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March 07, 2007 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Duane “Dog” Chapman
Duane “Dog” Chapman

LOCAL REALITY STAR bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman bet Criss Angel that he couldn’t escape from the Dog’s knots at the bottom of the Luxor pool. After being tied to a chair with a lead weight, Angel struggled for several minutes. Criss says “I thought I’d died. I thought I’d failed the escape, but Dog told me he was absolutely astounded that I’d succeeded in getting my hands and feet loose. So now I’m going to his home in Hawaii and we’ll film the escape twice more so it’s a best of three.”

THE BARBARY COAST has changed its name to Bill’s Gambling Hall and Saloon. It’s all part of the ownership swap between Harrah’s Entertainment and Boyd Gaming.

HOW MUCH is that casino in the window? $8.8 billion - that’s $5.5 billion for the casinos and assumption of $3.3 billion in debt. This makes the Stations Casino buyout at about half the value of the Harrah’s sale.

DAVID COPPERFIELD’S An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion continues at the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater through April. Called “our era’s giant of magic,” if he throws you a pickle, hold on to it for a personalized picture and the experience of a lifetime.

KIMO’S VEGAS TIP: Now through April 14, you can get into Cirque du Soleil’s KA! at half the usual $99 or $125 price. The catch is the offer is only open to Nevada residents. Call the showroom or visit for the hookup.

THE OTHER NIGHT Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman taught a class at Community College of Southern Nevada on mixing the “perfect martini.”

CHECK OUT original Supreme Mary Wilson April 20-21 in the new showroom at the Golden Nugget. Players, call casino host Cathy Bonnell for tickets.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, her 75th birthday, with a private Vegas party. In attendance were about 70 of her closest friends including Kathy Ireland, Debbie Reynolds (and daughter Carrie Fisher), Siegfried & Roy and Steve Wynn. Longtime pal Michael Jackson was supposed to stop by, although guests did not report seeing the King of Pop.

James Caan
James Caan
Nikki Cox
Nikki Cox

NBC HAS renewed Las Vegas for another season (2007-2008) ... with 9 million viewers nationally, the show is No. 1 on Friday nights. The bad news is that Nikki Cox and James Caan will not be a part of season five. Caan said “I’ve had a wonderful four years, worked with great people and made friends for life working on Las Vegas, but I am eager to return to where my heart is, which is film.”

IF YOU’RE looking for Michael Jackson’s new 16,000-square-foot Vegas home, just look for the sign that says “Future home site of Frank Marino.” He’s the Joan Rivers impersonator and star of the Rivera’s long running show, An Evening at La Cage. Marino said, “It’s the Queen of Las Vegas on one corner and the King of Pop on the other”... Miami Heat guard Gary Payton’s home is stuck in the middle.

GET MORE Kimo’s Vegas online at,, in both issues of “MidWeek,” on OC-16 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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