By Dianne R. Davis
Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis
The 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards Red Carpet at the Las Vegas Hilton - Part 2
Brandon Harper Won WSOP Seat
For every player in the World Series of Poker, the WSOP, there’s a back story. Some saved for years for their seats. For others, it’s petty cash to put in the $10,000 entry fee to compete against the world’s best poker players.
Brandon Harper won his seat in the main event. A resident of
It was the day of the Rashad Evan and Rampage Jackson UFC event and Brandon and his wife Farrah were having company. Not just company, about 40 people.
“I hopped into the $200 Tournament. There were only 81 players. Well,” he said, “one thing led to another. The fight was starting. Forty people including kids were in my house. The tournament went from 80 to 50 to 40 players and I ‘m still there. I’m still alive.”
“I got it!”, he told me. “I even knocked out a pro.”
More important than beating one pro, that win earned
I asked him if he had a strategy. “I play a very patient game. I fold a lot. And I try to relax.” As the game continues, he knows that he’ll have to be more aggressive.
I asked him if he had any plans for the money if he should win. “If I make $20,000 to $30,000 I’ll use it to pay off some debts. If it’s over $100,000, I’ll buy a new car for my wife Farrah.”
Just before publication, I spoke with
When it comes to next year’s WSOP, he used a quote that we’ve heard before when he told me that one way or another, “I’ll be back.”
Greg London Brings Talent and Fun to Strip
Greg London’s Icons stars a personable talented entertainer who is now where he wants to be – on the Las Vegas Strip.
Impressionists come and go in
His ZZ Top was delightful and William Shatner was out of this world. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Then he paired Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias.
But wait, how many impressionists do you know who put together Ozzie Osburne and Kermit. It’s not surprising to learn that this charming multi-talented performer was voted Nevada Magazine’s 2009 Entertainer of the Year.
Greg’s back up dancers, Amy Geldhof, Christine Richards and Sarah Jessica Rhodes, add the pre-requisite eye candy, but are refreshingly all American types.
Along with Barry Manilow, Sammy Davis, and Neal Diamond, no impressionist in Vegas can dare to forget Elvis. Don’t worry, Greg London will give you Elvis with Satisfaction.
When I spoke with Greg after his show, he told me that, “I never planned on being an impressionist.” His grandfather was a trumpet player in West End shows in
Greg was thrilled when the Queen Victoria Pub opened in the
Greg loves doing impressions, but ultimately, he says, “I’m a singer who does a show about impressions.” What’s his dream, I asked. “To be successful, “ he said, “to be the next great entertainer.
Greg London wants people to know that down at the end of the strip is a darn good show that will appeal to all ages. “Greg London’s ICONS - Entertaining the World One Impression at a Time” runs Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Mardi Gras Showroom at The Riviera (2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada). Regular ticket prices are $39.99, $59.99 (preferred seating) and $69.99 (VIP) before applied discounts. All prices are base plus tax and fee. For more information, call The Riviera Box Office toll free at (877) 892-7469 or visit www.rivierahotel.com