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February 06, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Elaine and Steve Wynn
Elaine and Steve Wynn

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

OBAMANIA hits the house of Wynn ... as you might guess, Steve (My Name’s On The Building) and Elaine (I’m On The Board Of The Building) Wynn are longtime members of the Republican Party. At least they used to be until Elaine met Michelle Obama. So taken were they of each other that Mrs. Wynn has switched her affiliation and has endorsed the senator (who used to be from Hawaii). Still no word from Mr. Wynn ... is he keeping his politics out of the bedroom and the boardroom?

SPAM, SPAM, SPAM ... John O’Hurley (Seinfeld) is back as King Arthur in Monty Python’s SPAMALOT at the Wynn.

WITH OUR economy slowing and the U.S. Senate working on an economic stimulus package, the Vegas casino bosses have been busy creating their own packages to stimulate their hotels’ economies. With more hotel rooms than ever before and more on the way, the capos can’t afford to have their occupancy rates or their takes in the casino drop. This is good news for players, who’ll receive all kinds of offers in their mail/e-mail boxes. Even the new $1.9 billion Palazzo is giving up comp rooms to third-tier players.

THE RESIDENT show at the Palazzo (Italian for palace) will be Broadway’s Jersey Boys. To date, about 2.5 million folks have seen the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Previews of the Vegas version begin April 4.

STARTING AS a craps dealer and working his way up to casino owner, Terry Caudhill has increased the profit from his 2003 purchase of the Four Queens ($20.5 million) from $5 million to $12 million a year. Hoping to replicate his formula for success on the troubled Binions, the sale was just approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

NORMALLY Michael Jackson and I have little in common ... however, last week he took his kids to see the Ronn Lucas show at the Luxor - I agree it’s a great show that’s funny and family-friendly.

Mustang winner Paul Williams and host Lydia Tressler
Mustang winner Paul Williams and host Lydia Tressler

TILLMAN FERTITTA built Laundry’s into a nationwide chain of restaurants, hotels and a casino company including the Golden Nugget. In the ultimate game of “All In,” the CEO has offered to take the company private, buying the 61 percent of the stock he doesn’t own for a whop-ping $1.3 billion.

IF YOU SEE Paul Williams cruising around Kahului in a new Mustang convertible, find out firsthand what it feels like when the symbols line up and you win a new car at the Fremont!

WE’RE NOT IN Chinatown anymore, Kato ... the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse of Beijing is the Chinese equivalent of Camp David. Every year, the festival is held in a new location around the world, and for the first time it’ll be held in the United States. The MGM’s Pearl restaurant hosts the culinary tradition that dates back almost 800 years. Everything from tableware to rare and exotic ingredients will be imported to create the Guesthouse experience. With recipes from the ancient menus of the Ming, Quing and Jin dynasties, this is the closest you can get to eating like a king. The festival is on now through Feb. 12.

THE LAST TIME it paid off was May 2007 at the Fremont for $10,762,067, and now the $1 Megabucks is at almost $17 million. After you win, consider this piece of bling to show off your new found fortune: Known as the most expensive cell phone in the world, “LeMillion” is cast in 18K gold, encrusted with 120 carats of diamonds and costs $1.2 million.


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