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Caesars Palace stars Celine Dion, Guy Savoy and Gary Loveman to be inducted into Gaming Hall of Fame

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Caesars Palace headline entertainer Celine Dion, celebrated celebrity chef Guy Savoy (whose Restaurant Guy Savoy is at Caesars) and their boss Gary Loveman, chairman, CEO and president of Caesars Entertainment, will be inducted tonight into the Gaming Hall of Fame.

The 25th annual American Gaming Association’s charity gala and induction ceremony is at Pure in Caesars. Celine and Guy have flown in from Europe for the festivities, and the star chef celebrated after landing Tuesday with fellow chef Thomas Keller at the latter’s restaurant Bouchon in the Venetian. Celine arrives today from Paris, France.

Also being inducted is Frank J. Fahrenkopf, who led the AGA for its first 18 years. Today, its president is Geoff Freeman, who said: “The gaming industry is nothing without its innovators, artists and advocates. We are proud to honor Celine, Guy, Gary and Frank as talents who have helped transform our business into the entertainment juggernaut it is today.”

I’ve recorded a special video greeting for Celine that will be played at tonight’s gala that will raise funds for the National Center for Responsible Gaming. She began her first Caesars run with “A New Day” in March 2003, and the original three-year engagement was extended for an additional two years due to unprecedented sellouts.

On March 15, 2011, she returned to begin her second three-year residency with “Celine‘s Back.” Husband manager Rene Angelil has indicated several times that he will extend her residency to 2019.

Mon ami Guy opened his famed Parisian restaurant at Caesars in May 2006. His restaurant in the French capital, now just steps from the Arc de Triomphe, opened in 1980, and its three Michelin stars are widely recognized as the pinnacle of culinary achievement.

Induction into the Gaming Hall of Fame is the highest honor accorded by the gaming-entertainment industry. Some 70 people have been inducted since its inception in 1989.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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