No room for Jacko as tycoon rolls in

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 February, 1994, 12:00am

OH to be a fly on the wall inside the Michael Jackson Suite at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas this afternoon when Jacko - now permanently domiciled there it seems - has to pack his things and vacate the place for octogenarian Hong Kong tycoon, Yip Hon, one-time business partner of Macau casino king Stanley Ho.

Jackson has already been told that he can temporarily relocate to the penthouse, the garden suite, in fact to any of the luxury hotel's suites just as long as he was out of Yip Hon's favourite suite before he arrives tomorrow.

This interesting titbit was passed on to Keeping Posted by Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn who has been in town over the past few days. Said Wynn: ''Michael fell in love with the suite instantly when I invited him to be my guest at the Mirage when wefirst opened.

''He asked to rent it on a permanent basis, but was quite happy for it to be let out to other guests when he was not in residence.

''He moved some of his things - Andy Warhol prints, framed photographs of himself surrounded with his gold discs and other personal effects - into the suite and we named it after him. But other regular guests, like my good friend Yip Hon, also liked staying there.

''In fact, I had lunch with Yip Hon at the Peninsula the other day and he wanted me to assure him that he would have the use of his favourite suite when he came over for the Lunar New Year holidays.'' Wynn had already talked to Jackson about it before leaving Las Vegas. But just to be sure he called the singer from Hong Kong after his lunch with Yip Hon.

Yip Hon, of course, will be hoping to repeat his success of five years ago when he won US$1 million (HK$7.7 million) on the baccarat table at Caesar's Palace - and got a brand new Rolls-Royce thrown in to celebrate his high-rolling ways.