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Liz Benston

See Clinton victorious, right by the slot machines

21 January 2008

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Bill and Hillary Clinton have big support in Hollywood's celebrity circles.

But the Clinton campaign's decision to have the New York senator give her victory speech Saturday at Planet Hollywood -- a request that was made of hotel management at 7:30 Friday night -- wasn't related to casino partner Robert Earl's thick Rolodex of Hollywood stars.

(Earl co-founded the restaurant chain of the same name with actor-investors including Bruce Willis and has signed appearance deals with athletes Pete Sampras, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roger Clemens.)

An initial call from a Clinton supporter for rooms led to a few booked rooms and eventually a de facto headquarters for Clinton's campaign staff. (The Clintons stayed across the street at the Bellagio.)

After a campaign punctuated by appearances conspicuously far from casino floors, Hillary Clinton gave her speech on the casino's second-floor mezzanine, a stone's throw from banks of slot machines.

In fact, there weren't many options for her to address a large crowd. The hotel's ballrooms were booked with events this weekend, including the setup for next weekend's Miss America pageant.