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Jasmine Trias at the Riviera Hotel & More Vegas News

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Jasmine Trias returns to the Strip via Riviera Hotel & Casino’s Starlite Theater beginning Aug 16.

WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas … the Player’s Edge!

THE SOCIETY OF SEVEN and American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias return to the Strip via Riviera Hotel & Casino’s Starlite Theater beginning Aug 16. Showtime is at 9 nightly (except Tuesday and Wednesday). Didja know that over the last 40 years they have performed for more than 10 million people? … Now that’s a lotta handshaking.

VEGAS CONFIDENTIAL columnist Norm Clark reports that Britney Spears’ folks are talking with the folks from Hard Rock Hotel about a Vegas residency. Having sold 100 million albums worldwide, the X Factor judge could easily sell out (the hotel’s concert venue) The Joint’s 4,000 seats.

MAKING PLANS for a Vegas Christmas? The holiday production Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – Vegas by Chip Davis opens Nov. 20 at The Palazzo Theater. While you’re there, check out “Winter In Venice,” the Venetian/Palazzo’s annual holiday event that features a 65-foot LED holiday tree and an ice skating rink.

PUTTING HIS MONEY where his mouth is… Las Vegas businessman Kelly Murphy said, “My goal is to knock New York out of the No. 1 spot for gays and lesbians in the United States.” The owner of Krave Nightclub opened Drink & Drag Downtown earlier this year, but has designs to create the largest gay nightclub on the planet. With an 80,000-square-foot pallet in the space that used to be the Neonopolis Theaters, look for Krave Massive to open sometime in December.

THERE ARE NO plastic laminated table tents touting exotic drinks at the Gordon Ramsay Steak Restaurant … the waiters proudly show them off on their iPads.

TO PARAPHRASE Helen Keller, when one door closes, another door opens … The Back Alley Bar in the Stratosphere is closing to become McCall’s Heartland Grill with seafood and steak as main menu staples.

IF YOU HAVE an issue with your room (the remote needs batteries or a light bulb burns out), the front desk will usually task engineering to make the needed repair. At the MGM Grand, after they’ve come to your rescue (it’s impossible to work a TV without the remote), they leave behind a chocolate wrench.

LOTSA SMOKE and a small fire at Treasure Island was caused by a faulty swamp pump. The two-alarm smolder caused several floors to be evac’ed … No one was seriously injured, but it cost the TI an estimated $20,000 in damages.

FYI: On Aug. 22, United and Hawaiian airlines will shift their ticket counters and baggage claims from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 …

THE U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement with PokerStars over charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. PokerStars buys Full Tilt Poker and pays the DOJ $547 million to settle with no admission of wrongdoing. U.S. players who are owed money by Full Tilt can apply for a refund with the DOJ Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. In addition, PokerStars will not be allowed to accept online poker wagers in the U.S.

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