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May 07, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

2006 Miss Hawaiian Tropic Kristen Achee
2006 Miss Hawaiian Tropic Kristen Achee

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

THERE’LL BE LOTS of beautiful ladies hanging out at the Golden Nugget when it hosts the 25th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International Model Search May 6-10. Models from around the world represent their country or city and vie for the title. Look for the ladies at the Nugget’s new pool and at the finals on the Fremont Street Experience’s First Street Stage. Grammy winners Everclear will perform, and the contest will be filmed and broadcast in the summer. Last year, Hawaiian Tropic was sold to Playtex, making it the largest manufacturer of sun-care products (it also owns Banana Boat).

CHECK OUT the great review at about the only seafood buffet in Vegas, the Village Seafood buffet in the Rio. Every month it goes through 29,000 pounds of crab legs and 25,000 pounds of lobster (about 200 tons of seafood annually).

THE NUMBER of people going into and out of McCarran Airport is down for the fourth month in a row ... with airline closures, mergers and the cost of fuel going up daily, the cheapest fares may be the ones you can get today.

STEVE WYNN reveals his master plan, and it includes building two hotels and the world’s most spectacular meeting and convention center on his property. When completed, 10,000 rooms and 1.5 million square feet of convention space will bear the Wynn brand. He also wants to build a lake twice as large as the one he built in front of the Bellagio.

THIS MONTH AT, “The Man with the Golden Arm,” the Cal’s John Repetti (senior vice president of the downtown region) and Jeff Weiss (casino manager) recall what it was like when Hawaii resident Stanley Fujitake had the longest roll in the history of craps: three hours and six minutes.

THE 2008 CASINO Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club 2008 convention is happening at Riviera starting June 18. There are workshops, tournaments, a banquet, an exhibition floor with dealers selling chips and a chip auction. At last year’s auction, a $5 Hacienda Las Vegas chip sold for $3,800 ...

Steely Dan's Donald Fagan and Walter Becker
Steely Dan’s Donald Fagan and Walter Becker

STEVE BOURIE, the author of the annual American Casino Guide, does a great interview with Luxor director of slot operations Rich Marino. Get the answers to questions like, “What is a slot machines pay-back percentage?” “Do machines get hot or cold?” and many more at Did you know that the slot department generates about 65 percent of an average casino’s profits?

ARE YOU REELIN’ in the years? ... Maui resident Walter Becker and Donald Fagen stop at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Aug. 8 for the “Think Fast, Steely Dan Summer Tour 2008.” Tickets range from $128 to $203 (plus tax and service charges) and are on sale now and best bought early from TicketMaster or

COMEDY CENTRAL regular Lewis Black is back in Vegas at the Mirage Aug. 30 and 31.


Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick will check into the Mandalay Bay Events Center July 18. Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Arnel Pineda (vocals), collectively Journey, are on the road to promote their new three-disc CD/DVD set that comes out in June only at Wal-Mart stores. We’ll be looking for the announcement of their Honolulu show in MidWeek‘s Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’.


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