Alison Waite wants everyone to know something: Hugh Hefner is not a jilted groom, even though his fiancée Crystal Harris up and left before their June nuptials. “Don’t worry about Hef. He’s fine, trust me,’’ said the Playboy Playmate from Catch restaurant at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel. “I just saw him. He’s already moved on.’’ Waite, 29, was in town to chat about the 85-year-old’s love life but to promote a pretty cool opportunity for cigar smokers, The Macanudo Millionaire Contest. The winner gets a VIP weekend at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
If you’re a spot-on poker player, you also have the chance to win $1 million. That is, if you can achieve a straight flush. A trip to the Playboy Club nearby is another perk for the contest winner. The nightspot, the subject of a controversial upcoming NBC series, is as sinful as it sounds. “It’s very decadent, for sure,’’ said Waite, who is from Seattle. “They’ve done a great job, with gold everywhere, champagne, gambling.’’ But not as crazy as the Playboy Mansion’s infamous Grotto parties. That’s a whole other level. “It’s hard to explain,’’ Waite says of the shindigs. “There are celebrities everywhere; nude, painted ladies passing around Jello shots; and of course Hef surrounded by a bevy of beautiful ladies.’’ Waite has a soft spot for Hefner, who chose her for the magazine’s sexy layout in May 2006. She was a student at San Diego State taking classes in gerontology (her idol is Betty White) when she was spotted at the Midsummer’s Night party at the mansion. Life changed after her magazine spread and Playmate status. Waite later became a correspondent for Extra! and appeared as a model on Deal or No Deal. But the L.A. resident prefers the quiet life. “I don’t like salacious gossip,’’ Waite said. “And I have no acting aspirations. I’m a horrible, horrible actress!’’
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Go to macanudomillionaire.com to submit your entry; contest ends Sept. 30.