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Strippers Face Temporary Soft Times in Las Vegas

SapphireThe adult entertainment industry in Las Vegas has suffered yet another blow, as some dancers at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, the world’s largest gentlemen’s club, are being asked to put their clothes back on.   Last week the plug was pulled on the Sapphire pool retreat at the Rio.  The topless pool has been closed indefinitely, according to Rio’s management. 

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Bill Cassell explained that they were invited in by Rio to perform a routine inspection of the adult pool party to insure operations were being run in accordance with current statutes.   Eleven arrests were made for prostitution-related activities by Sapphire personnel.  But since the visit was at the request of Harrah’s, which operates the Rio, it is quite unlikely that further operations or sanctions will occur related to the incident. 

Thankfully, this isn’t all bad news for Las Vegas.  Yesterday, in the Hard Rock Hotel’s poker lounge, Sapphire’s had their well attended $5,000 poker tournament ($65 buy-in), with dancers strutting their proud plumage among the tables.  The gals even received free poker lessons, courtesy of the Hard Rock, according to Shai Cohen, Sapphire’s director of marketing. 

The scantily clad strippers are also revving up blood pressures elsewhere, including Wasted Space each Thursday, providing the go-go eye-candy entertainment. 

Then, tentatively scheduled for October, Sapphire’s will be having their third annual Ping Pong Palooza. 

Speaking of balls flying at your face, ladies can always check out the Men of Sapphire revue on Fridays and Saturdays, if they’re tired of this talk about female dancers. 

So, despite this pool-party hiccup, Sapphire should be fine, with a steady flow of customers coming through their club doors.  

“When you see a [Sapphire dancer] out wearing clothes and she tells you she’s a stripper, you’ll want to come back to the club,” Cohen says.  “We sell fantasies. That’s our job.”

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Las Vegas Topless Strip Clubs Rain Cash-For-Customers

As former topless cabaret mogul and government informant Michael Galardi walks the Las Vegas Strip schmoozing and looking for a new gig, a high-stakes strip poker match of a different type is agressively being played out at many Las Vegas topless adult entertainment clubs. 

Long a “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” accepted business practice, Las Vegas strip clubs handsomely tipped cabbies that delivered lusty patrons to their doorstep.  Fifty bucks was the norm for over a decade.strip-clubs1

Until now.  

As home prices and sales continue to plummet and people try to find jobs or at least hold on to their employment, many Las Vegas topless strip clubs have seen fit to double the cab tip ante to at least $100 per customer.   That new ransom could equates to an average estimated payout of $5 million a year by each participating strip club.  A C-note buy in for participating in the cash-for-customers game is commonly paid by Ricks’ Cabaret Gentlemen’s Club, Treasures, Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, and many more- at least the ones that aren’t secretly looking for new owners or staving off their bankruptcy. 

No end appears in sight for the advancing Taxi Topless War.  Many clubs are trying to recoup rising “acquisition” costs by charging higher cover charges and drink prices.   Rick’s CEO and President Eric Langan mirrors the intentions of many strip club owners, saying he has no intention to be outbid by his Sin City bretheren and is willing to write off the expenses as the cost of marketing. 

As Las Vegas cab and limo drivers rake in record amounts of dough, they’re also arguing more with doormen to cut ever higher deals.   And it’s not uncommon to see cab drivers pass up picking up ladies waiting for a ride on the street in favor of waiting gents that can bring them more revenue.

Casino hosts, too, are also rapidly buying in to the very lucrative cash-for-customers game.   They’re not just referring their clients to the strip clubs, but hosting them inside the caverns of lust.

And, of course, you can bet your last dollar that the IRS will eventually come sniffing around and look for its due.

Recession hitting the Las Vegas topless clubs?  Pshaw!

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