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Photos: Penn Jillette’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star with Teller, Opportunity Village poker event at Caesars

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The Rio headliners Penn & Teller receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, April 5, 2013.

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The Rio headliners Penn & Teller receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, April 5, 2013.

2013 O.V. Celebrity Poker Tournament at Caesars Palace

Omarosa attends the 2013 Opportunity Village Celebrity Poker Tournament at Caesars Palace on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Edgy illusionists Penn & Teller were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their unique brand of magic. Located just steps away from Harry Houdini’s star near The Magic Castle, it’s the 2,494th star.

The Rio headliners had an all-star turnout in Hollywood, with rival MGM Grand magician David Copperfield, “South Park” creator Trey Parker, Penn’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” pals Lisa Rinna and husband Harry Hamlin, singer-actress Lainie Kazan and porn legend Ron Jeremy, making his first appearance since a recent hospital scare, in attendance.

In addition to their recently announced six-year Rio contract extension to 2018, the daring duo is up to their tricks with new projects. They are planning a new magic TV series, “Smoke and Mirrors,” which is described as “an at-home night in their living room.”

They also are now amid editing a film festival project about dark Dutch painter Johannees Vermeer and an American inventor and scientist’s experiments. Johannees’ painting “Girl With a Pearl Earring” inspired the 2003 film starring Scarlett Johansson.

Penn is still competing on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” for Donald Trump on NBC in the hope of winning donations for our Opportunity Village; NBA star Dennis Rodman was the latest to be fired by The Donald on Sunday night.

Over the weekend, Penn also participated in this year’s Opportunity Village Celebrity Poker Tournament, which attracted 200 players, including his “Apprentice” co-star Omarosa and “Dexter” star David Zayas. I played red carpet host and MC to kick off the event.

Penn’s wife Emily Jillette was eliminated at No. 12, and Omarosa made it to the final four tables. An avid player who prefers to remain anonymous was the first-place winner for a seat at this summer’s World Series of Poker. The player has promised to donate 20 percent of any WSOP winnings to Opportunity Village.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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