Kimo’s Vegas

Stuart Weitzman’s Rita Hayworth Heels. Photo from Kimo Akane

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

BRITNEY SPEARS ISN’T worried about losing her fortune in the casinos. She hates to gamble. Pop stars have an Achilles heel, just like us regular folks.

The difference between them and us is how much they can spend on their heels. The world’s highest-paid female entertainer is quoted as saying: “You can bet this: I’d rather buy a pair of $15,000 shoes.” Why so cheap? At her level of income, she could easily afford a few pairs of Stuart Weitzman’s Rita Hayworth Heels (about $3 million).

MORE POPULAR than gambling? Ms. Spears may be onto something … In a poll conducted by the national gambling lobby, they discovered that 26 percent of casino-goers don’t gamble … They would rather go clubbing!

$32 MILLION IN sales is how much this year’s Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction cashed in when the hammer fell for the last time. Not a bad three-day take for 657 consignments, and the take was up 41 percent from last year. A pair of 1963 Chevrolet Corvettes sold for $106,400 and $110,000 each, a 1931 Lincoln Model K Convertible sold for $352,000 – but the most expensive pony in the show is a 1967 Ferrari 330GTC that went for $495,000. That’s why only rich people can collect cars … Anyone interested in some second-year Upper Deck Griffey Jr.s?

THE AUCTION ALSO raised $95K in donations for Siegfried & Roy’s Sarmoti Foundation that helps animals.

DID YA HEAR about the Las Vegas Zoo? It’s closing after the entire staff of zoologists quit …

NEXT MONTH, the VooDoo Zip Line opens in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Your journey begins on the 50th floor of VooDoo Steakhouse and finishes at Ipanema Tower – at least the going forward at 30 mph part. That’s right – this is a round-trip deal, where you travel in reverse at 20 mph back to Masquerade Tower. If you think ownership of a crazy idea is better than a ride on a crazy idea, check it out on Indiegogo.

IMAGINE GETTING past airport security without a boarding pass and hopping on a Delta Air Lines flight to Vegas. Flight attendants did not discover the 9-year-old stowaway’s status until the plane departed. While most kids his age are trying to figure out how stuff works, this keiki is well on his way to becoming another Frank Abagnale Jr. He’s the guy who successfully impersonated an airline pilot, doctor, assistant attorney general and a history professor all before the age of 18, and cashed more than $2.5 million in forged checks, and wrote the book that led to the hit movie Catch Me If You Can.

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