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John Kelly

On his 21st birthday, John Kelly paid a visit to Las Vegas. It was love at first sight.

Nearly a quarter-century later, Kelly continues to be fascinated by what he calls, "the most exciting city in the world." John Kelly is not only a keen observer of Nevada's gambling scene but also an active participant.

Kelly's love for sports gambling has served him well as one of the most respected voices in the city's sports media. For more than a decade, Kelly was the radio host of "The Stardust Line," the longest-running, single-sponsored sports talk show in the country. His interview subjects included prominent casino owners Bill Boyd and Steve Wynn, professional gamblers Billy Walters and Andy Beyer, and world class athletes Sugar Ray Leonard and Laffit Pincay, Jr.

Kelly also served as host of "Leroy's Sports Hour," a one-hour radio program dedicated to sports betting. For three years, Kelly teamed with legendary bookmaker Jimmy Vaccaro to produce an award-winning program heard on both Fox Sports Radio 920 (Las Vegas) and ESPN Radio 630 (Reno).

Kelly now serves as an editorial contributor to Vegas Insider, a website devoted to the survival of sports bettors everywhere. His association with Vegas Insider ( began in the fall of 2009.

A native Chicagoan, Kelly is a 1985 graduate of Northwestern University where he attended the Medill School of Journalism. At Northwestern, Kelly wrote for The Daily Northwestern and served as sports director of WNUR, the campus radio station. He was elected president of Chi Phi fraternity in 1983.


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