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

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

World Poker Tour host Mike Sexton won $1 million
World Poker Tour host
Mike Sexton won $1

NICE GUYS finish first! Mike Sexton, the host of the World Poker Tour, won the World Series of Poker’s Tournament of Champions. His lucky number ... 17. It’s been 17 years since he won his first WSOP bracelet and the tournament lasted 17 hours. His pocket aces became a full house, beating Daniel Negreanu and paying Sexton $1 million. True to nice guy form, he donated half his winnings to five charities: the Special Olympics, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Wounded Warrior Project (helping families of those wounded or killed in action), The Buoniconti Fund (to help cure paralysis), and Children Incorporated (which provides food, clothing and school supplies to underprivileged keiki worldwide).

THE KLONDIKE on the south Las Vegas Strip closes another victim of Vegas appetite for change. The mom-and-pop casino will be replaced with a yetto-be-named property complete with 900 rooms, 1,200 condos and a casino seven times bigger than before.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO spotted checking out Cirque du Soleil’s O and declining an after-show meet-and-greet with the crew. Kimo’s Vegas Trivia: Do you know O‘s original name?

L’eau (not luau) - it’s French for water.

Kimberly Fowler keeps beating the odds
Kimberly Fowler keeps
beating the odds

MEET KIMBERLY Fowler, the triathlete who worked two jobs to attend law school then was hit by a car and crippled. She was introduced to yoga as a form of therapy and was completely healed. A year later she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and doctors predicted she would be dead by age 30.

Having proved the medical community wrong, she is Nike’s 48-year-old yoga expert and will be at the Niketown in Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops July 29 at 1 p.m.

COMING SOON to a casino you love ... Miami Vice Slots! Look for ‘em around the time of the movie’s release.

THE LAS VEGAS Hilton hosts the fifth Annual Official Star Trek Convention, celebrating 40 years of Trekkin’. Capts. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Jonathan Frakes and many other crew members will be aboard. Denny Crain ... Live Long and Prosper!

Raeann Apaka won $10,000 at the Cal on a $1 reel machine
Raeann Apaka won $10,000 at the Cal
on a $1 reel machine

DA KRISPY KREMES was on Raeann Apaka of Honolulu, who won $10,000 at the Cal on a $1 reel machine (you’d be smiling too)! More winners online at

VACATIONS HAWAII has a special package deal to see Brian Villoria’s August title fight in Vegas.

GET MORE Kimo’s Vegas at, in both issues of MidWeek, On OC16 Monday at 9 p.m., Thursday night at 7 on ESPN Radio1420, and with Brickwood Galuteria Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE.

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