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Photos: Blackjack with a Clydesdale, a Dalmatian and Michael Gaughan

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South Point GM Ryan Growney, in the suit, and South owner Michael Gaughan play blackjack with a Clydesdale named Elite and a Dalmatian named King at South Point on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

Horse, Dog, Two Men Play Blackjack at South Point

South Point GM Ryan Growney, in the suit, and South owner Michael Gaughan play blackjack with a Clydesdale named Elite and a Dalmatian named King at South Point on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Launch slideshow »

The Electric Horseman

Shania Twain

It sounds like the start of a joke: A horse and a Dalmatian walk into a casino and decide to play a game of blackjack with the owner, except this was for real and not a standup comic’s gag.

South Point owner Michael Gaughan was all laughs as he welcomed the lead Budweiser Clydesdale named Elite and the Dalmatian named King to his gaming pit.

Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was on duty to capture the unique trio of card players last Friday afternoon, and South Point General Manager Ryan Growney was on hand to ensure that there was no monkey business or “Animal House” hijinx.

It was a unique photo session that reminded of when actor Robert Redford rode Rising Star into Caesars Palace in 1979's “The Electric Horseman.”

And when singer Shania Twain arrived at the same casino resort this year for the promotional photographs of her residency that begins Dec. 1 at the Colloseum.

Budweiser had the Clydesdales in Las Vegas for weekend events at the South Point Arena.

By the way, the only animal bar joke I know: A chicken walks into a bar, and the bartender says, “We don’t serve poultry.” The chicken replies, “That’s OK. I only want a drink.”

Groaning permitted -- enjoy the photos!

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