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'RHOC' Vicki Gunvalson parties in Vegas with man who's not Brooks Ayers

Vicki Gunvalson attends In Touch Weekly's 5th Annual 2012 Icons + Idols at Chateau Marmont on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images

Has Vicki Gunvalson really ended things with Brooks Ayers? The "Real Housewives of Orange County" star was in Las Vegas over the weekend and instead of Brooks, she partied with another man. As shown in a VegasNews.com article posted on Saturday, July 19, Vicki was in Vegas with John Pankauski, a lawyer with whom she has been rumored to be dating.

On Saturday, Vicki took in the sights of the Strip by going on the High Roller, an observation wheel with 28 glass-enclosed cabins from which ticket holders can enjoy a view of the city while enjoying cocktails. Pictured with her is John. In one photo, he's standing with Vicki next to the window. In another photo, he's sitting on a bench while smiling at Vicki. Also in the second photo are two of Vicki's family members. Could the relationship be so serious that John's already vacationing with Vicki's family?

It was reported in late April that Vicki is dating John. Of course, the two could simply be business partners who have a lot of fun together. According to one source, the two are working on several projects together, which includes several new reality TV shows.

Despite constantly sticking up for Brooks and defending her relationship with him, Vicki has admitted that there's really no future with him. In an interview with OK! Magazine back in early May, Vicki reminded everyone that her daughter Briana is still very much against her having any kind of relationship with Brooks. Vicki said that Briana's disapproval, coupled with the nasty divorce that she went through with ex-husband Donn, means that she isn't thinking about a marriage with Brooks. Instead, they're just continuing to enjoy each other's company.

Now that season nine of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" has wrapped, fans will simply have to wait for another season to see whether Vicki Gunvalson will move on to a man who has the approval of all of her family and friends. Perhaps John Pankauski will be the one to replace Brooks Ayers?