WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas … the Player’s Edge!
ALEXANDER DEGENHARDT, the Marine who won $2,882,808.32 on the progressive “Money Vault” slot machine at the Bellagio, said, “I figured I’d just go lose $100 real quick.” Ten minutes later, the dollar signs aligned and the Vegas virgin took home the 20-year annuity. He attributed his good fortune to volunteering as a bone marrow donor … Could it be that easy?
ANDREW ZIMMERN was spotted in Vegas eating a $5,000 burger from Fleur at Mandalay Bay and a $750 cupcake from Sweet Surrender at the Palazzo. After 99 shows of Bizarre Foods eating stuff I wouldn’t put in anyone’s mouth, the guy deserved a break.
YOU WIN SOME and you don’t … “Girls Gone Wild” wild creator Joe Francis is asking a Sin City judge to rescind the $7.5 million award he granted to the Wynn Las Vegas. The huhu is over $2 million in unpaid markers from 2007.
HE DID, HOWEVER, get Madonna to change the name of her song from Girls Gone Wild to Girl Gone Wild to avoid a trademark infringement lawsuit. That prompted KCCN FM100’s Prime Time Pipi to quip that, in addition the title change, the singer has also agreed to make an appearance in his next video: “Grannies Gone Wild!”
SETTING THE TREND in Las Vegas, Michael Boychuck’s Color Salon introduces “Happy Hour.” That’s right, ladies, get your beauty on from 2 to 4 p.m. with “Makeup and Mimosas.”
THE 11TH ANNUAL Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational golf tournament is happening at Shadow Creek … Look for NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, retired baseball stars Ken Griffey Jr. and Roger Clemens, Wayne Gretzky from the NHL and lots more. It’s only the second time the course has been open to the public. Tickets start at $30, but the $500 Weekly VIP pass is a sure bet.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER … Eight years later, the MGM Grand is undergoing a propertywide renovation. What better way to herald the forthcoming upgrades than a 14-foot paint can at the main entrance and a “model room” in the lobby.
MGM RESORT’S largest shareholder Kirk Kerkorian has sold 20 million shares of the company for $268 million … That still leaves the 94-year-old billionaire more than 90 million shares.
GUITAR HERO Carlos Santana will do an extended residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay beginning in May.
SEVEN OUT … Celine Dion has cancelled the rest of her performances at Caesars Palace on the advice of her doctors. The earliest she’ll be back at the Colosseum is June 9. In the interim, hard-core fans can get up close and personal with the awardwinning singer who made her wax debut at Madame Tussauds last week.
CAESARS TOTAL REWARDS members will wanna check your newsletters because the club will start a new promotion with 90,000 prizes. The fun begins April 1 … No foolin’.
FIGHTER MIKE TYSON has announced that he will be doing a one-man reality show titled Tyson: The Raw Truth … OK, you tell him it’s a bad idea.