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April 13, 2007 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Kristen Achee
Kristen Achee

YOU’RE NOT seeing things ... the Mirage is hosting the annual Miss Hawaiian Tropic International Pageant next month (May 10-14). Reigning Queen Kristen Achee of Austin, Texas, will be crowning the 24th Miss Hawaiian Tropic in a television special that’ll be aired late summer. Get more details at

GUARANTEED PLAY is a new video poker game created by billionaire inventor Jay Walker - the guy who brought us On a traditional quarter machine, $20 buys you 16 hands. On a guarantee play machine the same Andrew Jackson gets you 75 hands. The catch: You can cash out at any time, but once you cash out your remaining hands are forfeited. The new machines will be appearing in the casinos soon, followed by a slot version.

There’s also a new poker game being tested called “Double Down Texas Holdem.” As the name suggests it combines elements of Blackjack and Hold ‘em. In addition to the ante payoffs, you can win 1,000 times your side bet if your first two cards are aces and the dealer flops a pair of big ones on the river. You can also double your bet after you see the first five cards. Right now the game is only at the Palace Station.

THE CASINOS accepted $635.4 million in college and professional basketball bets last year. So when the NBA suggested that they would consider a Vegas-based team if they built a $60 million facility, paid a multimillion-dollar franchise fee and eliminated betting on NBA games, casino management immediately wanted to know what the NBA big wigs were smokin’.

STUD FARM or suds farm? Hollywood madame Heidi Fleiss says she’s opening a Laundromat in Pahrump, Nev., called Heidi’s Suds Farm. Seems her legal team is advising her not to get into the brothel business until her participation in an ongoing FBI investigation is pau. She says she’s already got more than 1,000 women ready to buy a membership in her stud farm ... is that with or without Mike Tyson?

Mac King
Mac King

HARRAH’S HEADLINER Mac King was spotted at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn ... with a little luck maybe he’ll make some politicians disappear. The comedy magician does a family safe show that’s worth seeing with or without the family.

Mae Russell
Mae Russell

CONGRATS TO Mae Russell, the former KRATER96 promotion director. She’s leaving the Fitz Downtown for The Palms Casino Resort. As the marketing manager of the home away from home for Hollywood celebs, the Castle grad will be getting her share of requests for hookups to the Playboy Club.

CAESARS PALACE celebrates the luckiest day of the year, 7/7/07, with a special wedding package fit for Caesar with champagne, flowers, show tickets, a dove release and a mass wedding poolside.

THE MILLION-DOLLAR SWIPE ... Hooters Casino Hotel is giving away $1 million - just swipe your Owl Rewards Club card every day. While you’re there, check out the all-you-can eat baby back ribs for $16.99 at Dan Marino’s.

PHASE TWO of the Flamingo’s room makeover is happening now. In addition to the standard GO Rooms, there are three suites, GO Metropolitan, GO Neapolitan and GO Cosmopolitan. The name comes from the last syllable of the hotel’s name FlaminGO.

GET MORE Kimo’s Vegas online at,, in both issues of “MidWeek” and with Billy V. Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE.

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