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January 05, 2011 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Paul and Stella McCartney

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

YOU’RE NOT IN Cali anymore, Dorothy ... After three hours and $500, “The Wizard of Oz” led Dorothy Reynolds to a $2,948,494.50 progressive jackpot on the WMS Gaming penny slot machine at Planet Hollywood. She and husband Don travel to Las Vegas twice a year, and were joined by daughter and son-in-law Jill and Gary Crosswhite, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She says her two daughters and nine grandchildren “may be surprised at this year’s Christmas presents.” She celebrated her win by continuing to play slot machines with her daughter. She got her first payment of $147,000 and will decide if she will take a lump sum or annual payments later.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER reality show got the green light for another season from the Nevada Athletic Commission. The show is required to follow the commission’s health and safety standards like any other sporting event in the state. One of the commissioners said, “Not only does this provide an entertainment value, it provides a nutritional and fitness value.”

JAY-Z AND COLDPLAY headlined the 2,500 invitation-only New Year’s Eve and grand-opening party at the Cosmopolitan. Price tag for the dynamic duo’s one-night stand: a reported $1 million each. Total price tag for the hotel’s New Year’s coming out party: $25 million!

ETHICAL FASHION DESIGNER Stella McCartney (did you know both of her grandmothers were named Stella?) opened her latest boutique at Crystal’s. Next time you’re cruisin’ through the CityCenter mall, be sure to check out “Lucky Spot,” her sculpture named after her mom’s (Linda Eastman McCartney) favorite Appaloosa. It’s constructed from 8,000 individual Swarovski crystals. Fans will want her latest iPad app (it’s free), but her vegan iPad cover will set you back $395.

GEEK NIRVANA, the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, starts next Thursday in Vegas. Experts are predicting that this will be the year of the tablet at CES as manufacturers reveal contenders to the iPad throne.

HUGH HEFNER made the news over the holidays by proposing to his 24-year-old girlfriend Crystal Harris and tweeting about it, saying, “When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory.” To further clarify his intentions, the bunny master did a follow-up post, “Yes, the ring I gave Crystal is an engagement ring. I didn’t mean to make a mystery out of it. A very merry Christmas to all.”

STEVE WYNN has agreed to serve as an outside director for a joint venture between the governments of Monaco and Qatar. As part of the deal, Prince Albert II of Monaco appointed the Wynn chairman and chief executive Monegasque citizenship. The casino mogul has confirmed that he will retain his American citizenship.

RUMORS CONTINUE to circle the Strip that MGM Mirage is about to divest itself of the Mirage and/or The Mandalay Bay. Depending on the source of the rumor, Phil Ruffin and/or Penn National Gaming are the bargain hunters in the company’s asset sale to ease its debt load.

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