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December 30, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Lady Gaga: Vegas bound?

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

COULD LADY GAGA be the next Vegas diva? George Maloof is reportedly courting the “poker face” singer as a headliner for the Palms after her recent gig at the hotel.

THE WORLD SERIES of Poker has announced next year’s events ... a total of 51 events spread over 51 days (get a link for the complete schedule at The series starts May 27 with more tables than before (pending regulatory approval) to accommodate increased player demand. The 2010 $10,000 Texas Hold ‘em Tourney starts July 5, with the final nine pau by July 17 and the final table matches beginning in early November.


VIVA ELVIS, the new Cirque du Soleil show at Aria, was originally scheduled to open on The King’s birthday (Jan. 8), but has been postponed until Feb. 19 because of construction delays ... In the meantime, previews (the non-finalized show) will continue until Jan. 3.

The ‘Pawn Stars’ are big

SERVER-BASED slot machines are here. Software that was once inside individual slot machine cabinets is now located on a central computer that serves all the machines on the slot floor. It used to take casinos months to change the programming in machines, but now any slot can become a different one in seconds. The randomness of a machine can’t change, but now the casinos can offer you a special game or reward whenever you swipe your card on a slot machine. Try server-based slots for yourself at the Aria Resort & Casino and let me know what you think.

GARY LOVEMAN, head honcho of Harrah’s, the world’s largest casino company, says business from higher-end convention and meeting customers is not expected to improve next year ... This means we can expect room deals to continue to flow into our “e” and postal mailboxes.

FROM WORST TO FIRST ... They started at the bottom, but rose to the most-watched show on the History Channel in 10 episodes. Because of the show’s success, more than 700 people a day stop in to check out the autographed Babe Ruth baseball, an original 1930 Mickey

Kailua’s Chester Takemoto won $6,000 at the Cal

Mouse doll, Olympic medals, Rolexes, motorcycles and Benny Binion’s hat. The Pawn Stars, Rick, Big Hoss, Chumlee and the Old Man, can be seen Mondays on TV or in their store, the “Gold and Silver Pawn Shop” at 713 Las Vegas Blvd.

WHEN THE RICH go shopping ... Steve Wynn paid a record $33 million for Portrait of a Man, Half-Length, with His Arms Akimbo, which was painted in 1658 by Rembrandt.

JUST IN TIME for holiday gift-giving ... The MGM Grand Garden will host the March 13 match between the No. 1 ranked Manny Pacquiao and No. 2 ranked Floyd Mayweather.

AT THE CAL, Chester Takemoto of Kailua won $6,000 and Norma Guillermo of Hilo won $5,925.


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