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Harrah's Re-opens Mississippi Casino
Press Release

LAS VEGAS -- Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: HET) today announced that the Grand Biloxi Casino Hotel and Spa has re-opened to the public.

"Grand Biloxi's opening marks the first phase of our exciting master plan on the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Anthony Sanfilippo, president of Harrah's Central Division. "The Grand is back with the kind of high-quality casino entertainment experience our customers have come to expect. We look forward to contributing to the restoration of the Gulf Coast's tourism industry, and are excited to see our employees back at work."

Following a year-long renovation, the new land-based casino features more than 800 slot machines and 28 table games; a 500-room hotel; a 300-seat Grand Buffet, an Asian Cafe, L.B.'s Steakhouse and Starbucks coffee shop; and the full-service Bellissimo Spa.

Grand Biloxi has hired about 1,500 employees. About 95 percent of the property's employees previously worked for the former Grand properties in Biloxi and Gulfport as well as the Harrah's Entertainment Mid-South Service Center.

Karen Sock, formerly assistant general manager of Grand Gulfport, now serves as the senior vice president and general manager of Grand Biloxi. Sock, with more than 20 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industries, served as vice president of human resources at Harrah's New Orleans before joining Grand Gulfport in June 2005.

Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment through operating subsidiaries. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada 68 years ago, Harrah's has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. Harrah's Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership.

"We are committed to the Gulf Coast, and look forward to expanding our presence in New Orleans and Biloxi in the years to come," Loveman said.


California Deal Clears Senate

As Reported by the Press Enterprisee

CALIFORNIA – "A deal allowing an Inland tribe to operate 5,000 slot machines narrowly survived a challenge by some Democrats and labor unions Monday, clearing the state Senate by just one more vote than needed.

"The measure now goes to the Assembly, where its fate is uncertain. The close vote has given one labor leader hope that the measure can be defeated. Supporters, meanwhile, believe the economic benefits to the state and local communities will be enough to sway a majority of Assembly members.

"…Gov. Schwarzenegger crafted the agreement with the tribe earlier this month and is expected to sign it if it reaches his desk. The U.S. Interior Department must approve the agreement after that.

"With tribal leaders watching legislators closely from the Senate gallery, supporters of the agreement struggled to get the votes they needed Monday afternoon. After an initial vote in the state Senate failed by three votes, backers of the bill rounded up enough to pass it 22-7 about 20 minutes later.

"…The agreement, known as a compact, calls for allowing the Agua Caliente Band add a third casino and 3,000 more slot machines, for a total of 5,000. In exchange, the tribe has agreed to pay the state an estimated $1.83 billion through 2030…"

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