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July 21, 2010 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Happy 43rd, Pamela

Welcome to Kimo’s Vegas… The Players Edge!

Pamela Anderson participated in the latest celebrity trend and picked up a paycheck for celebrating her birthday in a Vegas night club. It’s a win-win - the club gets a name to draw attention to it and the celebrity gets paid to do what celebrities do. Her 43rd at TAO was briefly interrupted by security when a couple on the dance floor was caught doing what the hotel hopes you’ll rent a room for.

Also at TAO, the world’s largest pillow fight - and ladies in lingerie went to the head of the line and got their drinks free.


You’re probably familiar with Joan Ginther’s exploits. The 63-year-old Texan hit the state lottery for $5.4 million in 1993, $2 million in 2006, $3 million in 2008 and $10 million last month. Winning more than $20 million gets her my vote for luckiest human on the planet. What are the odds? Glad you asked. In order of wins, 1 in 15.8 million, 1 in 1,028,338, 1 in 909,000 and 1 in 1.2 million. In all, it’s like one in 18 septillion… I wonder how the casinos are doing now that she’s moved to Vegas.

Seven out: Last week the Riviera filed Chapter 11. The hotel/casino will stay open and employees and guests should experience no changes. The company’s top men are saying that the Riv has been hurt by the loss of convention attendance and its isolation. So we’re not the only ones who miss the Stardust, New Frontier and Westward Ho… OK, just the Stardust.

Bookies like LeBron’s move

European bathing is sin city’s way of saying, “Ladies, tops are optional,” but the Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay has switched teams (so to speak) and is now tops required.

LeBron James’ “decision” got him some heat, but in the desert where summer temps regularly break 100 he got respect from the bookies. The odds on Miami winning the NBA title dropped from 25-1 to 9-5 or 4-5 (bet $100 to win $80 and your hun) in some places. Or you can bet on the King to win a championship (in the next two seasons) at -200 ($2 wins $1) or the the other way at +175 ($1 wins a $1.75).

The Labor Commission has ruled in favor of the Wynn Las Vegas’ tip-pooling policy. Four years ago the hotel started splitting the dealer’s tokes with their supervisors. Wynn dealers reportedly made more than $70,000 a year in tips before the sharing program was instituted. The dealers are planning to appeal the decision in the Nevada District Court.

Spocked in Honolulu: Semi-retired Las Vegas casino executive Dan Shumny… good work if you can get it!

WSOP math… Start with 7,319 players, each anteing $10,000 and hoping for a piece of the $68.8 million prize pool. Finishing as one of the final 747 means a “cash” (that’s poker lingo for payday) that starts at $19,263 and escalates to $8.94 million for the top spot. The final table will air live on ESPN in November.

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