Posts Tagged ‘Sapphire Pool’

A Moment of Silence for: Sapphire Pool

by , Jul 29, 2009 | 6:38 pm

photo: Steve Hall
Now where’s a guy like Devilfish gonna go to work on his tan?

We saw them in bikinis every day … and though we didn’t get to know their names (at least their real ones), they had without a doubt become part of the WSOP family at the Rio. The hot wayward distant cousins, I suppose, roaming the halls of the Rio with free drink coupons and promises to poker players of nipples in the sunshine …

And now they are gone.

Sapphire Pool at the Rio has closed, after failing an “integrity check” by LVMPD.

We can only wonder what that might have entailed. Brilliant concept, though — stock a casino/resort pool with topless dancers working on their line-less tans (who in turn use it as a way to recruit customers to an off-premise strip club).

It also raises the question of why go after the Sapphire Pool? Were the post-WSOP shenanigans just out of control (after the girls had to make up for the cheap bastardness of poker players)? Do the Las Vegas cops have it in for the Rio? Or can we expect further “integrity check” crackdowns at the clubs themselves? You know, rough economy and all has made the, er, “intensity” of lap dances rather negotiable …

ANSWER: No, according to the LVRJ story (Thanks, F-Train, for the link). Harrah’s supposedly requests these integrity checks, and voluntarily closed the pool down on its own behest.

UPDATE: Prostitution and cocaine selling. (You naughty girls!)

(Does anyone recognize any of the mugshots as poker-hallway girls?)

Soap’em if You Got’em

by , May 31, 2009 | 4:46 pm

The girls from Sapphire Pool — a unique partnership between the Rio and the world’s largest strip club, or “titter” as the politicos call them — may have had their booth shoved in a back corner outside the Amazon room, but that doesn’t mean they still can’t do their part to make poker as clean as possible. Apparently figuring if you can’t beat’em, join’em, they hosted a charity car wash in the WSOP parking lot, and our intrepid-reporting pals at PokerListings were all over the story:

The girls from the biggest strip club in the world, the Sapphire Club, decided to raise some money for the United Way with a bikini car wash.

Naturally we threw some dirt on the Prius and headed over to see what it was all about.