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Free lap dances, pancakes and Chumlee await Raiders

If the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas, the players will get free lap dances and limo rides at Sapphire strip club, free pancakes from Hash House A Go Go, and free DJing from “Pawn Stars’” Chumlee.

That’s just for starters, as freebies and junkets probably will pile sky-high for the city’s newest VIPs here in the comp capital of America.

“We want to make sure the Raiders receive a warm welcome to Las Vegas,” Sapphire general manager John Lee told me Monday.

NFL viewing is one of the biggest business boosts in the valley.

Lee said Sapphire also would offer Raiders paid hosting gigs on game days when the NFL team is off, including Monday nights and Super Bowl Sundays.

Lee said pro hockey and basketball players probably will receive the same treatment once their NHL and/or NBA teams come here.

“We would like to extend a warm welcome to any of the sports leagues,” Lee said.

The all-nude Palomino Club’s owner Adam Gentile passed along a message that he’s so thrilled about the Raiders possibility, he has a “whatever it takes” attitude about supporting a team and its fans.

Just to begin with, the Palomino Club will buy a free drink for patrons whenever the Vegas-based Raiders win.

Crazy Horse III strip club general manager Keith Ragano pointed out it already offers free limo rides (as do other strip clubs), but Crazy Horse III is skipping lap dance giveaways in favor of providing players with a more secluded lapdance getaway.

“We see a lot of NFL players at Crazy Horse III, and the players typically enjoy their privacy,” Ragano replied. “A pro team would be great for Vegas, and we would host viewing parties for every game.”

I reached out to other prominent entertainment businesses to ask if they have given thought to Raiders comps yet.

Chumlee said through a representative he’ll waive his DJ fee for Raiders gigs, particularly for charity events.

Players’ wives and girlfriends will not be left out, since Fawnia Mondey, owner of Pole Fitness Studio, will offer free one-year memberships to Raiders’ significant others.

And Hash House A Go Go will serve all-you-can-eat pancakes to players and coaches, with a caveat: only after hometown victories.

Other businesses didn’t respond before deadline or reported they haven’t thought about comps yet.


KTNV-TV, Channel 13’s reporter Darcy Spears and producer Kean Bauman will receive an award for exposing guardianship problems locally, from the Nevada Association to Stop Guardian and Elder Abuse, on Wednesday night in the Silverton hotel. This is an inaugural fundraiser for the group, with hosting from singer Chadwick Johnson, a keynote from Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak, and appearances from local entertainers Zowie Bowie, Pia Zadora, Tony Sacca, Elisa Fiorillo, Genevieve Dew, Anne Martinez, Rick Natole and Jimmy Harper.

Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” fundraiser, which builds clean water wells in dirty water areas around the world, was filmed at The Smith Center in March. On Tuesday night, you can see the spectacle on the big screen around town. For theater screenings, see FathomEvents.com.


Sean Penn had dinner with friends at SW Steakhouse in the Wynn on Friday, before partying at Intrigue nightclub. Rob Lowe was eating there separately.

Part-time Las Vegans Carlos Santana and wife Cindy Blackman performed the national anthem for Sunday’s NBA Finals game.

Miss Teen USA contestants drank something called “Little Miss Fruit Punch mocktails” Saturday night at Carmine’s, in the Forum Shops at Caesars, where they also dined. They rode the High Roller on Friday.

Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach saw “ShowStoppers” in the Encore Theater on Friday.

While Trey Songz performed at Drai’s nightclub Saturday, his mother April Tucker was there, celebrating a birthday, and the crowd included rapper Belly, Dallas Mavericks’ Justin Anderson, Minnesota Vikings’ Charles Johnson, NFL free agent Dwight Freeney, skateboarder Theotis Beasley and Houston Rockets’ Josh Smith.

Original hip-hopper Biz Markie popped into the House of Blues Foundation Room on Saturday.

And classic rapper Too Short gave a surprise performance Sunday at Drai’s.

Doug Elfman can be reached at delfman@reviewjournal.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman. On Twitter: @VegasAnonymous

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