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December 22, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Monty Python's SPAMALOT at Wynn Las Vegas

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

Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie

NICOLE RICHIE got canned by Tangerine, the club in the TI. It’s “new” New Year’s Eve host is Dave Navarro. Was it the orange-colored jumpsuit that got execs nervous? Right now the goddaughter of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones has more than the loss of a gig to worry about.

“VEGAS ROYALE 2007” is the theme of the fireworks show New Year’s Eve on the Strip. James Bond music is the soundtrack, and the million-dollar display was created by the same folks who do the General Growth Properties Ala Moana Fourth of July show, Pyro Spectaculars (so you know it’ll be great). Look for fireworks from the rooftops of the MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, Flamingo, Venetian, Treasure Island, Circus-Circus and Stratosphere.

A GIRL’S best friend is the New Year’s Eve party at OPM in the Forum Shops at Caesars. Every guest gets a black velvet bag with a diamond inside ... one of the bags will include a $10,000 canary yellow diamond!

OR MAYBE you prefer the furry type? Then check out the Four Seasons Hotel Teddy Bear Fantasy Suite ... with more than 1,000 teddy bears and stuffed animals taking residence in the 3,400-square-foot Presidential Suite. The cuddly ones are courtesy of super toy store F.A.O. Schwartz.

Ichiro Suzuki
Ichiro Suzuki

SEATTLE Mariner Ichiro Suzuki was playing blackjack and roulette at the Venetian ... filming his every move was a crew from Japan. Do they follow him everywhere?

THE GOLDEN Nugget hosts the $50,000 Holiday Hangover Blackjack tournament Jan. 5-7. First place brings home a guaranteed $25,000! Call casino host Cathy Bonnell (702) 386-8365 to sign up.

LAS VEGAS Mayor Oscar Goodman starts a new profession as an adjunct professor for the Community College of Southern Nevada. Starting in February, “His Honor” will teach a class on ... martini mixology, called “Martinis with the Mayor.”

DID YOU KNOW that there was a search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie (recipe) in 1987? More than 2,600 concoctions were submitted and the grand prize winner was originally published in a book called Winning at the Table by the Junior League of Las Vegas. Get the recipe for this and other Vegas delicacies at

TICKETS ARE on sale now for the Vegas Grand Prix, happening downtown April 8. Visit for the link to get yours.

IF ANYONE asks you ... the second-best dealers’ gig in Vegas is at Caesars Palace, where they made $600, $700 and $1,300 in tips - in three days!

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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