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The Big One by One Drop is the World Series of Poker’s most-expensive tournament. Photos from Kimo Akane

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IF YOU’VE GOT a million bucks, then consider grabbing a seat in the World Series of Poker’s most expensive tourney, the Big one by one Drop. It’s officially part of the 43rd Annual WSOP, and the action starts July 1, 2012, at the Rio. So far 15 players have committed to play, including cirque du Soleil founder guy laliberté; four-time bracelet winner and president/ceo of city center group Bobby Baldwin; billionaire owner of the tI Phil Ruffin; poker professionals Patrik Antonius, gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny chan, tom Dwan and tony guoga; and Dallas businessman Andy Beal – his poker exploits are chronicled in michael craig’s book, Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time. the game is a benefit for oNe DRoP, which is fighting poverty worldwide by supporting access to water, and 11.1 percent of the buy-in is being donated to the charity, with $889,889 going toward the prize pool.

PRO POKER PLAYER Phil Ivey is the first to take a stand against his ex-sponsor and slow pay/no pay online poker site full tilt Poker: “my name and reputation have been dragged through the mud, through the inactivity and indecision of others, and on behalf of all poker players I refuse to remain silent any longer.” He’s even promised to boycott the World Series of Poker if it doesn’t pay back American players.

YOU CAN WIN $1 million in a single hand of poker! that’s the draw of the new three card Poker 6 card Bonus at caesars’ properties. It’s the standard three-card poker game dealt with an additional three cards for an additional bet (of course). When you hit the Super Royal 9 through Ace in Diamonds, the seven-figure payday is yours (they estimate it’ll happen about three times a year). catch it in Hearts, clubs or Spades and you win $100,000. there are 83 tables in all: Harrah’s has a 12, flamingo 11, caesars 10, Rio All-Suite Hotel and casino 9, Paris & Planet Hollywood 8, Bally’s 7, and Imperial Palace, o’Sheas and Bill’s gamblin’ Hall have 6 … See the game in action at

AND THE NEW mayor of las Vegas is … the bride of the old mayor of las Vegas. congrats to mayor-elect Carolyn Goodman.

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL wants to replace the citycenter Sales Pavilion with a 20,000-square-foot the Star Wars: Where Science meets Imagination museum featuring props, costumes and models from the epic movies … “Much to learn, you still have.” Yes, master Yoda.

EVERYTHING IN THE JOINT is for sale … if you’ve got the cash. the Sahara is liquidating all 1,720 guest rooms, bars, restaurants, kitchens, pool and casino. there’s a price tag on everything, including lobby furnishings, casino tables and chairs, slot stools, neon signs, fountains, china, glassware, flatware and everything that’s not bolted down. get the link to check out the auction that begins June 16 at

BAD NEWS/GOOD NEWS … Right now you get 500 miles for every Neighbor Island leg you fly. Starting Sept. 1, Hawaiian Airlines is changing its inter-island mileage policy to award fliers’ actual mileage – an HNl to ogg (Kahului) jaunt will get you 101 Hawaiian miles. the good news … Hawaiian Airlines Pualani Platinum, Pualani gold, Premier club or Visa card holders are exempt from the change.

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