Oscars at Wynn

March 09, 2010 7:04 AM
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The clever linemaker, who puts up just-for-fun odds on the awards each year, decided to have a party in the book for special guests to watch the show and have a chance at winning an awardof their own.

 John gave us first class treatment and escorted us to the VIP lounge where we were able to see the broadcast snuggled into a plush sofa, nosh on wings and fries from Zoozacrackers New York-style deli, and sip cocktails brought by friendly, efficient servers.

Prior to the start of the show, we all filled out an entry form selecting the movie or person we thought would win each category. Then, in addition to having fun comparing our selections to the actual winner, the five people with the most correct answers each won two tickets to Le Reve.

During commercial breaks John manned the microphone and conducted an Oscar trivia quiz. Those who answered correctly received a miniature Oscar statue and a $100 certificate to use at Wynn.

There were also a few faux Oscar acceptance speeches given by some of John’s guests that were funny and entertaining.

While at the party we had the added pleasure of chatting with Yolanda Acuna, the top notch bookmaker who keeps things running smoothly at the Mirage bet parlor. She introduced us to her handsome son, Alex Acuna, who hangs his hat at the Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel at CityCenter where he is Communications Manager.

STRIKE! The Storm Golden Ladies Classic bowling tournament is underway at The Orleans this week. Sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress, the tourney is open to all women over the age of 50. (If we didn’t throw so many gutter balls we might be tempted to enter.)

This year, nearly 80 participants will be shoeing up, including six Hall of Famers – Jeannie Naccarato (defending champ in the regular division), Pam Buckner, Fran Deken, Dana Miller Mackie, Virginia Norton and Robin Romeo.

Among those attempting to unseat last year’s winner is Janet Romig of Osprey, Florida, who will be trying out her newly developed release form.

Compared to other sports competitions the prize money is not huge (the winner is guaranteed a mere $2,000), but that doesn’t diminish the competitive spirit of the participants. However, while these ladies take their game seriously and give it their all, when they walk away from the lanes they are the best of friends.

TIGHT MACHINES: Friend Marty Richardson, visiting from Denver, wants to know what happened to all the slot machines in Las Vegas.

"It seems like I can’t win," Marty bemoaned. During previous visits "my money used to last a while; sometimes I’d even win. Now … nothing! It’s just not fun anymore.

"Even in Central City (Colorado) I can hit an occasional jackpot."

WE HEAR former GT staffer Dick White, who retired from Nevada Wallboards a few years ago, has been enjoying his golden years as a "meter maid," issuing parking tickets in the Vegas valley. Rumor has it he really enjoys his job.

See you around town.