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    Lucky Local Hits The Jackpot
         There have been ru- mors that Las Ve- gas will be the new home for the Oakland Ath- letics baseball team, and now, it’s been said that the Ninth Island will have its own professional basketball team in 2024. The NBA re- cently announced the poten- tial locations of two expan- sion teams to include Seattle and Las Vegas. The sports betting capital is certainly on its way to becoming the professional sports capital.
The ongoing event is being held at Bally’s, which con- tinues to transition into the Horseshoe. Other exciting Bally’s/Horseshoe news is the addition of Jack Binion’s Steakhouse. After closing down four of its restaurants last fall, a new eatery is defi- nitely a long-awaited amen- ity for Bally’s guests.
Several Las Vegas wedding chapels recently received cease-and-desist letters de- manding that they stop us- ing Elvis’ image.
   Speaking of the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal has put his Las Vegas home on the market. If you have an extra $3 million, you could own Shaq’s former home. I’m curious if all the ceilings are extra tall to accommodate the 7-foot-1 former basket- ball star and larger-than-life personality. Shaq continues to have close ties with the city through his foundation, as well as his Big Chicken restaurant.
Circus Circus Hotel and Casino is getting a multi- million-dollar makeover. We haven’t stayed at this property since 2008 when we came to Vegas to get married, but even back then it needed some TLC. And while we did get married in Vegas, we did not get married by Elvis. Howev- er, maybe we should have. Sadly, it is looking like the days of Elvis officiating your wedding in Las Vegas may be coming to an end.
One lucky local won back-to-back jackpots. The winner was playing video poker at The Cal and hit a jackpot of $10,000, and a few minutes later doubled that on a second video pok- er machine — for a total of $30,000! That’s a lot of ox- tail soup!
A Hawai‘i resident won big while playing video poker. PHOTO COURTESY KEVIN KANESHIRO, VACATIONS HAWAI‘I
I can’t help falling in love with the news of Hawai‘i residents hitting it big on the Ninth Island. I’ m all shook up with these jackpots!
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