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Heart Attack Grill’s fare. Matt York/AP photo from Kimo Akane

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

TRUTH AND IRONY in advertising … John Alleman suffered a heart attack and died last week at a bus stop near the restaurant where he acted as the unofficial spokesman for Heart Attack Grill. Perhaps you’ve seen “Patient John,” a nickname he earned while wearing a hospital gown when soliciting Fremont Street passersby to come in to sample the high-calorie menu.

THE LATEST CASINO to jump on the online poker bandwagon is the Stratosphere and Arizona Charlie’ is where you can win show tickets, thrill rides and comp hotel stays – and the price is right … free.

CONGRATS TO Penn & Teller on extending their show through 2018. This makes them the longest-running headliners at the same property (Rio All-Suite Hotel Casino) in Las Vegas history.

OXYMORON … An Internet search for “subordination for verbal measures to tonal consideration” reveals Etheridge Knight as the author of the phrase, whose iambic meter about the Hard Rock had nothing to do with and is quite the opposite of the music and memorabilia you’ll find in the Vegas casino with the same name.

THE IMPERIAL PALACE has officially transformed into “The Quad” with the new nom de plume and logo emblazoned on the casino’s facade.

LOOK FOR “The Liberace Experience” to open next January in Neonopolis …

RUTH’S CHRIS opened on the Las Vegas Strip in Harrah’s – the chain’s 137th steak house – and just the thought of well charred rib-eye has me salivating like a dog. (It happens all the time when I think of meat.)

THE SINGLE MOST expensive timepiece ever is a Chopard 201-carat watch. If you’ve ever been to the swap meet, you know it’s one thing to put a price tag on something but quite another to get the money for it. With 874 diamonds, the $25 million tribute to excess is the equivalent to walking around with Bin Laden’s bounty on your wrist. Watch aficionados often celebrate an important moment in their lives with the purchase of a timepiece. An anniversary, the birth of a child … I know folks who’ll buy a watch to commemorate a hitting a big jackpot. If only the artisans of horology could create a piece that tells you when the winning streak is over and it’s time to leave the casino.

THERE’S A NEW website that promises to “tell all” about hotels utilizing unbiased reviews and unretouched images. Another cool feature of is its image review of the Top 10 Las Vegas hotel room bathrooms.

SOON YOU CAN get your mind freaked by Criss Angel in the privacy of your own home … Spike TV has announced a new 11-episode series beginning this fall that promises never-before-granted access into the inner workings of his secret world, and his mind.

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