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Photos: G2E’s Casino Entertainment Awards honor Penn & Teller, Jerry Lewis

2015 Casino Entertainment Awards

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Casino Entertainer of the Year award winners Penn Jillette and Teller accept their award during the 2015 Casino Entertainment Awards presented by Global Gaming Expo at Vinyl on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in the Hard Rock Hotel.

2015 Casino Entertainment Awards

Casino Entertainment Legend Award winner Jerry Lewis and Charo joke with the crowd during the 2015 Casino Entertainment Awards presented by Global Gaming Expo at Vinyl on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in the Hard Rock Hotel. Launch slideshow »

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.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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