Bottles Flying At The Vegas 2009 US FLAIR OPEN Bartender Competition

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Bottles are flying at the Vegas 2009 US FLAIR OPEN Bartender competition November 10, 2009. Qualifying Day 1 contestants at Harrah’s Carnaval Court in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Paul Nguyen

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The US Flair Open, sponsored by Rums of Puerto Rico, skilled flair competition takes place November 9-12 at Harrah’s Carnaval Court in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Carlos Laguna

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Chris Parker

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Christian Orsorio

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Christian Orsorio

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Eric Parker

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During the flair competition, bartender contestants flip, throw, balance, spin and throw drinks, bottles and other bar staples. The judges score the participants in variety, smoothness, difficulty, originality, showmanship and entertainment.

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Eric Parker

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Eric Parker

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Qualifying Judges 2009 US FLAIR OPEN

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Jeoffrey Verquin

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Jeoffrey Verquin

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The public can see more qualifying events on November 11th at Carnival Court at Harrah’s at 12:30 pm.

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Chris Parker

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Ramon Negroni

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Rushaad Tate

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Rushaad Tate

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Rushaad Tate

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US FLAIR OPEN finals events will begin at at 7 PM in Carnival Court at Harrah’s on November 12th. The events are free and open to the public.

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Santiago Gomez

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Bartenders from around the world attend the US Flair Open in Las Vegas, and exhibit their best skills in flair bartending. The winner will receive a $10,000 main prize with more money for other prizes in other categories.

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Sebastian Cao

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The excitement and the competition continues through November 12th at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Bill Cody is an entertainment reporter and journalist in Las Vegas. He reports on celebrities, events and all things Las Vegas. Visit VegasBill on twitter.

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