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September 26, 2007 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Annette Obrestad
Annette Obrestad

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

A BABE IN POKER LAND ... Annette Obrestad of Norway is the youngest World Series of Poker 18-karat gold bracelet winner - ever. The $2,013,102 (1 million pound) victory also makes her the first woman to exceed $1 million in WSOP winnings, surpassing Annie Duke. Getting beat by a girl were American pros Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. She said, “I’m speechless. I really don’t know what to say.”

A SPORTS BOOK ON STEROIDS ... at Harrah’s they took an ultra-lounge, deli, bar, gaming pit and sports bar and combined them. It may have a few more screens than your everyday book (40 HD plasmas and two 100-inch HD projectors). But what really makes this “An Experience” is you can play blackjack and watch the game on the TVs built right into the tables, while you listen to hip music as you munch on a sandwich and have a beer.

SPOTTED IN VEGAS over the weekend: about 17,000 Hawaii residents who were on hand to witness the Warriors’ Rebel bashing that covered the point spread and the over-under. As anyone who visits Vegas knows, it’s good to win.

Guy Laliberte
Guy Laliberte

“IF IT AIN’T BROKE, FIX IT” is not exactly the new saying the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority is using, but it does like the motto enough to supplement its current “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” slogan with a new one. In the city where they change the buildings more often than some people buy underwear, “Your Vegas is showing” is all about showing off their entertainment, shopping and dining. Ad execs, start salivating now: The ‘07-‘08 advertising budget is $87 million.

MICHAEL LOWE (KCCN FM100 ad exec and Ikepono singer) says his favorite Vegas keepsake is a clay sculpture of his son from Yukun Art Studio in the Circus Circus Adventuredome. Dan Xu will create a clay masterpiece of your keiki while you wait, and if you left the moopuna at home he can even do it from your favorite photograph. And jus’ like the Kam swap meet, try a little haggling.

BY NOW you’ve heard that Cirque du Soleil creator and head billionaire Guy Laliberte is the owner of the most expensive home in Hawaii ($29 million). His Mauna Kea vacation home includes 2.5 acres, six buildings, a pool, a wine cellar and a man-made saltwater 80,000-gallon stream complete with fish! The symmetry is perfect ... we travel to Vegas on vacation to see his work and he travels to Hawaii on vacation to watch us work.

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee

TOMMY LEE CRUE-LESS? Pamela Anderson’s ex is now the ex-drummer of Moutley Crue. Perhaps this makes way for his new career as a rockin’ boxer? To entice Lee and Kid Rock into the arena, the winner-take-all prize money has grown to $1.5 million. Wass da problem? They’ve done dumber stuff for a lot less.

LAST WEEK they held the largest immigration ceremony in Vegas history - 1,009 new citizens from 74 countries! Most of the participants came from Mexico and the Philippines ... does this make Sin City Ellis Island West?

DID YOU KNOW? Wayne Newton has performed in Vegas every decade since the ‘50s? Just in time ... his annual Christmas show is confirmed at Harrah’s for the holidays.

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