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September 27, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson

JOE SIMPSON (Jessica’s dad) is opening a string of restaurants called Daisy Dukes. The first such barbecue joint will launch in Sin City ... You may remember Jessica as Daisy in The Dukes of Hazzard . Plans include a Jessica personal appearance at the grand opening… and to think he used to be a minister!

GEORGE CLOONEY and the Ocean’s 13 cast and crew celebrated the final shot of the movie at PURE (the night club at Caesar’s). That’s where diva Mariah Carey’s VIP after-concert party will be held on Saturday.

THE DEVELOPERS of PURE have just opened Social House in the TI. Try their Pan Asian cuisine, sushi or signature dishes Citrus Peel Miso Marinated Cod and Snake River Farms’ Kobe Beef-Three Ways: Carpaccio, Tataki and Tartar. But the food is only part of the attraction - cocktails, a live DJ and a fashionable and relaxed atmosphere are rapidly making this another celeb favorite.

FORMER DISNEY and Universal Studio executives are pooling their talents to create a new Vegas destination. The $1.1 billion resort will feature a casino (of course), two hotels, spa, theaters, shops, an indoor/outdoor water park and, for us children of the sun, an indoor snow park. No worries - plenty of time to take skiing lessons (the park also will feature the world’s first indoor snow skiing) and should be open late 2008.

Lucky Feliza Begonia of Honolulu won $25,000 on a $5 slot machine while waiting for her luggage
Lucky Feliza Begonia of Honolulu won $25,000 on a
$5 slot machine while waiting for her luggage

REGINA GAGALAC of Wahiawa won $8,424 on the Deluxe Double Diamond slot. Feliza Begonia of Honolulu was waiting for her luggage when she won $25,000 on a $5 slot machine.

THINK YOU’VE seen and heard of everything that can happen in a casino? Everyone knows how popular poker has become lately - every Vegas hotel has been scrambling to open a poker room, and most rooms have been out-grossing the casinos’ sports books. PokerTek Inc. has created the dealer-less, card-less, chip-less poker table. The regulation-size table has a large video screen in the center and smaller screens in front of each player.

VEGAS RENTS are on the rise. On average, rent in the valley is up to nearly $850 per month, 5 percent higher than a year ago. The highest rent is in Henderson at $945 per month. In North Las Vegas, the average rent is just over $900 and in Vegas, rent starts $832 a month. They think that’s high - try renting a condo in Aiea!

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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