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July 21, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Willard Chang
Willard Chang

LOCAL BOY Willard Chang finished fifth in a field of 1,919, making his $2,000 entry fee equal $136,211! He made it to the final table way ahead of big names like Carlos Mortensen, Jennifer Harman, Johnny Chan and Scott Fischman. Look for Willard to test his skilz in the 2006 World Series of Poker. Wonder if his friends still play him for money?

DID YOU know that some pro poker players sell shares of their tournament play? To spread the risk of losing their buy in, some players will sell a percentage of their winnings for cash up front.

Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage

IF YOU had the gift of pre-cognition, where would you go? So would the producers of the new Nicolas Cage movie Next. The movie is based on a Phillip K. Dick short story (he wrote Blade Runner, Minority Report and others) about a guy who can see and affect the future. Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel also star in the flick.

WE’VE pointed out that RFID (radio frequency identification) tags are everywhere from casino chips to baggage tags to employee name tags. Now a beverage company has invented an RFID attachment for bottles that analyzes the bottle’s angle and duration to calculate how much booze the barkeep put in your drink.

ANOTHER Vegas first ... let’s say you’re cruisin’ the Strip and get ono for some pho. Now there’s a pho place on the Strip! Open in the Coffee Shop in the TI, PHO specializes in noodle soups and traditional Vietnamese dishes, and it’s the first pho place on the Strip ...

Zita Esquivel de Velazquez won $1,234,549 on the Wheel of Fortune quarter MegaJackpot
Zita Esquivel de Velazquez won $1,234,549 on
the Wheel of Fortune quarter MegaJackpot

CONGRATS to Zita Esquivel de Velazquez. She won $1,234,549 on the Wheel of Fortune quarter MegaJackpot. She was visiting family and said “I was playing another machine, but something attracted me to this one.” Get the current jackpot counters for all Megabucks Machines at

AT THE Fremont the $1 Quick Hit machine was $5,000 good for John Medeiros of Kailua Kona. And Lavern Reyes of Wahiawa won $4,500 on a $5 Triple Diamond machine.

THE $1 million fishing lure ... no I’m not on crack. The 2006 ICAST (American Sportfishing Association) show is happening this week and MacDaddy’s Fishing Lures Inc. will be unveiling a $1 million lure, handcrafted in just over 3 pounds of gold and platinum, then encrusted with 100 carats of diamonds and rubies. (I didn’t know rappers fished!) The lure will be under heavy security until it’s used in the 26th Annual Bisbee’s Black and Blue Tournament in Cabo San Lucas (let’s hope the line doesn’t break). We’ve got some high-rez images at

THE MILILANI class of ‘86 (wow, 20 years already) is having its class reunion at the Cal. E-mail them at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to join in on the fun.

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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