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July 06, 2011 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Mike and Lakiha Tyson. Photo from Kimo Akane

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

SURPRISE ... That’s what Mike Tyson and wife Lakiha Spicer did to the hundreds of guests they invited to their joint birthday party at the M Resort. After the guests arrived the couple disappeared behind a curtain, and when it dropped they we dressed in wedding attire and renewed their vows after 17 years of marriage.

SPEAKING OF RENEWALS ... In preparation for The Plaza’s reopening, it is hiring 800 more employees including the 300 it laid off in November when the hotel closed. It got more than 8,000 applications a response that was so huge it crashed the online application site and they even had to turn people away from the first day of the job fair. The $35 million makeover will be open for business in two phases: the casino in August and the hotel in September.

WMS HAS A couple of new slots on the casino floor ... Star Trek Battlestations and a new version of Yahtzee. Both machines have great graphics and lotsa bonus rounds. Get the link to check ‘em out online at

THE 12 WSOP gold bracelet series of events before the 42nd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event World Championship start Thursday, July 7. Top men are reporting that the tourney is on track to surpass last year’s payday. So far, more than 53,000 players are entered.

DID YOU KNOW ... You can earn points on your Total Rewards player’s card by shopping at your favorite stores? It’s an unprecedented program in the casino industry. The Apple Store, Target, Starbucks, Best Buy and hundreds of others retailers are participating in the online shopping experience that’ll get you one point for every buck you spend. Then you can use your points for comped rooms, meals and shows including Jerry Seinfeld Aug 19. Get the scoops at Total Show your card or take your receipt from any night club or bar in the Caesars conglomerate to get those dollars credited as points as well.

HOROLOGISTS, GET YOUR geek on at the new Tag Heuer promised land. Crystals at CityCenter is the home of the company’s new flagship store where you’ll find a full line of timepieces and limited editions not available anywhere else in the U.S.

WHO’S DA FIRST? Dave and Buster’s sued the Monte Carlo, which counter-sued a few days later over which has the right to use the phrase “eat, drink, play” in their advertising ...

BAYWATCH BOMBSHELL Pamela Anderson is being counter-sued by ex-BF Laurence Hallier. He says she failed to uphold her end of a deal and promote his Las Vegas development “The Panorama Towers.” She filed suit in February, saying he didn’t give her a condo or pay her $1 million as promised for services rendered. Many of the multimillion-dollar condos went into bank receivership when the economy tanked, and one recently sold for $121,000.

EX NBA-ER Antoine Walker has pleaded guilty to the criminal complaint that he didn’t pay his markers at Caesars and Red Rock. At the end of the day, his tab is $750,000.

THE NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY pays people $40,000 an acre to replace their lawn with native desert landscaping.

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