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

Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck

THE NEW OWNER of the Montecito (the fictional casino on the TV series Las Vegas) is ... Tom Selleck. The Emmy winner is being courted to fill the shoes of James Caan (Ed Deline). He may not have been in the CIA, but he was a Hawaii P.I. No word yet on who’ll be replacing Nikki Cox as the hotel’s new concierge.

AFTER MUCH anticipation and a year of digging, the Cosmopolitan has finally risen above ground level. It had a traditional Japanese sake ceremony performed after placing the first steel cornerstone to ensure the building’s safety and happiness. They also placed a time capsule that contained the building plans (in Japanese and English), among other things. The Cosmopolitan is going up between The Bellagio and City Center, and is being built by a Tokyo steel fabricator.

“THE $250,000 POINT CHALLENGE” is a new slot promotion at the Stratosphere going on now through July 28. Players win cash and a 2007 Lexus. Visit the Ultimate Rewards Center or call Hawaiian casino host Dale Matsumura.

Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones

POKER PROS are auctioning their World Series of Poker prize money. Mike “NOS” Vaynshten and Scott Neuman will give you 50 percent to 75 percent of their 2007 World Series of Poker winnings. The catch is you have to pay $25,000 now to sponsor their entry fees. There’s no guarantee they’ll win, but if they do you end could be worth $5 million.

THE LAST LEG of the Ocean’s trilogy, Ocean’s 13 , is set to open June 8. This is the first movie with Al Pacino and Andy Garcia since The Godfather Part III (1990). The multimillion-dollar all-star cast includes George Clooney as Daniel “Danny” Ocean, Brad Pitt as Robert “Rusty” Charles Ryan, Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell, Al Pacino as Willie Banks, Bernie Mac as Frank Catton, Andy Garcia as Terry Benedict, and Elliott Gould as Reuben Tishkoff. Missing in action are Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta Jones, however, look for a Céline Dion cameo. See the trailer at

THERE ARE 946 billionaires in the world, and a dozen work or live in Vegas: Sheldon Adelson (Venetian) is No. 6, with $26.5 billion; Kirk Kerkorian (Caesars, MGM, Hilton) is No. 31 with $15 billion; Carl Icahn (Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie’s), is No. 42, with $13 billion; eBay founder Pierre Omidyar (lives in Henderson) is No. 76 with $8.8 billion; Steve Wynn (Wynn Las Vegas) is No. 264 with $3.4 billion; Donald Trump (Trump International) is No. 314 with $2.9 billion; and Ed Roski, (Silverton), is No. 557 with $1.8 billion.

Roy Yamaguchi
Roy Yamaguchi

FOODIES, TAKE NOTE: Local Chef Roy Yamaguchi is featured on this year’s James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour. The annual culinary event is a fundraiser for the foundation that awarded him “Best Pacific Northwest Chef.” The Las Vegas Roy’s restaurants are featuring a special four-course dinner created especially for the tour all week long. Seating is limited; reservations to check out the special Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine is the way to go.

DID YOU KNOW that the one game which you have control over the casino advantage is Bingo. If that’s your game, there’s a new website dedicated to the game in Vegas called

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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