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Want to make the Bellagio fountains dance for you? Photo from Kimo Akane

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

VEGAS CLUBS have been defining and redefining “bottle service,” the high-profit margin sale of a reserved table that includes a bottle of alcohol, a host and sometimes even your own security to bypass the lines at the ladies restroom. If you really want to put a serious hurt on your black American Express card or spend your keiki’s college tuition, consider the no ka oi of bottle service at Bellagio’s night club, Hyde. Why have your bottle delivered by a mere mortal in a Superman suit or lingerie-clad ladies on Harleys, when you can have the power of Poseidon and move water? Imagine seating your party at the club’s best table, sipping bubbly from the world’s largest bottle of champagne (a 30-liter Midas Ace of Spades, almost 8 gallons of celebrating). Then you open the gold box on your table, push the red button and viola! … the lights dim and your table illuminates to reveal to everyone that you are the chosen one, the one person in the universe who can make the fountains of the Bellagio dance to the music. And who’s not shy about paying $250,000 for the privilege of doing so? … Can I get fries with that?

GREAT CAESARS CINEMA … in a move that would make Genshiro Kawamoto’s Kahala statues green with envy, Caesars Palace has dressed (or is that decorated) the statue of Caesar Augustus with a slate and megaphone. Action! … The garb is homage to the National Theater Owners convention CinemaCon.

MAUI RESIDENT Walter Becker hits the road with partner Donald Fagen and their band, Steely Dan. Tickets for the latest tour, titled “Mood Swings 2013: 8 Miles to Pancake Day,” Aug. 23 at The Pearl, are on sale now.

THE WHEEL of Fortune machine at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, made a regular player $1,140,129 richer. Rosemary from New York said, “I have been playing these types of machines at the Flamingo twice a year for 20 years and it has finally paid off.” You know it’s about time someone who wins knows what it means when the 2x3x4x symbols line up. Question: If you’ve been playing these machines for 20 years, does that jackpot still make you an instant millionaire?

THIS IS THE last week to win a Vacations Hawaii package to Vegas with Billy V. on Hawaiian105 KINE. He’ll be there to celebrate Mei Day at the Cal, featuring music by Gary Haleamau, Na Hoa and Mark Yamanaka.

SOMETIMES THERE’S a fine line between tasteful and tasteless, even if the proceeds from an object on this invisible border benefits a worthy cause. Christopher Dorner, the ex-LAPD officer who shot four people before being killed in a shootout with police, pawned a .38 revolver for $50. Las Vegas’ Bargain Pawn has put the weapon up for auction and plans to donate the proceeds to the families of his victims.

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