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‘Vegas Stripped,’ an insider’s look at South Point, airs tonight on Travel Channel

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The Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at South Point on Oct. 29, 2011.

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Halloween 2011: Fetish & Fantasy Ball at South Point

The Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at South Point on Oct. 29, 2011. Launch slideshow »
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"Ghost Adventures" stars Nick Groff, Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin attend Blush's fourth anniversary hosted by Holly Madison at the Wynn on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011.

As Vegas DeLuxe reported two weeks ago, the Travel Channel’s new, original six-part series “Vegas Stripped” premieres with two half-hour, back-to-back episodes tonight. The series is an all-access look at the inner workings of South Point. In the premiere episode at 10 p.m., Tom Mikovitz, director of marketing, is charged with making sure the 9,000 attendees of the annual Fetish & Fantasy Ball enjoy themselves to the fullest, and, more importantly, continue the party by bringing their money to the casino floor.

While Flo Sirna, arena booking manager, ensures that all participants of the mechanical riding banana and rock climbing wall sign waivers, Grace Saulog-Tainatongo, a security officer, keeps order throughout the premises, including enforcing the Clark County code that casino guests are dressed appropriately -- at a party where more skin is welcomed and encouraged!

In the second episode at 10:30 p.m., South Point staff prepare for a gourmet food truck festival and a celebrity poker tournament to raise money for the charity First Tee that helps 45,000 underprivileged kids in Las Vegas learn life skills by teaching them golf.

‘GHOST ADVENTURES’

Travel Channel also returns with Season 6 of the top-rated “Ghost Adventures” on March 9 with the Las Vegas investigative duo of Zak Bagans and Nick Groff, plus equipment technician Aaron Goodwin. There will be seven new 1-hour episodes.

Zak tells me that this season, the team’s new spots include the Peabody-Whitehead Mansion in Denver, the Shanghai Tunnels in Portland and the family home of paranormal equipment inventor Gary Galka to make contact with a dead daughter in a deeply personal story of love, loss and a haunted house.

“‘Ghost Adventures’ continues to attract huge audiences for the network and has a growing appeal to travelers who seek a different type of thrill and adventure,” said Andy Singer, Travel Channel’s SVP of programming and production. “Zak, Nick and Aaron have built a dedicated fan base that seems to follow their every visit and tweet and are inspired to visit many of the destinations featured in their show.”

UFC Fighter Brendan Schaub, who joins the trio at the Peabody-Whitehead Mansion to learn more about this historic location, is shocked when a spirit calls him out by name and reveals new evidence about an unsolved crime that has the Denver Police Department reviewing the “Ghost Adventures” team’s evidence.

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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