Platinum Recording Artists The Righteous Brothers and Nightlife Icon Victor Drai to Receive Casino Entertainment Legend Award in Las Vegas on October 10

August 30, 2018

Nine Casino Artists, Executives and Venues also will be Honored at Sixth Annual Casino Entertainment Awards in the Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Platinum recording artists The Righteous Brothers – the first rock and roll act to perform on the Las Vegas Strip – will receive the Casino Entertainment Legend Award at the sixth annual Casino Entertainment Awards (CEA) on Wednesday, October 10 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Additionally, casino nightlife icon Victor Drai – owner and operator of Drai’s Enterprises – will be honored with a Casino Entertainment Legend Award that evening.

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

In 1964, The Righteous Brothers duo of Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley became the first rock and roll act to perform on the Las Vegas Strip, performing three shows a night in the lounge at The Sands Hotel. Their distinctive blue-eyed soul hits “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “Unchained Melody” were No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, in addition to receiving Grammy nominations. The Righteous Brothers toured extensively and performed up to 12 weeks a year in Las Vegas until the untimely death of Hatfield in 2003. Medley revived the duo in 2016 at Harrah’s Las Vegas with singer Bucky Heard, where they continue to perform. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” has become the most played song in the history of American radio and television, according to music rights organization BMI.

Victor Drai is known as the father of the casino after-hours scene. Creator and founder of Las Vegas mega-clubs Tryst and XS, Drai is the visionary owner of Drai’s Nightclub, Beach Club, and After Hours at The Cromwell. In 1997, he opened the original Drai’s After Hours, a high-end restaurant and pulsating nightclub underneath the street level of the Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino. Drai’s was one of the first clubs to charge premium prices not only for cocktails and bottle service, but also for bottled water. An inductee into the Nightclub Hall of Fame, Drai is also a former movie producer known for “The Woman in Red,” “The Man With One Red Shoe” and the “Weekend at Bernie’s” films.

Casino Entertainment Awards also will be presented to artists, executives and venues in nine categories in casino-entertainment, including a new category this year for “Casino Production Show of the Year”. Selected from more than 1,000 online nominations, CEA final nominees include:

Casino Entertainer of the Year

  • Paul Anka
  • Chubby Checker
  • Donny & Marie Osmond

Casino Comedian of the Year

  • Bill Engvall
  • Piff The Magic Dragon
  • Sebastian Maniscalco

Casino Musical Artist of the Year

  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
  • The Commodores
  • John Fogerty

Casino Production Show of the Year

  • Legends in Concert
  • Magic Mike Live
  • Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

Casino Entertainment Executive of the Year

  • Robyn Smith Levi – Boyd Gaming
  • Christian Printup – Seneca Gaming Corporation
  • Monica Reeves – Station Casinos

Casino Showroom/Theater of the Year

  • Beau Rivage Theatre - Beau Rivage Resort
  • Hard Rock Live - Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
  • Xcite Center - Parx Casino

Casino Arena/Amphitheater of the Year

  • Battery Park - Hard Rock Sioux City
  • Choctaw Grand Theater - Choctaw Casino Durant
  • Sandbar Stage - Red Rock Resort

Casino Booking Agent of the Year

  • Abby Wells Baas – William Morris Endeavor (WME)
  • Noël Largess – Agency for the Performing Arts (APA)
  • Seth Shomes - United Talent Agency (UTA)

Independent Casino Talent Buyer of the Year

  • Steve Gietka - SMG Entertainment
  • Lori Otelsberg - Signature Entertainment
  • Scott Thomas - Buzz Entertainment

Complimentary tickets will be distributed to G2E attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis (subject to availability) on October 9-10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Casino Entertainment Awards Booth (#5938) on the G2E expo floor at Sand Expo.

About Global Gaming Expo:
Global Gaming Expo (G2E), presented by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and organized by Reed Exhibitions, is the largest gathering of global, commercial and tribal gaming professionals in North America.  The event showcases the latest developments in gaming technology and features new educational content that is fast – paced and actionable. Attendees will experience firsthand the new products and innovative technologies showcased on the expo floor. G2E has everything you need for your casino floor and across your entire operation – from traditional casino fare to non-gaming amenities and digital products – G2E is where business growth is accelerated.
About AGA:
The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, gaming suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.



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