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Doyle Brunson with Pamela Anderson
Doyle Brunson with Pamela Anderson

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

FOR MOST OF US, $10,000 for a seat in the World Series of Poker and the chance to go mano a mano with Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Scotty Nguyen and Phil Hellmuth Jr. is only a fantasy. The Real Deal! is an interactive poker-themed stage show coming to The Venetian that’ll make that dream a reality. Using the latest wireless technology, the audience will play alongside and against the biggest names in poker and win prizes - maybe even $1 million. Doyle Brunson, The Real Deal‘s lead poker professional, says, “Everyone in the audience can be in the game and compete with the pros and other guests. It is a one-of-a-kind-poker experience.” Get the link for the complete details at and

IF YOU’VE GOT 9G’s laying around and the idea of hanging with Buzz “The Eagle Has Landed” Aldrin floats your ship, Zero G (the same training that NASA uses) has a flight out of Las Vegas Aug. 17. In case you’re wondering, it works out to about $150 per second of weightlessness.

ROBERT ALLEN ZIMMERMAN, the singer, song-writer, author, musician and poet, has won 11 Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and is Rolling Stone Magazine‘s second “Greatest Artist of All Time.” Check out the native of Hibbing, Minn., aka Bob Dylan, in concert Sept. 1 - you know it’s hip because it’s at the The Pearl in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Gene Simmons and family
Gene Simmons and family

GENE SIMMONS brings his Family Jewels (TV show) and the band that made him famous to the Pearl at the Palms Hotel Aug. 29. On the set list for the 35th anniversary celebration is the entire KISS Live album. The band rarely performs and does its classics even less.

QUENTIN TARANTINO (actor/director) is rumored to be casting Vegas-based adult film star Tera Patrick in his latest flick, a remake of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

SEVEN OUT, The improv/comedy troupe Second City is pau at the Flamingo as of Aug. 1. Also out are the owners of Lake Las Vegas, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

ADD DOWNTOWN Gordie Brown to the list ... He dropped “Downtown” from his moniker when he moved uptown to the Strip. His last show at the V Theater in Planet Hollywood is Aug. 23. After that, he’ll be the opening act for another ex-Las Vegas performer - Celine Dion.

Gordie Brown: no more Downtown
Gordie Brown: no more Downtown

IF YOU’VE BEEN to a Vegas sports book, you know that using your cell phone inside is a big time no-no. The ban is older than most of us and was designed to prevent bookies (the illegal kine) from laying off some of their action in the casinos. With the advent of Internet betting, even the Nevada Gaming Control Board is in favor of retiring this antiquated rule.

THE NO-CELL PHONE policy at the tables is a house rule (that’s enforced in every casino) because they don’t want you slowing down the rate of play (speed of the games).

$18.88 GETS YOU into the Lucky 8’s buffet at El Cortez’s The Chinese Kitchen on 08/08/08. In addition to the allyou-can-eat grindz, every diner gets $8 in free slot play.

THE MAIN STREET slots were hot for Mel Sai of Pearl City, who won $2,400; Robert Ishihara of Honolulu, who won $4,340, and Mary Scharsch of Mililani, winning $6,360.


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