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WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas ... the Player’s Edge!
YUMMY ... Spocked chillin’ at Blizz Frozen Yogurt in The Mirage Hotel & Casino: Paris Hilton.
PAT YOURSELF on the back if you are a penny slot-player ... Las Vegas Strip casinos made $2 billion off the one-armed bandits, an increase of 21 percent over the year before. Blackjack play has declined, just like the number of tables dedicated to the game - 815 fewer than a decade ago. On the other hand, natural nine players have 149 more tables to play on. So who is the boss on the casino floor? For the first time, baccarat made more dough for the casinos than 21.
DID YOU SEE MGM Grand president and chief operating officer Scott Sibella on Undercover Boss? A common complaint among casino and hotel employees is that hotel honchos have never worked the line before ...
NEW LAS VEGAS LINGO ... B.C. and A.C. stand for Before Celine and After Celine. Vegas wise guys (casino executives) are hoping A.C. will usher in “A New Day” of good fortune and higher profits. In her last run (2003 to ‘07) the platinum pipes sold out more than 700 consecutive shows - that’s almost 3 million tickets totaling about $400 million in revenue. That’s more money than Elvis and the Rat Pack grossed combined. On opening night (last Tuesday) show-goers got a surprise when Stevie Wonder did a duet with Dion to Overjoyed. Only time will tell if Celine can single-handedly revitalize the Vegas economy.
MICHAEL JORDAN is still the biggest name in the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational ... but it’s still a huge star-studded event with Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza, Drew Brees, Wayne Gretzky, John Smoltz, Mark Wahlberg, Spike Lee, Don Cheadle, Shannon Elizabeth and many more on the turf Tom Fazio sculpted out of the Nevada desert. Passes start at $25 and the tourney begins March 31. Get more details at KimosVegas.com.
SEVEN OUT: Silk Road in the Vdara ... The Gold Coast Poker Room and the owner of B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Mirage is singing the blues and filed for bankruptcy protection ... Lucille’s owner leases his likeness and name to the company and is not directly affected by the filing. If you haven’t heard, the Sahara joins the list of ghost-sinos in the Nevada desert. The owners have said the hotel/casino is no longer financially viable - a fancy way of saying it’s losing money.
NOTHING TANKS a stock’s price like an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. Steve Jacobs, former Sands China exec, made some accusations in his breach of contract lawsuit that sent the feds digging for improprieties.
THE SILVERTON HOTEL CASINO once again hosts the 10th annual Pure Aloha Festival April 14-17. With more than 100 island craft and merchandise booths, food and music from some of Hawaii’s biggest artists - J Boog, Fiji, Bonafide and Kapena.
FORTUNE magazine says the most admired company in the world is Apple ... The holder of this title in Las Vegas is Wynn Resorts Ltd.
HERE AT Kimo’s Vegas we like to laugh and not take things too seriously, but this week we are tempered by the suffering of our family, friends and fellow humans in Japan ... ganbatte kudasai.
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