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July 18, 2007 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

ON A RECENT trip to Vegas, Krater 96 wake-up diva Sista Sherry got to meet her childhood idol, Liz Damon. She had a lot of local hits, but in 1971 her 1900 Yesterdays went on to become a big national hit. She’s currently a host at the Fremont Casino and can still sing like we remember.

Jamie Gold WSOP 2006 $12.5 million winner
Jamie Gold WSOP 2006 $12.5 million winner

THIS YEAR 6,358 people shelled out $10,000 to compete in the World Series of Poker. That’s down about 27 percent from last year’s 8,773. The decline is attributed to the loss of “dot com players” who comprised more than 50 percent of last year’s field. This is the first time in 15 years that the number of players has not increased. Also down is the first place prize money from $12 million in 2006 to $8.5 million (still not a bad payday). The final 621 players all get paid starting at $20,000, then increasing to more than $1.25 million. Not counting the main event, the WSOP has paid out $97,095,763!

This year each World Series of Poker bracelet was designed by high-end watchmaker Corum. The 54 regular event ones are made from 84 grams of yellow-gold, and the main event bracelet is made from 136 grams of white gold and has 120 diamonds - and just like your MasterCard, the bracelets are priceless!

DID YOU KNOW there is a national company that specializes in picking up and delivering your luggage anywhere in the world? Luggage Free will pick up your stuff at your home, office or anywhere you say ... and deliver it to your hotel, condo or anywhere you want. The company picks up luggage, boxes, bicycles, even golf clubs, and they’ll wrap it in plastic and guarantee delivery (no more lost luggage). The service isn’t cheap (neither are golf clubs). For more details, check out

JUST IN TIME for Christmas shopping, the Las Vegas Harvest Festival, Sept. 7-9, is one of the best craft fairs around featuring more than 300 artisans. Get more details online at

IN DETROIT, the MGM Grand has a side bet called the “Golden Dice Challenge” that pays up to $5,000 on a $1 bet. The more passes you make the more you win, making this the perfect play for Hawaii’s “Golden Arms,” who easily hold the dice over four passes.

THE LAS VEGAS Monorail acquired junk bond status from Fitch Ratings, saying it will not be able to pay its debts by 2010.

KNOWN AS America’s Foremost Commentator on Everything, Lewis Black adds more dates to his MGM Grand Hollywood Theater schedule at the end of September.

Maroon 5
Maroon 5

MAROON 5 performs at the Palms Hotel’s premiere concert venue The Pearl. Pals since high school, they signed their record deal before graduating, and their latest album is titled It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.

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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