Tuesday, July 1, 2014 | 4:31 p.m.
Former “Baywatch” beauty and “Dancing With the Stars” darling Pamela Anderson might arrive here tonight to cheer on the final hours of her two-time husband Rick Salomon playing for a $15 million first-place prize in Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte’s Big One for One Drop charity poker tournament at the Rio.
Rick, who made headlines releasing a sex tape with Paris Hilton, resumed play for the third and final day today at 1 p.m. after finishing Monday night’s 15- hour marathon at 4:15 a.m. today when just nine players remained.
Rick was in a commanding lead position with 23.5 million chips. He’s up against three Las Vegas rivals: Daniel Negreanu (20,700,000), Cary Katz (9,125,000) and Scott Seiver (8,250,000).
Big One for One Drop 2012 champion Antonio Esfandiari was KO’d in 10th before play ended in the second Big One for One Drop.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.