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November 18, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

WSOP November Nine with prize money

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

THE AWARD for the most-photographed and envied man in the last week could go to Joe Cada. The 21-year-old is the youngest person to win a World Series of Poker Main Event, and the $8.55 million in prize money didn’t hurt his popularity with the ladies either.

THE BETTING LINE on Manny Pacquiao was -350/+270 before the match on Saturday. That means a $350 bet on the Pac-Man would win you $100 while a $100 bet on Puerto Rico’s champion would have won $270. Comedian George Lopez had the best line, saying, “Manny Pacquiao’s nickname is ‘The Mexicutioner.’ He’s beaten more Latinos than the police!”

AT MANDALAY BAY, check out the new Fight Museum for memorabilia, supplements, energy drinks and fashionable fight attire inspired by MMA ... You know, da kine da fighters wear.

SIGN OF better times? For the first time in 15 months, the number of visitors to our favorite city was up 4.3 percent and the number of convention-goers was up 12 percent as well (September over September).

BETTE MIDLER says aloha to Las Vegas ... She’s got 18 more dates including her last on Jan. 31. The Divine One says “the showgirl must go off” so she can finish an upcoming album ... Seems like it was only yesterday when she signed a two-year deal with Caesars.

Steve Martorano feeds Joey Chestnut, who ate 50 meatballs to win $1,500

CHER RETURNS to The Colosseum this week with a new opening sequence and more over-the-top Bob Makie wear. The monosyllabic diva has added a plethora of shows in April and May.

IT’S OFFICIAL: The King is returning to the building ... Viva Elvis - A Tribute to the life and

music of Elvis Presley, is the official unabridged name of the new Cirque du

Soleil show. Cirque Club members get first crack at the best seats for the Aria Resort & Casino’s resident show.

Visit us online at for the link to join.

WHY USE a player’s card? So you’ll get a free suite and an invite to events like the Venetian’s $200,000 Rock the Reels Slot Tournament in December.

AND THE WINNERS ARE ... The Venetian and the Palazzo were recognized for exceeding guest expectations, providing meticulous service and maintaining impeccable standards of excellence with a AAA Five Diamond Award for 2010 - no easy task when you’re working with a total of 7,100 rooms.

AND THE BELLAGIO got its Five Diamond for the ninth year in a row. It’s also the only hotel in America with two Five Diamond restaurants, Picasso and Le Cirque.

50! THAT’S HOW many meatballs Joey Chestnut ate to win the first-ever Martorano’s Masters Meatball Eating Championship. That’s sixand-a-quarter pounds of meat, and one more than Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti ate. First-place prize money was $1,500 - not bad for 10 minutes’ work.

THE NOVEMBER issue of Esquire magazine says one of the best new restaurants in America is Society Café in the Encore, where the “Triple B” menu stands for burgers, barbecue and beers.

NOW THROUGH Jan. 6, journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express 4-D experience at the Excalibur.

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