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February 11, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Steelers Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberge

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

THAT’S ALOTTAMOOLAH ... This year sports fans bet $81.5 million (down from last year’s $92 million) on the Super Bowl in Las Vegas sports books. It was the first time since 2004 that the big game’s big number dropped below $90 million. But the last-minute TD and some point adjustments made the casinos $6.68 million - a huge improvement over last year’s $2.6 million loss.

OK, FOOTBALL SEASON is officially over ... But Vegas odds-makers have set the lines for next year’s game. Their No. 1 pick to win XLIV is the Patriots (6 to 1), then the Steelers (7 to 1) and the Colts and Giants (8 to 1). Goin’ the other way, the longshots are the Rams, Chiefs and Raiders at 100 to 1, and this year’s bridesmaid, the Cardinals, are 30 to 1. See where the books have set the line for your team at

HEADLINING THE CALIFORNIA Hotel’s Lei Day Las Vegas 2009 concert on Saturday, May 2, are Jerry Santos (Olomana), Kaukahi and Charles Kau`pu (of Hapa), then Darrin Leong and Curtis Kamiya do the Island Fever Block Party on Sunday. Also “in da house,” broadcasting live back to Hawaii, will be KCCN FM100’s Lina Girl and Pipi. To be vendor at the event, get an app at


HOW’D THEY DO THAT? ... At the Cal, Wahiawa’s Jane Oda hit 15 jackpots totaling $15,893.03, James Fukuda hit nine for $13,430, and Jerry Ahue got a stack of W-2G’s for winning $4,146.92. And Judy Jakahi of Hilo won $35,000 when she hit a royal flush on the Let It Ride Table, defying the 649,350 to 1 odds.

IF FOOD IS YOUR THING, plan your Vegas vacation for May 7-10 for the third annual Bon Appétit magazine’s Vegas Uncork’d. Your tummy will revel in the mad skills of 75 celebrity chefs and vintners including Daniel Boulud, Tom Colicchio, Todd English, Bobby Flay, Joël Robuchon, Paul Bartolotta and Michael Mina.

GREASE GATE ... That’s what fans are calling the illegal tactics employed by Georges St. Pierre against BJ Penn.

THINGS HAVE GONE from bad to worse to @#$%! for former Fry’s Electronics executive Ausaf “Omar” Siddiqui, who was charged in a $65 million kickback scheme designed to pay back his gambling debts. The Internal Revenue Service has seized casino financial records and interviewed employees from the Venetian and Palms hotels.

PUTTING THE SIN in Sin City ... Perry McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon in the Rio is sponsoring a contest that was probably inspired by Katy Perry’s lyrics. The “Girl-on-Girl Kissing Contest” runs until Feb. 15 and the grand prize winner gets $500 in cash ... Now that’s a lotta Cherry Chapstick.

DID YOU KNOW? ... The most Vegas weddings occur on Valentine’s Day.

WELLS FARGO & CO. got $25 billion in government bailout $$$ and planned a 12-day employee convention at the Wynn, Encore and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Initially, the company defended its decision, saying “It’s really important that our team members are still valued and recognized,” but had a change of heart when government officials and stockholders began questioning rewarding employees after the company lost $2.55 billion in the fourth quarter ... DUH!

THE NEWEST downtown casino was built in 1979, and the Sundance became Fitzgerald’s in 1987. In a complex deal, developer Forest City is proposing to build a new casino in Union Park downtown. The plans detail a 1.6-million-square-foot development with a casino, 1,000 hotel rooms, restaurants and a city fire station.


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