Daily Archives: June 14, 2009

Michael Jackson Faces $40 Million Lawsuit When Departing to London Shows This Week

Before heading off to London early this week, pop music icon Michael Jackson has a new $40 million lawsuit to contend with.   According to his attorney Ira Meyerowitz the new breach of contract lawsuit reportedly won’t stop Jackson from going ahead with his plans to perform in the 50-show “This is  It” tour in London. 

Allgood Entertainment reportedly had a signed contract with Michael’s manager to do a reunion concert with members of the Jackson family and produce it as a pay-per-view spectacular. The contract apparently had stipulations in it forbidding the sometimes Las Vegas resident to perform elsewhere beforehand or for 90 days afterward. 

But the London shows violated contract terms even before he’d performed them. Allgood’s managing partner, Patrick Allocco, said, “We’ve given Michael Jackson and his London promoters every opportunity to resolve this, but we have not heard from anyone. … . We want to be compensated for an agreement they entered into or be involved in some way with the London shows.” 

The deal called for him not to perform elsewhere for a certain period of time before the event or for at least three months after it. The lawsuit, now in court in New Jersey, says Jackson, manager Frank DiLeo and event promoter AEG Live/Concerts West broke the contract by signing to do the London series of concerts this summer. 

So far, representatives for Jackson and AEG have made no comment.

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Las Vegan Phil Ivey Wins Rare Seventh World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet

The 2009 World Series of Poker $2,500 buy-in Omaha High-Low Split / Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split champion is 32-year-old Las Vegan Phil Ivey. Ivey collected $220,538 for first place. He was also awarded his seventh WSOP gold bracelet. PhilIvey

Ivey now has 7 wins, 19 final table appearances, and 33 in-the-money finishes at the WSOP.  Ivey currently has $3,439,386 in WSOP winnings. 

The Las Vegan is one of the rare poker players who excels at both tournaments and cash games, being nearly a mythological figure in the poker world that is unquestionably one of the game’s most enigmatic personalities. Considered by many to be one of the most publicity-shy poker star in the world, Ivey rarely gives out interviews or reveals much about his private life. Yet the further Ivey runs away from the spotlight, the more it seems to shine upon him. Ivey’s numerous wagering exploits have become part of the popular modern folklore, making it difficult at time to separate fact from fiction.   

Ivey routinely makes stratospheric-sized prop and sports bets. He reportedly bet $1 million on last year’s Super Bowl. He won. 

Ivey’s “poker office” was in the luxurious Trump Taj Mahal until the age of 24, when he moved to Las Vegas. He then started playing tournament poker and gradually attained superstar status.

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Entertainer “Cuchi-Cuchi” Charo Quits Tribal Tour, Packs Bags for Vegas

It’s been a long time since the Latin flamenco guitar-playing jokster Charo has graced the Las Vegas Strip- 2003 to be to beCharo exact.   With the former burlesque show “An Evening at La Cage” closing at the Riviera, she’s heading to the showroom on July 10, complete with all her side-splitting boobie jokes. 

Charo briefly headlined at the Sevilla nightclub (now the V Theater) at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas before it went bankrupt in April 2003.  Since then the part-time Las Vegan has mostly entertained by touring tribal casinos.

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Magician Rick Thomas Brings White Tiger Act to Sahara in Las Vegas

Magician Rick Thomas and his band of white tigers will open at the Sahara on or about July 1.  Thomas has had a longRick Thomas career on the Las Vegas Strip, performing at the Tropicana and Stardust before his show at The Orleans closed in June 2007.

Thomas will do a mix of afternoon and evening shows in the theater built in 2000 by fellow magician Steve Wyrick.

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