The International Gaming Awards 2011 were handed out Monday night at an impressive gala event at London’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower. The IGA’s are in recognition of the best in the online and land-based gaming industry. The CalvinAyre.com team was on hand to cover the event.
The room featured exquisite décor and exquisite ladies as the IGA Twins and the Ayre Heads were there adding to the beauty of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower décor. The over 400 guests in attendance dined on beautiful appetizers, roasted chicken and spinach with shallots, delicious deserts and of course indulged in their fair share of cocktails.
In all 18 awards were up for grabs with the big winner of the night being Melco Crown Entertainment who walked away with three awards, the award for best Casino Interior Design, best Casino Operations in Asia/Australia and best Casino VIP Room.
Melco Crown Entertainment CEO Lawrence Ho was on hand and accepted a special award on behalf of his father, Macau Icon Dr. Stanley Ho, for his Outstanding Contribution to the gaming industry.
While CalvinAyre.com wasn’t up for any awards, we had a winner of our own at the International Gaming Awards. Dana Workman, the CalvinAyre.com reporter contest winner, was on hand to present Cammegh with the award for the most Eco-Friendly company.
The event’s organizers Clever Duck Media, held an auction for a 1.08-karat diamond donated by TCS John Huxley as part of the ceremonies coinciding fundraising efforts.
An unnamed gentleman won the auction. While we didn’t get the man’s name, we could have likely figured it out by the smile on his lady friend’s face. In all £18,000 will go to the Care International and Children with Leukemia charities.
The entertainment for the evening was the all female violin trio, The String Divas. During their performance, they lost half their dresses. This must have put a smile on the face of Calvin Ayre and Calvin’s “super-hot” date. Speaking of Calvin, a little birdie told me that the Calvin Ayre Foundation donated £3,000 to the charities.
All those in attendance said it was a fantastic event and they couldn’t stop raving about the décor, the food and the great atmosphere.
Here is a complete list of the 2011 IGA winners.
Best Customer Experience: Celebrity Cruises
Casino Interior Design: City of Dreams, Macau
Casino Journal/Magazine Offline/Online: Casino and Gaming International
Casino Operator Of The Year Europe: Casinos Austria International
Casino Operator Of The Year Australia/Asia: Melco Crown Entertainment
Casino Operator Of The Year Americas: Harrah’s Entertainment
Casino Restaurant: Jade Garden, Star World Hotel
Casino VIP Room: City of Dreams, Melco Crown Entertainment
Eco-Friendly Company: Cammegh
iGaming Software Supplier: Playtech
Online Bingo Operator of the Year: Foxy Bingo (Cashcade)
Online Casino Operator of the Year: PartyGaming
Online Poker Operator of the Year: PKR
Online Sportsbook of the Year: Betfair
Socially Responsible Operator of the Year: Holland Casino
Slot Manufacturer: Bally Technologies
Technology Provider/Supplier: Continent8
Traditional Gaming Equipment Supplier: TCSJohnHuxley