Kimo’s Vegas

Jackie Gaughan. Photo from Kimo Akane

WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas … the Player’s Edge!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU … Jackie Gaughan celebrated his 91st birthday Oct 24, sharing cake and bubbly with guests at the El Cortez. The gaming pioneer is credited with bringing boxing to Vegas and giving Steve Wynn his start. At one time he owned or ran the Flamingo, Showboat Casino, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino, Gold Spike Hotel & Casino, the El Cortez and a few others. The retired casino owner/exec can often be found in the ElCo’s poker room.

VACATIONS HAWAII’s latest ride is sweeeeet! The 767-224 has three classes of service, Zippy’s chili rice or kalua pig sliders for auntie, two aisles, five restrooms and plenny legroom.

BEFORE THE SEASON STARTED, the Cards and Rangers were 20 to 1 long shots to win the World Series. According to sports guru RJ Bell of, on Sept. 29 one bettor took the 15 to 1 offered by a Vegas casino for $100 large … If St. Louis gets the big ring, he’ll get a $1.5 million payday … wow!

THE NEVADA GAMING CONTROL BOARD has approved an iPhone app that allows residents to make sports wagers from their phones. The first sports betting application on iTunes is owned by American Wagering, which operates 77 Leroy’s Horse and Sports Place outlets and self-service kiosks statewide.

LOCAL TIES … The co-founder of the Las Vegas Cine Fest is one local girl whose family owns Bautista Filipino Kitchen in Pearlridge. Maria Bautista and husband Philip Marcus have a slew of Hollywood credentials including music videos, movies and TV shows. If you went to the Hawaii International Film Festival last week, get tickets for the Vegas version next June at

A LAS VEGAS PRIEST has pleaded guilty to stealing $650,000 from the parish’s coffers … Put your hand on the radio and say glory hallelujah. Kevin McAuliffe admitted he’s a gambling addict and faces up to 60 years in prison.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LIVE comes to Caesars Las Vegas Colosseum Oct. 28-30. See season winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and your favorite top five acts: The Silhouettes, Team iLuminate, PopLyfe, Landon Swank, Anna Graceman and last season’s winner Michael Grimm.

BY NOW most folks are familiar with the 24-hour all-you can eat pass to seven Las Vegas Strip buffets, but what if eating a lot of food isn’t your idea of fun? Try the Caesars All Night Pass. For $49.99 (there’s a $5 discount for Total Rewards players club members) you can get a line-skipping access pass to get your freak on at Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace, Chateau Nightclub at Paris, Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood, Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon at Planet Hollywood, Crown Nightclub and VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio Las Vegas, and Carnaval Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Get the details at