Daily Archives: March 17, 2009

Crime Pays in Las Vegas?

The Las Vegas proposed mob museum – a pet project of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman – has very few friends in Washington, but some legislators in Nevada’s Carson City capital apparently like the idea. mobmuseum

The project is on tap to receive a $300,000 grant from Nevada’s Cultural Affairs Commission, the biggest endowment ever bestowed by the agency.  Yes, the museum had originally asked for a $900,000 grant, but probably had misgivings about such a large request and later pared down their request down to $500,000.

The commission has given out 28 grants including $200,000 for the Neon Museum, $120,000 to help restore the 1850s Kiel Ranch, and $108,000 for the Las Vegas Water District to buy four railroad cottages built near the turn of the century and move them to Springs Preserve in Las Vegas.

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Jennifer Harman Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament on April 17

Once again poker great Jennifer Harman will be hosting the Jennifer Harman Charity Poker Tournament to benefit the Nevada SPCA.  This is the third year for the Las Vegas event which has raised more than $200,000 to fund the local charity. jenniferharmon

Harman, a Reno native who graduated from UNR, made her first World Series of Poker debut in 1996 where she placed 6 in a Limit Hold-Em tournament.  She now holds two World Series of Poker bracelets and is regarded as the best female poker player in the world. 

This years charity event is scheduled to begin April 17 with a No Limit Hold’em Poker Tournament at the Venetian Poker Room.  In addition to the tournament there will be a celebrity and pets’ red carpet, a silent auction, raffle and video presentation.

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