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'Last Comic Standing' winner Iliza Shlesinger
‘Last Comic Standing’ winner Iliza Shlesinger

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

CONGRATS TO THE first female to ever win the Last Comic Standing reality show, Iliza Shlesinger, who says, “It’s not so much about being a girl, it’s about being a funny comic.“The 25-year-old takes home $250,000 and a Honda Pilot. She also gets an exclusive talent deal with NBC and a guest appearance on Jubilee! at Bally’s Las Vegas.

THOUSANDS OF Vegas Happens Here readers voted for the worst Vegas comics. Finishing in a tie for first place are Carrot Top and the new Wynn Encore headliner Danny Gans. The Strip’s funniest people (according to the same poll) are Mac King, Rita Rudner, Wayne Brady and George Wallace.

PARIS HILTON may be closer to opening a Club Paris in Las Vegas, telling In Touch magazine, “I think I found a really good space, but I can’t tell anyone.”

CAR GUYS ARE feeling like kids waiting for Christmas as the inaugural “World’s Greatest Collector Car Event” heads for the Mandalay Bay Oct. 15. So far this year, Barrett-Jackson has auctioned 1,672 vehicles for a gross of $111 million (proving the economy is only bad for some of us). On the Vegas auction block: William Shatner and George Barris’s custom-built bike, a ‘55 V8 Corvette (original price $ 2,934), a ‘69 Camaro Z28, a ‘66 Shelby Cobra and lots more ... Get the link to see all the cars at

Dubai World now owns part of Cirque du Soleil, including 'LOVE' and other shows
Dubai World now owns part of Cirque du Soleil, including ‘LOVE’ and other shows

TWO SUBSIDIARIES of Dubai World (co-owners of the MGM Mirage CityCenter) have just bought a fifth of Cirque du Soleil. Founder Guy Laliberté says the cash will accelerate Cirque projects all over the globe, including a 1,800-seat theater in the city. More than 10 million people see a Cirque show every year - that’s about $700 million in ticket sales. The five resident Vegas shows (O, Mystere, Zumanity, KA! and LOVE) employ more than 1,500 people, and two new shows, Believe and Elvis, are currently in production.

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE flocked to Vegas to say “I do,” renew their vows or to try their luck on what many believe to be the luckiest day of the year: 08/08/08.

THE CITY OF Henderson and the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club’s 18th annual Prince Jonah Kuhio Ho’olaule’a Pacific Islands Festival is happening Sept. 13. There’ll be more than 100 food and craft booths, and look for our own Bruddah Sam Langi Jr., Aaron Kaonohi, Bruce Naluai and Peter “Piko” Lakatani (Vaihi) on the Henderson Events Plaza entertainment stage.

TEAM USA beat Team China in the 2008 Bejing Olympics but missed the 32-point spread by the skinniest of margins, winning the hoops game 101 to 70.

Team USA's Kobe Bryant
Team USA’s Kobe Bryant

MORE THAN 140,000 people are expected in town for the biannual Magic Convention, which starts Aug. 25. With thousands of buyers in attendance, it’s the fashion industry’s most influential event and an opportune time to check out the deals in the Vegas malls.

CHER IS BACK in residency at Caesars Palace through Oct. 5.

GET A LOOK at the future now ... the Excalibur poker room is replacing its dealers and tables with new electronic PokerPro tables. Players sign up by adding funds into an ATM-like account that’s swiped at the new tables to buy-in (and you reverse the process to cash out). If the new dealerless tables become popular with players, look for them to migrate into casinos everywhere.


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