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May 13, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Ida Ljungqvist

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

AND THE WINNER IS ... Ida Ljungqvist became Playboy‘s 50th Playmate of the Year at the Palms Casino.

The title got her $100 grand, a 2009 Mazda, one bottle of Patron Platinum and more. After her March ‘08 spread, the Tanzanian’s mom wouldn’t talk with her for a week ... Now that she’s made Playboy history (the first Playmate born in Africa), she’s making more history by announcing that there’ll be no more birthday suit photo shoots, immediately making the March 2008 issue a collector’s edition.

LARRY KING is booked into Danny Gan’s Theater June 19 and 20 ...

KIMO’S VEGAS TIP: Spend more than $150 and get an additional 20 percent off your bill at any Ralph Lauren Factory Store, including the Las Vegas Premium Outlet location. Get the $$$-saving link at

GEORGE OISHI’S phone is ringing off the hook because the 2009 WAC Women’s Volleyball Championship is happening at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas Nov. 23-25. Of course, you can get the full Vacations Hawaii package at the Orleans (instead of Downtown) for less than the minimum bet at a Strip casino on a Saturday night.

THE WAC basketball coaches and ADs have voted to play the 2009 and 2010 men’s and women’s tourneys in Reno.

Chloe Tanaka and birthday girl Sarah Nishioka

UNLV FRESHMAN Sarah Nishioka (dubbed Ms. Vegas by Dad Ed) celebrated her 19th b-day with BFF Chloe Tanaka at Serendipity 3 in Caesars Palace. A big mahalo for the picture and the Frozen Hot Chocolate envy.

THE MANDALAY BAY Summer Escape Package includes $25 in Sand Dollars (good at The Beach), $100 cabana credit and a $350 flight credit (for your next trip). Rates start at $89 and the offer is good through Sept. 10.

LAST WEEK they made the biggest martini in Vegas history outside the Hard Rock ... The 20-gallon gargantuan Opportunitini was part of a benefit for Opportunity Village and it will be on the menu all summer.

EX-HARD ROCKER Sara Ure won a lawsuit against Dennis Rodman for inappropriate behavior. The suit said he injured and humiliated her at her place of employment (the Hard Rock) when the ex-NBAer slapped her bottom, grabbed and forced her to dance with him. A $225,000 error in judgment ... The judge ruled in Sara’s favor when Rodman failed to show up for the trial.

Madame Tussauds’ Wolverine

FOR A LIMITED TIME, take your picture with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Wax Museum.

ON SATURDAY, MAY 16, local bands Iration and Maoli make their Vegas debut at Green Valley Ranch. Flash them a shaka at The Backyard poolside concert venue; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

SPOCKED AT the Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles Love ... bass player Pino Palladino, drummer Steve Jordan and their boss, singer John Mayer.

THE FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE is paying homage to 1969 all summer long ... Break out your tie-dye T-shirts, peace symbols and flower power. There will be a special video on the canopy above, and free concerts with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night, the 5th Dimension, Rare Earth, the Grass Roots and Canned Heat. The flashbacks begin Memorial Day weekend.

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