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December 26, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

HO, HO, Holly Madison (Hef’s ex) and Criss Angel celebrated their birthdays (41 for him and 29 for her) at Believe. Later at LAX the birthday boy was spocked throwing money into the crowd.

‘The Girls Next Door’

PAUL RUDITIS has written more than 30 books. His latest is called The Girls Next Door, and it takes you into the Playboy mansion, behind the scenes of the TV show and into the minds of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson. See the girls sign copies at Palms and Caesars Palace on season five ... Hard-core fans will be happy to know season six is a go with a set of new girls.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS? ... Las Vegas got its worst snowfall (or is it the best?) in 30 years,closing roads and canceling or rerouting flights. The best snow quote goes to blogger David McKee, who said “On Wednesday night - after far too many glasses of wine - I went to sleep in Las Vegas ... and woke up in Reno!”

USHER HEADLINES the New Year’s Eve party at Bellagio’s The Bank ... Find out what’s happening for New Year’s in Las Vegas at

KIMO’S VEGAS TIP: On NYE, the Strip will be closed at 5 p.m.until after midnight, and Strip casinos will close their doors around 9 p.m. (no key, no entry). The Fremont Casino doors on the Street Experience also will be closed (unless you have a wristband).

BOB MARTIN, the famous Broadway actor and playwright, has been hired by Steve Wynn to work on a new musical biography of the Bee Gees.

PUTTING HIS MOOLAH where his mouth is ... doubling down and opening Encore. Get the link to hear Steve Wynn’s guided tour of Encore (the $2.3 billion, 2,200 room hotel-casino) with Steve Friess at Next December he’ll roll the dice again and open Encore Macau.

THE 2009 Miss Universe Pageant will not be held in Dubai as planned. The man-made country had no problems paying the $10 million pageant fee, but wanted Miss Israel to be excluded. Las Vegas officials were happy to step in and depoliticize the event and add it to the city’s pageant crown.

Holly Madison, Criss Angel and Dimitra Sarantakos (Criss’s mom)

IF YOU’VE SEEN David Copperfield’s An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion at the Hollywood Theatre, you may remember the illusion near the end of the show where he walks through a huge industrial fan and then makes it disappear. Last week an assistant was pulled into the fan’s spinning blades, breaking his arm in multiple places and cutting his face. Show-goers say they saw him fall to the ground and there was blood everywhere. The assistant is reported to be in good spirits, joking with friends and co-workers after waking from surgery.

6,119 CLOSET Santas from all over the world ran/walked in the fourth annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run on the Fremont Street Experience. The Guinness world record was set last year when the run had 7,269 St. Nicks.

LAS VEGAS JUDGE Jackie Glass has ruled that the memorabilia that O.J. Simpson was convicted of trying to retain be returned to L.A.and sold by the sheriff with proceeds going toward the families that won the $33.5 million wrongful death civil suit in 1995.

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