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

IT WAS DJ C-Squared on the wheels of Steel (DJs despise that phrase) at Hyde Bellagio. Name not ringing a bell? You’re probably more familiar with the names of Connor Cruise’s dad Tom and his mom Nicole Kidman.

THE FIRST American Idol to score a Vegas residency? That’d be Taylor Hicks. Catch the “Silver Fox” five days a week from June 26 to Aug. 21 at Bally’s, Indigo Lounge.

O’SHEAS CASINO is officially a thing of the past. Its slot machines and table games have gone dark to make way for Linq, the $550 million outdoor retail, dining and entertainment district in a region known for triple-digit temps. Look for your favorite party casino to reopen near the Imperial Palace.

CONGRATS TO the folks at Boyd Gaming, which had a first-quarter profit of $5.8 million even with the rising cost of jet fuel and letting the Hawaii guys keep more of their kala.

PEARL CITY HIGH SCHOOL Class of ’87 is celebrating the survival of public school with not one or two events, but three. A family dinner in July at Natsunoya Tea House, a class event at Rock Bottom and the obligatory Las Vegas reunion at the Cal in October. Chargers contact Coco at c.fujii2012@gmail.com for more info.

LAST FRIDAY the Tiger Woods Foundation hosted its first Tiger’s Poker Night, a poker tourney that cost 10 large to buy in. Whadaya get for that kind of scrip (scratch, scrillas, Benjis, Franklins, green)? Admission to the Tiger Jam on Saturday, a suite at The Hotel Mandalay Bay and a seat in the game emceed by the poker brat Phil Hellmuth Jr., hanging out with poker legend Doyle Brunson and a bunch of other greats of the game. Prizes included playing in a foursome with Tiger, a private putting lesson with him and autographed memorabilia.

LAS VEGAS WEEKLY has a list of the 50 Must Eat Vegas Meals (get the link at KimosVegas.com). Some would say variety is the spice of life, while others would not mess with success and just do the best 50 times. At the top of its list is Mario Batali’s Carnevino riserva, a 240-day dry-aged steak.

FAKE STEAK … Forbes has outed the domestic Kobe beef industry as Kobe in name only or “Fauxbe.” Real Kobe from Japan must be slaughtered in Hyogo prefecture and cannot be imported to the U.S. because they are not USDA-approved. The real thing also has a 10-digit serial number that tracks its origin back to the Tajima-gyu cow that bore it.

DUM DA DUMB DUMB … Metro PD arrested a Las Vegas man for giving himself a $2,000 birthday present. It wasn’t the kind of gift that ended with a happy ending or a happily ever after. The 32-year-old created an elaborate plan and contracted an undercover police officer to kill his wife.

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