Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 3:39 p.m.
It was a stunning same-night return and exit on “Splash” for Louie Anderson, our Las Vegas resident and Palace Station comedy headliner. Bounced one week earlier from the ABC show, he surprisingly returned to replace Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue beauty Katherine Webb, who was forced out under doctors’ instructions for damage to her back.
Amazingly, Louie showed no fear jumping off the 33-foot-high dive board Tuesday night. He also revealed that he’s shed more than 40 pounds since starting the show practices in January and was now less than 400 pounds.
However, he wound up in the bottom two facing a dive-off against Olympic soccer star Brandi Chastain, who was here for Michael Jordan’s Celebrity Invitational golf tournament two weeks ago as the defending champion. Instead of diving, Louie graciously “retired” as he believed that she had a better chance of making the finals.
Our coverage of Louie’s first exit on “Splash” was posted last Wednesday. This second exit was remarkable and proved his measure of being a true gentleman.
“Katherine wanted to go on, but she was truly hurt and in pain,” said Louie. “I really went farther than I ever thought I could. I know that I have very little chance of winning this competition. So I’ll withdraw, go home and defer to Brandi because she has a chance to win. “
Show host Joey Lawrence said it beautifully: “Louie, you won our hearts the first time you took a dive. Tonight, you have won our hearts forever.” Meantime, 2013 Miss Alabama USA Katherine was at Encore Beach Club and Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore this past weekend ahead of the airing of her exit from the show.
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Palace Station, located just off Interstate 15 on West Sahara, offers comfort, luxury and affordability.
Originally called the Bingo Palace, the casino changed its name to Palace Station in 1984. Palace Station has more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space, including one of the biggest varieties of Baccarat and Pai Gow tile games off the Strip. The casino also offers more than 1,600 slot/video poker machines, 45 table games including blackjack, Pai Gow poker, Pai Gow tiles, Ultimate Texas Hold'Em, craps, roulette and baccarat.
Asian Table Games Area includes Pai-Gow Tiles and Mini and Midi Baccarat with no-commission EZ baccarat, along with Dragon 7 and Panda 8 side bets, plus Dragon Bonus for Midi Baccarat games.
The casino also features a 24-hour, nine-table, non-smoking poker room, a 307-seat bingo hall open 7 days a week with sessions running every other hour from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., a 230-seat race & sports book featuring 44 screens, and a 20-seat keno lounge.
Dining options include Cabo, which specializes in Mexican food, steaks and seafood at The Broiler and Italian from Pasta Cucina.
Entertainment includes Louie Anderson and other stand-up comedians.
(If you're interested in history, the Palace Station was also the site of some international news in 2007 and 2008 — it was where NFL Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson led a raid on a hotel room to try recover some of his sports memorabilia and was later convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping after a highly publicized trial.)