'American Idol' for gamblers

'King of Vegas' looking for 'decathlon' gambler

By Jerry Fink <[email protected]>
Las Vegas Sun

Internationally renowned sports handicapper Wayne Allyn Root says he does his best thinking early in the morning when he is walking his dog.

Two years ago, after returning from a stroll at an Anthem Country Club park, he jotted down two ideas -- one for a book, the other for a TV series.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Root will be at Borders Books & Music, 2190 N. Rainbow Blvd., to sign copies of his best seller "Millionaire Republican: Why Rich Republicans Get Rich -- and How You Can Too!"

Monday he begins taping for Spike TV his reality series, "King of Vegas," which features professional and amateur gamblers competing for a $1 million prize.

The winner takes all. The losers go home empty handed.

The hourlong series debuts at 10 p.m. on Jan. 17 and will air on Tuesdays for the next 10 weeks.

"Basically, the show is 'American Idol' for gamblers," Root said.

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