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August 01, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Chinese poles in Cirque du Soleil's 'Saltimbanco'
Chinese poles in Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Saltimbanco’

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

THE CIRCUS IS COMING to town ... Cirque du Soleil’s touring show Saltimbanco is coming to the Blaisdell starting Oct. 3. It’s a colorful reflection of our urban lifestyle and features the Chinese poles, juggling, the Russian swing, bicyclists, bungees and the trapeze. Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté recalls, “Hawaii was always a creative place for me, a place to think ... I was really attracted to the sun. I spent a lot of time on the beach. When I first thought of forming a circus, I was watching the sun set on a beach in Hawaii.” And that’s how the name of a half-billion-dollar global entertainment company Cirque du Soleil (Circus in the Sun) came to be. Tickets go on sale Aug. 4 at the box office and online at

Kimo’s Vegas Tip: Advanced tickets are available for sale to AMEX cardholders and members of Cirque Club (it’s free to join) at

NOT THE BEST way to have your laundry done ... Someone forgot their suitcase on the sidewalk in front of the Bellagio fountains. Vegas Five-0 shut down a quarter-mile of Strip estate while they shot the bag with a water canon to be certain it didn’t contain explosives or chemicals.

IS THAT A PHASER in your pocket? ... You know you’re a Trekkie when you have to check out Star Trek, The Experience before it closes next month. Spotted in the gift shop buying his sixth uniform: Hawaiian 105 KINE morning guy Billy V.

TWENTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD actress Tiffany “Hot Chips” Michelle finished 17th in the World Series of Poker, making her the highest-placing female in the tournament and the highest-finishing female since 2000. She said, “It’s not this huge disappointment (that I didn’t win) because it’s like I already won this cool title.” And the $334,534 in prize money didn’t hurt either.

Tiffany Michelle
Tiffany Michelle

THE “NOVEMBER NINE” is what they’re calling the WSOP final table. Each player collected the ninth-place money of $900,670 and will be paid the difference plus interest when the tourney resumes in November. The lucky nine are Dennis Phillips, St. Louis, Mo. ($26,295,000); Ivan Demidov, Moscow, Russia, ($24,400,000); Scott Montgomery, Perth, Ontario, Canada ($19,690,000); Peter Eastgate, Odense, Denmark ($18,375,000); Ylon Schwartz, Brooklyn, N.Y. ($12,525,000); Darus Suharto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada ($12,520,000); David Rheem,

Los Angeles ($10,230,000); Craig Marquis ($10,210,000); Kelly Kim, Whittier, Calif. ($2,620,000). The first-place winner gets $9,119,517.

BACK IN PLAY ... the 20,000-gallon, 53-foot-long Mirage aquarium. I can spend hours checking out the 1,000 different exotic marine life that now call the hotel’s lobby home.

AT 8 P.M. (and 11 p.m.) on 08/08/08, a Chinese lion will dance its way through the Gold Coast ... Don’t forget to feed the lion for luck, and use your player’s club card to earn 8x’s points between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

ON CHINESE New Year, some casinos have their employees pass out red envelopes with money to casino patrons.

IS THE DONALD’S golden tower having hard times? After four months of operation, Trump Tower has closed or is in the process of closing 400 of its 1,282 luxury condos and is laying off or cutting the hours for 20 percent of its work force - about 80 employees will be affected.

THE JAMES CAMPBELL High School class of 1973 is celebrating its 35-year reunion in Las Vegas Oct. 9 at the Cal. These things are always more merry with more, so call Tom McCue at 808-371-9732 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to get in on the action.

NOT TO BE OUTDONE, the Governor class of ‘81 is celebrating its 45th birthday at the Golden Nugget Nov. 7. Register online at Get the complete details on these and many other reunions at

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