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Gentlemen’s Club Expo begins today at Mandalay Bay

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Lacey Rain, Jesse Jane and Mary Carey at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.

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Kendall Karson.

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It’s dubbed the Money Expo so that men’s club owners can make more of it, keep more of it and learn every how-to of their adult-nightclub, topless-dancer stripping business. It’s a multibillion-dollar adult industry.

It’s not just about two nights of parties with some of the best and curviest topless temptresses in the business. There’s a 300-vendor-booth tradeshow as part of the three days of panel sessions and workshops, plus the annual awards honoring top clubs and entertainers.

ED Publications, the industry’s trade magazine for the past 22 years, produces the Gentlemen’s Club Expo at Mandalay Bay starting today. The conferences cover everything from sound to lighting and alcohol sales.

There are lawyers and insurance experts lecturing on the latest rules and regulations affecting those strategic moves. More than 3,000 people are set to attend, including 1,700 club owners, managers, DJs and bartenders.

The statistics are mind-blowing, and I’m not talking about the dancers’ measurements. Figures indicate that more than 500,000 dancers work at some point each year. There are more than 3,000 adult nightclubs in the U.S. who get more than 1 million customers every day of the year watching some 350,0000 entertainers and employees.

Adult nightclubs have an annual gross revenue of more than $7.5 billion, and more than 30 chain operators control some 300 clubs. The first expo was at the Stardust in 1993, when the publication was called the Exotic Dancer Directory. There were 300 people attending and 27 exhibitors — my how it’s grown!

Larry Flynt hosts this year’s opening-night party at his Hustler Club, and six of the nation’s top touring dancers will compete for cash in the first-ever Stripper Jeopardy contest.

Additionally, knockout bombshells Richelle Ryan, Krystle Cummings and Natasha Vega will play the Exotic Dancer Dating Game with Treasures Las Vegas DJ Dane Hanson as host and emcee. The winner gets a VIP table with champagne and candles at Wednesday night’s awards.

Call that the Oscars of the exotic-dancer industry returning for its 16th consecutive year and presented this year by Anheuser-Busch at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. Brazen provides entertainment with host comedian Adam Hunter, who was a finalist on Season 6 of “Last Comic Standing.”

When all the business is over, Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club throws the closing-night party Thursday with Lisa Ann hosting the S&M Suicide Showgirls, plus eight dancers showing their skills with snakes, poles and one another.

Multiple 2013 AVN Award nominee Kendall Karson (AVN Best New Starlet, Exotic Dancer Awards Adult Movie Feature Entertainer of the Year, Sex Awards Porn Star of the Year, Sexiest Adult Star, Porn’s Best Body, Best Sex Scene and Best Onscreen) will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the expo on Wednesday. The 32D-25-37 brunette bombshell from Sacramento, Calif., has been featured in more than 45 DVDs and parodies.

The one-time fashion model was born and raised in a conservative Christian home and never considered being an adult entertainer while modeling. Before her adult-centric life, the college-educated beauty was a dental assistant, a nationally certified pharmacy technician, CEO of her own gourmet cupcake company, and a wireless and mobility information manager for an energy firm.

Kendall will report from the convention and the parties before attending this weekend’s Glamourcon in Long Beach, Calif.

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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