Comedienne Rita Rudner and MGM Exec Mark Prows To Be Honored At Fifth Annual Casino Entertainment Awards

LAS VEGAS – Comedienne Rita Rudner will be presented with a Casino Entertainment Legend Award at the fifth annual Casino Entertainment Awards (CEA) on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Vinyl showroom at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Veteran casino entertainment executive Mark Prows, Senior Vice President, Entertainment Operations, MGM Resorts International, also will be honored with a Casino Entertainment Legend Award.

Sponsored by the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the Casino Entertainment Awards are the only awards exclusively honoring outstanding artists, executive and venues in the casino entertainment industry. The Casino Entertainment Legend Awards recognize lifetime achievement in the casino entertainment industry.

The 2016 Celebrity Slot Machine Tournament featured entertainers vying for a victory and grant to the charity of their choice. Images supplied to Casino Life Courtesy of the American Gaming Association.

Actress, author, comedian, playwright, screenwriter and television host Rita Rudner holds the record for the longest running solo comedy show in Las Vegas history. Her 15-year run in Las Vegas sold almost two million tickets and grossed more than $100 Million. Next up for Ms. Rudner is the film Secret Sisters and the play Two's A Crowd, both co-written with her husband of 29 years, Martin Bergman.

Mark Prows began his entertainment career in 1982 at University of Wyoming.  After graduation he moved to different markets with every venue types and sizes while progressing from frontline positions to senior management. He moved back to Las Vegas when MGM opened in 1993 and has held graduating roles ever since. During his 35-year career, Mr. Prows has been instrumental in some of the highest grossing events in the casino entertainment industry’s history.

Actor, comedian, director, producer and writer Paul Rodriguez will be the master of ceremonies for the 2017 Casino Entertainment Awards. Rodriguez is currently touring casinos with Cheech Marin in the Loudmouth Comedy Roadshow.

More than 25,000 attendees explore exhibitors' booths on day three of G2E 2016Images supplied to Casino Life Courtesy of the American Gaming Association.

Casino Entertainment Awards also will be presented to artists, executives and venues in eight categories of casino entertainment. CEA finalist nominees, selected from more than 1,000 online nominations, include:

Independent Casino Talent Buyer of the Year

  • Andrew Blank, C3 Presents
  • Brad Coombs, Meridian Entertainment
  • Scott Thomas, Buzz Entertainment

Casino Booking Agent of the Year

  • Brad Bissell, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
  • Matt Korn, Paradigm
  • Seth Shomes, United Talent Agency (UTA)

Casino Showroom/Theater of the Year

  • The Event Center at Seneca Niagara Resort Casino
  • Montbleu Resort Casino Theater
  • The Vine at del Lago Resort & Casino

Casino Arena/Amphitheater of the Year

  • The Axis at Planet Hollywood
  • Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Special Events Center 
  • Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre

Casino Entertainment Executive of the Year

  • Dan Pferschy, Agua Caliente Casino
  • Christian Printup, Seneca Niagara Resort Casino
  • Monica Reeves, Station Casinos

Casino Comedian of the Year

  • Rodney Carrington
  • Jo Koy
  • Ralphie May

Casino Musical Artist of the Year

  • The Isley Brothers
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  • Rascal Flatts

Casino Entertainer of the Year

  • Clint Holmes
  • Little Anthony and The Imperials 
  • The Tenderloins

The Global Gaming Expo (G2), the world’s premier event for the casino gaming industry, showcases the latest developments in gaming technology and features keynote addresses by high-profile leaders from within and outside of the gaming industry. G2E offers the most comprehensive look at the international gaming and hospitality industries to date with days of exclusive gaming product launches, trend forecasting and cutting-edge discussions.

G2E is presented by The American Gaming Association AGA), the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a path for growth, innovation and reinvestment.

Complimentary tickets will be distributed to G2E attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis (subject to availability) on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 3-4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Casino Entertainment Awards booth (#5938) in the G2E trade show at Sand Expo.