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August 17, 2011 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

The Kardashians. Photos from Kimo Akane

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

NOW YOU CAN look like a Kardashian without getting implants (Spanx optional). Reality TV’s royal family is opening Kardashian Khaos at the Mirage. The “lifestyle boutique” will be filled with clothes, jewelry and toiletries that they endorse or own.

GIVING REALITY TV a good name? Premiering Oct. 1 on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a Celine Dion TV special called Three Boys & a New Show. The title, of course, refers to her sons Rene Charles and twins Nelson and Eddie, and her new show at Caesars Palace.

SHOWTIME HAS renewed Las Vegas reality show Gigolos for a second season ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ... Aug. 15 is the 60th anniversary of Binion’s. It was home to many casino innovations like limo service for high rollers, free drinks for players, 10x’s craps and the World Series of Poker.

PHANTOM FANS, if you’ve always wondered what it feels like to don the mask, Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular has a Facebook app that puts the power of the mask in your hands or mouse. Use your profile pic or upload any image and send your best beast to all your Facebook friends instantly. To celebrate its fifth year in the desert, now through Sept. 4 get two tickets for $99 (use the code 99PAIR).

Oscar Goodman and friends

IF YOU’RE GOING to the UH game in Vegas, is it too early to start hydrating? Experts say people traveling from a humid climate (like Hawaii) to a dry climate (like Vegas) should hydrate before, during and after their trip to minimize or avoid the Sin City Rash ... Don’t know how to hydrate? Try Vaseline or Neosporin for nose bleeds and saline drops to keep your peepers moist.

VACATIONS HAWAII sales and marketing manager Kevin Kaneshiro emailed to say that they added an extra (Friday-Saturday) flight for the UH game. Package prices start at $799 (for air, hotel, meals and transfers), and that is almost $200 less than the going rate in 2007 and ‘09. His best advice? Book early because the price goes up as the number of available seats goes down.

THE MOST POPULAR Vegas mayor of all time Oscar Goodman is opening his own joint in the Plaza later this year. Oscars will occupy a glass dome above the entrance overlooking the Fremont Street Experience. The walls will feature mayoral memorabilia and old Vegas images, and at the bar the big guy’s signature gin martinis will be served. His honor also got a gig with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority as the official ambassador of Las Vegas.

KIMO’S VEGAS TIP: Are there any casinos where the slot machines still take and pay off in coins? Step into the Retro Room in the Eastside Cannery and it’s like a trip back in time before TITO (Ticket In Ticket Out) machines, and before your IRA took a dump because an English lit major from S&P’s downgraded the country’s credit rating.

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