Leroy’s Money Talks Invitational 2009 Broadcasts Live from Hooter’s Casino

September 30, 2009 by  

Another ‘capper picked the Bengals and that was Tim Trushel who rode a 4-3 record to a second round spot in the 2009 Leroy’s Money Talks Invitational. Friday, Steve Fezzik will grace the Leroy’s stage once again as he takes on Money Talks newcomer Johnny Bono.

Trushel, founder and lead handicapper for, outlasted Texas-based handicapper Paul Stone, a senior handicapper with and frequent sports betting columnist and expert source for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who could only muster a 2-4-1 record.

Fezzik is the quintessential Las Vegas sports player and is entered in every major handicapping contest. He is a two-time Stardust Invitational finalist. A graduate of Northwestern University, he left his job as a vice president and actuary for a major insurance company in 2001 to be a full-time sports bettor. Fezzik is a frequent author and radio guest on sports betting and is 13-12-3 in the past two Money Talks seasons. Last year, made it into the third round before losing to Fat Jack Ross who was the tournament’s hottest player until losing to The Shrink in the championship round.

Bono is an avowed NFL bettor who came to Vegas as a marketing sales consultant for the CFL’s short-lived Las Vegas Posse franchise. Bono stayed in town to play the games and has sported second place finishes in both the Hilton and Stations contests.

So far this Money Talks season, the contestants have posted a 21-20-1 record with only one out of six Best Bets cashing in.

The unique “Money Talks” is the largest event of its kind in Nevada and features well-known handicappers who put up $5,000 each in the bracketed tournament…one loss and you’re done. The $80,000 prize will be determined in the Dec. 18 finals.

Match winners are determined by the best record on seven college and/or pro picks against the spread or totals. A “best-bet” designated among each player’s picks will settle any ties. Full brackets and the season’s picks can be seen at, click on contests.

The tournament will be broadcast each Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. on Leroy’s Sports Hour, hosted by John Kelly, a 20-year veteran of Las Vegas sports radio. Pete & Shorty’s Book and Bar inside Hooters Casino Hotel 115 E. Tropicana (across for the MGM) is the new venue and the show can be heard on KLAV 1230-AM in Las Vegas and podcast at

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