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    Badda Bing Fantasy Weddings

    On May 26, 2010, Badda Bing turned their second floor into a wedding chapel. It was a first for a gentlemen’s club in Sin City and it will now be the home of many fantasy weddings. Monti Rock III, an ordained minister, will perform the weddings with all his glitz and glamour.

                                           Rick Belcastro, Monti RockIII Yakup Kale, Pamela Kale
                                                    Yakup Kale, Pamela Kale, Monti RockII
    Pamela is from Palm Beach, Florida and she met Yakup while he was living in Istanbul, Turkey. After one year of a long distance romance they decided to come to Las Vegas and have a romantic wedding. Reverend Monti Rock III made their dreams come true and they became the first couple to be married in the wedding chapel.         
    Badda Bing’s owner Rick Belcastro is proud of his gentlemen’s club, which looks like a Moroccan palace. The red velvet draperies, carpeting, sofas and intimate rooms are outstanding. Rick is from the old school where he believes everyone should be treated like family and he makes everyone feel at home. That is one of the reasons he received the 5 Diamond Award for excellence from SDE.

                                                      Bobbie Katz, Rick Belcastro
    Publicist Bobbie Katz invited the media to celebrate Monti Rock’s 70th birthday and to officiate the wedding of Yakup and Pamela Kale. Many of Monti’s friends came by to help him celebrate.

    It was a great event and we stayed long after the media party was over.

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    World Team Poker

                                                   Jennifer Harman and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
    The inaugural event took place Wednesday, May 19, 2010 in The Grand at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas. Eight teams from Australia, Brazil, China, England, Greece, Israel, Vietnam and USA were there to compete for the $400,000 prize. Five tables were set up and the last two players from each table would go to the final table.
    China, the sleeping giants, won the World Team Poker tournament, after many hours of strategic playing. Quietly, and with precision, the Co-Captains Johnny Chan and David Chiu led their team to victory after playing for over 20 hours. In the team were Maria Ho, Rich Zhu, Chau Giang, Winfred Yu and Derek Cheung. Johnny Chan is currently tied at 10 with Doyle Brunson for second most WSOP bracelets. David Chiu holds 4 WSOP bracelets and is one of the best limit hold’em players in the world.

                                                  Johnny Chan and Judi Rock
    USA team captain Doyle Brunson, with 10 WSOP bracelets, coached his legendary team.
    Phil Hellmuth, Jr .who was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2007
    Chris Ferguson holds 5 WSOP bracelets. Jennifer Harman with 2 WSOP bracelets and the third woman in this event. Howard Lederer holds to World Poker Tour championships and Mike Matusow holds 3 WSOP bracelets. It was so exciting to watch our USA team play and everyone was routing for them.
                                                                       Doyle Brunson Team USA
                                                                     Chris Ferguson Team USA
    Team Greece 3rd place winner
    Greece had a team of lively young men who were very charming and friendly and they were very excited to be in the tournament. The captains, George Theofanopoulos and Georgios Kapalas led their team to the final table. Team Greece was by far my favorite team
    Team Israel
    Israel had Eli Elezra as its captain who is a regular on the game show “High Stakes Poker”. On his team were David Levi, Robert Mizrachi, Michael Mizrachi and Abe Mosseri. They all were a strong and powerful team.
    Brazil had a young lively team also, which brought them all to the final table. Captain Juliano Maesano led his enthusiastic team, Christian Krukel, Leandro “Brasa” Pimentel, Rodrigo “Zidane” Caprioli and Felipe “Mojave” Ramos and encouraged every winning play with his strumming on an instrument.
    Team Brazil
    Team Australia
    Australia Co-captains Jeffrey Lisandro and Tony G calmly interacted with his team, Billy Argyros, Gary Benson, Mel Judah, Grant Levy, David Saab, Steve Topakas and Marsha Waggoner who is the “Grand Dame of Poker”. Waggoner, with 33 years of poker experience became the first woman to be inducted into the 2010 Australian Poker Hall of Fame.
    Team Vietnam
    Vietnam had Men “The Master” Nguyen as their captain. He holds six WSOP bracelets and has won over 9 million dollars in tournament winnings. Scotty Nguyen, Van Nguyen, Karina Jett, Kenny Tran and John “The Razor” Phan were focused and an outstanding team.
    Team England
    England captain Ben Roberts had a dedicated team of players. James Akenhead, Joe Beevers, David Colclough, Peter Costa, Surinder Sunar, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot and Ram Vaswani.

    After 12 hours of playing, five teams won their places at the final table.

    Final Table
    Team Australia, Team Brazil, Team China, Team Greece and Team Vietnam were now going to bring us their Pride- Passion- Country
    Congratulations to China who, after 20 hours of playing, won the $300,000 prize and to Brazil who came in second place and won $100,000. We all look forward to the next World Team Poker this summer which will have 31 countries competing for the title.
    Kenna James                        Matt Corboy
    A thank you goes out to the commentators, Kenna James and Matt Corboy, who did a great job.

