HONOLULU (KHON2) — All it took for one gambler from Hawaii was a $1 bonus bet on his first game of Pai Gow Poker at a Las Vegas hotel to help celebrate his 21st birthday right.
Beginners’ luck and maybe the best birthday present ever.
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Shaelo Dalire-Na’auao celebrated his 21st on a special trip to Vegas with his family but didn’t know just how special the celebration would end up.
He was with his family at the California Hotel and Casino early in June when he won the jackpot of $40,671.
His mom was the one who realized it first. “I opened up my hands, and I guess she seen it before I did. So she instantly started screaming, and she was like ‘Oh my gosh! You got five aces.'” said Dalire-Na’auao.
None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for his auntie who taught him how to play a week before he went.
We would spend late nights just kinda teaching me how to play it and um I finally got the hang of it.Shaelo Dalire-Na’auao
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He plans to use some of the money towards his college education.