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

Catch Kellie Pickler for free

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

THE 44TH ANNUAL Academy of Country Music Awards is happening April 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Bring your camera, ‘cause the day before you can catch divas Kellie Pickler and LeAnn Rimes for free on Fremont Street.

RED, YELLOW, BLUE, Red, Red, Blue, Blue, Red, Yellow, Blue ... Throughout March and April, Harrah’s and MTV are partnering for weekly Rock Band competitions, with the grand-prize winners getting $10,000 and a gig as the opening act for the B-52s at the House of Blues.

DID YOU KNOW that the backs of the playing cards in the Xbox 360 game Poker Stacker were inspired by the carpets in Las Vegas casinos?


DIONNA BUCASAS of Waipahu won $5,038, and Seong Kim of Waipahu won $9,000, but everyone was doing the “we’re not worthy bow” to Carlos Vida of Kapolei, who won the really big bucks - $443,273 - on the 25-cent “Wheel Of Fortune” machine at the Fremont.

THE GUYS WHO cater to our locals business, Boyd Gaming, have made a $950 million offer to buy some of the Station Casinos (the folks who cater to “Las Vegas locals”) ...

VDARA AND ARIA in MGM Mirage’s new CityCenter are now accepting reservations for December ...

Rita Crosby and Carrot Top with Mona Wood, who says, ‘Carrot Top is crazy wonderful’

BUT YOU won’t have to wait long for that new-casino smell… The M Resort is on schedule to open March 1.

” S C A L E THE STRAT” is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association where Zach Schade of Tu m w a t e r, Wash., climbed up the Stratosphere’s 1,455 stairs in 7:32 minutes ... I’m breaking into a sweat just thinking about it.

LAST WEEK Las Vegas officials decided to crack down on the purveyors of the city’s oldest profession by publishing photos of the girls who’ve had multiple arrests ... Isn’t that called advertising? If you’re interested, get the link for the images at, but I think they only arrested the ugly ones.

WYNN RESORTS LTD. reported that it lost $159.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 because it had a $98.8 million tax bill. Head honcho Steve Wynn said, “People are being more cautious - when they win, they’re playing for shorter periods of time.”

FROM BAD TO WORSE ... The Nevada Gaming Control Board reports gambling revenue on the Strip dropped 23 percent (from $617 million to $474 million) in December due to fewer tourists and less spending ...

BECAUSE OF ALL the bad news ovah dare, folks were really happy to get some good news from Hawaiian Airlines ... It’s adding a third daily flight at a time when other carriers are cutting back.

LOCAL PUBLIC RELATIONS DIVA Mona Wood says Carrot Top is “crazy wonderful - I haven’t laughed that long and hard in a long time. No wonder he’s been named Comedian of the Year, Best Show in Las Vegas, etc. He rocks! Super nice, too - and buff. He even flexed for me - ha!”

NEXT TIME you’re in Vegas and ono for sushi, check out Wayne’s Sushi at 2721 West Sahara (by Palace Station). He’s from Kahului, and the missus is from Aiea.

IF YOU LOST money on your last trip, this might make you feel a little better ... Ex-Fry’s Electronics’ executive Omar Siddiqui has reportedly lost more than $165 million in Las Vegas casinos. He regularly bet $50,000 to $200,000 a hand and lost as much as $8 million in a single day.


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