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Cougars on the Prowl

Cindy Margolis will host a sizzling age-gap dating game Saturday night at Ego Lounge

By Ray Schweibert
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Dating rules and social protocol seem less distinct now than decades ago — and that’s definitely a positive thing.

That said, there’s an event taking place at in Atlantic City at the Taj’s Ego Lounge on Saturday (May 15) that should be as exhilarating as it is expressive of the breakdown of social boundaries. Hosted by actress and two-time former Playboy cover model Cindy Margolis, the Cougars & Cubs Dating Game will feature “cougars” (loosely defined as women over the age of 40) competing for the affection of “cubs” (or 20-something men). The event will coincide with the launch of a new orange-infused vodka called Ketel One Oranje.

“I think the Cubs-Cougar Dating Game is born of the fact that there are so many younger men out there who want to be with an attractive older woman — not just for the ‘fantasy’ but for the experience and knowledge that an older woman can possess,” Margolis tells AC Weekly. “Personally, age doesn’t mean that much to me. Whether the guy is young or old is not important. It’s how he treats me.

“[The game] helps to show that age is just a number,” she adds. “A healthy mind and body can overcome an age difference in a heartbeat. I’ve dated guys in their 20s who acted like they were 70 and, take my word for it, it’s not a real turn on. If a man treats a lady right, respects her and loves to have a good time, age means absolutely nothing.”

Star of the No. 1-rated Fox Reality Channel show Seducing Cindy, Margolis will help match up couples in a format that includes a cougar asking questions of three cubs in each of several rounds. The two most popular couples as voted by the audience will receiving a dinner date to Trattoria Il Mulino Restaurant and VIP treatment at the Casbah nightclub — both located at the Taj. “There’s a basic Dating Game format, but I have the option to stray away from the format as I see fit and take the insanity up a few notches,” says Margolis, whose second Playboy photo shoot (June 2008) was at age 42. “It will be a blast for the people who come out to watch it. Plus, I’ll be signing autographs, taking pictures with the fans and having a great time myself.”

The idea for Cougars & Cubs came about after Seducing Cindy aired to much acclaim. Fox subsequently changed the channel’s format and eliminated all the “reality” shows, so Margolis took the idea on the road with similar success.

“I did the first one at a New Orleans casino a few months ago and the reaction was terrific,” she says. “It can get very interactive, with guys and girls from the audience all wanting to get on stage and try their luck.”

Margolis’ manager, Neil Cirucci, says the ABC-TV show Cougar Town (Wednesdays, 9:30pm) starring Courtney Cox has done a lot to sort of popularize the idea of older women dating younger men.

“That show really kind of put it through the stratosphere,” says Cirucci. “It showed the side where you could be a cougar and actually be cool, like Demi Moore [who’s 47] and Ashton Kutcher [her 32-year-old husband]. Of course the other ‘cougar’ connotation has been the old broads who just want to get laid with younger guys, so I think there can be a sort of a bad side to it too. We’re trying to stick with the good side.”

Cougars & Cubs
Saturday, May 15, 8:30-11pm
Ego Lounge at Trump Taj Mahal, Boardwalk & Virginia Ave., A.C.
Former Playmate Cindy Margolis will host the contest.
Admission is free, but guests must be at least 21 with valid ID.
Business-casual attire is requested.

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