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March 03, 2010 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

N9NE Chef Barry Dakake poses with Rihanna

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

YOU DON’T HAVE TO be president of the United States or a former president to eat like one. Palms N9NE Steakhouse executive chef Barry S. Dakake prepared a meal for President Bill Clinton and cooked for the Democratic National Convention’s million-dollar fundraising dinner that was hosted in Palms owner George Maloof’s home and was attended by President Barack Obama.

IF YOU MISSED getting your okole kicked by the mechanical bull from John Travolta’s Urban Cowboy, you might plan on using your tax refund to finally check it out at Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall and BarB-Que opening April 16 at Treasure Island. Or, if you just like to watch, check out the bikini-clad cowgirls who mount the mechanical monster at regularly scheduled intervals.


GARTH BROOKS’ Wynn Las Vegas Encore schedule has been set, and showtimes are 8 and 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays, March 26-28, April 9-11, June 25-27, July 16-18 and Aug. 6-8. Known for his unpredictable performances, he left the stage after a two-hour show but the audience wouldn’t leave - they did after he gave a 45-minute hana hou.

STRIP RUMOR ... Is Bette Midler making her Vegas encore at the Wynn?

IF YOU GET an offer for a King Suite in the Wynn or Encore, do yourself a favor and take it for a test drive.

Dorothy Hamill celebrated with daughter Alex Forsythe at Chippendales

IN HIS BOOK Whale Hunt in the Desert, Steve Cyr took readers on an insider’s tour of the casinos’ biggest customers. In a recent interview, the senior director of player development at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino said that a whale used to be a million-dollar player. These days, anyone willing to play $250,000 gets the title and the high roller accoutrements that go along with it.

WHEN IS A COMP not a comp? When you have to pay for it! After hitting a progressive slot for $800K, the Bellagio hosted the winner in its Presidential Suite. Thinking his room was comped, the player extended his stay for six additional nights. When he checked out, the hotel presented him with a bill for $16,000 plus tax.

CHRISTIAN PETERSON, 41, of Wisconsin, pleaded not guilty to two counts of drawing and passing checks without sufficient funds, owing Caesars and Hard Rock $3.45 million.


McCarran International Airport is contemplating a liquor store selling booze for off-site consumption in the airport’s south baggage claim area. If it happens, it will be the first liquor store to operate in a U.S. airport.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL ...Wayne Brady returns to The Venetian Memorial Day weekend.

SPOTTED at Chippendales ... Former Olympic skating champion Dorothy Hamill took her daughter Alex Forsythe to celebrate her 21st birthday in Vegas.

PARIS HILTON celebrated her 29th birthday with BF Doug Reinhardt, Mom and Dad in Vegas ...

IN DECEMBER, $1.3 billion was wagered on baccarat in the 17 casinos on the Strip. This translates into a record casino win of $155.7 million from players who favor natural nines.

GLENN FREY, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit bring the Eagles’ famous four-part harmony to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 24 when the “Long Road Out of Eden” tour rolls into Vegas.


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