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World Series Of Poker And Bad Beat On Cancer Team Up For Free Poker Seminars

Throughout the 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP), the poker community is invited to participate in eleven unique free admission seminars from respected pros relating to different poker subject matters.

The WSOP has teamed with its official charities, the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the Nevada Cancer Institute, to offer the “First Annual Bad Beat Seminar Series” featuring some of the greatest minds in the game sharing their personal insights, instruction and stories in hour-long sessions prior to the day’s WSOP play.

All 11 speakers are donating their time for these events. The hope is attendees will either consider a $20 donation to the Bad Beat on Cancer, or agree to pledge 1% of their WSOP tournament winnings to benefit Bad Beat on Cancer, with 100% of their donations being tax-deductible.

All seminars will feature 45 minutes of lecture time/discussion, followed by 15 minutes of interactive Q & A from the audience. These seminars will take place at 10:30 AM daily in the Brasilia Ballroom in the Rio Convention Center, directly adjacent to the tournament rooms where the WSOP is being played.

The inaugural 2011 lineup features the two leading WSOP bracelet winners in history, a pair of prolific high stakes cash game players, two of the most successful women in the game and several other unique poker personalities. The entire schedule follows:

WSOP BAD BEAT ON CANCER SEMINAR SERIES SCHEDULE


DATE

TIME

NAME

TOPIC

LOCATION

Saturday, June 4

10:30 AM

Chad Brown

Beating the Odds

Brasilia Main Stage

Saturday, June 11

10:30 AM

Andy Bloch

No Limit Hold’em Pre-Flop Play

Brasilia Main Stage

Friday, June 17

10:30 AM

Doyle Brunson

A Poker Life

Brasilia Main Stage

Saturday, June 18

10:30 AM

Phil Galfond

Pot Limit Omaha

Brasilia Main Stage

Saturday, June 25

10:30 AM

Daniel Cates

Playing Post-Flop

Brasilia Main Stage

Friday, July 1

10:30 AM

Vanessa Selbst

No Limit Hold’em

Tournament Strategy

Brasilia Main Stage

Saturday, July 2

10:30 AM

Phil Gordon

Inquisitive Poker

Brasilia Main Stage

Thursday, July 7

10:30 AM

Annie Duke

Making Better Decisions

Brasilia Main Stage

Friday, July 8

10:30 AM

Annette Obrestad

Playing the Turn & River

Brasilia Main Stage

Saturday, July 9

10:30 AM

Sam Chauhan

Main Event Mindset

Brasilia Main Stage

Sunday, July 10

10:30 AM

Phil Hellmuth

11Ways to Play Stronger NLH

Brasilia Main Stage


For more information, check out www.preventcancer.org or www.nevadacancerinstitute.org . For information on the World Series of Poker, go to www.WSOP.com.


Broadway Bares Heats Up Strip and Raises $20,905 for Charity

Broadway Bares, a show featuring 180 outstanding dancers and singers from Vegas shows, came back full force this year, raising $20,905 for BroadwayCares/EquityFightsAids. This second annual production more than doubled the amount raised during its debut year in 2010.

The full name of the production, “Las Vegas Broadway Bares The Sequel 2 Hot” clearly described a show chock full of sizzling production numbers filled with scantily clad participants. The production is the offspring of Broadway Bares, created by Jerry Mitchell in 1992. The New York production incorporates performers from all of the Broadway shows to raise money for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids. The annual show has raised $6.6 million in the 19 editions.

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The Vegas version on April 24th was hot, hot, and sizzling. I have never sat in a more responsive audience. No wonder. The dancers, singers, and other performers who were not on stage were there to cheer on their co-artists. So, there I was, seated in back of Deven May and two seats away from Jeff Leibow, both of whom portray Jersey Boys in the hit Vegas production. On stage was Travis Cloer one of the two performers who alternate in the Frankie Valli role in the show. Behind me was Greg London, star of Icons that Rock at the Hilton. One of his dancers was in the show. Hypnotist Marc Savard was there as was impressionist Gordie Brown, and Vegas! The Show Choreographer Tiger Martina who was in from New York. How great to see them all there supporting other artists and the cause.

It was a treat to see the performers from the Lion King without their masks and sans costumes. Some, such as the women from Bite, didn’t have to strip down too much further as they don’t have a lot of costume to start with. Red headed vixen Tara Palsha, the lead dancer in Vegas! The Show” certainly brought up the temperature in the room with “Hit me with a Hot Note” choreographed by Palsha and Ryan Kelsey.

Edie, the drag queen from Zumanity, returned to host again this year. Co-hosts Holly Madison and Josh Strickland from Peepshow were on hand to cheer on their cast members and add more excitement to the production. More than a dozen acts sizzled on stage with names reflecting the content of the performances such as 2 Hot, Sex on Fire, Le Jazz Hot, Brining The Heat, and Simply Bareisistible.

