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July 19, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were spotted at Nobu’s
Tom Cruise and Katie
Holmes were spotted at

TOM CRUISE and Katie Holmes were spotted dining in the VIP room at Nobu’s in the Hard Rock. Bodyguards checked the room, the Cruises, and left. Baby Suri was nowhere in sight.

PUTTIN’ their money where their rooms are ... we are at the head of a five-year $20 billion building boom. The end result, according to Standard & Poor’s, doubles the number of $200-plus a night rooms on the Strip. My guess is we’ll continue to see better deals on Sunday through Thursday rates.

THE STRATOSPHERE has a 25 percent off room special ... call local boy casino host Dale Matsumura at (888) 236-7495 and tell him Kimo sent ya!

WBC lightweight champion from Hawaii Brian Viloria defends his title for the second time. Omar Nino of Mexico gets his shot at the belt Aug. 10. Brian is undefeated with a 19 and 0 record and 9 knockouts, while Omar is 23-2-1 with 10 KOs. Vacations Hawaii is taking reservations for air/hotel and fight tickets packages.

Patsy Kouchi from Honolulu won $2,808 on a slot at the Cal
Patsy Kouchi from Honolulu won $2,808 on a slot
at the Cal

CONGRATS to this week’s Honolulu winners at the Cal ... Evelyn Kujabu hit a $4,000 royal flush in hearts, and Patsy Kouchi won $2,808 on a slot. See more Vegas winners at

FOX SPORTS Net is credited with the hole card camera allowing viewers to see poker players’ hole card. Their latest innovation? Pulse monitors! These are strapped onto players’chests before the game starts so viewers at home can see when the players are good at hiding their emotions, or not. See the debut of the pulse monitor on The Poker Dome Challenge.

THE FITZ has a new poker room (on the second floor) and a $20,000 Free Roll Tournament to launch it. Qualifying is going on now. Get complete details online at

CONGRATS to Mary Jones Meyer. She is the 2006 Ladies World Championship champion. She beat a field of 1,119 and collected $236,094 in prize money at the Rio. She said, “I definitely owe this tournament to my husband and his training.” ... I guess behind every good woman, there’s a man.

IN NOVEMBER, Nevada votes on two referendums to restrict indoor smoking. The first bans smoking in hotel rooms, restaurants, bars and other public places. The other bans smoking wherever children are allowed in restaurants and bars (children in bars ... only in Vegas). No worries - smoking will still be legal on the casino floor.

Chef Michael Mina is opening a new steakhouse on the Strip
Chef Michael Mina is
opening a new
steakhouse on the Strip

A NEW steakhouse on the Strip ... Michael Mina, the two-time James Beard Award-winning chef, is opening Stripsteak at the Mandalay Bay. That’ll be his fourth high-end Vegas eatery, complementing Nobhill (MGM Grand), Seablue (Bellagio) and Michael Mina (Bellagio).

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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