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August 02, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Phil Hellmuth Jr.
Phil Hellmuth Jr.

PHIL HELLMUTH JR. won his 10th WSOP bracelet against 753 other players including two other gold bracelet owners Ralph Perry and Daniel Negreanu, who made the most (rebuys) in pro poker tournament history at 48!

A FEW WEEKS ago we talked about a poker tournament that took place at 15,000 feet in the air ... where amateurs competed against Phil Laak, and the eliminated contestants had to jump out of the plane ... Everyone bailed out including the winner, Nick “Stoxtrader” Grudzien, 29, from New York who chose to jump for the fun of it.

WHAT’S THE only thing hotter than the Vegas heat? A discussion about weather poker is a legitimate sport. What’s the big deal? A Washington man is trying to legalize pari-mutuel betting on poker tournaments.

A QUICK look from any Strip hotel room confirms that the city’s official bird is the (building) crane. The newest project on the horizon is “The Great Mall of Las Vegas.” The $750 million project includes two 2,000-foot tall buildings (with 50 condos), a 15,000-square-foot enclosed park with fountains, a mini-conservatory, office space and a three-level shopping mall with 40 restaurants and 250 stores. They are expecting about 20,000 shoppers per day. Shopaholics have plenty of time to save for the grand opening - the mall is expected to be completed by 2010.

STEVE WYNN regularly cruises through the Wynn Las Vegas without an entourage or bodyguards. He regularly chats, signs autographs and takes pictures with guests.

Lebron James
Lebron James

SPOTTED at the Wynn craps tables: Lebron “King” James and Cav teammates ...

LAS VEGAS Mayor Oscar Goodman has a plan to punish graffiti vandals. His Honor wants to have concerned citizens and the public in general paint the faces of violators. You know what they say ... payback’s a paint job!

FORGET TO bring enough coffee or macadamia nuts for friends in Vegas? Check out the new ABC Store in the Aladdin’s Desert Passage.

BOYD GAMING has announced that it is selling South Coast back to Michael Gaughan (the founder of Coast Casinos). In case you’re curious ... what does it cost to own your own casino? About $575 million.

CONGRATS TO Kailua Kona resident John Medeiros, who won $5,000 on a $1 slot, and Betty Watada of Waipahu who hit the $1 Black Gold for $17,520 at the Fremont! Checkout more winners at

A COUPLE is suing Caesar’s Palace for negligence and emotional duress because their 10-year-old daughter found a used condom between the sheets and put it in her mouth. Isn’t she a little old (and young) to be doing that? Same lawsuit happened a few years ago at the Rio.

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 Billy V. Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE.

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