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Indy driver Danica Patrick

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

PURE NIGHTCLUB is hosting the fifth National, Heads-Up Poker Championship sponsored by Celebs participating in the tourney to be televised starting April 12 on NBC are Danica Patrick (Indy driver), Orel Hershiser (pitcher), Brad Garrett (comedian), Jennifer Tilly (actress), Candice Michelle (model) and poker pros Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and the 2008 WSOP champion Peter Eastgate.

SO THAT’S THE SECRET ... The water in the Zumanity Bowl is kept at 99 degrees so the contortionists’ muscles remain flexible.


OUR FRIENDS IN Vegas “spring ahead” March 8 at 2 a.m., making the time difference plus 3 hours.

IF YOU’RE IRISH or a wannabe and in Vegas on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), you’ll find plenty of like-minded folk, traditional fare, toe-tapping jigs and green pints at Nine Fine Irishmen (New York-New York)... But the city’s most interesting offer is the St. Cabby’s Day celebration at McCormick & Schmick’s, where the breakfast of the day is green eggs and ham (“I do not like them ...”) and Lucky Charms - and it’s given away free to a bunch of Las Vegas cabbies.

Poker champ Kiff ‘Datsun’ Nihipali of Waimanalo

THERE ALSO WILL be a St. Patty’s Day parade Downtown.

GOT A COUPLE OF calls and e-mails about the $10,000 drink at XS in the Wynn Encore I wrote about ... That was no misprint; it’s $10,000 a round. “The Ono” has a half-ounce of Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac, 4 ounces of Charles Heidsieck’s 1981 Champagne Charlie, fresh OJ, apricot puree, rose nectar and a couple of rocks (ice cubes). If you’d like to roll your own, get the mix at

CONGRATS TO the winners of the third annual Hawaii Poker Championship at Binion’s. The Main Event winner is Kiff “Datsun” Nihipali of Waimanalo, the $500 No Limit Hold ‘Em tournament winner is Landon Galicinao, and Lisa Heung won the Ladies No Limit Hold ‘Em tourney ... mad skillz!

$159,000 IS THE median price paid for a Vegas home in January for a total of 3,127 sales.

LISCENCIO CEREDON got three jackpots for $4,424; Darlene Conselva caught five jackpots for $6,583.80; James Fukuda hit three for $7,275; and Anatalia Cenal of Waipahu won $25,964 at the Cal!

Magician Lance Burton and Muhammad Ali

MUHAMMAD ALI and family checked out “Lance Burton: Master Magician,” and the fighter got an extended standing O. Will the Monte Carlo’s headliner become another victim of the slumping economy?

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL is hiring for its new Elvis show set to open in December at the MGM Mirage CityCenter. Get the link to check out the work at

ARIA, THE 4,000-room hotel in the aforementioned mini-megalopolis, has sold out its opening night ...

THERE’S A NEW group of progressive slot machines at the Mirage called Reel Winners ... The jackpot starts at $500,000 and the average payoff is 11 percent higher than similar machines.

THE JONAS BROTHERS flew to Vegas in a private jet (it’s OK, they’re not takin’ bailout $$$) and surprised Town Square moviegoers at the premiere of their 3D concert movie.

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