Kimo’s Vegas

Albert Einstein. Photo from Kimo Akane

Albert Einstein. Photo from Kimo Akane

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

“LITTLE AL FROM PRINCETON …” That’s how Nick the Greek introduced Albert Einstein to his Vegas pals. Figuring they wouldn’t get it if he tried to explain who the theoretical physicist was, he just said, “He controls a lot of the action around Jersey.” The mind that gave us the special theory of relativity and mass-energy equivalence, or E = mc2, said, “God doesn’t play dice,” causing my great-grandfather Confucius Akane to quip, “That’s what he made us for.” No matter where they’re located or what endeavor they’re participating in at the time, big brains across the universe pause to reflect upon the birth of the mastermind March 14.

INSTEAD OF DROPPING $7K on a keg, you can try a 2-ounce for $60 … That’s no typo. A 2-ounce pour of Sam Adams Utopias costs 60 bucks at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace. Folks who’ve sampled the seasonal craft ale claim it’s smoothest and strongest (and the most expensive) of brews.

CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT HAS a new hiring program titled “Enlisting Heroes” that provides job opportunities for U.S. military veterans. The company has 50 casinos across the country, with about 10,000 job openings. President and CEO Gary Loveman says, “The initiative is not simply the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do.”

ONE OF THE FEW Things the Republicans and Democrats of Nevada both agree on is the state, like every other, needs more money to fuel its machine. They believe the best way to do this without taxing your constituents more is to make some cash the old-fashioned way – the way they built the city with other people’s money. Last week, faster than the O’Jays could sing the chorus to For the Love of Money, it became the first state in the nation to (unanimously) authorize interactive gaming. Calling the Silver State’s bet, Delaware and New Jersey went “all in” next.

HOPING TO GET its feeders in (and out) faster, Nevada lawmakers are considering raising the state’s speed limit to 85 mph. You can’t gamble for money there, but you can go 85 in Utah.

“IS IT SAFE?” The three words Dr. Christian Szell repeatedly uttered in the movie Marathon Man is the same phrase people are posing to authorities in Las Vegas after the shooting that caused a taxi crash that resembled a special effects explosion from a movie. We are living the ancient Chinese curse of interesting times … planes intentionally crashed into buildings … tainted over-the-counter drugs … keiki killing keiki in schools and people shooting each other over words. Is it safe? Volent crime in Sin City was actually down last year in Vegas … The odds you’ll become a statistic are low, but not quite as elusive as hitting a life-changing multimillion-dollar jackpot.

A COALITION OF Vegas taxi cab companies is offering a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Ammar Harris, believed to be the shooter in the above-mentioned altercation.