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

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

Nicky Hilton threw her birthday bash at Pure
Nicky Hilton threw her
birthday bash at Pure

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you ... you may recall that Paris Hilton had a block party on the Strip near Caesar’s to celebrate her birthday. Sister Nicky chose Pure for her 23rd celebration. Partying with her were boyfriend Kevin Connolly, pal Casey Johnson (from the Johnson & Johnson family) cousins Farrah and Brooke Hilton, sister Paris and many others. Lotsa speculation that the huge diamond on her finger is an engagement ring from KevCo. What do you get for a sister who has hundreds of millions? Paris says she took her black AMEX card to her sister’s favorite store, Chanel. And what does one put on the top of the cake for an heiress, fashion model, designer and hotelier? See an image of it at

B-BALL FANS are well aware that the 2007 NBA All-Star game is happening in Vegas next year. The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino will be transformed into a 400,000-square-foot basketball theme park called Jam Session. Make your reservations now for Feb. 15-19, 2007.

VEGAS ILLUSIONIST Steve Wyrick is hard at work building his new $34 million showroom, night club and ultra lounge in the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood.

His new show, called Real Magic, opens Nov. 6 in a 500-seat theater that’s built into the nightclub. So you can watch the show and then go right into the 27,000-square-foot club called Triq (as in “trick or treat” or “magic trick”).

FLORIDA HAS awarded its first license for Vegas-style slot machines to the Mardi Gras race track and gaming center in Hallandale Beach. Until now, all of the machines have been class II gaming devices - otherwise known as bingo games cleverly disguised as a slot machine.

Chef Joel Robuchon’s The Mansion made ‘Gourmet’ magazine’s 50 best list
Chef Joel Robuchon’s
The Mansion made
‘Gourmet’ magazine’s
50 best list

FOOD SNOBBERY ... Gourmet magazine has published its Top 50 American restaurants, and three Vegas eateries have made the list: Joel Robuchon at The Mansion at MGM (No. 5), Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at The Wynn (No. 21) and Guy Savoy at Caesar’s Palace (No. 36). The sole Hawaii establishment to make the list is Alan Wong’s restaurant (No. 8).

HONEY, you never said ... Did ya hear about the Palms high-roller who was getting a VIP tour of the new Playboy Club? When Mother Nature called, it was only natural that the tour visit the club’s gentlemen’s room. While glancing at the dozens of Playboy centerfolds on display in the men’s room, the high-roller noticed a familiar face - his bride-to-be wearing only a tan.

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.

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