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September 20, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Billionaire Carl Icahn
Billionaire Carl Icahn

PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT INC. and Atlantic Coast Entertainment Holdings Inc. agreed to purchase The Sands and Traymore in Atlantic City for about $270 million from financier Carl Icahn. If his name sounds familiar, Forbes magazine estimates his wealth at almost $6 billion, and he is the owner of The Stratosphere Las Vegas.

ENTER THE Haunted Tower to win your share of $40,000 or maybe even the grand prize in the Stratosphere’s Halloween Slot Tournament, $25,000. For more details, call local-boy-turned-casino-executive Dale Matsumura at (888) 236-7495.

THE LAS VEGAS Convention and Visitor Authority has introduced a new program, “Vegas Certified,” an online certification that designates travel agents as Vegas experts. To get certified, visit Make sure your agent is Vegas Certified (and not just a Vegas depositor).

MAKING withdrawals at the Fremont ... Andrea Kanaka of Ewa Beach won $12,500, and Rose Birch of Kailua hit 9 of 9 for a $25,000 KENO payday.

EVER WONDER where they get all the water for Las Vegas - the Bellagio Fountains, The Monte Carlo’s swimming pools or the Wynn Las Vegas Lake?

The city has found a water source a couple hundred miles away.

They’ve purchased the land and want to move the water through a $2 billion pipeline.

GET HITCHED or renew your vows with a wedding at the Monte Carlo Chapel in Vegas. You’ll get a room at the hotel, air transportation and more. Visit the Vegas on Demand Channel 777 or to enter.

‘Zumanity’ is celebrating its third anniversary
‘Zumanity’ is celebrating its third anniversary

CONGRATS TO the entire cast of Zumanity on their third anniversary. The show features Kamehameha grad Melle Vasquez on lead guitar and Campbell High School grad Raven O as the show’s enigmatic MC.

THERE’S A two-day Halloween rock fest with dozens of bands and a costumed crowd that’ll make Hollywood Boulevard look tame. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Black Crowes, Fiona Apple, Damian Jr. Gong, Ben Folds Five, Vegas rockers The Killers and many more Oct. 28 and 29 at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

EXPERTS SAY that Las Vegas is built on a series of faults that could trigger an earthquake at any time. In fact, Nevada is the third most active earthquake state ... Shhhh, don’t tell ‘em we’ve got 100,000 locals chipping away at the fault line to ship the ninth island home.

PAPER OR PLASTIC? The National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest coincides with its convention in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Grocery baggers from all over the U.S. will be competing for the title of Best Bagger. Contestants will fill two bags with a selection of grocery items, and points are awarded based on appearance, attitude, time, weight distribution and

technique involved in the filling process. No doubt the Aloha Spirit will give any local entrant a definitive edge.

GET MORE Kimo’s Vegas at, in both issues of “MidWeek,” in Oceanic Time Warner’s “Around Hawaii,” on OC16 Monday at 9 p.m., on The New ESPN 1420 Thursday night at 7 and with Billy V. Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE.

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