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October 19, 2017

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Strip Scribbles: Cover Edge political news, Oscar odds, Britney Spears, Penn


Steve Marcus

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at South Point Arena & Equestrian Center.

Rubio Rallies at Silverton

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., rallies with supporters at the Silverton on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, ahead of the Nevada caucuses. Launch slideshow »

Ben Carson Campaign Stop in Summerlin

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson listens to a question from a reporter during a campaign stop at the Mountain Shadows Community Center in Summerlin Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Launch slideshow »

Our local Cover Edge TV satellite studio operated from 2 a.m. Sunday to midnight Monday and will even be longer tonight servicing national cable news networks.

The candidates have literally been bumping into one another at the studios on Industrial for 40 interviews back to New York. Fox had 40 satellite hits alone.

Each candidate has 20 Secret Service bodyguards for protection while moving in town, although Donald Trump has 49, plus his own security team with him for more than 30 years.

All this, plus satellite trucks set up at nominee headquarters and network on-air anchors. I appeared on Neil Cavuto’s Fox Business Channel show, and Steve Wynn is the last to wrap up today’s broadcasts as the GOP caucuses close here at 9 p.m. PT.

Anchors remain on air until early morning back East until all the votes are tallied. On Monday night, “The Donald” hosted a rally for nearly 10,000 supporters at South Point Arena.

The audience included hotel tycoon Phil Ruffin, Mirage headliner Terry Fator and Fox real estate guru Bob “Property Man” Massi.

Today, my pal Sean Hannity of Fox News interviews Rick Harrison of “Pawn Stars” about his support for GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

OSCAR ODDS: Wynn Las Vegas race and sports book chief Johnny Avello has updated his odds for Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards on ABC.

He picks Leonard DiCaprio for best actor in “The Revenant,” which he picks as Best Picture and for its director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, to win the prized gold statuette for Best Director.

Brie Larson gets the nod for Best Actress in “Room,” although I’d love to see the 40-to-1 long-shot, my friend Charlotte Rampling, win for “45 Years.”

Alicia Vikander is at even odds to win for Best Supporting Actress in “The Danish Girl,” and Sylvester Stallone is tapped to win for “Creed.”

Chris Rock hosts the Oscars from Dolby Theater in Hollywood. A satellite broadcast will be shown after a star-studded red carpet at Brenden Movie Theaters in the Palms to benefit Variety Club children’s charities.

Elton John’s 67th Birthday at Fizz

Sir Elton John, right, with David Furnish, celebrates his 67th birthday at Fizz on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »


Which Strip headliner has inquired about holding a “coming out” party at Sir Elton John’s champagne lounge Fizz at Caesars Palace?

Is Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette about to take part in a one-hour grilling with Dr. Oz?

Will pop princess Britney Spears choreograph a 45-minute nightclub-theme workout ride for the new fitness studio X Cycle in Boca Park?

ONE YEAR AWAY: Las Vegas restaurateur and hospitality consultant and James Beard Award nominee Elizabeth Blau will spend a year out of town starting in September but promises that she’ll shuttle back and forth from Vancouver, B.C., to watch over her restaurants Honey Salt, Andiron Steak + Sea, Made L.V. and two Buddy Valastro venues here.

Elizabeth has become executive producer of the design and hospitality team at two casino hotels with a total of 500 suites, 10 restaurants and spa in Vancouver. She tells me one of the restaurants will be another Honey Salt.

2011 Andre Agassi Grand Slam: Red Carpet and Show

The Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children red carpet and benefit gala at Wynn Las Vegas on Oct. 29, 2011. Performers included Jimmy Kimmel, Smokey Robinson, Martina McBride, Jeffrey Ross, Train, Signature and Michael Buble. Launch slideshow »


Tennis legends and Las Vegas residents Agassi Agassi and wife Steffi Graf attended The Tenors at the Smith Center on Saturday night.

The entire offensive line of the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos dined at STK in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and enjoyed shellfish platters, Kobe sirloins, bone–in ribeye, doughnuts and peanut butter pies washed down with Faust Cabernet and Ketel One sodas.

CNBC political commentator Chris Matthews (“Hardball”) attended “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas.

Congressman Joe Heck, R-Nev., enjoyed brunch in a party of four at Anthony Nunez’s Kitchen Table in Henderson on Sunday.

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Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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