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February 24, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

CONGRATS TO Brian Viloria, “the Hawaiian Punch,” on successfully defending his World Boxing Council light flyweight title at the Aladdin last weekend.

Dirk Arthur’s Xtreme Magic show has been wowing audiences for a year at the Tropicana. Uh, where’d that chopper come from?
Dirk Arthur’s Xtreme Magic show has been
wowing audiences for a year at the Tropicana.
Uh, where’d that chopper come from?

CONGRATS TO Dirk Arthur, who’s celebrating his first year at the Tropicana Resort and Casino. His show has also been extended until April 2006. Xtreme Magic is one of the biggest afternoon production shows, and it features big cats (Bengal tiger, white-striped tigers, a pure white snow tiger, a black African tiger and spotted leopards) ... and it’s got big illusions. He makes an Amtrak train and a helicopter appear out of nowhere.

IF YOU LIKE puppets on Viagra, hurry and see Avenue Q at the Wynn Las Vegas before it closes in May. Steve Wynn says the show was not selling as well as predicted. So instead of building a new theater for Spamalot (the Monty Python play about the stuff we put in musubi) he’ll just convert the $40 million Avenue Q Theater. Spamalot should be opening by next February.

EVER HEAR of a liquid fortune cookie? No, I haven’t been dipping into the jiu. After dining at Fin’s, the new Chinese Restaurant in the Mirage, Chef Choi presents guests with a liquid fortune cookie made with fresh cream, Bailey’s and Amaretto pistachio cream, served chilled with a homemade fortune cookie.

THE LAS VEGAS Hilton hosts “The World Series of Blackjack” finals (you know, the one we watch on GSN, Oceanic Cable 435). The total prize pool is $1 million and the winner takes home $500,000!

NEED SOME help with your game? Rick “Night Train” Blain has a new book called Blackjack Blueprint, How to play like a pro ... part time. It’s an excellent text on card counting, casino security and everything you always wanted to know about 21 but didn’t know whom to ask. We chat with him Thursday morning at 9 on Sports Radio 1420.

DID YOU KNOW the No. 1 form of gaming in Las Vegas is slot machines? Sixty-four percent of us hit the slots last year. Coming in at a distant second is Blackjack (16 percent), then video poker (9 percent). And if you’re really into numbers, 87 percent of Sin City’s visitors said they gambled an average of 3.3 hours a day… I wonder if us Hawaii guys screwed up the curve?

AL PACINO, Matthew McConaughey and Rene Russo star in Two for the Money (now out on DVD). It’s a great movie about sports betting, sports touts and addiction.

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

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