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April 22, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Rachael Romanick won the second-largest Megabucks jackpot in history

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

THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR ... “I really owe it to my friend. I wanted to stay home, but he wanted to gamble and convinced me to join him. I said to myself, ‘Why not? If you’re gonna win big, you have to play big and take a chance.’” That’s what Rachael Renee Romanick had to say about winning the second-largest jackpot in history. The 38-year-old mom of four hit the mother of all jackpots for $33,000,563 on Easter Sunday after playing Megabucks for about 10 minutes. Lucky for her, the payoff comes from the slot manufacturer IGT and not from Terribles Rail Casino which is currently in bankruptcy.

HE TAKETH FROM the casino and giveth away ... Robin Hood 702 is at it again, offering the crew of the Maersk Alabama an all-expense-paid weekend to the city that’s made him rich. Saying, “Maybe they don’t need financial help, but I want to recognize them as heroes. It really touched my heart that someone would sacrifice their own life - a father and a husband - for pirates to take him and spare his crew.”

THE HONEYMOON’S OVER ... Kirk Kerkorian and the government of Dubai appear to have come to unspecified terms after the CityCenter project went over budget by $1 billion. It reminds me of what Whoopie Goldberg said on the Tonight Show about AIG, “I can understand losing $100, $1,000 or even $1million, but how do you lose a billion dollars?”


RAPPER FLO RIDA was spocked sprinkling $10,000 into the crowd at Blush.

SINGER JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE launched his new 901 Tequila at XS (Encore), Blush (Wynn) and the Playboy Club (Palms). TMZ reported that the star and his bodyguard flew from L.A. to Las Vegas in coach on Southwest Airlines. JT trivia: 901 is the area code for his hometown of Memphis ... What’s the first thing you think of when someone says tequila ... Tennessee, right?

AT THE MANDALAY BAY’S Red Square there’s a new “CaviHour” ... When you buy two $18 Imperia vodkas, they’ll throw in an ounce of Petrossian caviar.

Justin Timberlake

CONGRATS TO the Divine Miss M ... Bette Midler was voted the Best Singer in the Las Vegas Review Journal’s “Best of ...” reader’s poll. Other bests include Bellagio (Best Strip Hotel, Best Attraction the fountain show and Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Best Architecture, Best Poker Room, Best Brunch and Best Buffet).

IF YOU’VE EVER looked at the colorful Fiori di Como chandelier in the lobby of Bellagio, you’ve seen the artistry of Dale Chihuly. He’ll be autographing his books, including Chihuly Black - 208-pages of his recent work in black glass - on Saturday, May 2, from 1 to 2 p.m.

DID YOU NOTICE ... Palms owner George Maloof in Eminem’s We Made You music video? He makes a cameo appearance dressed as a blackjack dealer at his own joint.

IF YOU MISSED their sold-out Valentine’s show here, Boyz II Men perform at Mandalay Bay Beach Aug. 22.

THIS IS NOT your grandfather’s Miss USA pageant ... If you missed the opening number at Planet Hollywood, get some fresh batteries for your pacemaker and look for it on YouTube.

IN JANUARY they conducted a “Homeless Census” and counted 13,338 homeless in Las Vegas.

WOULD YOU LIKE some ammo with your royal? The Las Vegas O’Aces Bar is giving away a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun in addition to the prize money when you hit to royal flushes in one month.

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