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June 23, 2010 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Holly Madison at play

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

HOLLY MADISON donned a Swarovski-covered Playboy bunny costume to deal some 21 at the 50th anniversary of the Playboy Club at the Palms last week ... that’s a big nanny nanny boo hoo to those who didn’t think the reality star could count that high - hit me!

SEVEN OUT ... The ESPN Zone in Vegas! Disney execs announced the closing of five Zones, including Chicago, Baltimore, New York and Washington. Now if you wanna watch TV in a stall, you’ll have to go to the L.A. or Anaheim restaurants.

THE SEASON is over, but you’re still jonesing for more action? Check out the 2010 NBA Summer League. The first tipoff of the 58-game schedule happens July 9. In all, 22 teams will be in Sin City showcasing the league’s best rookies and free agents this summer. Adult tickets cost $25 a day. Call 702-739-FANS to get yours.

THE SPORTS BOOKS in Vegas made Tiger Woods a 4-1 (bet a buck and, if Tiger wins, you get four) fave to win this year’s U.S. Open. The odds, however, are diametrically opposed to the experts’ predictions.

That’s because both sides have different objectives - the experts wanna be right, but bookies are in it to make money. In a perfect world, an equal amount would be waged for and against Tiger winning and the books make their money by charging a vig (vigorish) on every bet made. The casino gave Wood’s same odds at the Masters and Pebble Beach.

THERE’S STILL TIME to help “The Old Man,” “Rick,” “Big Hoss” and “Chum Lee” raise money for charity. In fact, 100 percent of the final sale price of every auction goes to the YMCA. Buy a DVD box set, T-shirt or bid on the Pawn Stars Vegas weekend ... it includes air, a room at the Palms, dinner and a poker game with the boys and a day with the gang at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Search Pawn Stars on eBay for the details and latest bid - at press time it was $16,000!

IS THE MGM selling the Mirage? Bossman Jim Murren says nope, the change in letterhead to MGM Resorts International will better reflect the company’s global presence. Ten years ago they changed the name to MGM Mirage to help employees of the newly acquired (Steve Wynn’s) Mirage feel more secure with the merged company. The next time you’re paying the mortgage, think about their $13 billion in debt ... Now that’s what you call a big nut.

GRAZIE PLAYERS are getting offers to play in the club’s $50,000 tournament July 16 and 17. Included in the offer is a room, two tickets to see a taping of Wheel of Fortune and a VIP reception to meet Vanna White. Didja know the Guinness Book of World Records said she was “Television’s Most Frequent Clapper”? According to the keepers of records, the pop culture iconette claps an average of 720 times per show.

THE GAMING Control Board said that casinos in Nevada won $810.5 million in April ... Isn’t that just a “politically correct” way of saying the players lost a lotta money?

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