The Vegas Odds

Welcome to the Vegas Seven Race, Sports, Politics and Culture Book, where we’ve posted fresh odds for your civic reality one year from today.

The new water park in the southwest Valley is a huge success, and longtime Las Vegans tell newcomers that once upon a time there was a place called Wet ’n’ Wild. Even money.

The 550-foot “observation” (read Ferris) wheel is well on its way toward a 2013 debut at Caesars Entertainment’s Linq project. 2-1.

Howard Bulloch’s Skyvue Ferris wheel at the south end of the Strip carries its first riders into the Vegas night. 50-1.

President-elect Herman Cain tells Americans that they should by all means blow a bunch of cash in Vegas while they are saving for college. 25-1.

Dina Titus’ accent has just cost her a return to Congress. Because, after all, it’s a liberal accent. 5-4.

A Chinese corporation owns the vacated power center down the block. 9-2.

High-speed rail supporters desert the Desert Xpress’ Las Vegas-to-Victorville route and throw their weight behind an alternative project. 8-5.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has won high praise for its productions and contribution to the community, but is struggling at the box office. Even.

The newly relocated Lied Discovery Children’s Museum is The Smith Center’s one unalloyed success story. Even.

Ruben Kihuen, having narrowly lost his Democratic primary race against Titus, is now a sought-after Capitol Hill lobbyist. 10-1.

John Barr will do anything to sell you a car. 1-5.

Advertising promotions occupy every single pause during Runnin’ Rebel games at the Thomas & Mack Center, leaving the Rebel Girls to dance to the beat of Chet Buchanan waxing poetic about Allegiant Air. Even.

UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice appears courtside in a shirt that is not white. 1,000-1.

The Occupy movement is a wistfully remembered historical footnote—but the Tea Party is stronger than ever. 3-2.

Unoccupied Wall Street laughs all the way to the bank. 2-3.

Banks have nearly $3 billion in cash after being saved by the American people—but the American people still can’t get a loan. 5-1.

The small-business men who cannot get a loan will be strong ideological supporters of Wall Street. Even.

Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson—those great enemies of socialism—consider their companies to be Chinese firms, and completely miss the irony. 1-10.

Traffic accidents are significantly down, and there are still Las Vegans who complain about the hands-free law. Even.

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