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Going wild: Kourtney Kardashian, Joe Francis, Khloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian
Going wild: Kourtney Kardashian, Joe Francis, Khloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian

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

JOE FRANCIS, creator of the Girls Gone Wild franchise, is under investigation for stiffing the Wynn Las Vegas out of $2 million. He’s filed a counter claim saying that the hotel lures high rollers with alcohol, prostitutes and illegal drugs, and that they created phony markers, intentionally miscalculating and forging high rollers’signatures. Who would you believe, a guy who gets girls drunk to make soft-core porn and who unlawfully deducted $20 million on his tax returns or the state-regulated, publicly traded casino?

A FEW MONTHS AGO we were all concerned about our keiki and mo`opuna playing with toys containing lead paint ... but what about us ol’ futs? Since the beginning of the mass-produced poker chip, lead has been mixed with clay and other materials to make a heftier token. Now, an Oakland, Calif., nonprofit group has secured the world’s first clean poker chip agreement with 21 casinos and the largest chip supplier in the United States. Paulson’s has agreed to manufacture unleaded poker chips, and the casinos have pledged to get the lead out by replacing worn and broken chips with the new ones. If you’re thinking about switching to those new chipless poker, blackjack and roulette tables to avoid lead poisoning, your exposure is minimal as long as you don’t eat the casinos’colorful currency. And it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after a session at the tables.

DID THEY OR DIDN’T THEY lose money? ... Only their bookies know for sure. Gambling revenue in Nevada for the month of June dropped 1.1 percent to $949.3 million, but June ‘07 had one more weekend day then June ‘08. The Strip was the big loser, down 6.6 percent to $486.4 million, while downtown casinos were up 10 percent. Meanwhile, the sports books were up 62 percent!

Captain Spaulding
Captain Spaulding

BY DIVIDING ITS $890 million renovation of the Convention Center into three phases, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority is hoping to save money on financing, because the expenses would increase as the Vegas economy improves over the next few years.

THE LAS VEGAS Philharmonic performed music from Star Trek at the annual convention in Vegas ... Doin’ the Trekkie trot on stage, a Star Trek captain and a cyborg from the Las Vegas Hilton’s Star Trek: The Experience.

SEVEN OUT: Star Trek: The Experience ride at the Hilton and Quarks Bar. Try the Warp Core Breach ($29.50) made with Bacardi Lemon, Bacardi Light, Bacardi Spice, Bacardi 151, Razzmatazz, SoBe energy drink and dry ice (for that special hitech smoke effect) before it closes on Sept. 1.

SPOCKED AT last month’s 2008 Summer North American Bridge Championship: two of the richest men on the Forbes list, Warren Buffet (estimated worth $62 billion ... that’s no typo) and Bill Gates ($58 billion).

THE SPOOKIEST PLACE in all Vegas ... (no it’s not the Kamehameha High School All Class Reunion at the Orleans) will be the Fright Dome at Circus Circus. Opening Oct. 3, look for guest appearances by Sid Haig (Captain Spaulding from House of 1,000 Corpses) and Bill Moseley (Otis Driftwood from

The Devil’s Reject and Halloween), and the only female sword-swallowers in the world, Lady Diabla and Stigmata. There’ll be 23 rides and attractions, including three new haunted houses: HillBilly Hell, Vampire’s Bloodfeast and The HEX-MAS Nightmare (triple chicken skin).


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