Issue 223
December 20 - 26, 2004
Volume 4
page 2
 

Who Says Playing Video Games Doesn't Pay?

ANAHEIM, Calif- Who says playing video games is a waste of time? Not Brian McMahon!

The life of Brian is now $10,000 richer thanks to his powerful offense and a strong defense as he won the championship of Remington's first Titanium Bowl ESPN NFL 2K5 Videogame tournament. McMahon, from Farmington, New York, defeated David Moore of Summerville, Georgia, in the Remington championship game held this weekend at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim, California.

This online national tournament pitted participants playing ESPN NFL 2K5 via Xbox Live® or the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Thousands of gamers from around the country participated in the online football tournament. The playoff rounds were held online December 1-11, 2004 with the championship semi-finals and finals being held December 18. Four finalists and their guests were flown to California where they competed live for the grand prize of $10,000.

McMahon defeated Takirra Koonce from Raleigh, North Carolina in the one semi-final game, while Moore defeated Gerardo Paredes from Los Angeles in the other. David Moore, the second-place winner, received a check for $3,000, while Koonce and Paredes each received $1,500.

"I guess all those hours on the computer finally paid off," said McMahon. "Now that I have won $10,000, my mom probably won't give me so much grief about playing video games."

Celebrities, including David Arquette and Carmen Electra, along with New York Giants' Omar Stoudmire and Denver Broncos' Mike Anderson attended the live event and participated in a ProAm Tournament.

"We were very pleased with the tremendous response we received from gamers around the country to the Titanium Bowl," said Jim Doyle, Remington vice president of men's shaving and grooming products. "The level of competition was amazing and Remington is proud to crown McMahon as our inaugural winner."

McMahon will be appearing live Monday, December 20 on ESPN's TV show -- Cold Pizza in New York City.

 

Online Casino Wants to Buy NBA Team

CLEVELAND, Ohio – As reported by the Cleveland Enquirer: "An Internet casino operator said Wednesday that it is willing to outbid a Detroit businessman for the Cleveland Cavaliers, which possibly could open a bidding war for the NBA team.

"Casino Fortune, which bills itself as the world's oldest online gambling company, said it has submitted a letter to owner Gordon Gund that outlines its intent to buy the Cavaliers.

"Last week, Gund, who bought the Cavs in 1983 for $20 million, said he was in serious negotiations with a potential buyer.

"…Spokesman Kevin Mercuri said the casino company has proposed meeting with Gund and team executives next week…"

 

 

 


Chippendales Complex Nearing Completion

Rio's New Chippendales(R) Theater, Ultra Lounge and Retail Boutique Slated for December Opening


LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Finally, Las Vegas is poised to shift its penchant for male-focused eye-candy and The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is paving the way. The Rio is about to unveil what it's calling Ultimate Girls' Night Out® destination, an entertainment complex designed by women, for women, and scheduled to open Monday, Dec. 27, 2004.

The $7 million, 21,000 square-foot project will feature a 400-seat Chippendales® Theater housing the Rio's popular Chippendales show, ultra lounge, retail boutique and ladies' room with an exclusive gossip pit and mini-makeover stations.

"Our goal is to create a place where women feel comfortable," said Marilyn Winn, senior vice president and general manager for the Rio. "Women are curvy and the design of the complex follows suit ... everything is smooth and curved with no hard edges or corners. The ladies' room and gossip pit were designed with lighting that makes everyone look beautiful."

Similarly, the decor is sexy, feminine and chic, from the furniture, fabrics and colors to the bathroom fixtures and floor finishes. In addition, the all-male wait staff has been hand picked and trained to cater to a predominantly female clientele.

"Our staff is undergoing special training where they are being taught the art of chivalry," Winn said. "In fact, these servers will be the most extraordinary, charming staff in the city. They have been schooled to pay special attention to every customer ... more like concierges than servers."

A menu of specialty cocktails has been created for Ultimate Girls' Night Out, and the "cocktail program" features a wide variety of drinks appealing to women. Flavored rums, vodkas, tequilas and, of course, champagne, have been blended with exotic ingredients and fresh fruit juices to create sexy, sophisticated cocktails.

The Chippendales show will also re-open with a new look in the new theater Dec. 27. Under the direction of Emmy nominated choreographer, Brian Thomas (Pink, Usher, Beyonce), the show has been revamped into an even more scintillating performance, complete with new musical selections, scenic design and costuming. The new 75-minute production redefines the concept of "audience participation" and is designed to tease and tantalize the senses as the 12 men push themselves beyond human endurance to please their room full of extremely appreciative ladies.

Ultimate Girls' Night Out® is anchored by the 400-seat Chippendales Theater, located on the second floor, within the Masquerade Village, adjacent to the East parking garage. In addition to the theater, there will be a spacious 1,500-square-foot ultra lounge with a walk-up bar offering a stylized, intimate feel. The 40-seat balcony offers private VIP sky lounges, where women may gather in groups and celebrate special occasions. And a 2,100-square-foot retail boutique will feature a variety of items that appeal to women, such as Chippendales® merchandise, bachelorette party gear and makeup.

Chippendales performances will be offered nightly at 8 p.m., Thursday through Tuesday (dark Wednesday). From Dec. 27 - Jan. 28, tickets will be $34.95, Sunday through Thursday and $39.95 Friday and Saturday. Beginning Jan. 30, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 and 10:30 p.m., and tiered pricing will be in effect: $49.95, $44.95, $34.95. All VIP sky lounge access will be $75 a person. On New Year's Eve, there will be one 8 p.m. performance.

For tickets, call (702) 777-7776. For room reservations, call (800) PLAYRIO.


Velvet Revolver

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino: Velvet Revolver began with a spring 2002 jam session that reunited ex-Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), and Matt Sorum (drums) on-stage. Scott Weiland came on board next. He and the band clicked immediately, and recorded a hyper piece of glitter metal for the Hulk soundtrack called "Set Me Free." By June, "The Project" had been renamed Velvet Revolver, and Weiland was officially made its lead singer

Dates: December 31, 2004 - January 1, 2005

Time: 10:00 pm

 

For more information please call: 1(702) 693-5066

 
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