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February 09, 2011 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

IT’S TRUE … When you hit the big one, you can bring home one-of-a-kind Las Vegas omiyage. Sugar Factory, the confectioner that specializes in couture lollipops, will introduce a million-dollar diamond-covered sucker March 4. Kim Kardashian will be on hand for the sinfully opulent reveal. If you don’t have the simoleans to bring it home, you can take a picture with the world’s most expensive piece of candy… the lolly, not the celebutante.

Kim Kardashian enjoys a couture lollipop

LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR Ed Nishioka says he’s looking forward to celebrating his birthday in Vegas on 11/11/11 …

Somehow I don’t think he’ll be alone on the luckiest weekend of the decade.

THE MGM has introduced a new loyalty program to compete with the player’s programs at Caesars, Cosmopolitan and Venetian/Palazzo. The big benefit for players in the new system is the M Life Express Comps. They appear as dollars, so there’s never a question of how many points you need to get a comp. These dollars also can be redeemed instantly at Bellagio, Aria, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Excalibur, Luxor, Monte Carlo and New York-New York.

ACROSS THE STREET, Total Rewards has limited-edition player’s club cards commemorating the Year of the Rabbit (for the Chinese and Korean New Year) and the Year of the Cat (for the Vietnamese New Year). Get yours at any Caesars/Harrah’s casino.

THE NEVADA Gaming Control Board is investigating several cases involving missing points in casino players club programs.

THE RITZ-CARLTON Lake Las Vegas is reopening Feb. 11 as Ravella at Lake Las Vegas. The property will target corporate meetings, weddings and leisure guests.

VIVA LA VIDA, LAS VEGAS … Ricky Martin’s 2011 world tour “Musica+Alma+Sexo” stops at Caesars Colosseum Saturday, April 30.

JUST IN TIME for Valentine’s power shopping … MAGIC, the fashion industry’s premier trade show, hits the city Feb. 14-16.

THE 42ND World Series of Poker starts May 31 at the Rio, where 256 players will compete in the $25,000 buy-in Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship.

OSCAR ODDS: The Social Network: 9/4; The King’s Speech: 4/11; The Fighter and True Grit: 40/1; Black Swan: 50/1; Inception: 66/1; Toy Story 3 and 127 Hours: 100/1; The Kids Are All Right and Winter’s Bone: 150/1.

CONGRATS TO the cast of Phantom–the Las Vegas Spectacular, for passing the 2,000th performance milestone. The Phantom has spent more than 83 days in makeup, and Christine has made 22,000 wardrobe changes. The Venetian dropped $40 mil on the custom-designed Parisian-themed theater that the show calls home.

EXPERTS ESTIMATE $90 million was bet on “The Big Game” in Vegas sports books — a drop in the $10 billion bucket that was bet on the game worldwide.


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