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GOING ALL IN for multiple sclerosis ... 2008 World Series of Poker chip leader Dennis Phillips (the odds-on favorite to win the series) is auctioning space on his jersey while he plays at the final table. At the time of this writing, the auction was at $19,350. In addition to the money from the auction, the longtime MS supporter is donating 1 percent of his total winnings (that will be matched by PokerStars.com). To see who the big bidder was we’ll have to wait until the broadcast starts Nov. 11 on ESPN.
ANALYSTS BELIEVE the Las Vegas Sands is in deep financial kim-chee and running out of cash, and may even go bankrupt. Last week the stock was down 96 percent from an all-time high to the all-time low of $6.32 a share.
THE NO. 1 BEST-SELLING SHOW in all Las Vegas is Believe. Cirque du Soleil officials confirm the first four weeks of the Criss Angel show’s previews have grossed more than $5 million - an amount equal to or greater than sales for the company’s four other shows.
THE 2008 ADULT VIDEO News Awards comes to the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Sin City Jan. 10. Hosted by actresses (is that what they’re called?) Belladonna and Jenna Haze. What makes this award show different from all others is that fans can buy tickets to the main event.
IN ADVERTISING, a sign that covers a car or building is known as a “wrap.” The Donnie and Marie Flamingo wrap is 67,500 square feet, and a popular Vegas room request is to be in one of the rooms that are Donnie’s or Marie’s eyes and teeth ...
FOR THE FIRST TIME in the history of the Palms, the resort’s casino will be allowed to make book on NBA games. The hotel was prohibited from taking bets on games because the Maloof family also owned the Sacramento Kings. The deal approved by the NBA has similar restrictions to the arrangement in place at Harrah’s, where you can’t place a bet on the Celtics because the hotel’s CEO owns 2.4 percent of the team.
KIMO’S VEGAS TIP: Before your next trip, check to see if your hotel has its own branded credit card like the MGM Mirage Rewards, Harrah’s Total Rewards or Palms Platinum Access. Most have no annual fee and offer perks like cash back, players’ club points, front-of-the-line passes and even room upgrades. The bennies vary greatly from card to card (your mileage may vary), so check the fine print before you join.
IN THE CHER BOUTIQUE there’s a Cher Barbie adorned in one of those signature Bob Mackie costumes she’s known for wearing on stage. Fans will be checking out the diva when she’s a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Nov. 3.
FROM THE PHILIPPINES to the Flamingo - Kuh Ledesma, known in her homeland as the “Pop Diva,” and actress, singer, dancer Vina Morales concertize Nov. 27-29 in the Sunset Ballroom.
COMEDIAN FRANK CALIENDO (Frank TV, Fox NFL pre-game shows, Dish Network commercials) brings his act to the Treasure Island Theater Nov. 28 ...
THE STRATOSPHERE is hosting the first “Cocktail Server Blackjack Tournament” Nov. 12. The free tourney has 48 teams of three competing for a trip to Hawaii along with $100,000 in cash.
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