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Morning Star Dance Company
Morning Star Dance Company

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

WAYNE BRADY is the host of this weekend’s Palazzo grand opening concert (Jan. 19). On the bill: The most successful female artist of the 20th century, Diana Ross; three-time Grammy winner Seal; Andy Garcia; and the cast of the hotel’s resident show Jersey Boys. Many other celebs will be in attendance, making this an excellent photo op/stargazing place to be.

LAS VEGAS’ newest hotel, the Palazzo, is officially open but not completely finished.When it is completed, the Palazzo, Venetian and Sands Expo Center will be the largest resort and hotel complex in the world with 7,074 rooms. If you’re planning to eyeball the palace for yourself, the 4,000-stall (don’t forget where you parked) Venetian underground structure is now shared with its sister property. Look for the escalators or elevators that go directly to the Palazzo so you won’t have to find your way from the Venetian’s confusing floor plan. Some of the Palazzo’s free must-sees are the lobby, the atrium, the bridge between the two hotels and The Shoppes at the Palazzo ... nothing like that new casino smell.

TO ENCOURAGE your play, The Palazzo is giving away $25,000 a day between now and Jan. 20. Just join the hotel’s slot Club Grazie and earn one drawing entry for every 100 points on your player’s account.

EVER HEAR of the Vegas window trick? To make the hotels look less institutional and more aesthetically pleasing,architects employ some visual deceptions. Find out how the Bellagio and TI make a 31-story building look like 16 and what the Wynn does to make the hotel look more intimate from the outside at

AMERICAN IDOL winner, Jay Leno correspondent and Barbara Walters (View) fill-in Kellie Pickler opens for Rascal Flatts when its expanded “Still Feels Good” tour stops at the Mandalay Bay March 8.

DID YOU KNOW ... there are slot machines in 37 of the 50 states? This year, four more states are expected to approve one-armed bandits ... there’s one slot for every 395 residents ... there have never been more slot and video poker machines operating in the U.S. - 767,418 ... this year another 100,000 new machines are expected to go into service ... last year was the first year slots were legal in Pennsylvania, and 12,000 machines generated $580 million in revenue.

WHO’S HOT? Some slot players believe that the machines run HOT (pay off a lot) or COLD (pay off a little). By law, slot machines are programmed to be completely random ... at any given point in time (like your vacation) anything can happen, but over time (like five years or so) they will keep a predetermined percentage (up to 25 percent by Nevada law) of the money wagered for their owner. When functioning correctly, the machine is always randomly picking winning and losing outcomes - something to consider the next time you hit a COLD machine ... it’s you who’s HOT (lucky) or not.

NEXT WEEK the Red Hat Society celebrates its 10th anniversary at Harrah’s Las Vegas. More than 200 members from around the world will gather at the annual convention. Representing the 808 are the Morning Star Dance Company - Priscilla Jefferies (entertainer), Bonnie Parsons (Bonnie’s Closet) and Geovanni Lewis (Hawaiian Airlines). Look for the trio on Jan. 27 right before the grand prize drawing for the 1966 Bonneville from the movie Red Hat Society.


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