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April 02, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Alicia Keys and Georgio Armani
Alicia Keys and Georgio Armani

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

ALICIA KEYS’ As I Am Tour comes to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday, May 9. Her clothes were designed especially for this show by Giorgio Armani. You know you’re big time when you have not one, but two opening acts. Neo and American Idol Jordan Sparks do the honors.

SPEAKIN’ OF American Idol alumni in Vegas, Daughtry does an acoustic set (that’s unplugged for you children of the ‘80s) at The Beatles REVOLUTION Lounge April 13. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the ONE campaign to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty.

WANNA PRACTICE for the WSOP? Try the Venetians Deep Stack Extravaganza, the most popular mid-level buy-in in Vegas. The daily tourneys run for the entire months of April, June, July and November of this year. Get the hookup at and

BECAUSE OF increased construction costs, increased costs of building materials and a lack of construction companies, the costs to construct the Cosmo increased to an estimated $3.9 billion (or $460 million per acre). This prompted Deutsche Bank to foreclose on developer Bruce Eichner. But the prime property has attracted the fancy of Starwood Hotels ... if its takeover succeeds, it’ll be one of the most costly in the history of Las Vegas.

Catch Robin Williams at the MGM Grand Memorial Day weekend
Catch Robin Williams at the MGM Grand Memorial Day weekend

AT THE ANNUAL Burning Man Festival (art event) in Nevada, one participant combined his two favorite activities to create a slot machine that dispenses beer for a winning combination.

NOT QUITE an Olympic sport ... but the winner of the Bud Light National Rock Paper Scissors Championship gets $50,000 and will represent the United States at the World Finals in Beijing during the Summer Olympics. There’s still plenty time to get your junk-n-po game on, ‘cause the nationals are happening in Las Vegas June 20-23.

ALSO ON the move is Benny Binion’s statue. The guy who founded Binion’s Horseshoe is moving from its downtown home to the South Point Casino.

SCORCH, Buffalo Billy, Chuck and their master comedian-ventriloquist Ronn Lucas are moving from the Luxor to the Excalibur starting April 1 (no foolin’).

Benny Binion statue
Benny Binion statue

ROBIN WILLIAMS, one of the most gifted actors and comedians of our time, returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena for a Memorial Day weekend performance Sunday, May 25. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

DAISY TSUI from Panda Travel says they still have a few more 888 special packages that’ll get you in Vegas on the luckiest day of the year, 08/08/08. A quick check with Kevin Kaneshiro from Vacations Hawaii yields a similar result ... book ‘em now, Danno.

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