Kimo’s Vegas

World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval of the Giants. Photo from Kimo Akane

WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas… the Players Edge!

RODNEY DANGER-FIELD built his career saying “he got no respect,” and the San Francisco Giants may be feeling his pain. After sweeping the Tigers to win the 2012 World Series, Vegas oddsmakers have the Tigers as 7 to 1 fav’s to win the series next year, the Yankees at 8 to 1 and the Giants at 10 to 1. If you’re into long shots, put your benjis on the Astros at 150 to 1. Mahalo to our buddy RJ Bell for the scoops.

THE ODDSMAN AT the Wynn, Johnny Avello, is calling Gilles Marini/Peta Murgatroyd to win Dancing with the Stars at 3 to 1, Shawn Johnson/Derek Hough at 7 to 2 and local fav Apolo Ohno/Karina Smirnoff at 9 to 2.

LAS VEGAS HAS a reputation for tolerance or what some would call a blind eye. However, when the residents of Sin City find something repugnant it’s a safe bet that most other communities would deem it reprehensible. The city temporarily renamed “Paradise Road” to “Paradise City Road” to promote Guns N’ Roses residency at the Hard Rock Hotel. The temporary change in nom de plume didn’t raise any hackles but a poster bearing the graphic of a female victim of a sexual assault did. Not many found visuals and accompanying “Welcome to Paradise City” tour name to be appropriate even for a place built on objectifying and tantalizing.

BACK IN JANUARY, after 40 years as the Las Vegas Hilton, the hotel had to change its name to LVH when it could no longer pay the tab to use the famous brand. In January 2013 the Hilton name returns to the strip at the Tropicana Las Vegas. It’s all part of a new franchise deal with the company founded by Paris & Nicky’s great granddaddy. Das right, you can once again earn and redeem Hilton Worldwide reward points on the strip.

SEVEN OUT… Goldman Sachs Mortgage Co. LLC and Gramercy Capital Corp. has foreclosed on the LVH.

NEW CRAPS SIDE bets… paying 34 to 1 is the All Small (2 3, 4, 5, 6 rolled before a 7) or All Tall (8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 before a 7) and paying an off like a slot machine is the All of Nothing at All (must every number before a 7) that pays 175 to 1.

AN EXECUTIVE OF Cantor Gaming, the operator of seven Las Vegas sports books (the M Resort, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Venetian, Palazzo, Tropicana, Hard Rock and Palms) and seven others, were arrested for illegal sports betting.

THE NEVADA STATE Gaming Control Board has been working with the New York City Police Department’s Organized Crime Investigation Division to bust a nationwide ring that generated more than $50 million in horse racing, football, basketball, hockey and baseball.

THE 12TH ANNUAL Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational is scheduled for April 4 at the ARIA.

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