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Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson is among the first to buy a unit at Palms Place

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

PURCHASE a unit at Palms Place and you, too, can say “Hey neighbor!” to Jessica Simpson. Owner George Maloof said, “We are thrilled that Jessica is among the first to purchase at Palms Place.” The hotel, condos and spa feature a ton of amenities including the first hammam in Vegas (traditional Turkish bath), a full-service spa and salon, superstar chef Kerry Simon, 24/7 room service and more. Her famous neighbors include rapper/producer Eminem and wrestler Hulk Hogan.

EVER WONDER what happened to the Wicked Witch of the West’s hat or the gun that killed Lee Harvey Oswald or the suit that John Lennon wore on Abbey Road? On March 15 and 16, the Palms is hosting a huge auction of pop culture where you can bid on those and 850 other items including Charlie Chaplin’s cane, Elvis’s jumpsuit from Raceway, Christopher Reeve’s Superman costume or Houdini’s straight jacket. Get the link to bid and view the entire auction online at

THERE’S STILL time to “Get Your Vegas On” ... just call Vacations Hawaii and tell them you want to hang out at the Cal during the Golden Arm Tournament. Happening at the end of April, it’s the largest gathering of the best crap shooters in the world ... every one of them has held the dice for more than an hour!

By Las Vegas standards
By Las Vegas standards, Hooters girls appear overdressed

ALOHA OE, HOOTERS ... if the sale goes through, Hedwigs Las Vegas Top Tier is buying the joint for $225 million and plans to dump the lower-class Hooters-loving crowd for a more upscale clientele. By most community standards the theme may be considered racy, but in a town known as Sin City, the Hooters girls appear over-dressed compared to the servers at other Strip properties.

DON’T FORGET your ID! This year, World Series of Poker players who buy in with cash have to provide a valid Social Security or Tax ID number. Last year the government enacted a new tax code, Title 31, that requires the casinos to keep track of cash players - $3,000 is the magic buy-in number ... get the complete info and pre-registration scoops for the 39th WSOP at

KEVIN SPACEY’S movie 21, based on Ben Mezrich’s book Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, opens nationwide March 28. If you’re in Vegas this weekend, stop by Planet Hollywood Wednesday (March 12, at 9:30 p.m.) and check out the red carpet-walking Hollywood celebs in town for the movie’s debut at the annual ShoWest movie theater industry convention.

Kaimuki's Andrew Pang
Kaimuki’s Andrew Pang is in the cast of ‘STOMP OUT LOUD’

WHILE YOU’RE at Planet Hollywood, check out the show with the most local boys on the Strip ... STOMP OUT LOUD is a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy from the creators of STOMP! Look for public school grads Guillaume Carrera (King Intermediate), Andrew Pang (Kaimuki), Andres Fernandez (Radford) and Ivan Delaforce (Damien). Las Vegas locals can buy two-for-one tickets to the $28 million production now through March 31 at Ticketmaster with the code 241LOUD.

FINDING THE loose machines at the Fremont ... Brolin Hussey of Honolulu won $5,186, George Gouveia of Kailua-Kona won $8,784, Steven Higa of Wailuku won $11,000, Sandra Akina of Kihei won $13,831 and Loweel Napuelua of Waianae won $20,000.


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