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Fernley Man Hits $170,616 Pai Gow Poker Jackpot at Nugget

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Courtesy: John Ascuaga's Nugget Courtesy: John Ascuaga's Nugget

A Fernley, Nevada man hit the jackpot playing the Pai Gow poker progressive over the weekend at John Ascuaga's Nugget, taking home a check for $170,615.90 for his winning hand.

"I didn't believe it at first," said Robert Leitch, who goes by Bob.

The 71-year-old said hitting the jackpot couldn't have come at a better time, but he won't be spending his winnings on an extravagant vacation or a fancy car.  Instead, Leitch, who owns a pool and spa supply business in Fernley, said the money he won will help his business stay afloat in the tough local economy.

"I'm a business owner, and I've been killed for the past five years," said Leitch. "I'm paying things down, and I won't have to worry anymore. We'll be fine."

Pai Gow poker is a table game dealt at John Ascuaga's Nugget that features the "fortune" progressive jackpot.

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