Kimo Akane
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May 02, 2007 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

WITH APOLOGIES to the late Freddie Mercury up front (‘cause if you ever heard me sing, you’d understand) “All We Need is Another Brick ...” Wondering what to get Mom, Dad or a relative who loves Vegas, or maybe you need to immortalize a birthday or wedding anniversary? Get a personalized and engraved brick in the Flamingo Las Vegas. The brick comes with a commemorative certificate detailing its exact location in the Flamingo Garden and three lines of engraved text for $150. Get the scoops at

WHILE WE’RE tossin’ around the big numbers ... Michael Douglas won an Oscar playing a character based on Wall Street corporate raider Carl Icahn. Last week the billionaire sold his Vegas casinos, the Stratosphere and Arizona Charlie’s, for $1.3 billion. Give or take a few hundred thousand, his take from the deal is about $1 billion - pretty good for an eight-year investment.

LANI FROM HONOLULU wanted to know “How much does a slot machine cost?” Somewhere between $13,000 and $15,000 ... but don’t worry, they pay for themselves in no time! Got a Vegas question? Send it to me .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

TERRY ZUNIGA, 57, won $1.2 million in the California Lottery Mega Millions. She plans to take four longtime friends on an all-expense-paid trip to ... Las Vegas.

Jennifer Lopez

OR IF YOUR budget is a little bigger, you might consider hiring Jennifer Lopez ... Andrei Melnichenko paid $1.2 million for a 45-minute performance and $800,000 for her expenses for his beloved’s first and only 30th birthday. It’s OK to feel a little sorry for Jenny, from the block she had to travel all the way to Russia for the payday.

THE 16th ANNUAL Las Vegas Bowl moves from the Thursday before Christmas to the Saturday before, so look for the big game this year on Dec. 22.

THIS WEEK’S Auwe Award goes to San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks. He was busted in “Operation Dollhouse,” a Las Vegas PD prostitution sting operation. Seems the sheriff was caught in a massage parlor that was a front for a brothel (illegal in Vegas). Munks said he’s embarrassed by the incident; the county was quick to say that he was not on official San Mateo business ... let’s hope not!

VEGAS BY the numbers ... * The population of Las Vegas grew 5.3 percent from a year ago to 1.91 million.

* Median household income rose 12.2 percent to $53,100.

* Total home sales fell 26.7 percent to 71,500.

* The median price for a new home was up 9.5 percent to $339,500.

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake

* Las Vegas created 47,000 new jobs last year.

* The number of visitors is up 0.9 percent to 38.9 million. * Gross gambling revenues are up 9.5 percent to $10.6 billion.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND is host to Justin Timberlake’s “2007 FutureSex/LoveShow” world tour at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. And look for a special appearance from super producer Timbaland.

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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