Jason of Beverly Hills
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | 6 p.m.
2013 WSOP $500,000 bracelet unveiled
Records smashed? A $500,000 bracelet? It must mean another edition of the World Series of Poker at The Rio.
Jason of Beverly Hills founder and designer Jason Arasheben, known for creating edgy and lavish jewelry for celebrities and athletes including Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and LeBron James, is back as the championship jewelry designer for 2013 WSOP.
The 2013 WSOP Main Event bracelet includes 28 carats of white diamonds — including two black diamonds and two rubies to represent each card suit — set in 220 grams of 14-carat white gold. The masterpiece required 250 hours of labor to design and produce and is valued at $500,000. Additionally, Jason of Beverly Hills designed and created the 74 championship bracelets awarded at WSOP, with the total valued at nearly $1 million.
Meantime, numerous records have been set in this year’s WSOP, including: biggest single-day attendance (6,343 players in Event #6 — Millionaire Maker Tournament — shattering the record of 4,128 players in Event #29 in 2012); largest seniors event (Event #26 attracted 4,407 players, eclipsing the previous record of 4,128 set last year); and largest $10,000 buy-in tournament in discipline other than No-Limit Hold’em (Event #60, the $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha championship, attracted 386 entrants).
Also, most consecutive annual WSOPs played (Howard “Tahoe” Andrew of Walnut Creek, Calif., extended his record to 40); most cashes at WSOP without a win (Tony Cousineau of Daytona Beach, Fla., extended his record to 57; he cashed four times in 2013); and all-time cashes and Final Tables (Phil Hellmuth added to his record of 99, with four cashes in 2013).
BMG AUDITIONS: Monte Carlo headliners Blue Man Group is holding an open casting call for the role of the futuristic and interactive character Showbot next Wednesday, July 17. Showbot, described as part human and part robot, has a luminescent ponytail and a metal build and performs during the Procession daily at 6:15 p.m. (excluding dark days).
Auditions at the Monte Carlo’s Ballroom are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Criteria for tryouts: female who is 5’3” to 5’5”; small build and physically fit; and performer/dancer/actor with a good sense of rhythm and physical theater experience. More: BlueMan.com/casting.
HE’S BAAACK: Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss, who releases his Las Vegas-inspired album “Life You Imagine” in the U.K. on Oct. 7, has announced new dates at The Gossy Room through September: July 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27; Aug. 9-10, 23-24 and 30-31; and Sept. 6-7, 13-14 and. 20-21.
CONGRATULATIONS! Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis at Green Valley Ranch and T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge at Red Rock Resort have received Wine Spectator’s 2013 Award of Excellence. The award is for wine lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in price and style. Winners will be featured in the Aug. 31 issue.
NEW ART GALLERY: Nature photographer Jeff Mitchum opened his second fine art gallery in Las Vegas at MGM Grand last weekend. With more than 500 people in attendance, Mitchum, his family and Greg Welch, 1994 Ironman world champion, cut a ribbon and welcomed guests into the glass-enclosed gallery. The entrance to the gallery features Mitchum’s $1.7 million showpiece, “Third Day” and its accompanying glass sculpture, “Icewall,” by Markian Olynyk.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. dined at STK in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Monday night. Mayweather Jr. hung out with Miami Heat MVP LeBron James at Tao in The Venetian over the weekend.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his fiancee Jessica Miller celebrated their recent engagement with family, including the bride-to-be’s father and Ulrich’s son, at executive chef Barry S. Dakake’s N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms on Monday night. Ulrich enjoyed sea scallops and mahi mahi before indulging in Some More S’mores. Miller is from Las Vegas.
As we reported Tuesday, the long-running “Crazy Girls” reopens at the Riviera.
Comedian and “Splash” star Louie Anderson starts his new residency at the Plaza Showroom.
Super Summer Theater kicks off its July run of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
PBR Rock Bar & Grill at Planet Hollywood celebrates National Pina Colada Day.
“The D* Word — A Musical (*Ditched, Dumped, Divorced and Dating)” opens at Shimmer Cabaret at LVH.
The Rising pays tribute to Bruce Springsteen at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Our exclusive on who is replacing “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood, updates on Steve Wynn’s “Le Reve — The Dream” and the in-the-works “Fun House” and guest columns from Terry Fator, Jon Taffer and the wedding director at Aria.
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.
Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.