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G2E to use Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck’s ‘Runner, Runner’ in bid for online regulations

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Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake arrive at the world premiere of “Runner, Runner” at Planet Hollywood on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

Premiere of ‘Runner, Runner’ at Planet Hollywood

Justin Timberlake, center, with members of the USO at the world premiere of “Runner, Runner” at Planet Hollywood on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.
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Today is the start of the three-day Global Gaming Expo (G2E) with more than 460 exhibitors from 342 countries. There will be 136 sessions with 402 speakers. Executives with the American Gaming Association will unveil a fall campaign using the new Justin Timberlake-Ben Affleck movie “Runner Runner” to highlight the need for online-gambling regulation. The movie was premiered with its stars at Planet Hollywood last Wednesday and is released nationwide on Oct. 4.

If you see characters from “Beetlejuice,” zombies from “Walking Dead’ and warriors from “Avatar” at the Sands Convention Center today, fear not. They are in place to entertain after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The comedy improv troupe Second City will provide entertainment in the Venetian Ballroom during the day.

There are four pavilions at the convention, which attracts 17,000 delegates and brings in $21.4 million to our local economy. Comedy magician Murray Sawchuck MCs this afternoon’s show. Delegates will do double takes running into the D Hotel celebrity impersonator Robert Nash as Robert De Niro and Jack Bullard as Jack Nicholson. There is even a Danny DeVito lookalike. Plus, Kevin Johnson from “America’s Got Talent” will entertain with his ventriloquist dolls.

“Avatar” producer Jon Landau and actor Stephen Lang will make appearances for director James Cameron to launch the IGT Mega Jackpots Avatar game series slot machines for the journey to Pandora. The International Game Technology video slots will relive the magic of the highest-grossing film of all time with 3-D visuals and surround-sound audio.

Since launching Mega Jackpots in 1986, IGT, the global industry’s leading manufacturer of gaming machines headquartered here, has created more than 1,500 millionaires and paid out nearly $6 billion in winnings.

On Wednesday, I will join Emmy Award-winning comedian and “Splash” star Louie Anderson for the Casino Entertainment Awards at the Plaza. I’m presenting the Casino Comedian of the Year Award; the three finalists are Rita Rudner (Venetian), George Wallace ( Flamingo) and Ron White. I’m hoping that my Motley Crue pals will win Entertainer of the Year competing against Ronnie Dunn and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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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