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August 19, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Happy 63rd birthday to President Bill Clinton

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON celebrated his 63rd birthday last week with buddies Terry McAuliffe (former Democratic national chairman), Haim Saban (Clinton contributor), Paul Begala (former Clinton adviser), and Steve Bing (Hollywood mogul who owned the jet Clinton borrowed for the North Korea rescue mission), in Vegas at Craftsteak in the MGM Grand.

KHOTAN, the “City of Jade,” is the newest fine-dining addition to the Treasure Island menu. In addition to entrees influenced by Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Indonesian cuisine, check out the largest display of jade and ivory antiquities in the United States. The collection is on loan from the private collection of the casino’s new owner, Phil Ruffin.

THE HOUSE that Jay Z built ... The 40-40 Club in the Palazzo is reopening as Lagasse’s Stadium, named after its new chef and owner, Emeril Lagasse. With more than 100 HD TVs, the 24,000-square-foot venue will have New Orleans-and American-style grinds.

JUST IN TIME for football season ... The Race & Sports Book at Bally’s reopens Aug. 26 with appearances by famous sports stars and prizes for you to win. Look for the stadium-styled book in Bally’s Avenue Shoppes.

JOINING THE growing list of high rollers who are trying to stiff Vegas casinos is Denver Broncos’LaMont Jordan. The NFL running back owes the Mirage $20,000 in markers (short-term credit granted by the casino) because they were returned as “unable to locate account” and “not sufficient funds.”

SANTANA’S Hard Rock residency continues ... Sept. 4-15 and Nov. 11-22.

Kelly Clarkson’s tour stops in Vegas Nov. 6

KELLY CLARKSON’s All I Ever Wanted Tour stops at the Joint Nov. 6. To date, the first American Idol winner has sold more than 20 million albums since her 2002 debut.

IF YOU missed their sold-out shows here, go one better and see Journey at the M Resort on Oct. 3, because everything’s better in Vegas ... right?

YEAH, BUT would you go? ... The investment company that owns Michael Jackson’s Neverland is considering taking the ranch apart and relocating it in Las Vegas.

ON 09/09/09 at 9:09 p.m., The Stratosphere is having a mass wedding ceremony for 99 couples. The nuptials take place at the Indoor Observation Deck and will cost $99.09. To reserve your space on this most auspicious of occasions, call (800) 998-6937.

AT THE FREMONT, Ethel Shishido and Susan Vendiola of Honolulu won $5,000. Waipahuans Charmaine Caspillo won $5,013 and Ofelia Gambon won $6,000. And the video poker was very good for Henry J. Statts of Honolulu, who won $20,000.

THE GOLDEN NUGGET is taking reservations for its new $150 million hotel tower opening Nov. 20. Rush Tower has rooms and suites with pillowtop mattresses, down comforters, 42-inch plasma televisions and contemporary dcor.

IF NAUGHTY nurses, sexy schoolgirls, lady cops or leather-clad biker chicks make your thing ding, check out the Vegas Club’s (Downtown) new fetish pit. It’s the tackier low-roller version of the Pussycat Dolls pit at Caesars Palace.

PHANTOM FANS have cause for celebration ... Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular has extended its third anniversary special offer. Now through Labor Day, buy a ticket at regular price, your date gets to see the show for $30. Just use the code ANNIV30 when ordering tickets.

SEVEN OUT ... Ruth’s Chris Steak House on Flamingo after 15 years.

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