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Kimo’s Vegas

Tamara won big. Photo from Kimo Akane

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

A SEMI-ANONYMOUS Vegas woman hit the penny Wheel of Fortune progressive for $2,256,246.45. Identified only as Tamara, she’s been playing at the Orleans for more than a decade. After three hours of play she returned to her favorite machine and the rest, as they say, is history.

CONGRATS TO Herbert Tapscott, who’s proven that you’re never too old to win a big one … The 71-year-old won the largest live Omaha High-Low Split poker tournament ever held. He beat 966 other players to cash out at $264,400.

THE TEMPTATIONS return to The Orleans Showroom July 7 and 8. Their first No. 1 song was My Girl, and it was the first Temptations single to be sung by Eddie Ruffin … The lyrics were penned by Smokey Robinson and inspired by his wife Claudette. Funk Brother James Jamerson played the famous melodic bass line while lying flat on his back on the floor of Motown’s Studio A.

THE PLAYBOY CLUB at the Palms has closed, but look on the bright side. Founder Hugh Hefner is back with his runaway bride Crystal Harris … OK, maybe it’s not that bright.

SPOCKED AT THE Guns and Ammo Garage, a bachelorette party from England “All women in their 70s” …

A COUPLE OF funnies from gaming columnist Larry Mak … During one of those freak rainstorms that flood the Las Vegas Strip, a tourist dialed 911. “Help me! I’m calling from a hotel on the Strip and I’m standing in one foot of water!” The 911 operator replied, “That’s not a flood emergency around here.” “No?” shrieked the tourist. “I’m calling from the second floor!” … A curious patron asked a casino personnel manager why he preferred married men for blackjack dealers. “It’s simple,” said the manager. “Married men don’t get upset when they’re yelled at.”

AT THE Main Street Station, the Yahtzee machine was fortuitous for Ewa Beach player Chad Souza, who won $10,821. Congrats to Paul Lung, who won $9K at the Main Street Station.

STEVE WYNN SAID the company that bears his name will spend $4 billion building its second Macau resort. The 6 million-square-foot resort will have its own lagoon filled with Austrian-built gondolas.

T3 – NO, not the movie where John Connor fights the liquid metal girl Terminator, but the brand spankin’ new terminal at McCarran International airport, is open for business. The new facility can handle six Boeing 747s and will eventually be the home to 16 international airlines plus Alaska, Frontier, JetBlue, Sun Country and Virgin America. United and Hawaiian will ticket and baggage claim in the new space but continue to operate from the D gates. In true LV tradition, the gates are labeled E1 through E15, skipping over E13.

DID YOU KNOW that the host of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri is a UNLV graduate?

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