LeFevre Wins Boomtown Lobster Eating Match

Rich LeFevre continued his impressive winning streak at the Boomtown Casino & Hotel in Reno, NV, by downing 5.75 pounds of Maine lobster meat from the shell in 12 minutes to beat out a field of 14 eaters.

In a strong second was Bob Shoudt of Pennsylvania, who arrived from the airport only minutes before the event to compete. Third place was a tie between Joe Chestnut of California and Jason Erb of Washington State.

Designed to highlight Boomtown’s famous all-you-can-eat Whole Maine Lobster, Steak and Seafood Buffet, the challenge attracted eating greats from around the nation. Richard LeFevre’s wife, Carlene, the posole-eating champion and the world’s #7-ranked eater, performed remarkably well as did Reno’s own Spencer Thomas, a chili eating veteran.

Rich LeFevre, a distance eater, holds records in chili, Spam, veggie dogs, watermelon and more. In addition to $2,000 cash, LeFevre won a trip to Old Orchard Beach, Maine to compete in the August 13 Lobster! Lobster! World Lobster-Eating Championship.

“Boomtown is known for our all-you-can-eat Whole Maine Lobster, Steak and Seafood Buffet, which features whole Maine lobster, shrimp, tender carved-to-order meats and more every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening,” said Boomtown Senior Director of Marketing Patrick Bassney.

The nearly 400-seat Silver Screen Buffet, where the event was held, also offers a full salad bar and a dessert station overflowing with decadent cakes, ice cream and bananas Foster, as well as a Saturday and Sunday champagne brunch and weekday buffet lunches and dinners, all with special child and senior pricing.

Boomtown Casino and Hotel is located just seven miles west of Reno on Interstate 80 at Boomtown exit #4. Boomtown offers nearly 42,000 square feet of gaming excitement with the latest in slots and video poker, #1-rated Blackjack, as well as Craps, Pai Gow, 3-5-7 Poker, keno, poker, a complete sports book, a Family Fun CenterSM and five delectable dining choices - Cassidy’sSM, the Silver Screen Buffet, Sundance CantinaSM, Drovers Inn RestaurantSM and Starbucks. For traveler convenience, Boomtown also offers 318 deluxe rooms and suites, indoor swimming pool, room service, bell service, free valet parking, 10,500 square feet of convention space, 203-space RV Park, 24-hour mini-mart gas station and a 20-acre trucker’s complex. For more information, call 1-800-648-3790 or log onto

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