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Alicia Keys performs in a Shriners Hospital benefit

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

THE JUSTIN TIMBER-LAKE and Friends, Shriners Hospitals for Children benefit is happening at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Oct. 17. In addition to surprise performances, look for singers Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Ciara and a reunion of the five-time Grammy Award-winning group that has sold more than 22 million albums, TLC. It’ll be the first time in seven years that Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas creep on stage together since the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez.

JAMIE FOXX’s Blame It Tour checks into The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Oct. 9.


AT THE VENITIAN Sept. 16-20, it’s Phantom Fans Week, where fans from all over the world will gather to celebrate all things Phantom. Activities include exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, hanging with the cast at a masquerade ball, insider sessions with director Hal Prince, the Chandelier experience and more. Get the link for more details at

PGA champ Y.E. Yang

NOTHING KILLS an iPhone battery faster than a trip to Sin City ... Just turning on location services and navigating the Web makes the juice disappear like two scoops of rice on my plate lunch. If you’re hard core and a frequent charger, try the Mophie Juice Pack Air. The rechargeable battery is enclosed in a case that protects your phone and gives you at least one full extra charge. Now all I need is something that reminds me to bring my charger home.

DIDJA HEAR about the Irish bookie who paid $1 million to his clients Friday because of Tiger Woods’36-hole lead in the PGA Championship ... only to regret his early payoff after Tiger lost to Y.E. Yang on Sunday?

KEVIN KANESHIRO, sales and marketing manager at Vacations-Hawaii, writes in to say that the starting price for its charter packages is now $499 (plus tax). Prices are based on capacity, so if you’re flexible, there’s always one date available ... Still an amazing deal that includes air and ground transportation, hotel and meals.

WITH A LITTLE LUCK, you’ll be a winner like ... Clarence K. Kelilkoa of Waianae, who won $5,240; Craig Ebisuya of Pearl City, who hit $5,491; and Carol Miyachi of Pearl City, who came home with $10,000 of the Fremont’s money.

Carol Miyachi of Pearl City won $10,000 at the Fremont

HOTWIRE.COM reports that the top five cities with the deepest discounted hotel room rates are: No. 5 Miami ($89 per night); No. 4 Las Vegas ($74); No. 3 Jacksonville ($75); No. 2 Vancouver ($85) and No. 1 New York City ($133). You’ll be happy to note that Hawaii was No. 9 at $65 a night.

WARRIOR FANS get the home-field advantage at the Stratosphere. Rates start at $29. Use the code “warrior” when you call 1-800-827-1514. Rated players should call Kauai-born casino host Dale Matsumura for an even better deal.

IF YOU’D LIKE to add a 66-million-year-old fossil that’s more than half of a complete Tyrannosaurus skeleton (170 bones) to your collection of earthly possessions ... Check out the Oct. 3 auction at the Venetian. But be prepared to spend some cash on the 40-foot-long, 15-foot-tall specimen because the last T-Rex in this condition sold for more than $8 million. People who collect Teddy Bears are called arctophiles, doll collectors are plangonologists, a labeorphilist collects beer bottles, key ring collectors are called copoclephilists, and the guys with really deep pockets (and big houses) are called “collectors of dinosauria.”

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