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May 06, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Katy Perry

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

“SHUT UP AND put your money where your mouth is. That’s what you get for waking up in Vegas” ... That’s the lyric from the I Kissed a Girl girl Katy Perry’s new video Waking Up In Vegas, shot entirely on location in high-roller suites, Downtown and on the famous Strip. If the song becomes a huge hit, it’ll be worth millions in free advertising for the neon city… Check out the video at

ARE THEY OR aren’t they? Only their broker knows for sure ... The MGM Mirage says it’s interested in selling some of its non-Vegas casinos to buy down some of its $7 billion debt (about $400 million a year in interest). The New York Post says it’ll consider all offers, and Steve Wynn says if it’s priced right he’s interested ... Stay tuned, more casino drama on the way.


ON THE Brooklyn Bridge of New York-New York Hotel and Casino, big eaters will compete for a space in the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Championship on Coney Island. Bring an appetite or your camera May 7 at 3 p.m.

THE LAS VEGAS Convention and Visitors Authority has launched an awesome one-stop resource for meeting planners. It’s designed to counter the tainted reputation of a Vegas convention by saying, “Recently, a prominent financial firm cancelled a meeting in Las Vegas and moved it to another city because of the perception that Las Vegas is a ‘fun’ trip or an unwarranted extravagance.

Zumanity’s Arslan in his $1,500 boxers

We admit Las Vegas is more fun than any other place on the planet. Guilty as charged. However, serious business is done here every day.” Last year it hosted 22,454 conventions and meetings (more than 6 million people). also is stimulating business by giving away hybrids and VIP trips to the funnest place on the planet.

THE REAL Wheel of Fortune (not the slot machine) comes to the Venetian. Pat and Vanna will tape America’s favorite game show July 17, 18, 20 and 21 for airing in September 2009 and February 2010.

LAST WEEK the Golden Nugget hosted the first World Series of Slots, and CEO Tilman Fertitta said, “This event was such a huge success that we’re sure to repeat in the future.” Congrats to Michele Leone from San Diego, who got the bracelet and $100,000 grand prize in the tourney.

SEVEN OUT ... Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce at Mandalay Bay.

Vanna White and Pat Sajak are taping ‘Wheel’ at the Venetian in July

FANS WILL FIND ex-SOS co-star Lani Misalucha in the new Voices show at the Las Vegas Hilton.

AND AT THE Outrigger Main Showroom, the SOS LV is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a kamaaina special all month long. Get free parking, burgers at Jimmy Buffett’s and a pair of tickets to the show for $29.95, and you can enter to win a Vacations Hawaii, Las Vegas package for two.

YOU GET WHAT you pay for, but $1,500 underwear? That’s how much the boxers cost that Zumanity performer Arslan wears.

AT THE FREMONT, Caroline Nascimento of Kaneohe won $4,000, Liscencio Ceredon hit three jackpots for $4,424, and Cora Crow hit three for $8,180 ...

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