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October 22, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

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

ROBERT DeNIRO played Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Casino, a movie that was loosely based on the real-life exploits of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal. He was even more powerful than this Hollywood portrayal - running four casinos simultaneously (the Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda and Marina), he introduced Vegas to the sportsbook at the Stardust, was the first to hire women as blackjack dealers, discovered Siegfried & Roy and implemented many other gaming innovations. Permanently banned from the casinos for his involvement with the mob, many believed he often cruised through the Stardust (in disguise) until the day it closed. Frank Rosenthal left the building last week, but will be forever immortalized when the Mob Museum opens in 2010.

JENNIFER LOPEZ and husband Marc Anthony renewed their vows in their penthouse suite at Caesars Palace after picking up a check (for) partying at Pure.

Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal

MORE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE in town ... Justin Timberlake and main squeeze Jessica Biel.

HARRAH’S EXPANDS its “Two Cent Tuesdays” offer to the Imperial Palace ... The offer is still good at Harrah’s Las Vegas, too. Get the link and offer code at

WYNN RESORTS LTD. expects third-quarter Las Vegas earnings to be down compared to the same period last year. REVPAR (revenue per available room) is expected to be down around 4 percent to $261. The man whose signature is the hotel’s logo said, “Our brand is too important, and this place will be here forever. We don’t drop the price and we don’t drop the quality of service - I don’t bounce around like a pinball. And we don’t need to. Our revenues may take a hit, but we’re in a position of strength, with plenty of cash. We’re a battleship steaming into the harbor.” The company reported debt of $4.9 billion with $1.7 billion in cash. The opening of Encore is on for Dec. 22 pending regulatory approvals, but right now they are only accepting reservations beginning Jan. 4. And those dates are going for $349-plus per night.

Nancy Kerrigan

THE NUMBER of visitors to Las Vegas dropped 4.3 percent in August, but it’s the convention business that’s really putting a hurt on the city. Attendance is down more than 22 percent in August, and the number of business meetings is off about 7 percent compared to a year ago. Revenue from the city’s lucrative convention business is down to $777 million from $1 billion a year ago.

DID YOU KNOW that the Four Seasons Las Vegas allows dogs up to 25 pounds in your room? They also provide a doggie sitting service - $78 for four hours

FIVE-TIME Grammy winner and part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers Usher one night stands Friday, Nov. 21, at The Pearl Concert Theater.

AMY GRANT and Michael W. Smith sing the songs of the holidays while Olympic silver medalist and U.S. national champion Nancy Kerrigan, six-time U.S. champion Todd Eldredge and a cast of other national, world and Olympic figure skaters perform in the “Holiday Celebration on Ice” Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Orleans Arena.


Vacations Hawaii is advertising February charters starting at $659 ...

EMMY AWARD-WINNING comedian and Apple billionaire Steve Wozniak’s ex-GF, Kathy Griffin, brings her My Life On The D-List celebrity mocking to the Mandalay Bay Friday, Nov. 14.

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