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January 04, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

WELCOME to Kimo’s Vegas ... The Player’s Edge!

Catherine Zeta-Jones — a showgirl?
Catherine Zeta-Jones — a

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES says being a Vegas showgirl is her ultimate ambition. Her favorite movie growing up was Tea with Mussolini (1999) where Cher plays an extravagant ex-Ziegfeld showgirl. She says, “I watched the tape so much it warped ... gimmie a head-dress and heels and I’m there.” C’mon, we all know Zorro would never let that happen.

DID YOU know that the MGM Grand is the only resort in America that’s home to four AAA Four Diamond Restaurants (Shibuya, Nobhill, Pearl and Seablue) and four James Beard award-winning chefs (Michael Mina, Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck)?

THE KING of all whales (not the king of Wales), the richest man in Australia and the man who was banned from the MGM Grand after a $35 million winning streak, died last Monday. Kerry Packer’s Vegas antics were legendary. He routinely played $250,000 a hand and would win or lose millions of dollars. He was known as a shrewd player who was generous when he lost and extravagant when he won. A cocktail waitress once spilled a drink on him and was distraught over the thought of getting fired for the accident because she was so deeply in debt. He felt bad that she took the incident so seriously that he paid off her $180,000 mortgage!

Howie Mandell has a gig at the MGM Grand
Howie Mandell has a gig at the
MGM Grand

HOWIE MANDELL is back at the MGM Grand‘s Hollywood Theatre through Jan. 18 ... did you like his new show on KHNL, Deal or No Deal?

NEBUCHADNEZZAR was the king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. It’s also the name of a huge bottle of Cristal Champagne (20 quarts) that a Vegas high roller paid $150,000+ for his New Year’s celebration at Pure in Caesar’s Palace - now there are only four known bottles left. Four bottles of Nebuchadnezzar on the wall ... four bottles of Nebuchadnezzar ...

THURSDAY at 9 a.m. on Sports Radio 1420 Michael Konik talks about the lengths gamblers will go to win a wager like the Man with the $100,000 Breasts (he’s straight too). Then learn how to beat your friends at poker when we chat with Blair Rodman, or check out our Podcast online at

Elton John and partner David Furnish tied the knot
Elton John and partner David Furnish tied
the knot

SIR ELTON John and long-time partner David Furnish tied the knot in a civil union ceremony last week. In England it’s customary for the bride of a knight of the realm to take the title “Lady” - seems the rule will not apply for the same-same kine. So Lady David is about as likely to happen as Catherine Zeta-Jones as a showgirl or me inviting you to share a bottle of Nebuchadnezzar with me (well, maybe if I won Megabucks).

VISIT and get more Kimo’s Vegas in MidWeek the Weekend and with Brickwood Galuteria Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE and in Oceanic Cable’s Around Hawaii.

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