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August 09, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Nancy Daffron
Nancy Daffron

FROM TIME to time I’ve been known to drop a $20 bill into a slot machine. I developed this habit after seeing my friend John Aeto win thousand of dollars in jackpots ... one day maybe we’ll be as lucky as Nancy Daffron, who hit the Bally’s QuarterMillion$ for $271,146.76 at the Four Queens. She took a break from the tables and said, “I came back to this crazy machine and put in $10.” With $1.50 still left on the credit meter, she can afford to buy her Krispy Kremes on Maui.

IN CASE you were wondering, the official count of WSOP entrants is 8,773. Now multiply that buy the $10,000 buy in and you get a feel for how big poker has become. The winner gets that one-of-a-kind World Series bracelet and an $11.5 million payday.

DENNY RANDALL has an unusual story ... he was chosen as one of the six people in the world to win the Microsoft Xbox 360 Play with the Big Boys Sweepstakes. He got an all-expense-paid trip to our favorite city including a suite at the Rio. And he got to meet poker pro Scotty Nguyen and played with Chris “Jesus” Ferguson. The winner not only got to play with the pros, but got a $10,000 seat in the big one, the World Series of Poker. Michael Lynn aced out our buddy and fellow Honolulu resident ... not bad considering he never played poker before.

HILTON Las Vegas headliner Barry Manilow co-wrote the words to Bandstand Boogie, the theme song for American Bandstand. Look for a special tribute to Dick Clark on this year’s 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Aug. 27, on KHNL.

THE HILTON is also the home of the $100,000 3 Card Poker tourney. Entry fee is $499 and includes your room (four days/three nights). For more details on entering, go to

ELTON JOHN fans, you can buy a framed piece of his Hollywood star complete with an autographed portrait for $1,200. Check out Elton’s store at Caesar’s.

SPOTTED on the Strip: the LaMug’s and Krater96, KCCN FM100, Hawaiian105 KINE and Power104-3 marketing director Scott Mackenzie and gal pal Tiffany.

MORE WINNERS at the Cal ... Jerry Lee of Honolulu won $1,418, and Rufina Macan of Mililani hit for $2,193 on the quarter VP machines, and Carolyn R.Y. Young of Honolulu won $6,000 reel slot! See more winners at

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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