Vegas Insider 2007 October

Steve Hall 'A Brit in Vegas'

The poker circus returns to Vegas this week with the taping of a new series of "Poker after Dark", a new October tournament at Caesars and a deep stack low buy in tournament at Binions. No October Bellagio this year.

Poker after Dark has replaced Shana Hiatt with Marialena. Marialena is a soccer loving , Bush hating, Argentinian girl. During the latter stages of the WSOP she would follow the Copa America on her laptop. Whenever Argentina scored she would celebrate as loud as Hevad Khan and hug like John Gale at a family reunion.

Writing of underage girls I predict Shahram Sheikram's deportation case will attract the non poker media when he appears in court later this month. It really is an unjust bizarre move by homeland security. Sheiky has been at the Commerce since the WSOP but was arrested when he returned home to Vegas recently.


The workers at the Palazzo are now on overtime and six day weeks to ensure the new high end casino opens on schedule in December. It is located between the Wynn and the Venetian on the Strip/Spring Mountain. Rooms will cost up to $800 a night.

Pamela Anderson married Rick Salomon at the weekend. I remember Rick at a final table at the Bellagio last year. He is famous for the Paris Hilton sex tape and dating Shannon Doherty another Hollywood wild child.

As ESPN coverage of the WSOP ME reaches the final table we have seen very little of Jon Kalmar. The same can be said of eventual winner Jerry Yang.

"You build it (t)he(y) will come."

Audley Harrison
Audley Harrison

Boxer Audley Harrison broke two bones in his hand in a car accident in Vegas. He still managed to outlast bracelet holders Jeff Madsen and Max Pescatori in the $1500 at caesars.