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April 20, 2011 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Happy 85th, Hef

Welcome to Kimo’s Vegas… the Players Edge!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HUGH ... head bunny huncho Hugh Hefner celebrated his 85th birthday at the Palms. In attendance, a full month’s worth of Playmates (31) and his fiancé December 2009 centerfold Crystal Harris (check out the rock on her finger). At the same time he handed the keys to the Playboy kingdom to his 21-year-old son Marston, immediately creating a decline in Viagra stock.

TRAFFIC CAME TO A HALT as Hef led Crystal and Marston with gal pal Claire Sinclair to the hotel’s marquee billboard marking the joint birthday celebration. It was one of the largest photo opportunities of Hef’s life as he posed with 31 Playmates ...

AS I WRITE THIS, the price of a gallon of gas across the state of Nevada is $3.87 a gallon, up a quarter from last week ... seems like a bargain while the pumps on Oahu push $4.30.

I WONDER if they got the extended warranty ... a water pipe broke inside the Cosmopolitan resort last week forcing the closure of two restaurants and sports book. When you spend $3.9 billion on a place you’d expect no major breakage in the first five months ...

VEGAS MATH ... at more than $116 million, many considered the place’s grand opening to be “the party of the year.” In its first two weeks of operation The Cosmo posted a net loss of $139.5 million. During the same time period the hotel had $10.6 million in revenue ... hey even I can do that. It was, however, the only Vegas joint to make the annual Conde Nast Traveler‘s Hot List.

Paris got stiffed. Photos from Kimo Akane

PARIS HILTON says the Hard Rock owes her $200,000 for two 2009 appearances. In addition to the cash, the other riders include: first-class suite and $150 per diem, five more comp rooms and $75 per diem per room, private plane G4, limo service, comp meals for 10 at Nobu/Ago/Rare, an “owners cabana” including food and beverage, 24-hour security and stylist Michael Boychuk approved for the artist’s hair and make-up ... why the hurry up to get paid? With the economic downturn, Paris’ execs are concerned the hotel may file bankruptcy and stiff the entrepreneur ...

IT’S 98 DEGREES in Vegas ... singer Jeff Timmons will don the signature bow tie and dance for dollar bills with the Chippendales Las Vegas in May at the Rio. And ex-bandmate Drew Lachey makes a special guest host appearance at The Price is Right-Live stage show now through April 30. See the winner of Dancing with the Stars bring it to Bally’s where everyone in the audience gets to play the game.

THE GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING Jennifer Hudson returns to the intimate Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort on June 24.

AND THE WINNER IS ... looks like the race to be the first place in America to host online gaming will be Washington, D.C. Official bean counters are hoping the regulation will generate $13 million through 2014.

IN AN ATTEMPT to keep up with younger, more technologically akamai customers, the Las Vegas Assembly is considering two bills that would allow casinos to use mobile gambling devices to allow patrons to play outside the casino but within the resort’s premises. Right now The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Cosmopolitan and M Resort have mobile gaming devices, but their range is limited to public areas.

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