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October 03, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Carlos Santana

Welcome to Kimo’s Vegas… The Players Edge!

YOU MEAN it wasn’t a scene from Oceans14? At 6 a.m. Friday morning last week, two gunmen entered the Sports Book at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel & Casino and left with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Metro Police reports that the robbers were armed and the heist was well planned and took less than a minute to execute. Odd that security didn’t think two guys wearing motorcycle helmets in the casino was suspicious.

VEGAS RUMOR ... Star Trek: The Experience, evicted from the Las Vegas Hilton, may be mak- ing the Fremont Square (Neonopolis or Neonflopolis as some call it) downtown its next frontier.

MORE VEGAS RUMORS ... Can You Feel The Love Tonight? Mandalay Bay exec’s are negotiating to bring in the Lion King to replace Mamma Mia!.

RESEARCHERS at Applied Analysis say that each Las Vegas hotel room generates about two jobs.

GEORGE MALOOF, owner of the Palms, said it costs between $5,000 and $8,000 to clean the $40,000 a night Hugh Hefner Sky Villa (that’s right $40,000 per night!). The 9,000-sqare-foot, two story suite is a little larger than a regular Vegas hotel room that costs on average $30 to clean. Hmmm, makes you wonder what folks like Britney Spears, George Clooney, Paris Hilton and ol’ Hef are doin’ up there.

Oceans 13 stars Matt Damon, George Clooney and Brad Pitt

LAS VEGAS area schools have upped the ante for entry level teachers by offering a higher salary, better medical coverage, a more comprehensive retirement package and no state income tax.

THE WELL-PUBLICIZED Wynn Las Vegas job openings for Encore have yielded 65,000 applications for 5,300 openings! The new hotel will employ about 7,000 including 1,700 moving over from its big sister.

MINI STEVE WYNN ... for $200 million you can own the Holder Hospitality Group with 13 casinos in Nevada.

THERESE WALTER, otherwise known as Le Reve (The Dream), the Picasso painting that Steve Wynn accidentally put a puka in, has been restored and will make its first public appearance since the accident on Oct. 15 at the Acquavella Galleries in New York - that’s the same dealer that brokered the sale to Steven Cohen for $139 million before the incident.

THERE’S A NEW video poker machine called Quick Quads whose max bet is six coins instead of five and pays you for quads when you get trips if the other two cards match your trip ... for example a 55532 would pay the same as four fives (because the 2 and 3 equal five). Get more details and links to the strategy at

George Maloof and Hugh Hefner

THE NEVADA GAMING CONTROL BOARD reports that table play in Vegas was up overall in August, but the casinos won 21 percent less because players were unusually lucky that month ... that always happens when I’m not in town!

CARLOS SANTANA and the Salvador Santana Band (led by his son) rolls into the MGM Grand Garden Arena this weekend. Rolling Stone listed the guitar hero as 15 on the Top 100 Guitarists of all time, and he’s sold more than 90 million albums in the last 40 years.

NOW OPEN across from the Chinatown Plaza, Hawaiian-style poke ... get crack seed, sashimi, poke and oddah kine local stuffs next time you ono for something from home in the desert.


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