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July 14, 2010 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Michael Douglas will play Liberace

WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas… The Players Edge!

WARNER BROS. will be filming a biography of Liberace. Michael Douglas will play the Las Vegas legend, and Matt Damon will co-star as Scott Thorston, his chauffeur and romantic companion ... Hard to imagine two straighter dudes in those roles.

THE MUCH ANTICIPATED Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather mega-fight is currently penciled in for Nov. 13 (pending Team Mayweather’s approval). Dallas and Las Vegas are vying for the rights to host the bout. The MGM Grand Garden and Mandalay Bay are frequently home to such iconic events, but in the mix are billion-aire Steve Wynn’s Wynn and Encore.

SOME ONO ... Las Vegas locals who use their Red Card at the Wynn and Encore are eligible to win a comp for two at The Buffet every day for the rest of their lives.

CELINE DION moves back to Vegas Feb. 26 to begin rehearsal for her show opening March 15 at Caesars Palace.

DID YA KNOW it can be better to play a slot machine with a theoretical payback percentage of 97 percent than a machine programmed for a 99 percent payback? UNLV casino management professor Tony Lucas says, “Standard deviation is what can make a machine feel tight.” The Wizard of Odds’ Michael Shackelford says, “The laws of probability dictate that the longer a machine is played the closer it will come to its payoff, even when every spin is completely random.” So what we’re looking for is a low-volatility, high-frequency slot machine ... or what locals call “loose.”

Iron Chef Kerry Simon

IN THE Las Vegas Sun there’s a story about a new form of advertising: Idle slot machines at the Palms now feature commercials. The concept targets the 62 million people who visited a casino last year. The first companies to take advantage of the slot-mercials are Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Miller, Corona, Dos Equis, Absolut, Grey Goose and Red Bull. For now, the one-armed bandit-ads are silent. The Palms says “We have seen people stop and pay attention to the machine, saying, ‘Hey, look - it’s like TV.’ “

LAST WEEK, the Rio kicked off the 41st annual World Series of Poker no-limit Texas Hold ‘em main event… officials expect 6,000 to 7,000 players will fork over $10,000 for a shot at the bracelet and a multimillion-dollar payday of at least $8 million.

IF YOU LOVE to eat but love to cook even more ... Nove Italiano executive chef Geno Bernardo will host a four-course cooking class Saturday, July 24. On the menu: summer heir-loom tomato brodo, Maine lobster, braised veal cannelloni, baby squash, Umbria summer black truffles, grilled wild salmon, fava bean puree, jumbo lump crab, strawberry carpaccio, eight-year aged balsamico and crème fraiche gelato. For reservations, call (702) 942-6856.

WELCOME COMRADE’S, KGB Las Vegas’ latest restaurant is now open at Harrah’s. In addition to Iron Chef Kerry Simon’s (Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers) burgers, sliders, tater tots and strawberry shortcake push pops, there’s a full-service ice bar with a variety of vodkas ... Choot-choot!

VIDEO POKER sensei Bob Dancer has free VP classes every Tuesday at South Point ...


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