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October 28, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Holly Madison gets real?

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

HOLLY MADISON goes back to her roots ... No, she’s not shedding her blond locks, but she is starring in her own reality TV show called Planet Holly. Cameras will follow the ex-Playboy bunny through her daily routine (OK, I’m not buying that either).

MONSTER BURGER challenge ... six half-pound beef patties covered with American cheese, smoked bacon, Portobello mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles and a healthy dose of ghost peppers (the hottest chili in the world) on a sweet egg bun. Eat the monster with a pound of fries on the side in an hour and the $30 burger is free and your mug will hang on the Heroes of the Hamburger wall at LBS.


THE KING’S Ransom Museum now calls the Imperial Palace home. Check out the largest collection of Elvis Presley stuff this side of Graceland, including his Bible, his ‘77 Lincoln Continental and millions of dollars in Elvis memorabilia.

LAST WEEK, the last guitar Elvis Presley played in Las Vegas sold at a California auction for $106,200.

TWENTY-TWO TIME Grammy Award-winner Stevie Wonder headlines the MGM Grand Garden Arena Nov. 28. Since his debut in 1963, he has released 19 albums and had 30 top 10 hits.

He’s baaack: Garth Brooks has a gig at Encore

WITH MUCH FANFARE, Steve Wynn announced that Garth Brooks is coming out of retirement to play 15 weeks a year for the next five years. In a city known for over-the-top entertainment, excessive staging and even more extravagant costumes, this show will be the exactly the opposite. An extreme example of minimalism, it’ll be just Garth and his guitar on stage. Rumor has it that the casino mogul bought a jet to transport the singer to and from his home in Oklahoma for his gig at Encore.

BLOWING SMOKE up your ... When the casino opens in the Aria at the MGM Grand CityCenter, the space between the dealers and players on the tables will be separated by an air curtain. Shooting air straight up is supposed to minimize the dealer’s exposure to cigarette smoke from players. I gotta ask: What about protecting the players from each other?

WHEN THE Mandarin Oriental opens in CityCenter, the rates start at $595 a night. That kind of coin gets you a Mercedes Benz S limo to and from the airport and state-of-theart, environmentally conscious technology and cutting-edge entertainment systems in your room, including keyless door locks, walk-in closets, 42- inch flat screen TVs and flat screens in each bathroom mirror, and an automated control panel to personalize your environment. Mention “We Fan Vegas” when booking and get a comp’ed night.

CONGRATS TO Mike Sexton, the only person to be inducted into this year’s Poker Hall of Fame. His induction ceremony will be held Nov. 7 at the Rio.

WHAT HAPPENS in Waikiki stays in Vegas ... Book two nights at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa and get a free night at the Stratosphere Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. Mention the code Vegas when you book.

REDEFINING THE Silver State ... Forbes magazine says Las Vegas is the seventh most recession-proof city to retire in. The magazine’s criteria included median home price, five-year projected home price, median monthly housing expenses, cost of living (excluding housing expenses), median income for households over age 65 and the five-year job growth outlook. The report also considered the number of each city’s sunny days.

EVERYONE HAS an app, but the iSpin from the folks at Harrah’s is not a run-of-the-mill slot-machine game. With authentic slot-machine sounds, you can even use pictures of your mo’opuna instead of bars or other symbols. Get the link for more details at

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