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

PRINCE HARRY RECENTLY commented about losing his pants in a game of strip poker in Las Vegas a few months ago. He tells the L.A. Times “It was a classic example of me probably being too much army, and not enough Prince.” Now that Capt. Wales is back from his latest deployment, the Vegas visitor industry is praying for an encore.

AT LAST WEEK’S AVN, porn star James Deen was so shy he did his entire acceptance speech for Male Performer and Crossover Star of the Year with his back facing the audience … Maybe he needed to drop trou to feel more comfortable?

YOU KNOW YOU’RE a high roller when the Wynn/Encore sends its new acquisition to fetch you. The twin-engine, 18-passenger Gulfstream G650 is the fastest civil aircraft in the sky and has a base price of $65 million …

VEGAS MATH … Since 1991, casinos have taken more than $1.6 billion in Super Bowl bets and only lost money on two games. First on XLII when the (N.Y.) Giants upset the (NE) Pats, and then on XXIX when the (SF) 49ers covered the (SD) Chargers spread. This year the sports books are expecting NFL fans to wager more than ever before … If you go with the odds, the only sure bet is the house.

RIGHT NOW Vegas books favor the 49ers over Ravens by 5 …

THE MOST POPULAR slot machine in Las Vegas is Wheel of Fortune, followed by a tie for second between Michael Jackson and Megabucks.

LITTLE-KNOWN VEGAS FACT: Every year Caesars hosts its “MBA Poker Championship and Recruitment Weekend.” The winners are offered a two-year apprenticeship that often leads to a full-time executive position.

THE YEAR OF the Snake begins Feb. 10, but you can see the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens’ annual Kung Hee Fat Choy homage now through March 3. The display features a king cobra, an 18-foot-tall money tree, a healthy dose of gold coins and other good-luck symbolism … I know it works because every time I check out the atrium I always leave them some of my fortune. But don’t take my word for it …

MANDALAY BAY’S The Hotel will be rebranded as the Delano Las Vegas and open early next year, bringing its famous South Beach flavor to the desert.

NOW THROUGH the end of the month, get a comp to one of the best buffets in Vegas, The Wicked Spoon, at the Cosmopolitan. Just use your Identity (members) card and earn 500 points, or 800 if you’re bringing a friend … Save some room for the ono gelato.

THE WORLD’S BEST chocolatiers, pastry chefs and confectioners bring their best stuff so you can answer the proverbial question, “who makes the best chocolate in Vegas?” You can help them raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital while you get you’re sweet on … Get the scoops at SinCityChocolateFestival.com.

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