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May 05, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas… the Player’s Edge!

Hayden Christensen
Hayden Christensen

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN (Star Wars II and III) celebrated his 25th birthday with a party at Tao. Celebrity guests included Paris Hilton and Stavors, and Mr. and Mrs. Britney Spears. Contrary to what they would like us to believe, not everything that happens in Vegas stays there. Just ask (Mr. Spears) Kevin Federline.

SOMEONE NEW moves to Las Vegas every six minutes, and a new house is completed every 20 minutes, making the ninth island the fastest-growing city in the United States. But the one thing the oasis in the desert does not have is a pro team of any kind. No NBA, NFL or MLB. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has contacted the San Diego Chargers about becoming the Las Vegas Chargers, and starting Jan. 1 the Chargers can entertain all offers from any U.S. city ... how about the Honolulu Chargers?

MEANWHILE, the Los Angeles Lakers have announced a multi-year relationship (Does this mean they are going steady now?) with the Mirage Hotel. It will be the official destination hotel of the Lakers when the team arrives for some preseason play in October, and will host the team for the All Star Game.

WILL A pro sports team ever call Vegas home? Will Internet gaming ever become legal? Will sports betting on the Internet become legal? My money’s on all three happening in our lifetime because there’s just too much money involved. Last year the 2,400 Internet gaming sites grossed about $12 billion - that’s twice the money made on the famous Strip.

LAS VEGAS has been officially crowned America’s Convention Capital by Tradeshow Week. Last year it hosted 44 of the 206 biggest U.S. conventions. In second place: Orlando, which hosted 26.

Joe Bartholdi is a big winner
Joe Bartholdi is a big

CONGRATULATIONS to Joe Bartholdi, an ex-Vegas dealer who won $3.76 million at the WPT World Championship Season IV at the Bellagio.

LOOKING TO play poker on the Strip? The TI adds its venue to the ever-growing list of (WARNING: Bad pun ahead) Strip poker rooms.

Shakira’s tour stops at Mandalay Bay in August
Shakira’s tour stops at
Mandalay Bay in August

SHAKIRA’S Oral Fixation Tour is at the Mandalay Bay Aug. 12 with special guest Wyclef Jean.

AL PACINO joins the cast of Ocean’s 13 as Willie Banks, the owner of a high-profile Vegas casino. Filming is set to begin July 21 in L.A. and Vegas. Check out his most-recent flick Two for the Money ... great movie.

GET MORE Kimo’s Vegas at, in the Wednesday MidWeek, in Oceanic Cable’s Around Hawaii and with Brickwood Galuteria Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE.

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