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Chase for the Golden Nerf: Celebrity/Media NFL Picks Week 4

Claire Sinclair is the ‘Pin Up’ star, so she likes the Cowboys

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The grand opening and red carpet of “Pin Up” starring Claire Sinclair at the Stratosphere on Monday, April 29, 2013.

It didn’t take long for “Pin Up” star Claire Sinclair to feel right at home in Las Vegas. When the 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year isn’t performing in her new show at the Stratosphere, she’s usually out and about enjoying the town.

“I go downtown all the time just to chill. After the show, I like to go to Artifice, which is in the Arts District, or I’ll go to Don’t Tell Mama piano bar because I have a bunch of singer friends who go over there and sing. … I love antiquing and thrift store shopping at Retro Vegas and Patina Décor on Main Street. All of those vintage stores are like walking into a museum. All of their inventory is constantly changing, and there are all of these interesting, odd, old pieces,” she said. “I’m also a foodie, so I can name like 10,000 places to eat here. I’m a 'Pin Up' girl, so I have to stay curvy.”

Sinclair also stays quite busy. Earlier this week, she appeared at the International Lingerie Show to show off Kix’ies Thigh Highs, and Friday night, she tapped the keg at Hofbrauhaus as part of its Oktoberfest celebrations.

“Pin Up” is approaching its 150th performance at the Stratosphere, and there’s been one constant throughout its run: change.

“It’s insane! It feels like just yesterday we were opening, but the show has evolved tremendously over five months. We’ve changed cast members and sets and music, and we also have changed the wardrobe, which is a big thing. We’re a little more risqué now, and I think the show really needed that. I’m having a blast. Every night I still get an adrenaline rush. I always feel so damn lucky to be doing what I’m doing right now. It’s like I won the lottery,” she said.

Lately, she’s also been winning football picks. Sinclair has moved into fifth place in our competition of 16 local celebrity/media personalities.

“I love every single competition with all the other headliners. They’re the most fun, crazy, eccentric things that I’ve done since I’ve been in town. I did a DJ competition on 94.1 Mix FM with all the local headliners. That was such a blast! Every morning waking up was the worst part, but it was so fun,” Sinclair said.

“I love being a part of the community, and I love doing these contests because they get extremely competitive … and my competitive side has only been brought out against my fellow headliners, so now I feel like, ‘It’s on,’ every time there’s a competition. … I think me and Frankie (Moreno) have a little bit of a sibling rivalry because we’re at the same casino, so we’re always competing against each other slightly. As long as I beat Frankie, it’s all good.”

Sinclair says her favorite team is the Cowboys — “It’s because they have a cute name," she said. "I like to dress up like a cowgirl, and that’s my favorite 'Pin Up' set, so … go Cowboys!” — and is loving life in Las Vegas, though she has one concern about Friday’s event.

“I love Hofbrauhaus; it’s an experience. But I think you need to use the strength of your arm to tap the keg, and I’ve never done that, and I don’t know if I’m packing any heat in my arms, so I hope this actually happens. I could be hitting this thing for an hour and I’ll look up and see everyone’s already gone while I’m saying, ‘Hold on, I’m almost done!’” Sinclair said.

Sal’s picks (2-6-1):

Steelers -1 at Vikings

Colts -8.5 at Jaguars

Giants-Chiefs over 44

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The media/celebrity picks:

Terry Fator, Mirage headliner (7-2)

Broncos-Eagles over 58

Colts -8.5 at Jaguars

Chiefs -4 vs. Giants

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John Katsilometes, The Kats Report (6-3)

Chiefs-Giants under 44

Texans +3 vs. Seahawks

Bengals -5.5 at Browns

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Jason Feinberg, KVVU-TV morning personality (5-4)

Steelers -1 at Vikings

Jets +4.5 at Titans

Colts-Jaguars under 42.5

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Andrew Freeman, "Raiding the Rock Vault" performer at LVH (5-4)

Giants +4 at Chiefs

Patriots +1.5 at Falcons

Jets +4.5 at Titans

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Claire Sinclair, star of "Pin Up" at the Stratosphere (4-4-1)

Colts -8.5 at Jaguars

Texans +3 vs. Seahawks

Titans -4.5 vs. Jets

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Carolyn Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas (4-5)

Bengals -5.5 at Browns

Chiefs -4 vs. Giants

Broncos -10.5 vs. Eagles

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Mark & Mercedes in the Morning, Mix 94.1 (3-4-2)

Ravens -3.5 at Bills

Seahawks -3 at Texans

Patriots +1.5 at Falcons

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Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas ambassador (3-5-1)

Chargers +2 vs. Cowboys

Raiders +3 vs. Redskins

Saints -6.5 vs. Dolphins

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Donny Osmond, Flamingo Las Vegas headliner (3-5-1)

Ravens -3.5 at Bills

Colts -8.5 at Jaguars

Saints -6.5 vs. Dolphins

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Marc Savard, Comedy Hypnotist at Planet Hollywood (3-5-1)

Bengals -5.5 at Browns

Bears +3 at Lions

Seahawks -3 at Texans

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Wayne Newton, "Mr. Las Vegas" (3-6)

Redskins -3 at Raiders

Patriots +1.5 at Falcons

Cardinals +3 at Buccaneers

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Dana White, UFC president (3-6)

Bears +3 at Lions

Ravens -3.5 at Bills

Falcons -1.5 vs. Patriots

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Frankie Moreno, Stratosphere headliner (2-5-2)

Cardinals +3 at Buccaneers

Bears +3 at Lions

Chiefs -4 vs. Giants

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Carrot Top, Luxor headliner (2-6-1)

Titans -4.5 vs. Jets

Bengals -5.5 at Browns

Steelers -1 at Vikings

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Carla Pellegrino, celebrity chef and owner of Bratalian (2-6-1)

Cardinals +3 at Buccaneers

Redskins -3 at Raiders

Ravens -3.5 at Bills

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Kevin Janison, KVBC meteorologist (2-6-1)

Bengals-Browns under 41.5

Raiders-Redskins under 47

Steelers -1 at Vikings

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