Mark Damon / Las Vegas News Bureau
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 | 1:58 p.m.
2015 Casino Entertainment Awards
Magic duo and Rio headliners Penn & Teller were named Casino Entertainers of the Year on Wednesday night at the Global Gaming Expo’s third-annual Casino Entertainment Awards.
I presented their award after they won against country singer-songwriter Shania Twain and Motown soundalikes Human Nature.
Little River Band was named Casino Musical Artist of the Year and Ron White won Casino Comedian of the Year at the awards at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel as part of the week’s G2E conference and tradeshow for the casino industry.
Here’s a YouTube video of the awards courtesy of Richard Corey:
Charo presented Jerry Lewis with the Casino Entertainment Legend Award. The iconic comedian first performed in Las Vegas showrooms in the early 1950s.
Singer and guitarist Charo was a last-minute stand-in for Wayne Newton, who suffered a medical emergency and was rushed to a doctor for treatment.
H.C. Rowe, executive director of the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, also received a Casino Entertainment Legend Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the casino entertainment industry.
The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., was named Casino Showroom of the Year. AVA Amphitheater at Casino del Sol in Tucson won Casino Amphitheater of the Year.
Presented by G2E and the American Gaming Association, the Casino Entertainment Awards are the only awards exclusively honoring outstanding artists, executives and venues in the casino entertainment industry.
G2E is the world’s premier event for the casino gaming industry.
At Sands Convention Center this week, it has broadened its scope to match the changing gaming-resort landscape with the introduction of the “Integrated Resort Experience at G2E” presenting nongaming technology, products and services as guests would experience them in a gaming-resort setting.
This new effort delivers a complete “end-to-end” solution to help casinos attract more guests, encourage them to stay and play longer and increase revenue per visitor.
The annual event, which ends today, showcases the latest developments in gaming technology and features keynote addresses by leaders in and outside the gaming industry.
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Vinyl, which opened in August 2012, is the intimate live entertainment venue at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, featuring a diversity of genres, including rock 'n' roll, jazz, blues, pop and even country.
The multifunctional room provides an intimate setting that puts the audience within an arm's reach of the performers.
The space, which is just under 7,000 square feet, can accommodate 650 guests. With a speakeasy atmosphere, Vinyl has an industrial look from its Chicago-common brick and cinderblock, distressed wood floors and an exposed, sky-high ceiling.
An elevated VIP section houses leather banquette seating and offers guests their own wait staff and an exclusive bar. The perimeter features a bar where guests can watch all the action. A state-of-the-art entertainment system offers high-definition screens on both sides of the main stage.
Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.