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October 17, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Francois Payard

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

FRESH FROM A VISIT to Dole Plantation, pastry chef Francois Payard will be demo’ing some of the goodies from his new book, Chocolate Epiphany: Exceptional Cookies, Cakes, and Confections for Everyone, and autographing copies at the Payard Patisserie &

Bistro in Caesars Palace next Saturday (Oct. 25) at 4 p.m.

THE TOP FIVE steakhouses in Vegas, according to the readers of Citysearch, are (No. 5) Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian, (No. 4) Prime Steakhouse at Bellagio, (No. 3) The Steakhouse at Circus Circus, (No.2) BOA Steakhouse, and the best of the best is Planet Hollywood’s Strip House.

LAS VEGAS gaming revenue is down for the eighth month in a row. The Strip and Downtown were down 9.4 percent to $759.3 million compared to August last year. Analysts are predicting further declines for September as casino stocks hit an all-time low.

IF THE MARKET hasn’t been good to your portfolio, it’s been even worse for Sheldon Adelson, who owns the Venetian and the Palazzo ... he lost $4 billion last month! He’s a long way from a room at the Y - Forbes Magazine ranks him as the 15th richest guy in America with $15 billion.

THE LAS VEGAS Convention and Visitors Authority says so far 26,338,751 people wen’ go Vegas this year.

THIS MONTH on I’ll share how you can save thousands of dollars shopping in Las Vegas.

HOW TO MAKE $ 1 million ... A poll on the World Series of

Poker web site has 28-year-old American David “Chino” Rheem a 31 percent favorite to win the World Series of Poker. Some online sports books are making that a 10 to 1 bet ... Now all you need is a hundred grand.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE ... daughter? The Hard Rock Casino and Hotel had a tourney to celebrate the grand opening of its new “Poker Lounge.” Pros at the tables included two-time WSOP winner

Hoyt Cokins; Kelly Kim, one of the November Nine;

Pamela Brunson

Doyle and Todd Brunson; Evelyn Ng; and beating her dad and brother to win the grand prize, a custom-made Hard Rock Harley motorcycle, was Pamela Brunson.

CRAPPED OUT ... A comedy takeoff based on the movie Point Break Live! at the V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood got the boot after just six days.

CHECK OUT the Cal’s newly remodeled rooms on its newly remodeled web site

YVONNE McDERMOTT of Kailua won $2,018, James Fukuda won $4,410 and Sandra Vincent won $7,000 at the Cal!

WHAT HAPPENED to the Megabucks? The Las Vegas Advisor reports that the machines are gradually disappearing from Harrah’s Las Vegas casinos. The slots are MIA at Bally’s, Paris and The Imperial Palace, and you’ll need a compass and a police dog to find the last two at Caesars and the last one at Harrah’s. Checkout what the giant jackpot’s up to at

BROTHER, CAN YOU spare a quarter? ... Frank Sciannameo was playing the 25-cent video roulette machine at the Orleans when he hit his number and won a 34 to 1 payout. After the machine paid him $8.50 (34 quarters),

he called the Nevada Gaming Control Board to report that the machine still owed him 25 cents. He believed that the machine should pay the same way as the roulette table in the casino (return his original bet plus winnings). After an extensive investigation, the Gaming Control ruled in favor of the casino because all machines are programmed to count the return of the original bet as a win. On a three-coin slot machine (that pays three coins for three bars) whenever you hit the three bars, the machine counts it as a three-coin win and not a push. Blackjack machines also are programmed to count pushes as a win.


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