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March 10, 2010 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

John Johnson Jr. won big bucks at the Reno-Tahoe airport

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

ON A LITTLE more than what it costs for two Fort Street Grill plate lunches, John Johnson Jr. of Denver got lucky in a big way in the Reno-Tahoe airport. He got off the plane, put 20 bucks in the machine - “I said to my wife, ‘Where is the attendant, because I’m going to win something big.’” And $12 later, he hit for $10,422,754.08.

OVER AT the Hard Rock, another John (last name withheld) put $100 in the quarter Wheel of Fortune, won $877,061 and got a comp’d room for the weekend.

ONE OF every 92 homes in Nevada has been fore-closed upon, prompting President Barack Obama to shower the Silver State with $100 million in coin to help residents keep their houses.

BURIED IN BILLS? Losing your home? Wanna forget your problems and go to Vegas, stay in a high-roller suite at the Palazzo, go to shows, visit the spa and enjoy the finest meals in the city? Robin Hood 702 takes from the rich (in this case, the casinos) and gives to the deserving. The self-made man and expert blackjack player is looking to help a family with an all-expense-paid weekend in Vegas. While you’re there, he’ll take you to the casino and attempt to win enough money to pay off your bills with his money. Win or lose, he’ll pay at least half of your bills. People from Hawaii to Romania have been asking for his help. Get the hookup at

Kim Kardashian spent a busy week recently in Vegas

KIM KARDASHIAN was spotted double-dipping last week in Vegas. First she was the official grand marshal for NASCAR’s Shelby American Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With her face on the hood and her name emblazoned on the body panels, there’s no question who she wanted to see in the winner’s circle. But Mike Bliss’s No. 36 Chevy finished 39th of 43. Then the reality star showed off her new fragrance at Tao in the Venetian. You too can smell like Kim - her scent is available exclusively at Sephora.

CRISS ANGEL’S rides are now on display at Liquidity and in the lobby of the Luxor. See the Lane Splitter, Loyal Drag Bike, Screamin’ Demon, T-Rex and all the other crotch rockets from past seasons of MINDFREAK ... Rumors are circulating about Believe, the magician’s Cirque du Soleil show. Apparently the contracts for the shows dancers will not be renewed when they expire in June. The beginning of the end or a change in creative direction - only June will tell.

VIVA ELVIS, the latest Cirque du Soleil show narrated by none other than “Who Da Guy” Ron Jacobs’ mentor Col. Tom Parker ... Would be interesting to get RJ’s take on Aria’s homage to the colonel.

THE ANNUAL Downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade happens March 17.

PARTAKE IN the wares from 50 wineries at the Golden Nugget’s second annual Spring Wine and Jazz Fest happening March 26-28.

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