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Sports Illustrated Las Vegas Baseball Star Bryce Harper Slotted for ESPN Show

Former Las Vegas High baseball standout and Sports Illustrated cover athlete Bryce Harper will be featured on an episode of the ESPN network sports magazine “E:60.” 

The profile will deal with Harper’s controversial decision to forgo his final two years of high school to play at the College of Southern Nevada next season. 

The show airs at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11.

[Las Vegas Backstage Access has written prior articles on Harper. Please use search feature.]

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Final Table Revealed for World Series of Poker in Las Vegas

The original field of World Series of Poker (WSOP) began with 6,494 competitors.  Now, after nearly 11 hours of play in the Rio’s convention pavilion, the nine-player final table is set for the World Series of Poker’s $10,000 no-limit hold ‘em world championship.  

The final table, a mixed bag of experienced poker professionals and amateurs ranging in age from 21 to 51, are now on a four-month break. 

The World Series of Poker resumes November 7, this time inside the Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater.  The nine players will compete until a heads-up table of two is reached.  The pair will come back November 9 and play for the title.  ESPN will broadcast it the next evening. 

The chip leader going forward is Darvin Moon, a logger from Cleveland, Md.. The other eight players in the final table are Eric Buchman of Valley Stream, N.Y., former Bear Stearns executive Steven Begleiter of Chappaqua, N.Y., Card Player magazine editor Jeff Shulman of Las Vegas, Joseph Cada of Shelby Township, Mich., Kevin Schaffel, Coral Springs, Fla., Antoine Saout of France, standout poker player Phil Ivey of Las Vegas and James Akenhead of London.

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Las Vegas’ New Year’s Stunt Show Will Go On – Eventually

In December 2007 truck stunt performer Rhys Millen sustained serious injuries that forced him to cancel rhysmillenhis planned off-road truck back flip at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  After serious medical attention and a year of recuperation, Rhys Millen found himself snapping into his restraining harness, ready to roll on New Year’s Eve 2009.

ESPN brought us back to the Rio, where New Year’s Eve 2008 Robbie Maddison broke the Guinness World Record for a motorcycle distance jump.  This time Millen, 36, was center stage at the Rio and New Year’s Eve 2009 proved not to be a disappointment. 

Rhys Millen performed the first successful back flip in an off-road truck, adding to his impressive resume that includes being the 2008 Red Bull Drifting World Championship winner.

Millen’s moment of stardom, though, wasn’t one hundred percent sweet.  There was a problem with the landing that caused the truck to roll and Millen missed out on a triumphant closing drive in front of the fans, but Millen was uninjured and the fans were still thrilled.

The question remains:  What will the Rio and Red Bull and ESPN come up with for the Las Vegas revelers on New Year’s Eve 2010?

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