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March 15, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

WHAT IS the largest head-to-head poker game of all time? Last month at the Wynn Las Vegas, self-made billionaire Andy Beal matched $20 million against a revolving cast of 20 pros, including Phil Ivey and Todd Brunson. In case you were wondering, the average pot size was more than $300,000 and the biggest pot $1.9 million, with daily wins and losses in the $10 million neighborhood (that’ll make you pucker where the sun ... well, it would make me pucker everywhere). Beal has won $5.5 million in five days and $12 million on a single day. Makes the $500K you need to sit opposite Doyle Brunson in a typical game seem like pocket change.

PAT YOURSELVES on the back this time, Hawaii ... we have three of the top 10 Traveler’s 5 Star hotels in the USA compared to Las Vegas’ single entry:

10) Windsor Court Hotel (New Orleans)

9) The Breakers (West Palm Beach)

8) The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa (Phoenix)

7) Wynn Las Vegas (Las Vegas)

6) Kahala Mandarin Oriental (Honolulu)

5) The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (Phoenix)

4) The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui (Maui, HI)

3) Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows (Hawaii - Big Island, HI)

2) The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)

1) The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne (Miami)

NORM CLARKE, the gossip columnist for the Las Vegas Review Journal, talks about the one Vegas show you should see if you can only see one, where’s the best place to eat (that does-n’t cost a week’s pay) and more inside info Thursday morning at 9 on Sports Radio 1420 and at

You could win this restyled 1969 Plymouth Valiant at the annual Mopar car show
You could win this restyled 1969 Plymouth
Valiant at the annual Mopar car show

YOU’RE NOT experiencing a ‘70s flashback ... it’s the annual Mopar at the Strip car show and drag race happening March 24, 25 and 26. They’ll be a drawing for charity and the winner gets a restyled 1969 Plymouth Valiant.

AND YOU’RE NOT seeing things: The solid teak 44-foot Chinese war canoes invading Lake Las Vegas April 12 are the same ones that’ll be here for the 2006 race at Ala Moana Beach Park.

The Bellagio Atrium is all decked out for spring
The Bellagio Atrium is all
decked out for spring

THE CHINESE New Year display at the Bellagio Atrium has made way for the Spring Celebration. More than 300 live butterflies, giant poppies, assort-

ed garden creatures and a 50-foot banyan tree create the spectacle that changes every season and every year.

THE CHAR SIU Bau is on Stephen Tessier of Wahiawa - he won $4,000 and $5,000 playing video poker at the Fremont. Ten minutes is all the time Ebencio Slazar of Honokaa needed to win $10,000 on a 10X’s pay slot.

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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