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Strip Scribbles: Diddy’s $1 million gambling loss; Bret Michaels filming; downtown nightclub scam; and ‘Mamma Mia’ returns?


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Diddy hosts his “Fight Night After-Party” at Rain and Palms Pools on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

Diddy Fight Night After-Party at Palms

Diddy hosts his “Fight Night After-Party” at Rain and Palms Pools on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Launch slideshow »

It’s a marvelous, mouthwatering Monday jam-packed with Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors.

$1 MILLION LOSS: Rap mogul Diddy dropped a cool $1 million playing craps at the Palms after the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight Saturday night. His friend Rick Ross pocketed an IOU for the staggering sum before they went into Rain for Diddy to host post-fight festivities.

Diddy posted an Instagram video of his bet gone bad: “I just lost a million dollars. It ain’t nothing.” Rick responded with an Instagram: “I had Puff write me a contract for the 1million$$ I won from him rollin’ dice.”

Diddy may have dismissed the loss as chump change, but he didn’t look too happy in the photo of the two of them together!

MUSICAL COMEBACK: Is “Mamma Mia” headed back to Las Vegas with a February run starting at Tropicana? That’s the inside buzz there from several reliable sources. The ABBA musical enjoyed a previous run that ended in January 2009 at Mandalay Bay Theater before “The Lion King” took over and later Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One.”

More than 1 million people attended the 2,300 Las Vegas performances, and producer Judy Kramer always said that she would love the show to return to Las Vegas at some point. The show starred Las Vegas singer Tina Walsh, who went on to perform in a long run of “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian.

The D Las Vegas: Opening Weekend With Bret Michaels

The D Las Vegas' grand opening weekend with Bret Michaels, owner Derek Stevens and his brother Greg Stevens, Jizzy Pearl and Greg Maddux on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Launch slideshow »

REALITY TV SHOWS: Rocker Bret Michaels of Poison will be filming scenes for Season 2 of the Travel Channel’s “Rock My RV” at his Oct. 2 concert at Henderson Pavilion.

In “Rock My RV,” which debuted in May, Bret leads a team of skilled, custom RV designers and fabricators who transform regular-traveler RVs into a mobile home fit for a rock star. To add the trappings and trimmings, Bret gets involved helping design and build the outrageous mansions on wheels.

“Skin Wars,” the new one-hour reality TV competition about body painting on GSN next year, will be produced here by Robin Barcus Slonjia, Las Vegas artist and owner of Skin City Body Painting. Eight episodes will be filmed to find the most talented and versatile body artists in America.

UPSET STARS: Hip-hop artist Trina sent out Facebook messages to deny that she was appearing Saturday at the downtown nightclub Pulse as promoted on radio ads and fliers that continued after telling fans she was booked in a Miami club. Joe Vargas of broke the scam story and said it was the second such incident.

He said that on the last big fight weekend in Las Vegas, the same thing happened with artist Fortune, who the club blamed for not showing up. Owner Kiki Dolas told Joe late today, “These two shows were promoted by outside promoters Cliffhanger Productions and Island West Promotions LLC. Pulse only rented out the venue to these promoters. … Pulse didn’t promote either show.”

VH1's 'Model Employee' at Mandalay Bay

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CONGRATULATIONS: Regular Las Vegas visitors singer John Legend and supermodel Chrissy Teigen, who hosted “Model Employee” at Mandalay Bay, were married over the weekend in Italy.

The couple, who dated for four years before he proposed, pop in and out often because her half-sister Tina lives here. John announced this morning that he’s bringing his Made to Love tour to the Palms with Tamar Braxton on Nov. 30.

ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN: Singer Carly Rae Jepsen will star in a USA special-event concert, Unite Live: The Concert to Rock Out Bullying, at the Thomas & Mack on Oct. 3. The public service initiative is a partnership with USA, our Las Vegas-headquartered R&R Partners Foundation and Cox Communications to mark National Bullying Prevention Month.

Said Carly: “An estimated 13 million kids will be bullied in America this year. I applaud all for making this important event possible. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but, with programs like this, we can spark a dialogue that will make a real difference in putting a stop to bullying.”

2011 NYE: Pamela Anderson at Studio 54

Pamela Anderson hosts the final New Year's Eve at Studio 54 in MGM Grand on Dec. 31, 2011. Launch slideshow »


Pinup princesses and sex-screen sirens Pamela Anderson and Brigitte Bardot have teamed up to stop dogs being slaughtered in Romania and have written to its president urging him to stop the killings.

“Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock is launching a monthly cabaret with four to six showbiz Strip guests with a goal to raise $100,000+ for Las Vegas charities over the next year at the rate of $10,000 a show every third Monday of the month at the Act in Palazzo.

This year’s downtown PollyGrind Film Festival premieres Oct. 9 with more than 100 films collated from 777 entries from 13 countries, with filmmakers ages 11 to 67. There will be 18 world premieres in the arthouse- and grindhouse-themed films covering horror, sci-fi, zombies and more.

Jason Alexander at Brad Garrett's Comedy Club

Jason Alexander makes a surprise appearance at Brad Garrett's Comedy Club in MGM Grand on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Launch slideshow »


Brad Garrett headlines at his comedy club in MGM Grand through Sunday with Percy Crews and Geoff Keith.

The Sin City Soul and Blues Revival continues with more than 40 bands at the Rio through Tuesday.

Buy one bottle, but get a magnum at STK’s Magnum Mondays party with DJ M!ke Attack in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Cabanas for a Cause to benefit the Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation is at Palms Pool.

Star chef Rick Moonen kicks off his guest mixology series at Rx Boiler Room in Mandalay Bay with lead barman Nathan Greene and champions Anthony Pullen and Roger Gross to raise funds for charities.


Follow me on Twitter @robin_leach starting at 3 a.m. Tuesday with all the news of Britney Spears appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with her exciting revelations of her new Planet Hollywood residency show. Despite the early hour, which will mean an incredibly long day, we also will turn the spotlight on the 10th anniversary of Cirque’s “Zumanity” at New York-New York and get Vince Neil’s preview of Motley Crue’s new “Intimate Evening in Hell” shows at the Joint.

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