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

Jay Leno in his 'tank car'
Jay Leno in his ‘tank car’

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

LAST WEEK IN VEGAS, Jay Leno, an avid car collector, had a corporate gig for 3,000 Chrysler dealers at their first North American sales meeting since the Daimler merger was undone. His opening line, “I’m glad I didn’t have to attend a Chrysler event and speak German.” Spanning 17,000 feet, The Jay Leno Big Dog Garage has more than 85 cars and 70 bikes.

DR. LONNIE HAMMARGREN is a retired NASA neurosurgeon and the former lieutenant governor of Nevada. A collector’s collector, he opens his home to the public once each year. Robin Leach told Johnny Carson that of all the castles, maharajahs’ palaces and billionaires’ estates he’s seen, “the most interesting home in the world is Dr. Lonnie Hammargren’s!“Filled with museum-grade collectables, including a tribute to Liberace (the lieutenant gov’s 13-foot desk with a built-in piano), a Tibetan pagoda, a wooden Rolls Royce, chandeliers from Bugsy Siegel’s apartment and the Dunes Hotel and more. The Oct. 28 (1-5 p.m.) open house is free, but they would appreciate a donation to Classic Las Vegas. If you can’t check it out in person, you can see a small portion of his collection online. Get the link at

THIS MONTH on Oceanic Cable’s we talk about “Bad Casino Bets” - should you play progressive slot machines or games with higher odds like 3 Card Poker, and winnings of $25.6 million?

Hooters girls
Hooters girls

“BONKING” at Hooters ...contestants wear helmets with sensors and hold soft foam mallets and must correctly answer a question by bonking it (hitting their head with the mallet). Right answers score points, and points are subtracted when you give the wrong answer. The first contestant to get 10 points wins. In the final round, players must name 10 items in 30 seconds while the Bonk Babe bashes you in the cabeza. What did you think bonking meant?

SHOW THE Venetian player’s club your Harrah’s Diamond card and they’ll automatically give you a Gold (second tier) card. Or you can get one the hard way by earning 2,000 slot club points in 12 months. The Gold card entitles players to 50 percent more cash back than the regular player’s card and admission to the Venetian’s Gold Club Lounge, where you can chill to comp drinks and snacks.

IF YOU ENJOY a little video poker with your libations, you’ll have to pay for the privilege at the Wynn Las Vegas bar. One funny kine idea, since drinks are still comped (while you play VP) at the Sports Bar and in the casino.

Roger 'El Matador' Huerta
Roger ‘El Matador’ Huerta

JODY RULE of Kapolei, Clarence Kenui of Waipahu, Elaine Fujisaka of Kaneohe and Peggy Alicuben of Hilo won $4,000 playing video poker at the Cal.

EVEN THE CHILL of the rink can’t cool Clay-mates looking forward to seeing their idol Clay Aiken headline “Holiday on Ice” at the Orleans Nov. 6.

DID YOU KNOW ... The Bellagio buffet feeds 4,000 people a day?

UFC SUPER-STAR Roger “El Matador” Huerta (20-1-1) headlines his first nationally televised fight card against Clay “The Carpenter"Guida on Spike TV Dec. 8 from the Palms.


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