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Jonelle Layfield
Jonelle Layfield

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

DONNIE AND MARIE Osmond will host Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood April 11. Stop by to support Jonelle Layfield, Miss Hawaii USA 2008. If she looks familiar, you may have seen her at a UH game - she’s the captain of the Warrior Dance Team.

“YOU’RE HIRED.” Those are the words Donald Trump said to Paul McCartney’s ex Heather Mills. She’ll be one of the judges for the Miss USA pageant. Good work if you can get it, her divorce settlement from Sir Paul is $48 million, or about $1,000 for every hour they were married ... and I thought Eliot Spitzer’s lady friend was overpaid!

LAST WEEK the power went out at the Mandalay Bay, Excalibur and Luxor when a transformer near Planet Hollywood caught fire and exploded. The casino generators kicked in immediately, but they only power the casino, so hundreds of folks were stuck in elevators or in their hotel rooms!

SOUTHLAND INDUSTRIES has filed a $170,000 lien against Jay Z’s 40-40 Club and the Venetian for work done but not paid for ...

Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Adelson
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Adelson

VENETIAN, PALAZZO and Sands owner Sheldon Adelson has won a three-year legal battle against an English newspaper called The Daily Mail. The casino owner sued claiming the paper had slurred his reputation, saying he’s “the ruthless casino baron who rules Las Vegas” and that he asked his wife for a divorce the night before she was to have a cancer operation. The settlement was not disclosed, but he’s rumored to receive almost $8 million plus legal fees, a printed apology and retraction.

AT THE GOLDEN NUGGET April 4-6 it’s the $50,000 “Spring Roll” - the craps tourney where the winner gets $25,000 guaranteed. Call casino host John Giannos for the setup.

LOTSA RUMORS floating around about the new Plaza Hotel. Folks are saying that its funding is drying up. Not a good sign after the company set the record for Strip real estate by paying almost $44 million an acre for the land under the old Frontier. However, the owners just got the go-ahead from the Nevada County Commissioners, and are saying the multibillion-dollar, seven-tower project with 4,100 hotel rooms and 2,600 condos - the largest casino on the Strip, a whopping 15 million-square-foot development - will begin by the end of the year.

PREMIER EXHIBITIONS has struck a 10-year deal to lease 50,000 square feet of space in the Luxor. Replacing the IMAX Theater, King Tut exhibit and arcade is an all-new Titanic exhibit (complete with a themed bar and restaurant), a photo op on the Titanic’s bow and a new Bodies exhibit ...opening day TBA.

Joe Esposito
Joe Esposito

DRIVING ONE of the Wynn Hotels limos is Elvis’s go-to guy, friend and road manager, Joe Esposito. He’s also the author of Remember Elvis, a collection of 200-plus interviews and remembrances from the King’s best buds, including the guy whose name is on the limo ... Steve Wynn.

THE RIO’S Village Seafood Buffet is open again, and it’s the buffet for seafood lovers with freshwater prawns from Indonesia, Pacific salmon, Alaskan king crab, Canadian snow crab, shrimp from China and slipper lobster tails from Southeast Asia ... they go through about 200 tons of seafood annually.

HITTING THE HOT SLOTS at the Cal: Alice Eto of Honolulu ($2,000), Tyrone Moleta of Kapolei ($2,500) and Jerry Ahue of Aiea ($5,489).


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