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August 20, 2017

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Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors:

New L.V. casino for Trump? Elvis exhibit closes at Westgate? Two marriage proposals?


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David Siegel, Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and Joel Weinshanker conduct an official ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, April 23, 2015, for Graceland’s first-ever permanent exhibition outside Memphis at Westgate Las Vegas.

Trump Wins Big in Nevada

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thanks supporters at Treasure Island on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, after winning the Nevada caucuses. Launch slideshow »

Elvis Is Back at Westgate

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Elvis Exhibit Ribbon Cutting

Classic Elvis photos greet visitors now hanging within Gracelands first-ever permanent exhibition outside of Memphis and in the Westgate Resorts on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Launch slideshow »
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Kelly Tuttle and Darin Notaro at Mr. Chow in Caesars Palace.

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday, and Donald Trump is expected to continue his lead for the Republican presidential nomination. But he apparently also is thinking about getting back into gambling here.

Fortune and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that The Donald’s longtime friend, Treasure Island hotel owner Phil Ruffin, wants to build a casino alongside Donald’s Trump International Hotel opposite Fashion Show mall and Wynn Las Vegas.

Phil said Donald would be a 50 percent owner in the planned casino to be built on the Trump parking lot and would be connected to his Trump Hotel.

ELVIS SHUTS DOWN: The Elvis Presley artifacts exhibition at Westgate Las Vegas quietly shut down over the weekend amid a feud between the hotel and tenant who was licensed by the Elvis Presley Estate and its Graceland exhibits.

Westgate says it had to close the 350 exhibit pieces to protect the Elvis assets, as the tenant had threatened to default on reimbursing improvement costs. The Westgate was the one-time Hilton where Elvis performed hundreds of sellout shows and is now owned by time-share titan David Siegel.

MARRIAGE PROPOSALS: Did Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips accidentally propose during MC duties at Sunday’s Mrs. Nevada America Pageant at Suncoast?

Chris was invited to dedicate one of the songs he sang to a glamorous lady. He chose his girlfriend, Jennifer Turco, who works in the high-limit gaming area at Wynn. Said Chris: “Hopefully she’ll be a Mrs. within two years and be able to compete in this contest.”

Jennifer ran to him at the end of the pageant to say “yes,” but she’s not going to wait two years. “My birthday is in two months, so hopefully we can make it official then,” she told Chris. He says it’s the first time in more than 30 years that he’s eating homemade Italian meals, and that helped win him over!

Wicked Creative PR executive Lauren Cahlan, who was the Mrs. Summerlin delegate, won the Mrs. Nevada America title and crown. She will compete in the Mrs. America Pageant in August at Westgate. Our report, photo gallery and interview with Lauren will be posted here Tuesday.

For CNBC’s “Money Talks” star Steve Stevens, it was an official proposal complete with a 5.1-karat diamond ring when he asked longtime girlfriend Kelly Tuttle for her hand in marriage during dinner at the new Mr. Chow in Caesars Palace over the weekend.

Steve, who’s birth name is Darin Notaro, is head honcho at VIP Sports and is about to start filming Season 2 of “Money Talks,” which will now air on the new cable network Esquire. VIP Sports is a sports betting consulting firm, and his website of tips and news is available any time on any device.

Our mutual friend Joel Ginsburg was there and snapped photos of Kelly and Steve with the engagement ring and wedding band with another 2 karats of diamonds. “We’re becoming ‘The Brady Bunch,’ less two,” laughed Steve. “I have two children and Kelly has two, so we’re going to be a brand new family of six.”

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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