WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas … the Players Edge!
CELINE DION is in town, twins in tow, preparing to kick off her three-year residency that starts March 15 at Caesars. She told Oprah Winfrey, “It’s a whole brand new show … with a 31-piece orchestra, a tribute to Michael Jackson, a tribute to James Bond and up to seven costume changes …” Now that’s a lotta laundry. Get your tickets at CaesarsPalace.com.
ARE VENETIAN comps for minnows (small-time players) making a comeback? Last month Sheldon Adelson said the company would only be taking care of its best players. No more free food, free play, free shows or free rooms. Chatter on the Internet suggests the casino’s aggressive marketing strategies are back in the form of free food, free play and free shows and it’s only a matter of time before free rooms are back in the mix.
A MINI Las Vegas Strip in Spain? That’s what Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson wants to do.
FORGETABOUTIT … The Las Vegas Mob Experience opened March 1 at the Tropicana. Check out Meyer Lansky’s diary, Bugsy Siegel’s wheels, home movies and other personal items from the capos of Las Vegas.
SIN CITY AIR … There’s a new charter airline that plans to fly between NYC and Las Vegas. What makes these flights different from any other? How about inflight safety rules and regs via hologram from Las Vegas celebrities, a catered meal from a famous Vegas chef, straight-to-room luggage service, mood lighting and an iPad? You’ll need some juice to sit up front … All the first-class seats are sponsored by Vegas casinos.
AT THE FREMONT, Neighbor Islanders went crazy … Mitsugi Kamemoto of Wailuku won $11,144 and Janet Phillips of Hilo won $20,000!!!
BAD BET … At the Wynn bars, the video poker machines are 7/5 Jacks that give about the same payout as the casino’s slots, but you won’t get a pretty waitress to bring you a free drink.
TOUR DE FRANCE monster Lance Armstrong celebrated his retirement at Surrender at the Wynn Encore.
“THE THINKER” is the latest addition to the Bodies Exhibition at Luxor.
AT BUGSY’S CABARET in the Flamingo, the girls from “X” Burlesque show will hold 75-minute classes on the art of … burlesque. X Burlesque University students receive a complimentary makeup kit, souvenir photo and official XBU diploma. Classes cost $34.95 and have been featured on Las Vegas’ Sexiest Jobs on E! Entertainment Television.
A VIETNAMESE-AMERICAN is suing a Vietnamese casino for refusing to pay a $5.5 million slot machine cash prize. The Palazzo Club in the 5-star Sheraton Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City told him he won then sent a letter three days later saying the machine was faulty … auwe!
THE GOLDEN NUGGET returns … The iconic downtown brand is investing heavily in Donald Trump’s Marina with plans to return the casino to the boardwalk a marque that’s been unseen in Atlantic City since 1987.