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February 25, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Swimsuit model Bar Refaeli is everywhere

BAR REFAELI headlined the Sports Illustrated 2009 Las Vegas Tour. Leonardo DiCaprio’s favorite swimsuit model not only adorned the cover of the magazine, but also the fuselage of a Southwest Airliner that brought her from N.Y. to Vegas. Also on board were other models from the magazine’s popular issue: Ariel Meredith, Brooklyn Decker, Cintia Dicker, Damaris Lewis, Daniella Sarahyba, Esti Ginsburg, Hilary Rhoda, Irina Shayk, Jarah Mariano, Jessica Gomes, Jessica Hart, Jessica White, Julie Henderson, Kim Cloutier, Lucia Dvorska, Melissa Haro and Tori Prayer.

COMING SOON to your favorite casino: a new slot machine called “Pele Hawaiian Goddess”... I’m gonna pass on playing this and just leave an offering of kalua pig and cigarettes.

SCARED OF YOU ... That’s what Nevada casinos are saying about a new iPhone app that can count cards. Discovered at an Indian casino, the program even has a stealth mode. Nowadays they don’t take you into the back room and make your kneecaps ball sockets, but they will prosecute you. Card counting is legal in Vegas (it will get you 86’d), but using a machine to help you keep track is a felony.


BASED ON THE LATEST Census Bureau info, Forbes Magazine has declared Las Vegas the “ichi bon emptiest” city in America. Lucky you live Hawaii ... On the other end of the rainbow is Honolulu, with the lowest homeowner and rental vacancy rates of the 75 cities studied.

ACCORDING TO the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, more than 30,000 Las Vegas hotel room nights have been canceled in the last month. Companies are even more hesitant to host a convention in Sin City after President Obama said they “can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime.” Huh?

Cher: like a nun?

CONSTRUCTION FLAWS are forcing the MGM Mirage to cancel the top half of the CityCenter’s Harmon. Instead of its original 49 stories, the building will be capped at 28 and somewhat dwarfed by its big sisters, the Aria Resort & Casino at 61 and the Vdara at 57 stories.

THE BELLAGIO is having a one-of-a-kind slot tourney with $1.8 million in prize money. At the top end, players will have a 1 in 10 chance to win $500,000! Now all I need is a loan for the $50,000 buy-in ...

ONO IS THE NAME of a new drink at XS in Steve Wynn’s new Encore ... At $10,000 a serving, we’ll take their word for it.

TI DEAL: Spend $169 at WET, the hotel’s spa and salon, and they’ll comp your deluxe room; spend $299 and they’ll comp you two nights. Call the hotel by March 23 and use the code “WET09.”

CHER SAID in a recent interview that she lives like a nun when she’s in Las Vegas: No talking, because the desert air dries out her throat ... If the nuns at Christ the King Elementary had taken a vow of silence, their paddle wouldn’t be embossed in my okole. Check out the queen of costumes at the Caesars Palace Colosseum now through May 24.

THE MONEY FLOWED at the Fremont for Pearl Stevens of Waimanalo, $4,000; Teresita Orpilla of Kapolei, who won $6,000; Nora Kahakua of Wahiawa, $9,000; Lawrence Reyes of Kaunakakai, $12,500; and Masaichi Yoshioka of Kaneohe hit for $15,000.

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