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James Caan: Mr. Vegas
James Caan: Mr. Vegas

WELCOME to Kimo’s Vegas… The Players Edge!

JAMES CAAN gets the very first Vegas Icon Award. Selected by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority because of his “embodiment of the exciting spirit of Las Vegas” and his memorable performances” in movies and TV shows featuring the city. Saying “I am honored that Las Vegas has selected me to be the first recipient of this unique award, I have visited the city over 300 times in the past 35 years.” Bring your camera to the Palms Friday for the awards ceremony.

JOINING THE RANKS of Dennis Hopper, Sly Stallone, Cuba Gooding, Dean Cain, Hugh Hefner and many others, Dwayne “The Rock"Johnson will get a Celebrity star in the lobby of the Brenden Theater in the Palms Casino Resort.

GROWING UP on Kahuku melons, I like a good watermelon more than the average Kimo, so my curiosity (and taste buds) started tingling when I read about the king of all Citrullus lanatus - a black Densuke watermelon that sold at auction in Japan for $6,125. Don’t know about you, but I would have to hit a really big jackpot before forking over that much for one, itchy, uno, ekahi 18-pound melon. Cantaloupe lovers may want to check out the Yubari version… a pair of those melons recently sold for $25,000.

IF YOU’VE BEEN TO Caesars Palace lately you’ve probably seen the Pussycat Dolls Party Pit where the dealers are dressed in Dolls attire while dancers do their PCD best to distract players at the $25 minimum tables. The Hard Rock takes the concept one step further with their Porno Pit featuring adult film star Tera Patrick. It’s officially called (and I’m not making this one up) “Tera Patrick’s Gaming Pit.” Fans will be happy to know that the adult entrepreneur (her company is valued at more than $300 million) is scheduled to make regular appearances.

Fukumi Hamasaki of Kaneohe took down poker pro Ahn Lee
Fukumi Hamasaki of Kaneohe took down poker pro Ahn Lee

GAMING IN VEGAS is down for the fourth month in a row ... In April the Strip was down 1.3 percent, or $524.1 million compared to the same month last year.

SVETLANA GROMENKOVA of Brooklyn, N.Y., won the 2008 WSOP Event No. 15, $1,000 Buy-in Ladies No-Limit Hold’em World Championship. That’s good enough for a $244,702 payday (in addition to the custom Corum WSOP watch). Out of the 1,190 ladies who were in on the action, Fukumi Hamasaki of Kaneohe took out poker pro Ahn Lee and cashed-out at 55th place.

WHAT’S THE DEFINITION of optimistic in Vegas? The Nevada Taxicab Authority will be considering a “temporary” fuel surcharge of $0.25 a mile. The plan is to impose the surcharge and then remove it when - if - the price of gas goes back down.

GET A TOTAL REWARDS card at any Harrah’s casino in Vegas (Bally’s, Caesars, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, Paris or

Rio) and the first $100 you lose is on them. The “Play $100 On Us"is for new members only and open to anyone over 21 now through Sept. 30. The company will automatically send you a $100 check in 60 days (after you lose a Benji).

YOU CAN’T BUY it but you can drive a custom - one of 500 - Corvette 2LT coupes. Chevrolet has created the limited edition 436 horse,V8 in Hertz yellow and black, but it’s only available as a rental and runs about $180 a day (plus insurance, tax and gouging) in Vegas.


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