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By Dianne R. Davis
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World Series of Poker is Underway at Rio

The poker players are here. The spectators are streaming in every day. The World Series of Poker (WSOP), the biggest and the best poker attraction is underway at the Rio All-suite Hotel and Casino. It’s a spectacle worth visiting, even for non-players. For poker lovers, it’s a chance to see many of their favorite players up close. Spectators can get fairly close to the action, even though they are behind the ropes. Even if you aren’t a follower of poker, this is a spectacle that is worth seeing in person. Hey, you get bragging rights that you were there.


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Often, the biggest names in the poker world can be found in the hallways posing for photos with fans or signing WSOP (or just plain) hats, shirts, and other items.

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The words, “Shuffle Up and Deal” now stand beside “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” in the culture of this country. This is the 42nd annual WSOP and as always, will include predictable and unpredictable events.


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The 58 tournament poker series began with the Casino Employees Championship, classified as Event #1. It was followed by Event #2, the $25,000 buy-in heads up championship won by Jake Cody from Rochdale, England. His win over 127 other players earned him $851,192. Cody received great support during his final match and remarked that, “Having all the lads here really made it special for me.”


The Tournament schedule extends through July 19 and includes 58 bracelet events. Minimum buy-in is $500 and maximum buy-in is $50,000. The $10,000 buy-in championship Main Event, the center piece of the WSOP, begins on Thursday, July 7. For more information, check out www.WSOP.com.


Are your favorites in these photos? Come on down to the Rio and see them in person.


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Zowie Bowie’s Vintage Vegas is Worth a Visit to Green Valley Ranch

The Vintage Vegas show in the Ovation Room at Green Valley Ranch on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m takes us back to the glory days of Las Vegas. If you loved the Vegas shows of years ago, then catch this classic, classy sophisticated production.


It’s not often that you can enjoy talented performers paying tribute to the music and styles of Frank Sinatra, Steve and Eydie, Sammy Davis, or Bobby Darin. It’s less often that you can hear some of the standards backed by a 12 piece orchestra.


Chris Phillips and Marley Taylor sing together and separately. They are all about style and grace. Their repertoire captures the maverick spirit that was the sound track of the city. You may hear “Almost Like Being in Love” or “Something in the Way She Moves Me.” Remember “The Lady is a Tramp”? Guests each week to add to the fun. I’ve seen Travis Cloer from Jersey Boys, Carmine Mandia from Shades of Sinatra and Kenny Jones from The Rat Pack hop on stage to do a few numbers. Other past and future guests include Frankie Scinta, Dennis Bono, Clint Holmes, and Brian Duprey (Frank Sinatra in the Rat Pack Show.)


How can you resist the chance to Hear “Luck Be A Lady Tonight” song by a tuxedo clad talented vocalist with enough charm to light up a room. The $10 cover for the show in The Ovation room at Green Valley is well worth it. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.



Smith Center has Exciting News of New Season Shows

Noel Watson from the Smith Center for the performing arts. What a season the Smith Center for the Performing Arts has scheduled. Ticket sales are beginning for Smith Center's 2012 season.  Here's some information on the scheduled productions.

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