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Stardust Line goes Global

The Sunday night Stardust Line has been a staple for Las Vegas bettors for a quarter of a century as sports gamblers were able to hear experts rehash the weekend college and pro games.

The ‘Dust earlier this summer pulled the plug on the popular show in anticipation of the resort’s implosion later this year.

Leroy’s, which operates more than 60 race and sports books throughout Nevada and quickly has become one the industry’s major players, is taking up the slack.

Announcement was made this week that a new show, hosted by longtime Las Vegas broadcaster John Kelly and handicapper Dave Cokin, will air for two hours on Sunday night.

The program also will have a third seat to be filled by rotating guests from within the industry.

The Stardust Line was heard on KDWN-720, Las Vegas’ largest AM radio station, which has been sold to new owners who plan to deemphasize sports.

Details still are being ironed out, but the Leroy’s show likely will air on the same station, KENO-AM 1460, that carries its daily one-hour program.

Jimmy Vacarro, the former Las Vegas bookmaker who co-hosts the daily show with Kelly, noted the Leroy’s Sunday night program, which will begin Aug. 20, will have phone lines open as well a computer for those who want to e-mail questions and comments.

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