Is Paris Hilton Blackballed From Las Vegas?

08/31/2010 at 04:10 PM EDT

Is Paris Hilton Blackballed From Las Vegas?
Paris Hilton
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Once one of the most sought after celebrities for Las Vegas nightclubs, Paris Hilton's pay-to-party days in Sin City may be numbered because of her felony cocaine arrest.

"Because Vegas nightclubs are under so much scrutiny right now, I don't know how welcome she would be," says a club executive who has booked Hilton, 29, to host parties. "Considering she's busted for cocaine, people might assume that she's going to the club either to use coke or she's already on coke, and no club wants to be associated with that."

In Nevada, liquor licenses are closely watched by gambling regulators, and violations can be severe. Recently the Gaming Control Board shut down a Las Vegas nightclub because of several infractions, including drugs allegedly being used on the premises.





"A club would never be allowed to book Paris for an appearance right now," says another Las Vegas night-life insider, a former club executive who also has booked the heiress in the past. "A club would want to book her because of the press it would generate right now, but it would never happen because no one wants to jeopardize gaming licensing or liquor licensing."

The lack of bookings may also lead to a hit in Hilton's pocketbook. She once garnered six-figure paydays to simply show up. She was paid $125,000 to hold her 25th birthday at a Vegas club, sources say.

She'd still be allowed past the velvet rope, says the former executive, but would face the same scrutiny as any other club-goer: "Her bag would be checked before entering the club."



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