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February 04, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Kevin Garnett is the NBA’s highest-paid player

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

WITH ALL THE economic bad news going around, the No. 1 question on every business owner’s or manager’s mind is, “How can we generate more revenue?” Times are so bad even the NBA has reconsidered its position on booze and gambling to meet its multimillion-dollar payrolls. Taboo only a few weeks ago, the league’s morality meter has gone the way of the subprime NINJA (No Income, No Job, No Asset) loans. This year, look for courtside and TV advertising from hard liquor and casinos. What happens in the NBA also happens in MLB. The league has just approved the Potawatomi Bingo Casino as a presenting sponsor of the Milwaukee Brewers. Could the NFL be far behind?

RJ BELL from reports one of the more unusual Super Bowl proposition bets was what color Gatorade the winning coach would be doused in ... Based on the playoffs blessing, yellow was at 3 to 1.


HANGING ON THE wall in Phil Ruffin’s office (he just bought TI from MGM Mirage) is a cancelled check for $171,953,438 - that’s how much he paid the IRS last year.

“SO YOU HAD a bad day, you’re taking one down ...” Planet Hollywood has filed a lawsuit against ex-Fry’s Electronics’ executive Ausaf Umar Siddiqui. They report that he lost as much as $9 million in one session of baccarat.

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks

IT TAKES A team of 100 people all year to prepare the MGM Mirage for Chinese New Year.

SOME LUCKY, DEES GUYZ ... Nathan Dias from Kapolei won $6,856.96, and Ben Bali of Kaunakakai hit two jackpots and won $8,000 at the Cal.

THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE was fortunate for local entertainer Nohelani Cypriano, who won $1,000 - a new CD featuring a duet with Fiji will be coming your way soon.

IN THE MUSIC business, a gold record means you’ve sold 500,000 units, a platinum one signifies sales of 1 million, and when you sell more than 10 million copies, you get a Diamond Award and join an elite group of 58 artists. Fleetwood Mac, whose Rumours album is among the 78 titles to reach that status, will be on the road for the first time in five years. Look for them at the MGM Grand Arena on May 30.

Nohelani Cypriano and Fiji

RIGHT OUTSIDE Neiman Marcus in Fashion Show Mall is an Encore booth where you can make room and restaurant reservations ... Ask the boothling for your free game card and you could win up to $10,000 in game play.

DON JOHNSON (actor), Randy Jackson (American Idol), Quincy Jones (musician), Christie Hefner (Hef’s daughter), Donald Trump (billionaire), Ron Popeil (but wait there’s more), Al Michaels (sportscaster) and Harry Connick Jr. (singer/actor) were a few of the names on hand to celebrate Steve Wynn’s birthday and the grand opening of Encore last week.

“MAMAS, DON’T LET yer babies grow up to be ... ” a Texas man was arrested for bigamy after his third wife reported him to five-oh ... He said he didn’t know marrying his girlfriend in Las Vegas was “real.”


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