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Will and Trey Smith at Lavo

Will and Trey Smith at Lavo. Al Powers/Invision/AP photo

Welcome to Kimo’s Vegas… the Players Edge!

Hawaiians have been taking our keiki to Las Vegas to commemorate their passage from dependent to the age of majority (the opposite of minor) since the invention of the airplane. Our tradition has become ubiquitous or at the very least trendy, as the offspring of Hollywood celebs now want to celebrate the termination of their parent’s legal control in the old Hawaiian way. Will and Jada Smith brought the ohana and entourage including son Jaden and daughter Willow to son Trey’s 21st birthday bash that included dinner at Hakkasan and spinning at Lavo.

There’s a new tradition developing among local girls … to have their last single ladies party in Las Vegas. And if you guys believe the “it’s closer for my friends on the Mainland excuse”… I have a bridge to sell you on the Big Island. For you maids of honor planning a weekend of female bonding who want to give your besty some wedding night skillz, the Sapphire Pole Studio specifically caters to women who want to learn the art. The classes are a set routine designed for beginners, and there’s a chair routine for the less mobile … or those whose boudoirs are sans stripper poles.

While we’re on the subject of gyrations:, Miley Cyrus twerks her way through Vegas with a one night stand at the MGM Grand Garden Arena March 1.

There’s a great interview in the Las Vegas Sun with Don Johnson, CEO of Heritage Development. In it he talks about winning more than $15 million from three Atlantic City casinos, buying the most expensive bottle of champagne ($192,000) and his strategy for winning millions of dollars playing blackjack. His secret – in addition to the hi-end full room-food-beverage (RFB) comps the casinos use to encourage his business – is they also offer him rebates of 20 percent on his losses. At $100,000 a hand, a winning streak can make casino bean counters cra cra worried.

Congrats to Hawaii resident Judith A. she won the big money in Boyd Gaming’s fifth annual “Spin Your Way to $100,000″ contest. David Lebby, vice president and general manager of the California Hotel & Casino, said, “Judith has been a regular visitor at the Cal for 14 years now, and we’re thrilled by her big win!” In all, more than 220 B Connected members earned a berth in the tourney … another great reason to always use your B Connected card.

Because most of us do not have an unlimited gaming budget … now through Jan. 2 there’s “Warhol Out West” at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

Penn Jillette the talking and bass-playing half of the magical duo Penn & Teller, sold his signature pony tail for $25,000! He’s raising money to finance his film Director’s Cut.

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