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Jennifer Lopez frequents Hakkasan. Al Powers of Powers Imagery, LLC/Hakkasanlv.com

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

HAKKASAN, THE OLD Studio 54 in MGM Grand Hotel and Casino that’s now the apex of the current restaurant and nightclub complex du jour, has aggressively secured the world’s top DJs and consistently hosts celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Rosario Dawson and Kate Upton.

DOWN TO THE Night Club, Bump Si Bump Si Bump … Tower of Power concertizes at South Point Casino Hotel and Spa Oct. 25-27 … Bump City!

KIMO’S VEGAS FACTOID … Celine Dion’s show at Caesars Colosseum has sold out 723 times and grossed more than $400 million. Dion’s latest Vegas venture is “Veronic Voices” with Veronic DiCaire. The woman does Adele, Tina Turner, Madonna, Britney Spears, Shakira, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Susan Boyle and, of course, Celine Dion! At press time, we were able to get $2.50 tickets (that’s right, he said two Washingtons and a Kennedy half-dollar tix) to the Jubilee Showroom on Ticketmaster. Just type in the code VPAPER and you can mahalo me for saving you a few Benjis from the casino later.

DEREK STEVENS, the guy who put the “D” in the Fitz, has added the old downtown courthouse on Third Street to his portfolio of Las Vegas real estate …

IN AUGUST, Las Vegas casinos had $589 million in revenue. Analysts say “this was mostly a ‘luck’-driven result …” Not only do the casinos have a mathematical advantage, but they can get lucky, too?

GET YOUR FREAK ON AND BYOC (Bring Your Own Camera) to the fourth annual Las Vegas Halloween Parade on Halloween night. As usual, anyone interested in joining the parade needs to arrive, in costume, at the staging area, which will be revealed closer to that hallowed day.

IF YOU’VE ALWAYS dreamed of rappelling down the side of a building … A $1,000 personal donation (or money from your buddies) can make your dream come true. Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino is letting folks go “Over the Edge” in support of the 3,000 athletes of Special Olympics Nevada. No experience or prior training is required; just show up with $$$ in hand and a spare set of undies for your 350-foot descent.

I KNOW MANY people find it odd that we have to turn off our stuff during takeoff and landings … I mean, if that’s all it takes to bring an airliner down, it’s not terrorists we’d have to worry about but regular, everyday pre-Alzheimer’s folks and people like Alec (just one more word) Baldwin. Well, rumor has it that a high-level, top-secret, influential advisory panel is recommending that the FAA allow smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other electronic toys to be used during takeoffs and landings. Sure, but the odds here are the airlines will find a way to charge us a fee for doing so.

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