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July 04, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Meryl Streep in the movie version of 'Mamma Mia!'
Meryl Streep in the movie version of ‘Mamma Mia!’

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

MAMMA MIA!, Broadway’s reigning “Dancing Queen of the Strip,” is leaving Las Vegas Jan. 4, and some of the cast members have created a spoof of their Cirque du Soleil replacement ... See the video at Currently, Castle grad Jacquelyn Holland-Wright is in the cast of the longest-running play in Vegas history.

FANS OF THE SHOW have been known to see multiple performances in multiple cities and even multiple countries ... I wonder what this sounds like in Korean? Well, on July 18, the movie version of Mamma Mia!, starring Meryl Streep (as the mom), Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth (as two of the potential donors), and Julie Walters (as the bride-to-be) opens in theaters everywhere.

THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE strikes again for $1,425,013 at McCarran International Airport ... Eric William Berard was waiting for his flight when he decided to try his luck “one more time,” he said. “I had tried other machines, but after only about five minutes (and $20), I won.” Next time your buddies say the airport slots don’t pay, remind them that this is the third WOF jackpot to hit in the terminals in three weeks, and it’s the 32nd MegaJackpot to hit at McCarran since 1996.

Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning

GO FIGAH ... According to a recent survey, people who work for the government in Nevada make 28 percent more than their private-sector counterparts.

MORE VEGAS MATH ... if you added up all the hotel rooms in the United States, you’ll find 7 percent of them on the ninth island.

FIRST IT WAS ex-NBA’er Charles Barkley who owed the Wynn Las Vegas money - now it’s the league. The NBA and Alonzo Mourning Charities have an unpaid $50,000 bill for convention facilities and services from last year’s All Star Game.

ENCORE (part duex of the Wynn) is accepting applications in anticipation of its December grand opening.

The late Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead
The late Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead

THEO AND ELENA opened their family business on Waipahu Street in 1974 with three lunch trucks and a catering business, and 34 years later the best Filipino restaurant in Hawaii, Elena’s, is bringing its home-style cooking to Las Vegas. The newest addition to the Butuyan family opens in August at 2534 E. Desert Inn Road in the Francisco Center, four blocks east of the Wynn Hotel ... Mabuhay Las Vegas!

RUMOURS AROUND New York say that MTV is not planning a Palms Las Vegas hana hou for the network’s annual award show. Was it Britney Spears’ infamous performance of Gimme More or Kanye West’s whiney rant about having to perform in a private suite that broke the camel’s back in the desert?

SIGN UP and use your player’s card and you’ll see some interesting offers in your mailbox ... like free nights in a Paris Las Vegas suite and a free Nintendo Wii.

CHECK OUT the new Progressive Fortune Pai Gow Poker. A $1 side bet makes you eligible to win 100 percent of the progressive jackpot that resets at $10,000. The Four Queens is one of only two Vegas casinos to offer the wager.

SPEAKING OF Viva Las Vegas, the suit Elvis Presley wore in the movie sold at a Vegas auction for $36,325, the original French poster for the movie King Kong sold for $40,625, and Larry Birkhead was buying some of his ex-girlfriend Anna Nicole Smith’s La Perlas ...


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