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June 02, 2010 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih

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

MISS MICHIGAN Rima Fakih won Donald Trump’s Miss USA crown and will be making a return trip as one of the 80 beauties who’ll vie for the title of Miss Universe.

The out-of-this-world pageant will happen Aug. 23 at Mandalay Bay and will broadcast live on NBC. The question on the mind of folks who follow this stuff is: Will it be a three-peat for Miss Venezuela?

THE MISS AMERICA pageant has signed a deal to return to network TV on ABC ... The 90th annual contest airs Jan. 15 and hopes to feature at least 60 prior Miss Americas: calling Carolyn Sapp and Angela Baraquio! ... Still no confirmation whether the show will continue to originate from Planet Hollywood or Las Vegas.


IN THE WORDS of Alicia Keys, “What goes around comes around. What goes up, must come down,” but Las Vegas real estate investors are wondering: Does it have to keep going down? According to the Standard & Poor’s Home Price report, prices for Vegas homes were down 0.8 percent from February to March.

Poker champ Annie Duke

ANNIE DUKE won the 2010 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship at Caesars. She said, “My plan to get lucky has come to its fruition.” So being the first woman to win the tourney and the $500,000 in first-place cash was all part of the plan.

WHADAYA THINK, peyote or too much time on their hands? Nevada election officials have made it illegal to go to the polls wearing a chicken suit ...

AT THE Bellagio and Four Seasons, high tea has nothing to do with the elevation of Las Vegas (2,028 feet above sea level) or the stuff the election officials were smokin’. If you like dainty, open-faced sandwiches, pastries, scones and Devonshire cream with your tea, check out the Petrossian or Verandah. This English tradition is so popular, reservations one or two days in advance are required.

THERE’S AN APP for that ... MGM Mirage has just released the world’s first augmented reality app - nope, it’s not The Biggest Loser on ‘roids, but a blend of real and virtual Vegas. Using the latest technology you can cruise the Strip, point your phone at a hotel and, like magic, the hotel’s info appears on your phone. There’s a lot more to it and you don’t have to be in Vegas to get a fix. Get Vegas Reality free from iTunes ... However, it only works on a 3GS, another reason to get the $97 special from Walmart.

Honolulu’s Gail Tamura and friend

AT THE CAL, Honolulu resident Gail Tamura’s four aces won $13,367, Jacob Kaleikini won $7,200 and Rena Pantohan of Ewa Beach won $3,600.

H&M IS A Swedish clothing company with 2,000 stores in 37 countries. It will be one of the newest tenants of the Caesars Palace Forum Shops, occupying the space that FAO Schwarz once called home.

THE RIO’S resident magical duo Penn & Teller begin the eighth season of their Showtime show Thursday, June 10.

THE TROPICANA is undergoing a $165-million face lift, its first major renovation in 25 years. The hotel is targeting the Luxor/TI type customer ... Ask for the Paradise Tower to check out the hotel’s new South Beach feel.

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