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November 07, 2007 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand

BARBRA STREISAND comes out of retirement Saturday, Nov. 17, for the grand opening of Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. Also on the marquee of the three-day party are Sugar Ray, Jon Stewart, Bruce Willis and his band, Earth Wind & Fire and more celebs than you can shake a digital camera at.

ANONYMOUS WINNERS ... an Ohio lady celebrating her birthday hit the $5 Wheel of Fortune slot at Caesars Palace for $2,878,912. You may have noticed that the penny Megabucks machine is no longer at $18.8 million - that’s because a man from Nevada put $100 into the machine and $44 later made history by winning the biggest penny jackpot in the history of mankind.

HARRAH’S ENTERTAINMENT INC. violated an agreement with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. The company was fined $2.8 billion after attorneys for the company failed to show up for the trial ... next time, bettah leave one wake-up call!

THE HARD ROCK HOTEL has changed its “Backstage Pass” players card program to the “Rockstar Club.” Players get an even better deal than before - $1 in coin-in equals one point and every 500 points gets you $1 in free slot play. In addition, comps come in the way of VIP treatment including exclusive access to concerts and special Hard Rock casino events and, of course, comp tattoos.

Vince Neil
Vince Neil

SPEAKING OF dermal penetration ... “Skin Show” is a tat contest sponsored by (Motley Crue’s) Vince Neil’s Body Ink in the Flamingo. The big prizes are a trip on the Motley Cruise, an autographed guitar and a trip to Las Vegas. Get the link to enter your body art or vote for your favorites at

MAKE PLANS (and save money for your buy in) now ... the 39th World Series of Poker happens May 30 through July 13 at the Rio.

NEXT MONTH Las Vegas plays host to the G2E, the Global Gaming Expo. Casino execs from around the world gather to check out the latest slot machines, games and innovations in the F&B and hotel industry, including a chocolate masterpiece called the Fantasy Chocolate Casino.

THE WORLD-FAMOUS Barrett-Jackson will move a portion of its vintage car auction business to Las Vegas because it could not negotiate a new agreement with the city of Scottsdale for a larger space and more parking. The annual vintage car auction brings an estimated $100 million to the Arizona economy annually.

TICKETS TO THE remaining 13 performances of Celine Dion’s “A New Day” are all sold out! Casino hosts still have some tickets for heavy players - but hurry, the last show is Dec. 15.

ICE SKATING outdoors in the desert? Opening Nov. 16, a Rockefeller-style floating ice rink opens about 17 miles from the Strip on Lake Las Vegas. The ice floats on the 320-acre lake and is open to skaters of all ages.

ONE OF MY favorite quotes is from writer Ted Morgan, who said, “Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon, but hires an army to prove it.” Did you know that after arriving in Las Vegas, Howard Hughes never left his hotel suite except to leave town four years later?

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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