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October 12, 2007 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Rick Salomon and Pamela Anderson
Rick Salomon and Pamela Anderson

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

PAMELA ANDERSON made a surprise appearance at Hofbrauhaus with partner Hans Klok for the traditional Oktoberfest keg tapping Friday. Then Saturday between shows at Planet Hollywood, the ex-Baywatch babe and pro poker player/home video porn star Rick Salomon got married. Mrs. Salomon made the announcement during the late show, saying, “Hello I just got married ... I did ... I’m distracted. It’s a big day,” and then inviting the entire audience to join her and hubby No. 3 in a toast.

DID YOU KNOW that each window of The Bellagio and Treasure Island covers four rooms on two floors, and The Wynn Las Vegas has two floors between each white stripe? This modern day mirage fools your eyes into thinking the building is smaller and therefore closer than it really is.

AND CHECK OUT the elevator buttons at The Wynn Las Vegas. Because of a Chinese superstition that the number 4 stands for death, there are no floors that begin with the number 4.

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe

CLARK COUNTY building inspectors are checking out a bunch of rooms in the Rio’s Ipanema Tower (17 floors all together) because they were remodeled without proper permits or safety inspections. So far six notices of violation have been filed against Harrah’s. Ooops ... Meanwhile, supervisors of the Rio do-overs have since moved on to supervise the remodeling of other Harrah’s properties…

CONGRATS TO Hawaii’s 10th-ranked Kamehameha prep volleyball team - the girls finished third in the Durango (Las Vegas) Fall Classic.

THE MOST expensive suite in Vegas ... one night (a 20-hour day) in the Hugh Hefner suite at the Palms will set you back the price of a new Lexus - about $40,000. At those prices you’d think there’d be quite a few vacancies, but celebs and high rollers keep the demand for Hef’s bunny hutch high. The suite is also the home to the original print of the very first Playboy centerfold, Marilyn Monroe.

A LOT OF poker pros were freaking out last month when the IRS issued a bulletin to the casinos that they would be required to withhold 25 percent of all poker tournament winnings of more than $5,000. Negotiations between the two resulted in a compromise that requires the casinos to file a W-2G on players’ winnings and withholding 25 percent only from players who decline to provide their name and Social Security number. The threshold for reporting a slot or bingo win is $1,200 or more (including wagers), and $1,500 for Keno winnings (excluding the amount bet).


OF THE 134 million tax returns filed in 2005,1.8 million people said they won $24.9 billion. That’s an average gambling earnings of $13,800 per return (that’s a lotta lucky people).

HAVE YOU SEEN the new video poker machine “Deuce on the Deal”? It plays like a regular deuces wild machine, but if you play five extra coins, the machine guarantees a deuce on the deal.

PHYLLIS KEUMA from Waipahu won $4,000, Patsy Delapenia of Lawai won $7,008 and Aileen Higashi from Lihue won $8,173 on video poker machines at Main Street Station.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL founder Guy Lalibert calls it “flower in the desert,” and TI casino execs call it a “cash cow,“but we know it as Mystre. The strip’s first Cirque production redefined the term “Las Vegas Show,” and after 13 years and 6,000 performances it continues to sell out nightly.

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