Jerry Mitchell took to the stage at the conclusion to express his gratitude to the cast who gathered on stage to accept a few more dollars for the charity as audience members came forward to slip $5s and $10s and more into the g strings of the cast members. Mitchell was touched by the support and pledged to return again next year.

The only downside to the production was the hour. Scheduled to begin at midnight, the show opened about 30 minutes later. But it was worth waiting up for. And worth way more than the $20 per ticket contribution. Be sure to see it when it returns next year. For more into check out www.broadwaycares.org or www.broadwaybares.com.


Interview with Comedianne Grandma Lee at Big Al's Comedy Club in The Orleans

Grandma Lee Currently appearing at Orleans

Sassy senior Grandma Lee, known as “America’s funniest and outrageous grandmother,” shot to stardom on the NBC talent show America’s Got Talent, where she made it through to the grand finale. She was a contestant in the 2004 season of Last Comic Standing on NBC, where she later returned for three seasons as a special guest and was chosen as a Top 10 Favorite Comic of the program. Grandma Lee won the 2003 Las Vegas Comedy Festival at MGM Grand and appeared in America’s Got Talent Live at Planet Hollywood, hosted by Jerry Springer.

Grandma Lee will be headlining at Big Al’s Comedy Club at the Orleans Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. An open mic night will take place on Sunday evenings from 9 to 11:30 p.m., no cover charge.


Tickets are on sale now and are priced at $39.95 and $49.95, plus tax and convenience fees. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 702.365.7075, or by visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

Grandma sat down for an interview with Entertainment Reporter Dianne Davis. Check it out.




H2X Has Indoor Jet Ski Racing & Water Sport Thrill Show Inside South Point Arena May 20 & 21
Top Professional Water Sport Athletes Perform in World’s Largest Indoor Pool

“Everything that you see has never been done before” With those words, entrepreneur Tony “Grinder” Dwyer explained why his H2X show this week-end at South Point arena is the must- see show in town now this weekend.


South Point Arena will transform into an indoor aquatic playground as Grindco Entertainment’s H2X brings the world’s top jet ski racers and freestyle riders to Las Vegas for two days of intense race and acrobatic performances on May 20 and 21 at 8 p.m.


More than 600,000 gallons of reclaimable water will create the World’s Largest Portable Indoor Pool for the water sport competition and thrill show featuring stunt athletes on wakeboards, waterskis, wakeskates and modified watercrafts. The jaw-dropping acts are the first of their kind and are staged in the astonishing 3.5 ft deep pool, spanning 125 ft by 200 ft.


“We are excited to be one of the first arenas in the world to host this new extreme indoor water sports show,” says Steve Stallworth, General Manager of South Point Arena. “H2X is the perfect event for families, extreme sport enthusiasts and Las Vegans looking for an out of the ordinary entertainment option.”


Dwyer, Founder and Event producer told me this event is for all ages. It was hard to concentrate on his words as I stood on the top tier of the area looking at a flooded floor as some of the acts warmed up and literally tested the waters for the production. Dwyer said that this event serves as the showcase for reality shows. It is an extreme water sports show which will continue on to Berline, London, and Liverpool this summer. He expects the attendees to include kids who like water sports, older people who have boats, those who don’t care about water sports but want to see the arean flooded, and people who are simply curious about the whole thing.


The 54 people in the production are all “professional seasoned world champion racers and free stylers”, Dwyer told me. They range in age from 19-45. Dwyer has been pleased with the “buzz” around town and expects a few thousand people to make it out to what he hopes will become a yearly event.


H2X events include Watercross racing featuring head-to-head “supercross” style, jet ski freestylers performing back flips, barrel rolls, submarine dives and other unbelievable water stunts on their modified watercraft, wakeboarders, wakeskaters and waterskiers flipping, spinning and jumping off towering ramps, and costumed acrobat performing bold fire acts and barefoot waterskiing.


“H2X is nonstop action and we are thrilled to bring the fun to South Point Arena in Las Vegas,” says Tony “Grinder”. “Thanks to our riders, performers and sponsors, we are able to provide the most over-the-top water sport entertainment.”


On May 21, ticket stub holders will also have free admission to the H2X after party featuring a post-apocalyptic themed masquerade and music live concert by Tony Grinder and the band Means to an End.


Ticket prices range from $10 to $60 and are available for purchase at the South Point Box Office, online at www.southpointeventscenter.com or by calling (702) 797-8055.


Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie and Travis Cloer of Jersey Boys
Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie and Travis Cloer of Jersey Boys teamed up for this rendition of Luck Be A Lady in the Ovation Room at Green Valley Ranch. Zowie Bowie will be entertaining at GVR with Vintage Vegas music on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.

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