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Miss America 2009 Katie Stam

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

CONGRATS TO Miss Hawaii Nicole Fox for making the Miss America Top 10, and likewise to Miss Indiana Katie Stam, Miss America 2009. Did you know the swimsuit competition is now called officially Miss Lifestyle and Fitness? At least they kept the swimsuits.

THE IMPERIAL PALACE sports book claims to offer the most proposition (prop) bets in Las Vegas, like who’ll be the first team to score (in the first half) - Oakland (-150) or Tampa Bay (+130); first team to score in the second half - Oak (-140) or TB (+120); will there be a score in the last two minutes of first half - Yes (-280) or No (+240); which team will have the longest touchdown - Oak (-150) or TB (+130); which team will make the longest field goal - Oak (even) or TB (-120); which team will commit more turnovers - Oak plus 0.5 (-140) or TB (+120), 161 props in all.

THE SHOW that changed the face and box offices of Las Vegas shows, Mystère, is celebrating 15 years at Treasure Island. To date, more than 9 million people have seen the show that Steve Wynn signed to a long-term deal in 1993. He built a theater for Cirque du Soleil, and its first performance was on Christmas Day of the same year.

Mystere is celebrating 15 years at Treasure Island

Kimo’s Vegas Trivia: Mystère originally had a Greek and Roman theme and was supposed open in Caesars Palace.

BETTER THAN FREE ... Go to, use the code fan50 and get four nights at Binion’s in Las Vegas for $8.83 Feb. 2-6 (other dates in March also are available); plus you get a $50 prepaid debit card! Kimo’s Vegas Tip: This code will get you a different deal at other hotels.

A $5 RAKE and $1 jackpot drop make all the Harrah’s Poker Rooms the most expensive in Vegas. “Still the one” ... The Orleans has the best game with a $3 rake and $1 drop.

SNAKE EYES ... A Las Vegas woman volunteered to baby-sit a friend’s pet python. Returning from her bathroom, she found the 325-pound, 18-foot-long snake wrapped around her 3-year-old son,who was turning blue. She stabbed the snake 17 times and a neighbor helped pry the boy away, and then it took six metro officers and an animal control officer to subdue it. Officials also seized a 14-foot-long python and other snakes from the dumb asp’s apartment.

The president in wax

BARACK OBAMA in the house ... After being delayed by customs at McCarran Airport, the Punahou grad is the fifth president in Madame Tussauds House of Wax. “He was the No. 1 request overnight as soon as he got the nomination for the presidency,” says Adrian Jones, general manager.

ACCORDING TO THE FAA, McCarran International was the sixth-busiest airport in the U.S., with 578,946 flights last year. Atlanta was No. 1, followed by O’Hare (Chicago), Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver and Los Angeles.

WHAT’S THE BEST place to work in Vegas? According to Fortune magazine, it’s What makes it better are free lunches, concierge services, 100 percent company-paid health insurance, happy hours and a nap room ... Put that in your suggestion box.

IDEAS FLOATING around to help the Las Vegas economy… Lower the legal gambling age to 18, legalize a lottery and legalize prostitution. I know what you’re thinking: It’s not legal now? Nope ... The Constitution of the State of Nevada (1864) law that puts a smile on casino executives faces says “No lottery shall be authorized by this state, nor shall the sale of lottery tickets be allowed.”

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