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Strip Scribbles: Asian billionaire, Steve Wynn, KISS and The Wanted


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Andrea and Steve Wynn at the grand opening of Andrea’s at the Encore on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

The Wanted Parties, Performs at 1 OAK

The Wanted arrives at 1 OAK in The Mirage on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Launch slideshow »

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An Asian billionaire is currently $120 million up in a marathon run of high-stakes play against one of our Las Vegas casinos in Macau. That’s after giving back $30 million in play!

Massachusetts residents have begun to swing in Steve Wynn’s favor of him building a hotel casino outside Boston above Mystic River in Everett. Their big concern now is traffic flow.

Three Las Vegas chefs have been lured to Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival starting April 4. Paul Bartolotta will represent his seafood restaurant at Wynn, Pierre Gagnaire his Twist at Mandarin Oriental and Mandarin Oriental executive chef David Werly.

Cameras from The Travel Channel will film an episode of “Making Monsters” during this first-anniversary weekend of KISS by Monster Mini Golf.

E! Entertainment cameras followed British boyband The Wanted while here in Las Vegas this week for a reality TV show.

‘ROCK’ OPENING: “Raiding the Rock Vault” officially opened at Las Vegas Hotel as rock and roll legends took the audience on a ride through music history. The show features some of the greatest rock hits from 1948 to 1989, with classic anthems from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Queen, Van Halen, AC/DC, Journey and more.

Raiding the Rock Vault

Car vs. train in 1991

The all-star band includes Howard Leese (Heart, Bad Company), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), Robin McAuley (MSG, Survivor), John Payne (Asia), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jay Schellen (Badfinger, Asia), Andrew Freeman (Lynch Mob, The Offspring) and Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford, Hardline). Bobby Kimball (Toto) was the guest star, with rotating rockers as visitors during the yearlong run.

On the red carpet: Carrot Top, Ricardo Laguna, Anthony Cools, Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips, Daisy de la Hoya, David Kershenbaum and cast members of “Evil Dead: The Musical, “Fantasy,” “Rock of Ages,” Chippendales, Recycled Percussion and Danny Koker and his “Counting Cars” cast.

CAR VS. TRAIN: Back in 1991, I took part in a unique racing challenge driving and filming for my TV series “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” in a race from London to Venice against The Orient Express train. My friend John Paul DeJoria of John Paul Mitchell Beauty Systems was one of my fellow 1,000-mile competitors.

If memory serves me correct, Duran Duran heartthrob Simon LeBon won in a Lamborghini Diablo while wife Yasmin rode the tracks in comfort. I know that I finished the race, but I don’t remember where I placed. We did it to raise funds for a London children’s hospital. Now the adventure is to become a documentary and photo book once everybody has oiled his or her memory cogs to remember the event.

HOT SUMMER: Although Palms Pool & Bungalows has opened for the season, Ditch Fridays don’t start until May 3 -- but what a star-studded opening weekend. Busta Rhymes, Redman and Method Man kick it off, and Sean “P.Diddy” Combs hosts his soiree following the Mayweather Jr.-Guerrero bout.

Later in May, Palms has booked Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris and Big Sean. The hotel’s new Heraea with its pool patio will cater to cabana and daybed revelers.

MISS AMERICA DATES: Las Vegas lost the Miss America Pageant with its return to Atlantic City, and both are trying to expand on what we rebuilt. It will be a short reign for Mallory Hagan, who won the crown and title here in January; the 2012 Miss New York crowns her successor Sept. 15.

Ahead of the ABC pageant, there will be 13 days of events starting after Labor Day with preliminary competition Sept. 10-12 and the return of the Show Us Your Shoes Parade on the boardwalk Sept. 14.

Reba McEntire at Laughlin Amphitheater

Reba McEntire performs in the first concert at Laughlin Amphitheater on the river in Laughlin on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Rev Run and Ruckus at Pure

DJ Ruckus and Rev Run of Run-DMC at Pure in Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Launch slideshow »

REBA IN LAUGHLIN: Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was on assignment in Laughlin and captured an extraordinary photo gallery of country star Reba McEntire. She headlined a show sponsored by Las Vegas Events for our Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to show that we have stars every weekend.


Hip-hop stars Rev Run and Ruckus presented a DJ and MC set for 2013 Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show clubgoers at Pure in Caesars Palace on Tuesday night. During his one-hour show, Rev Run of Run-DMC performed “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” and “Jump Around.”

Rapper Wyclef Jean dined at Heraea and enjoyed crab spinach dip, a New York strip steak and a Mai Tai.

Tropicana headliner magician Murray Sawchuck and sidekick Doug “Lefty” Leferovich were at Nellis Air Force Base talking with students during Elementary School Career Fair Week. The duo performed magic tricks and challenged the students to go for their dreams and work hard to make a difference in their lives and others.


Singer Juice Newton is at Veil Pavilion in Silverton Casino Lodge.

The Miss Mint 400 crowning ceremony, Pit Crew Challenge and Time Trials for The Mint 400 are at Fremont Street Experience.

The 10th annual Nevada Entertainer Artist Hall of Fame with bandleader Vincent Falcone is at UNLV.

Umphrey’s McGee is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

The 14th annual Advance Auto Parts Motor Jam at Sam Boyd Stadium honors four children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families in the Make-a-Wish Foundation with 28 drivers in a parade on the Strip outside Planet Hollywood before Saturday’s races.

And it’s the first day of the new exhibit “Jewels of the Titanic” at “Titanic: The Exhibit” at Luxor through May 31.


Our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview is jam-packed with Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” gala, The Mint 400 and Monster Jam race events, KISS by Monster Mini Golf first anniversary and rocker Vince Neil’s show at The Orleans Arena.

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