Hawaii resident wins $275,000 at Fremont in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KHON2) – A Hawaiian resident has won more than $275,000 using IGT’s Wheel of Fortune® slot machine at the Fremont Hotel and Casino.

Boyd Gaming reported that the win took place at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 22.

HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Eddie could go.

With an intensifying northern swell at the end of this week, the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational is officially on yellow alert.

It’s been six years since Waimea Bay last called the day John John Florence won a record-breaking contest in 2016.

Senior contest forecaster Chris Owens said it may not become the standard Hawaiian size of 20 feet usually required for the contest, but conditions could be consistent and well prepared on Friday.

“The only problem with that is that there is some swell break-up as you approach the islands, but if you look at the model you can see some really big surf heading towards the islands and then about 500 miles before Kauai or so it’s just starting to break down, which is more of the 15-foot range,” Owens said.

The swell might not reach the norm, but Owens says organizer Clyde Aikau might still want him to get the go-ahead.

“Clyde just wants to do it if it’s 15-20 feet instead of 20+ feet, and let us go out there and maybe even use smaller boards and rippin’ Waimea instead of just survive it,” Owens said.

The idea is that the family would like to honor Eddie since so much time has passed since the last edition of the contest. Plus, Owens thinks there would always be an epic show.

“When you get these best surfers in the world who are in the Eddie like John John Florence, he can work wonders on even the smallest day.”

2015 Big Wave World Tour champion Makuakai Rothman said he would support Clyde’s decision.

“I personally don’t think it will work out, I don’t think it’s the one, but whatever happens, I’m 100% behind Uncle Clyde in his decision, whatever it is,” Rothman said.

He adds that he is not worried that the 55 surfers now on alert are ready.

“There is no off season for a big wave surfer, either you are 100% ready or you are not.”

This will most likely be the last chance for the contest in this holding period, which ends on the 28th.

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The winner was on the Wheel of Fortune® Gold Spin Deluxe™ Triple Stars® slot game.

Player wagered $1.25 on a Wheel of Fortune® bonus spin.

The winner wished to remain anonymous.

Earlier this year, another Hawaiian won over $1 million at the same casino.

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