Poker's new world champion is Jamie Gold, a Hollywood agent who emerged from a record field of 8,773 players to win the biggest poker prize in history: $12 million. Gold secured the crown when his pair of queens made on the flop held up against Paul Wasicka's pocket tens. Wasicka won $6 million for second, and the event's top 12 finishers all banked $1 million or more. Overall, the World Series of Poker hosted 48,366 entrants from 56 countries and awarded more than $159 million in prize money.
LUXOR LIST: After the closing of "Hairspray," Luxor has announced a switch to headliner entertainment. The resort's "Spotlight Series" will present a diverse lineup, including Heart, LeAnn Rimes, Earth Wind & Fire, and Liza Minnelli.
NO PARKING: The parking garage at the Monte Carlo has closed, pending a date with the wrecking ball. The building will be demolished to make way for a 12-story (two below ground, 10 above) garage, to be completed in two years.
ONSTAGE INJURY: Barry Manilow will be taking six to eight weeks off from performing at the Las Vegas Hilton, to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his hips after injuring them during his act. Doctors say the injury is common among pro athletes, and Manilow is known for his high-energy shows.
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