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March 17, 2006 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

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

Calvin Eyre of with a couple of friends
Calvin Eyre of with a
couple of friends

FORBES magazine features Calvin Ayre of (the guys who did the Snoop Dog concert here). Their web site takes bets from more than 16 million customers, 95 percent of whom reside in the U.S. Last year they did $7.3 billion in online wagers (three times its 2004 volume). Find out why they pay zero taxes in the March issue of Forbes or visit for a link to the story.

LAS VEGAS is the scene for the upcoming Rainbow Six game from Ubisoft. Based on the Tom Clancy novel, the fifth game in the series has players rescuing Vegas from a terrorist threat of “global proportions.” Now where did I put my MTAR-21?

EVER WONDER why the Bellagio has a Chinese New Year display in its atrium? This year casino execs say Kung Hee Fat Choy increased their revenue 24.4 percent over last year - that’s $1.41 billion ($627 million on the Strip alone).

YES, it’s true ... the Luxor Resort Hotel and Casino is hosting the Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament (known around Hawaii school-yards as JunKen-Po). But this is not child’s play ... more than 300 people will compete for the $50,000 grand prize on April 9. For my Kahuku classmates, the official rules omit the dynamite option.

The MGM Grand is now rated an AAA Four Diamond Hotel
The MGM Grand is now rated an AAA Four
Diamond Hotel

CONGRATS to the MGM for being selected as an AAA Four Diamond hotel. To earn a Four Diamond rating accommodations must be considered “refined and stylish” with “enhanced quality throughout” and a “high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.”

KIMO’S VEGAS TIP: The slot machines in the airport are notorious for having a high hold (the house’s percentage). But did you know that the “Wheel of Fortune” machines have the same odds at the airport, downtown and on the Strip? They are all part of a “wide area progressive” platform - that means you have the same shot at the progressive no matter where you play the machine.

HOGS & Heifers Saloon on 3rd Street downtown is perhaps the only place in America that offers valet parking for your Harley. Prices are reasonable, the food is good and any place where the waitresses chop off your tie can’t be all bad. Don’t take my word for it - walk in wearing your favorite Hermes and see what happens.

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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