Las Vegas hotel names winning 'Vinny' spokesman

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Posted: Nov 24, 2009 12:11 PM

(AP) _ The New York-New York Hotel & Casino has its winning Vinny.

The Las Vegas Strip hotel announced the winner of its Vinny vs. Vinny spokesVinny competition on Monday, declaring Vinny Blue "the ultimate go-to guy for all things New York-New York."

His real name is Thomas Cassell, and he's originally from New York but now he lives in Las Vegas. Voters cast ballots at the hotel and online.

The battle to be The Vinny included a Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest, an ESPN Zone arcade challenge and an Irish jig showdown at Nine Fine Irishmen.

Cynthia Kiser Murphey, New York-New York's president and chief operating officer, said Vinny's job is to give guests an idea where to go, what to do, what's hot, and what's not -- all in a New York kind of way.

New York-New York is a subsidiary of MGM Mirage.