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June 23, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

WELCOME to Kimo’s Vegas ... The Player’s Edge!

Mariah and Jay Z
Mariah and Jay Z

NO MORE Cristal ... Jay Z, who plans to build a Vegas hotel/casino, calls for a boycott of his former favorite bubbly because of racist remarks made by a company official in The Economist magazine. Responding to a question about the popularity of the champagne with the hip-hop culture and “unwelcome attention,” Frederic Rouzaud said: “What can we do? We can’t forbid people from buying it. I’m sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business.” P-Diddy, Snoop Dog and 50 Cent have yet to join the band.

IT’S WORLD SERIES of Poker time; registration starts June 25 and we’ve got everything you need at ... except the $10,000 entry fee.

Sly Stallone
Sly Stallone

SLY GETS IT ... Sylvester Stallone gets his star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars as part of the eighth annual Cine Vegas Film Festival. Look for Rocky’s marble in front of the Brenden Theaters at the Palms Casino Resort.

LAST WEEK authorities arrested a career slot machine cheat. Michael Balsamo is accused of regularly inserting a mechanical device into the machines, causing them to overpay.

KOREAN AIR now flies direct between Las Vegas and Korea, the city’s fastest-growing and fifth-largest overseas market. Look for performances by Korean artists and the filming of the Korean soap opera Mr. Goodbye at Caesar’s in the near future.

THE MAN who built the Stratosphere is running for lieutenant governor of Nevada. Bob Stupak has contributed $1 million of his own cash to his campaign.

THIS WEEK on Kimo’s Vegas TV, Kauai-born casino host Dale Matsumura takes us on a tour of the Stratosphere Las Vegas Monday at 9 p.m. on OC16 - 100 percent local, 100 percent original, 24/7.

Hawthorne Heights rocks on July 12
Hawthorne Heights rocks on July 12

HAWTHORNE Heights joins Social Distortion, Flogging Molly, Saving Jane and host Jeff Beacher at the July 3 12th annual Red, White & Boom Festival at the Desert Breeze Park.

NEW GAME at the Aladdin Desert Passage: “Baffle the Buckingham Guard.” Look for the guard in front of the V Theater, make him laugh, flinch, giggle, smirk or move in any way and win show tickets. Kimo’s Vegas tip: Keep your shirts and pants on (they’ve seen it all) and no physical contact, please.

Get more Kimo’s Vegas at, in the Wednesday MidWeek, Thursday night at 7 on ESPN Radio1420, OC16 and with Brickwood Galuteria Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE.

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