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January 25, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

BETTER look at that Benjamin again ... The United States Secret Service has found several high-quality counterfeit bills. Known as “supernotes,” they are believed to have originated in North Korea (how can they tell ... do they smell like kim chee?). To check your hundies, examine the bill under a black or fluorescent light. The polyester strip should turn red.

NOVEMBER was the seventh down month out of eight for the downtown casinos. Revenue was off 5 percent, that’s $55 million less than the same month last year. The big winner: the joints on the Strip. They were up almost 24 percent, or $525 million. This is good news for us locals, because the deals you get will be better ... remember to use your player’s card!

THE SILVERTON has just revamped its player’s card. Each dollar you play is equal to one point. It’s a five-tier program that starts at Copper (1 to 5,000 points), Silver (5,001 to 24,999), Gold (24,000 to 99,999), Platinum (100,000 to 499,999) and Diamond (500,000 and up). Comps and freebies are awarded at all levels - at the Diamond level you get a comp suite and they send the company jet to pick you up. If you’re playing at that level, may I suggest adopting a worthy MidWeek columnist ... like me?

ONE OF the more unusual Vegas comps ... a tattoo. Maybe you’ve seen the reality show on A&E called INKED? It’s based on the Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company in the Palms Casino Resort, the only hotel where you can get a comp tattoo.

The ohana gathers in Vegas — where else? — to celebrate Tatsujii Morimoto’s 1905 arrival in Hawaii
The ohana gathers in Vegas - where else? - to celebrate
Tatsujii Morimoto’s 1905 arrival in Hawaii

THOSE are the happy faces of the Morimoto family pictured here celebrating Tatsujii Morimoto’s 1905 arrival in Hawaii. What better way to celebrate the Morimoto centennial than a trip to the ninth island?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you ... Priscilla Andres of Kalaheo won $10,000 on a $1 slot, proving that birthdays are lucky. Happy 75th and congrats on your Fremont score! The Treasure Chest slot was $5,000 good to Rodney Castro of Ewa Beach.

CAESAR’S Palace has just opened its Poker Room next door to the nightclub Pure.

THIS month on Oceanic Time Warner’s Around Hawaii we talk about Tips, Tokes and Mokes ... how much should you tip a dealer? Nick Kallos has taught more Vegas dealers than anyone. You may be surprised by what they teach dealers to expect from us players.

GET MORE Kimo’s Vegas at, in the weekend
MidWeek and with Brickwood Galuteria Friday morning at 7:20 on Hawaiian105 KINE.

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