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WSOP champ Annie Duke

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

FANS OF DONALD TRUMP’S Celebrity Apprentice and Las Vegas will love this season’s show because it features a few celebs with Vegas ties, including WSOP champion Annie Duke, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, singer (and Vegas show host) Brian McKnight, pro golfer Natalie Gulbis and former NBA all-star Dennis Rodman (whose Vegas exploits are infamous). Also on the show are mother-daughter Joan and Melissa Rivers, actress and model Claudia Jordan, 2001 Playboy Playmate of the Year Brande Roderick, reality show stars Khloe Kardashian and Jessie James, singer Clint Black, Olympian Scott Hamilton, ex-NFL running back Herschel Walker, comedian Tom Green, actress Brande Roderick and singer Tionne “TBoz” Watkins. What else can you say about the guy who gave us Omarosa except that his show starts in March on NBC?


AFTER PLAYING $20 in the quarter Wheel of Fortune, Normand Roberge won $257,845 at McCarran Airport ... That never happens with my Andrew Jacksons.

ANDRE’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE in the Monte Carlo has reopened after a $2,000,000 makeover. The AAA Four Diamond restaurant has three private dining rooms and a cigar lounge.

SPOCKED IN VEGAS ... local promo domo Jan Hori and her official shopping-bag carrier husband Joe.

HAWAIIAN105 KINE continues to give away free Las Vegas trips ... Just listen for the Song of the Day every weekday morning at 7:50. When the song plays, (between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.) be the 10th caller at 296-1051 when it’s over and join Billy V when he broadcasts live to Hawaii from the Cal in March ... Or call Vacations Hawaii and ask for the Hawaiian105 KINE Deal and save $100 on every ticket you buy!

A classic shot of Benny Binion (in jacket) and Steve Wynn (with moustache) watching a poker game

AT THE CAL ... Lynette Miyasaki of Honolulu won $8,000, Tom Takiguchi won $10,000 and Richard Baker of Pepeekeo won $10,800.

SOME THINGS never get old ... For the 32nd year in a row, the Golden Nugget Hotel Casino has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond award for its superiority in the hospitality industry. It’s the only Four Diamond property you’ll find Downtown.

BETTER THAN FREE ... Get four nights at Binion’s for $8.83 including taxes and fees. What makes it better is you’ll get a $50 MasterCard after your stay. Go to and enter coupon code “fan50” Feb. 2-6 (other dates are available) . This code also will get you different discounts on other rooms.

KIMO’S VEGAS TRIVIA: The world’s largest stained-glass mural measures 30 feet long by 5 feet high. “The Garden of Earth by Delight” can be found at Bill’s Gambling Hall (Barbary Coast) on the Strip.

STATE SEN. Donna Mercado Kim, chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said she may propose a bill this session to allow electronic gambling (slot machines) in resort communities to create new streams of revenue. Mayor Mufi Hannemann quickly responded that he would oppose any efforts to legalize gambling on Oahu ... It’s so much better to let people play in their PJs on the Internet where the city, state and feds collect no taxes.

ACCORDING TO Men’s Fitness Magazine, Honolulu is the seventh fittest city in the country (up from eighth last year) and Las Vegas is the fourth porkiest because they have more fast-food restaurants, more ice cream shops and they are less likely to play football than any other city (maybe the heat of the desert has something to do with it). ... Good ting dey nevah survey me. I’d have t’rown off da curve.

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