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WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas ... The Player’s Edge!
BOTH TMZ AND Robin Leach are reporting that Britney Spears’ ex Kevin Federline is dating exUH volleyball player Victoria Prince.
STEVE WYNN’S $2 million bet ... In addition to the $2.3 billion he’s got invested in his latest hotel, Wynn gave each one of the 1,500 VIPs on hand for Encore’s grand opening their first bet, between $1,000 and $50,000. The only catch: The entire amount had to be used on one bet, and the high rollers got to keep their winnings.
AT ENCORE there’s a new restaurant called Switch, where the walls and ceiling change completely every 20 minutes or so.
VEGAS RELATIONS ... The 88-restaurant Buca di Beppo chain was bought by Robert Earl and Planet Hollywood Inc. for $28.5 million.
SEVEN OUT ... Ausaf Umar Siddiqui, Fry’s Electronics vice president of merchandising and operations, is being accused by federal prosecutors of masterminding a secret kickback scheme to defraud the company out of $65 million that he used to pay gambling debts in Las Vegas.
LAST CALL for Mamma Mia! The show closes its Vegas doors Jan 4.
ELTON JOHN’S Red Piano is pau in April ... Tickets for his February performances are available now.
YOU’D HAVE TO do some looking to find an American city with more designer stores than Las Vegas ... Ever wonder what happens to the Manolo Blahniks, Oscar de la Rentas, Missonis and Jean Paul Gaultiers that haven’t sold by the time the next season’s fashions are ready for display? They’re discounted up to 80 percent and sold at the Designer Fashion Clearance at the Vegas Outlet Center. Kimo’s Vegas Tip: Check them out online before you go and save an additional 10 percent.
BUS RIDES in Las Vegas will be free from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve through 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Buses will be detoured while the Strip is closed ... Get the complete details at http://www.KimosVegas.com.
THERE’S A NEW SIGN-UP promotion at the Golden Nugget Hotel ... Join the 24 Karat Players Club and get a free spin to win $5 to $1,000 in slot play. One of the new program’s first winners is Eufemia Valdez of Waipahu, who won $1,000.
THE GREATER LAS VEGAS Association of Realtors is reporting that - for the third consecutive month - home sales increased in November (compared to the same month last year). The median price of all houses, condos and townhouses being sold in Southern Nevada declined by 32 percent, but sales were up 125.5 percent for homes and 142 percent for condominiums and town-homes.
IT’LL BE A Happy New Year for the 12,000 people CityCenter is planning to hire. The unparalleled event starts online Jan. 5 at http://www.citycentercareers.com and apps are being accepted from all over (out-of-towners will be interviewed by phone). Call (866) 909-CITY (2489) for more details.
THE GLOBAL CREDIT ratings agency Fitch Ratings is predicting the U.S. gaming industry will likely recover in 2010.
IT’S THE REAL BLING… Just in time for your next Megabucks jackpot, a $100,000 jewel-studded Pepsi can. The can is bedazzling with 300 diamonds, 100 sapphires and 100 rubies.
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