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September 29, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Sheldon Adelson
Sheldon Adelson

MIRROR, MIRROR on the wall, who’s the richest of them all? According to the Forbes 400, the list of America’s richest people, the richest man in all Las Vegas is Venetian owner Sheldon Adelson. Coming in after Bill Gates (No. 1) and Warren Buffett (No. 2), the magazine says “He’s been getting rich faster than anyone in history. Over the past two years, Adelson has made $23.6 million a day

(find out how he went from selling papers to making a million an hour at

STEVE WYNN checks in at No. 107 on the billionaires list (everyone on the Forbes 400 is worth more than $1 billion).

LAST WEEK we wrote about a new policy at the Wynn Las Vegas that has dealers sharing their tips with shift leaders (a new title for table game supervisors). Dealers were not happy with the resulting pay cut, and some complained to the Nevada labor commissioner. He rejected their plea, saying the policy does not violate any state laws. Two dealers have filed a class action suit asking a Nevada judge to throw out the tip pooling program because it’s a breach of contract and violates Nevada state law.

FOX SPORTS has announced that it will televise the “Wynn Las Vegas Ultimate Game.” No, it’s not another poker tournament. It’s the richest first prize ever offered in golf history - $2 million. If you’ve got the nuts ... err $50,000, you can play. There are no sponsor exemptions; everyone who plays pays. Preliminary rounds start in May.

AT THE FINAL Stardust Mahalo party, Bill Boyd Jr., CEO Boyd Gaming (he’s also on the list), talked about how his family came to own the Stardust, and his fondness of Hawaii. The party was the biggest of its kind with more than 800 invited VIPs (and a few party crashers like me). George Oishi, Stardust casino host, says regulars will be hanging at The Orleans while Echelon Place is being built.

IF YOU’RE INTO ice skating, The Orleans is host to the Capitol One Holiday Celebration on Ice with Dorothy Hamill (1976 Olympic gold medalist), Ekaterina Gordeeva (two-time Olympic gold medalist), Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman (three-time U.S. national champions) on Oct. 20.

FLORENCE CUMMINGS was celebrating her sister’s 94th birthday when she hit a $2,000 jackpot, and Adam Kaiwi of Hana won $1,025 and $6,000 on a $1 slot at the Cal (Whoa, save some for us, bra).

Dee Snyder From Twisted Sister
Dee Snyder From Twisted Sister

THE HARD ROCK Hotel & Casino celebrates Halloween the entire month of October with memorabilia from horror movies, costumed cocktail waitresses and Van Helsing’s Curse. The show features an 18-piece gothic rock-orchestra that performs classic horror film and ominous songs as Dee Snider (from Twisted Sister) narrates the chicken-skin story.

AFTER 21 years, “Splash” at the Riviera hotel-casino is closing, and its last show is scheduled for Sept. 30. The show was modified last year by the original director Jeff Kutash, who got his showbiz start right here in Hawaii.

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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