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September 19, 2007 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Celine Dion
Celine Dion

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

THERE ARE only 31 Celine Dion performances left at Caesars and her last show on Dec. 15 is already sold out. What prompted the end of her monster run in the desert? The diva said she wants another baby. “I’m approaching 40 years old, and I have to tend to that.”

MILLION-DOLLAR strip poker ... Looking to increase the visibility of its poker room, Caesars Palace is hosting a $10,000 buy-in tournament with a $1 million prize guarantee. Get the hookup on the Oct. 12 kickoff of the Caesars Palace Million Dollar Classic at

DID YOU KNOW ... the Wynn Las Vegas has a $500 video poker machine? Hitting the maxbet button will set you back $2,500 per play, and a $100,000 marker will get you 40 hands. No problem paying it back if you hit a straight flush ($125,000) or a Royal ($2 million).

ELVIS PRESLEY’S Viva Las Vegas with AnnMargret comes out on Blu-ray DVD tomorrow, 43 years after its theatrical release. Meanwhile, ABC airs an Elvis special tomorrow night that features his Vegas years and tributes to the King by today’s hot artists.

Lizard Man
Lizard Man

FRIGHT DOME is the annual haunting of the Circus Circus starting Oct. 5. If you scare easily, think twice about checking out what AOL calls the fourth-scariest haunted attraction in the country. Demons fall from the sky and a terror-filled wax museum, a haunted theater and five haunted houses inhabit the Adventuredome. Other freaks in residency are Lady Diabla, who lies face-down on broken glass, swallows swords and hammers nails four inches into her head, and the Lizard Man, who has had 650 hours of tattooing, covering his entire body with reptilian scales and black markings (even his eyelids and lips are tattooed). Whoa, big kine chicken skin.

LOCAL BI-COMMUNAL (she lives in Vegas and Hawaii) ad exec Jan Nagano’s favorite Vegas eatery is Shizen Japanese Restaurant at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa. That’s where you’ll find local boys Mike Maeda (chef) and Kevin Ma (GM) cooking up the ono-est Japanese food (sushi, tempura and teppanyaki) perfectly matched with delicious chilled premium sake (13 different varieties in all). Banzai!

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise

CONGRATS TO Kamel Guechida from Joël Robuchon’s MGM restaurant. Bon Appetit magazine has named him Pastry Chef of the Year. He’s known for his signature soufflé, violet milkshake with blueberry marmalade, and marinated peaches with raspberry meringue and strawberry sorbet.

BUYERS’ MARKET ... So far the average price of homes dropped 7 percent, and last month the 1,400 Vegas real estate offices sold 1,300 homes ... itai!

GEORGE OISHI checks in to say the Orleans is busier than ever ... where else can you sleep well, eat well, gamble, see a movie and go bowling without leaving your hotel?

WHAT HAPPENS in Vegas ... Ladies, how would you like to marry Michael Jackson? Perhaps Brad Pit or George Clooney would be a better mate? Either way, at Madam Tussauds Wax Museum they’ll loan you a wedding dress and take the photos, too ... or if you just want to brag about Queen Elizabeth, Tiger Woods or Tom Cruise attending your wedding, look into their wedding packages at


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