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April 15, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Miss Hawaii USA 2009 Aureana Tseu

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

THE 2009 MISS USA contestants have arrived and are making appearances and practicing for the April 19 pageant on NBC.

Stop by Planet Hollywood and show your shaka in support of Miss Hawaii USA 2009 Aureana Tseu.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ... The Vegas version of The Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Vali and the Four Seasons, is one year old May 3. Don’t let the name or subject matter scare you off. It’s a great show, even if your mom didn’t sing you to sleep with My Eyes Adored You.

LAST WEEK American Idol winner Carrie Underwood hit the jackpot at the Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand and left as the Academy’s Artist of the Year.

AT THE SAME SHOW, the MGM’s in-house magic man David Copperfield, sportin’a Stetson, made singer Taylor Swift magically appear before our eyes ...

THE MAC DADDY of all playboys, Hugh Hefner, celebrated his 83rd birthday at the Palms last week with his current BFFs, 22-year-old Crystal Harris and twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon, who couldn’t hang with Hef in the casino because they’re only 19. Look for celebration highlights on “Girls Next Door.”


DARLENE CONSELVA hit five jackpots for $6,583, James Fukuda hit three jackpots for a total of $7,275 and Anatalia Cenal (must be something in the Waipahu water) won $25,964 at the Cal.

KIMO’S VEGAS TIP: If you’ve got a stack of W-2G’s, check out Jean Scott and Marissa Chien’s book, Tax Help forGamblers or Walter Lewis’s How to Keep More of What You Win: A Gambler’s Guide to Taxes ... If you don’t have that problem, I can relate.

BACK IN THE DAY ... We used to drop coins into the slot machine, and when you won, the machine reciprocated by dropping coins back at you. Eight years after the first coinless casino hit Vegas, Resorts Atlantic City has installed eight coin-in coin-out machines to stimulate business. So far response has been overwhelmingly positive. You don’t have to go that far to return to your roots: The Cal still has many coin-only video poker machines in service.

THAT’LL BE $200 PLUS TAX. This session, the Nevada Legislature votes on a bill to add a $5 tax on sex. If passed, the “sin tax” would affect the state’s 25 legal brothels and all illegal prostitution ... Good luck collecting on the latter.

TAKING A BREAK from the casino ... Check out Vance Pukuniahi Cannon’s art exhibit “Essence of Hawaii” now through May 6 in the foyer of the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd.

THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS are pau, and the Vegas odds men called it again. Their call for next year is North Carolina and Kentucky at 14 to 1.

ALL BETS OFF ... The sports book in Bally’s is closed. Signs are directing customers to the nearby Paris book. The hotel says it’ll reopen in September.

FOR SALE: one slightly used lightship ... The M resort has retired its unique 178-foot-long advertising medium and sent it home to Orlando, Fla. In case you’re thinking of having your very own blimp, fuel, helium and labor will set you back about three large per day.

RIGHT NOW you can book a night at the AAA Four Diamond, Paris Las Vegas for $70 (ask for a “P” room) or upgrade to a Red Room Premier for another $40.

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