Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 | 6:02 p.m.
This Thursday, Las Vegas pro poker prince Daniel Negreanu may find that his life changes forever. He’s featured on the first 2013 episode of Bravo’s hit reality TV series “Millionaire Matchmaker” with love guru Patti Stanger. I’m shaking up my pot of paltry (and pathetic) puns to write this report!
Now 37, Daniel admits that he’s tired of folding on relationships and is ready to go all-in for love. Patti wants him to stop bluffing with dating and win back his game in a head-to-head love match. She wants him to take the gamble, play his cards right and find his Queen of Hearts. She tells him in her no-nonsense way to take the river turn to astrologer Christopher Renstrom.
I’ve failed to get advance word of the outcome but can reveal that for the first time in the five years of the series, Patti herself is challenged to find her own true love. First, she uncovers revelations about her birth parents, which makes her realize why she has to approach her own relationships in a new way. It results in her finding love -- with her cards face up, but I don’t think they’re Daniel’s!
ANDRE GETS WET: Hometown tennis champions Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf will be among the first to ride with their kids at the new water park Wet ’n’ Wild when it opens in May. They are investors in the $50 million play land, which will have more than 25 slides and attractions, including the exhilarating, three-person, first-of-its-kind-in-North-America Rattler.
Opening Memorial Day Weekend, it will be the largest water park in our Silver State on 41 acres in the southwest valley. There will be a 17,000- square-foot wave pool and a lazy river to cool down in our summer desert heat. Construction crews have completed the grading and installation of onsite utilities and excavated wall formations for initial plumbing.
TERRY’S DEDICATION: When Mirage headliner Terry Fator introduced his emotional song “Horses in Heaven” in his show a few years ago, he dedicated it to a 7-year-old boy battling life-threatening cancer. Now since the horrible school shootings in Newtown, Conn., Terry dedicates it to those affected in that tragedy.
As you can hear in this YouTube clip, it’s a message that provides comfort to everyone in a time of need:
VALENTINE’S WEDDINGS: It might be the most unusual wedding offer yet for the upcoming busiest nuptials day of the year: Valentine’s Day in the Wedding Capital of the World. For the first time, brides and grooms seeking a memorable setting can select a package at the newly opened Neon Museum.
For $777, couples and as many as four guests will enjoy their near 60-minute experience with the ceremony amid the Neon Boneyard with its largest collection of rescued neon signs in the world. Bride and groom will stroll romantically through more than 150 signs before standing at the whimsical, vintage “Wedding Info” neon sign to exchange vows.
“Terminator” and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dined with friends at Strip House in Planet Hollywood.
Chef and UNLV grad Guy Fieri and “Iron Chef” Masahara Morimoto stopped by Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace before heading to dinner at nearby Frank Pellegrino’s Rao’s.
I asked Morimoto if rumors were true that he was finally opening a restaurant here. He said he’d come if he got the right offer, but so far it’s only rumors. Guy also hit the newly opened Kelly’s Prime Steak Seafood in Howard Hughes Center, where former Sheriff turned celebrity Ralph Lamb dined after the red-ribbon cutting. (Actor Dennis Quaid portrays Ralph in the CBS series “Vegas.”)
Real estate tycoon, pageant owner and “Celebrity Apprentice” host Donald Trump dined at STK in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Lisa Vanderpump of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” at Lavo in the Palazzo wearing a glamorous evening gown, told me her spinoff “Vanderpump Rules” will be a behind-the-scenes look at her hot mess young Hollywood restaurant staff and showcases her business and matriarchal sides.
Newly crowned 2013 Miss Universe Olivia Culpo of the USA enjoyed a few decadent meals before leaving town after her Dec. 19 win that had meant a yearlong, high-protein, low-carb diet that started with her Miss USA victory as Miss Rhode Island. Her room service order was penne pasta and chicken and a cupcake -- instead of yogurt and pineapple! -- and then it was onto Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesars for spicy chicken skewers and grilled onions, tortillas and peanut barbecue sauce.
Singer R. Kelly was at LAX in the Luxor for industry night; the Grammy winner arrived at midnight and enjoyed cocktails, dancing and meeting fans.
“Ice Loves Coco” stars Ice-T and Coco Austin dined at chef Carla Pellegrino’s Meatball Spot in Town Square and enjoyed salads, meatballs, a pizza and a specially made Coco Coconut Sunrise punchbowl. Coco is currently starring in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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