Kimo’s Vegas

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

THE MARRIAGE REF, Tom Papa, makes the call July 31 and Aug. 1 at The Orleans Showroom.

NOW THAT’S a commute … Folks on Hawaii Island (like our cousins on the continent) think tripping between Hilo and Kona is no big deal. Dave Monahan was based there, working for a private equity firm called Colony Capital. The company made him CEO of the Las Vegas Hilton and now he commutes between the Ninth Island and the Big Island to see his wife and kids!

PRIOR TO the current economic downturn, you had to have a casino host verify your willingness to bet the price of a Caddy on the turn of a card to qualify for a stay in some Vegas suites. There’s a rumor that even Bill Gates (who doesn’t gamble) couldn’t buy his way into some of these mini mansions. Well, the times (and the rules) have changed. The Las Vegas Hilton has opened 46 suites including three SkyVillas (that used to be reserved exclusively for whales) to us everyday folk. Don’t forget your Amex black card. These rooms run $1,700 to $13,500 a night.

RESORT FEE hits the Wynn Las Vegas … Twenty bucks a day gets you into the gym, unlimited Internet service, local calls and boarding pass printing service. Comp’ed guests don’t normally get hit with this charge.

FEELIN’BLUE? Check out the open auditions for the Blue Man Group July 19 at the Venetian. Applicants must be between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-1, have solid drumming skills, excellent acting abilities and be willing to relocate, because Blue has ongoing productions in Chicago, New York, Boston, Orlando, Berlin, Tokyo and Las Vegas. Oh, yeah, blue women are encouraged to apply as well.

DON’T DO IT … More and more Blackjack tables are converting to 6-5 from 3-2, much to the dismay of 21 players. Stanford Wong, gambling author, says 25 percent of Strip blackjack games are now 6-5. (When you hit 21, they pay $6 for every $5 bet instead if $3 to $2. So if you bet $10, 6-5 pays $12, 3-2 pays $15. Ouch.)… These tables usually stick out like a sore thumb – just look for pretty dealers in skimpy outfits … That’s why they’re called party pits.

EXPEDIA.COM has added 130 people to its Las Vegas operation, bringing its total staff to 500.

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT … Las Vegas county commissioners are testing an iPhone app that allows you to take a picture of graffiti. The app then sends the image to the city, including the exact coordinates from the phone’s GPS for de-graffitification.

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