City Rules” fiasco. However, Vegas DeLuxe has learned that scenes in the first back-to-back episodes airing Thursday push shenanigans to the next level.

A wild bachelor party has security on alert, and a sexy young blackjack dealer has to sober up and learn how to run a poker table in time for the hotel’s fifth annual classic tournament. In the second half-hour episode, security has to deal with a drunken flasher and his unruly pals. The cameras also film senior staff ditching their suits in favor of T-shirts to win younger customers. They sponsor a 16-year-old car-racing prodigy to compete in Binion’s name, but, despite her confidence, her pink-rimmed Camaro spins out of control.

Plus, one of the casino employees, a former farm girl, seems to fail at every job the casino throws at her. We’ll check ratings and critical and audience reaction and report them next week.

MORE TV: Local entertainer Tony Sacca starts a new televised “Las Vegas Rocks” variety show Friday, and it’s free admission for the audience at Shimmer Cabaret in LVH. Each week, Tony’s cameras film the 4 p.m. show, which is then edited and airs the following Saturday.

Tony tells me that his premiere guests are guitarist Esteban and his daughter Teresa Joy, comedian Anthony Padillo and Plaza headliners The Phat Pack. The Gregg Peterson Band is his guest house musicians this debut week. Tony says it will be his modern version of “The Ed Sullivan Show” but solely focused on Las Vegas.

FIVE YEARS: Internet radio hosts Robert and Paco celebrate the fifth anniversary of their Hook Jaw Radio Network show Friday with “Pin Up” at The Stratosphere headliner Claire Sinclair. Past guests have promised to show up at the regular weekly live broadcast from PBR Rock Bar at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, and there will be a red carpet for arrivals.

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