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Like many of Hugh Hefner’s fabled parties at the Playboy Mansion, Playmate of the Year at the Palms is now open to the public. But unlike fetes at Hefner’s iconic estate, passes for the May 15 event are relatively affordable—general admission is $39 and reserved seats are available for the suggestive price of $69. Tickets to the awards show allow access to the afterparty at the Playboy Club, but post-party passes are available, too, for $40 (local ladies get in free).

Playmate of the Year 2009 was a private affair featuring a multi-course dinner in the Palms’ Key West ballroom, followed by a party in the magazine’s namesake club. This year, however, Hefner and his Las Vegas apprentice, George Maloof, scrapped the dinner and will hold the main event at Rain nightclub before returning to the Playboy Club.

Among the nominees for Playmate of the Year are Hefner’s former live-in girlfriends and The Girls Next Door personalities Karissa and Kristina Shannon, who appeared in the double summer issue as Misses July and August. Hefner’s current main squeeze, December Playmate Crystal Harris, was also in the running—but Vegas Seven happens to know that the 2010 Playmate of the Year award will go to April 2009 centerfold (and June 2010 cover model) Hope Dworaczyk.

The 25-year-old Texas native will be at the Palms to receive her title and accept the prizes that go along with it: A BMW motorcycle and $100,000 cash. Red carpet arrivals outside Rain at 8 p.m., awards from 9-10 p.m. Playboy Club doors at 9 p.m., afterparty at 11 p.m.

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