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

Lucky Elmer Sherwin is the only person to hit the Megabucks twice

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

LAST FRIDAY the penny and dollar Megabucks machines were officially linked, creating a jackpot of gigantic $30-plus million proportion (get up-to-the-second jackpot updates at

SOMEONE AT IGT realized that, all things being equal (a $3 bet), players were putting their hard-earned dollars into the machine with the biggest payoff ($1) ... Only question now is, will it hit on the video or reel machine, and for how much? Betcha the penny machine follows the same path as the old “Dunes” hotel once the biggie is won.


FOR THOSE of you keeping track, the biggest jackpot ever hit was $39.7 million at the Excalibur in 2003. The anonymous winner had played less than $100 in the machine, and the odds of hitting the “big one” are 1 in 49,836,032.

“YOUR AD HERE” ... That’s what the cryptic 20-story markings on the side of the Luxor mean. Call Skytag to put your mark on the Vegas skyline.

CASINO POLICY on slot machine payouts can differ from joint to joint, but generally the person who gets paid is the one who pushes the button (or pulls the handle). It doesn’t matter whose money or player’s card is in the machine.

Get high while you dine: Dinner in the Sky

SURPRISE DAD on his next Vegas trip, or get married, in a Voyager Classic. They don’t rent cars, they rent dreams on wheels ... vintage and classic cars such as a 1936 Auburn Boat Tail Speedster, 1965 Cobra, 1958 Corvette, Dodge Challenger SRT-8, Chrysler 300C SRT-8 - more than 65 different cars in all.

FOODIES, GET the link to make your dreams come true: Hang with chefs Joel Robuchon, Tom Colicchio and others at Vegas Uncork’d May 7-10. Your prize includes round-trip air, a two-night stay at Signature, dinner at Michael Mina’s Nobhill, tickets to KA, Studio 54, Uncork’d and a limo to travel in style.

Chef Joel Robuchon

OR PERHAPS you prefer to be high for dinner ... Dinner in the Sky is a custom sky box table that’s elevated by a crane and suspended 18 stories in the air for a 360-degree panoramic view of Vegas while you dine. Check it out at

WE SAY SHIBAI, but on Wall Street it’s called “goodwill” ... Whatever you call it, Harrah’s wrote down $5.49 billion of it last week (now that’s a lotta kukai). The world’s other casino giant, MGM Mirage, is rumored to be selling some of its properties and giving up equity to refinance its debt. I guess the gambling is not just happening on the player’s side of the table.

ACCORDING TO Forbes magazine, the richest folks in Las Vegas are UFC and Station Casino owners Lorenzo Fertitta and his brother Frank Fertitta III with $1.3 billion each (No. 377), Wal-Mart heir Nancy Walton Laurie with $2.9 billion (No. 144), Steve Wynn with $3.4 (No. 118), and Sheldon Adelson with $15 billion (No. 15).

THE SOCIETY of Seven works its magic along with American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias April 10-12 in the Suncoast’s showroom.

CLARENCE CHANG of Kaneohe won $4,503, Joan O’Connell of Kailua won $4,950 and Malia Anguay of Waipahu won $12,846.60 at the Main Street Station. The Fremont was lucky for Cora Crow, who won $8,180, and Jerry Neumann of Kaneohe, who hit $18,000 playing KENO.


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