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Comedienne Rita Rudner, MGM Exec Mark Prows To Be Honored

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

comedienne profile 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.

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 everyposter pic venue types and sizes while progressing from front-line 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.

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 CEA 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.