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Paris Hilton debuted her fall shoe collection
Paris Hilton debuted her fall shoe collection

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

BOYD GAMING CORP. has officially announced the delay of its $4.8 billion, mega Strip project “Echelon, ” saying the challenging economy (tighter credit for real estate developments and declining casino revenues) is to blame. But they expect construction to restart late next year ... Since the announcement, the company’s stock has been up as much as 30 percent.

THE TIGHT FINANCIAL market is making it difficult for many projects to raise money, including the MGM Mirage’s CityCenter. The city-within-a-city development that includes four luxury high-rise condos has fallen behind in securing a $3.5 billion loan. Analysts say banks have been reluctant to buy into the project because the condo market is upside down and the MGM still has many unsold units in “Signature.”

A NEW COMPANY, Luxury Suites International, has come to the rescue of many Vegas condo owners by managing (maintaining, repairing and representing owners) and providing hospitality (renting rooms and guest services). If you need help with your property or need a room where you can still charge food and amenities and have your host comp it, check out its website at

PARIS HILTON was at Macy’s in the Fashion Show Mall last week to debut her new fall shoe collection. The first 300 folks to buy her goods got a meet-and-greet as well as an autographed photo. The environmentally conscious heiress makes her shoeboxes from recycled paper and it’s designed with the handles built in, saving the Earth from another plastic bag.

The Boyd Gaming Corp. Echelon project is on hold until late next year
The Boyd Gaming Corp. Echelon project is on hold until late next year

THE BELLAGIO wedding package, “Cosa Bella,” includes everything a couple needs to say “I Do,” including the chapel, official, flowers, two robes, a penthouse suite, breakfast, dinner at one of their upscale restaurants, spa and salon services, limo to and from the airport, Cirque du Soleil tickets, champagne, chocolates and lots more for about $15,737.

BEFORE YOU order that next free drink on the casino ... Consider that more than 315 couples say their Sin City nuptials every day.

DOUGLAS GOLLAN, president and editor in chief, said, “The readers of Elite Traveler make 41 trips per year, including 11 intercontinental trips.“You don’t need your own G5 to enjoy the magazine’s top domestic locales ... the Four Seasons Resort, Maui at Wailea and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay made the exclusive list, as well as the Palms Casino Resort and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Be prepared to break out your Platinum if you plan to stay in the suites mentioned in the magazine, The Presidential Villa at the Four Seasons on Lanai costs $10,300, The Grand Suite at the Grand Wailea Resort goes for $15,000 and the Fantasy Suites at the Palms run $10,000. Yep, that’s per night. You know what they say,“If you have to ask ...”

LOOK CLOSELY at the chandeliers in the Wynn Las Vegas casino ... they have a unique feature: built-in security cameras.

HULA DANCERS and fire eaters ... We’re not in Laie anymore, Toto! The Stratosphere has a three-day slot tourney that includes a luau on the eighth floor pool deck. Call our buddy Dale Matsumura to reserve your space in the $10,000 Luau Slot Tournament.

A BIG MIDWEEK congratulations to Main Street slot winners Charmaine Rogers of Kaneohe, who won $2,000; Shirley Briley of Kailua-Kona, who won $3,000; and Hitoshi Yamashita of Hilo, who won $6,000.

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