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

Holly Madison and her gnome groom

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

HOLLY MADISON MARRIED! Paparazzi, bloggers and celebrity rumor mongers were swarming last week when the Playboy model showed up at a Vegas wedding chapel. Imagine their surprise when she revealed that her spouse-to-be was ... the Travelocity Gnome. The Web-based travel site will be using these images in an upcoming advertising campaign.

VEGAS HEADLINER Cher has put her Malibu digs back on the market. The good news: It’s $4 million less than she was asking for August of last year. The bad news: It’ll cost you $41 million to sleep in her bedroom.

A MICHAEL JACKSON Museum in Las Vegas? ... It could happen, but for now the Palms has confirmed that a Jackson tribute to benefit VH1’s Save The Music Foundation will be held on the King of Pop’s birthday, Aug. 29. Fans should follow the tweet @VegasLovesMJ for the scoops on tickets.

TEST YOUR crime-solving skills where it all began at CSI: The Experience, opening this summer at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Investigate crime scenes, analyze data in a crime lab and work side-by-side with characters from the show. Get the link for more details at

Regina Gagalac won $50,000 at The Fremont

THE FREMONT’s Blazing 777’s were very good to Harry Kiyabu of Pearl City, who won $5,094; Tom Takiguchi of Honolulu, who won $10,000; and Regina Gagalac of Wahiawa, who won $50,000! Look for Liz Damon’s weekly Blazing 777’s tournament at the Fremont.

EX-NBA ALL STAR Antoine Walker owes $822,500 to three Las Vegas casinos and an additional $82,500 to the Las Vegas attorney general (in collection fees). Caesars Palace took six and Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Resort accepted four of his $100,000 markers.

AT ZEFFRINO, you’ll find private suites that include imported Murano glass sinks, hand-painted doors, limestone columns, hand-crafted mirrors and a Murano glass chandelier - not too unusual in a city like Las Vegas, until you consider that this is in a restroom in a restaurant. The king of commodes has made the final list for “America’s Best Restroom.” Try it out for yourself at the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian (magazines not included).

LOCAL BOY casino host Dale Matsumura called to say that The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino has added bikini blackjack to its newly renovated pool area. Lucky for us it’s the dealers who are wearing the bikinis and not the casino hosts ... Call him (1-800-998-6937) for a room hook-up and a bottle of fog-free spray for your shades.

CAN YOU BELIEVE that 25 years have gone by since the premiere issue of MidWeek arrived in our homes? Even more amazing is that what you are holding is the product of a small team of creative people dedicated to bringing you the best newspaper in Hawaii. I’m humbled to be a small part of their passion, and even more thankful that folks like you find Las Vegas as interesting as I do…

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