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    Girls Night the Musical
    On May 13, 2010 a new show, Girls Night the Musical, opened at the MGM Grand Hotel. After touring the country and performing in off Broadway shows, it is now opening in Studio 54 in Las Vegas.
    Girls night is a story of 5 friends who are reliving their past and looking into the present and the future, with the exception of Sharon who is dead and is narrating the story as an angel. Sharon is so bubbly and full of life as she runs wild in the audience
    There were times that the girls were raunchy and boisterous and it did fit the characters they were playing. It was a night out at a karaoke bar and Anita brought down the house with her powerful, soulful voice.
    The girls are planning a pre engagement party for Sharon’s daughter and the girls are just having fun. Some of the outstanding songs were Lady Maralade, I will Survive and Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

    There were a handful of men in the audience and they seemed to be enjoying themselves. It was fun watching the characters and seeing who we mostly could identify with. All in all, it was a lot of laughs.

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    Popcorn Girl
    And visions of sugar plums danced in their heads; oops……….I meant Popcorn, barrels full of gourmet popcorn. Popcorn Girl has over 52 flavors from Chocolate to Toffee Almond, Cotton Candy, Strawberry, Sour Cream, Mac & Cheese,Hot Wings and every other flavor you can imagine.
    Laurie Sabol can be described as a sweet, lively and friendly young lady who is known as the Popcorn Girl. Laurie lights up the store with her energy and great smile as she greets everyone coming into the store.
    Laurie Sabol

    Mark Smith is her business partner in this venture that they started last November. While Laurie is up front working and greeting the customers, Mark is busy in the back of the store quietly preparing all the delicious colorful popcorn and the aroma of fresh popped corn is heavenly.
    Mark has it down to a science as he carefully mixes each special batch of his secret ingredients in his clean and immaculate kitchen. He cleans every utensil and pot as he goes along. Every lady would love to have a man like that in their kitchen. Mark can be found in the kitchen everyday, all day long, making the special gourmet popcorn. It also takes a lot of strength to mix and cool the popcorn as soon as it is poured onto the mixing table.
    Customers are able to sample the popcorn and the candy fudge so they can decide what to buy for that day.
    Lucille Biddle
    What I loved about Popcorn Girl is that upon ordering, the bags are filled from the freshly popped barrels which means that you will never buy old popcorn that has been packaged and sitting on the shelf for weeks. Lucille Biddle, who is Laurie’s mother, carefully fills each bag with love
    My precious moment picture of the day was when Kate, Rock and Jack Peterson were standing at the door looking in and were patiently waiting for their father Ryan to come and bring them into the store. I could see the excitement in their eyes as they looked at the store full of goodies. Jack said that he comes to Popcorn Girl every Saturday to buy popcorn for his family and they love it.

    Also for sale are old fgashioned candy, sodas and taffy. Special tins, boxes and gift baskets can be special
    ordered for any occasion.
    I have been to Popcorn Girl many times to buy my special treats and I will keep going back. Popcorn Girl is located at 8550 W. Charleston and is open 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm Friday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 702 258-267

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    Perry Danos
                                          New Greek in Town

                                                           Everyone is calling Perry Danos the New Voice in Town but I am calling him the New Greek in Town. Being a Greek myself, I am partial to anyone who I meet that is Greek. It is something in our heritage that brings an instant bond and admiration when we meet each other. Such was the case when I met Perry Danos at his show. His handsome looks, charm and kindness touched my heart as I am sure touches everyone who meets him. The best part is that he has the talent to go along with all his other attributes. He has a beautiful soothing voice, both singing and speaking.

    Perry Danos hails from Chicago and is presently living in Nashville, but he has a strong desire to move here to Las Vegas and we would love to have him here. He loves it here and says it is a perfect place to play. Perry is passionate about his music and he puts his heart and soul into each song. As a young boy, Perry started playing the drums and guitar and then started singing, which became his passion. He writes his own songs and is recording a new Christmas Album.   

    Perry commands and takes charge of the stage the entire time with his energy and his quiet charm as he talks to the audience and involves them in the show. His eight piece band and four violinists add much to the show along with Will Barrow, his musical director, who plays the piano.

    Billy Ditty is the choreographer and he showed his dancing talents when he jumped on the stage as everyone sang Sometimes You Got To Dance.

    There is lots of energy from the very talented backup singers who add a lot to the show.
                                                           Cindi Wheeler,Travis,Vicki Caraco
                                                                   Travis, Vicki  & Perry

    I asked Perry what people didn’t know about him and he said that he is quiet and shy but when he gets on the stage he comes alive from all the energy of the crowd and he can perform all night long.
    Perry is proud of his son Connor who plays the drums and guitar and his daughter Thea who also sings. The talent runs in the family and that is something to be proud of.

    Afterwards several friends stopped backstage to congratulate Perry on his great show. I too enjoyed spending time with Perry and I look forward to his return to Las Vegas.
                                                          Michael Conti & Perry Danos
                                                                           Perry & Nikki

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