Caesars Indiana to a Horseshoe Casino
ELIZABETH, Ind., Aug. 18, 2005 - One of the casino industry's most historic brands is coming to Southern Indiana, as Harrah's Entertainment (NYSE: HET) announced today that it will re-brand Caesars Indiana to a Horseshoe casino and intensify a planning process to upgrade customer service and enhance guest entertainment experiences. Harrah's acquired the property as part of the merger with Caesars Entertainment on June 13 of this year.
"It's very exciting to be able to offer the legendary Horseshoe experience in Southern Indiana," said Anthony Sanfilippo, Central Division President for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. "Our guests at the Horseshoe Hammond in Northern Indiana and at our other Horseshoe properties in the South appreciate the excellent dining choices, thrilling entertainment schedule, electrifying gaming action and other energizing experiences that make the Horseshoe unique. That's the same kind of excitement that we will deliver in Southern Indiana -- the fun and exhilaration of a big action casino experience, combined with the top-notch amenities that every guest looks for."
The conversion process announced today is expected to take a year or more, and planning has already begun on upgrades in dining and entertainment venues to bring them in line with the premium services offered by Horseshoe casinos. Numerous other amenities are also being considered, and the full scope of the capital investment has not yet been fully determined.
"Our customers can continue to expect the great guest service and first- class facilities that they love," noted Senior Vice President and General Manager Ed Garruto, who has been with the property since it opened in 1998. "The investments that will be made in the facility will bring a new level of excitement to our lively casinos, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and recreational offerings. The new dining and entertainment offerings, a hallmark of Horseshoe's legendary service, match the enhancements our guests have told us they value.
The Southern Indiana property along with the current Grand Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi will be the fifth and sixth Horseshoe casinos in the Harrah's Entertainment portfolio. Three are in operation in Hammond, Ind.; Tunica, Miss.; and Bossier City, La.; and Bluffs Run Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa is being converted to a Horseshoe in early 2006. The six properties will combine to form a corridor of Horseshoe casinos stretching from Chicagoland to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Caesars Indiana initially opened in 1998, and has 120 table games including
the largest poker room in the area, 2,300 slots, 503 luxurious rooms and
suites, and various dining, shopping, and recreational options including
an elaborate pool, full 18-hole golf course, and woodland fitness trail.
The resort, open 24 hours a day year-round, is 20 minutes from Louisville,
Ky. on a spectacular setting on the Ohio River.
Harrah's Entertainment is the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada 67 years ago, Harrah's has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. On June 13, 2005, Harrah's Entertainment acquired Caesars Entertainment, Inc. and now owns or manages through various subsidiaries more than 40 casinos in three countries, primarily under the Harrah's, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names. With more than 3 million square feet of casino space, more than 40,000 hotel rooms and nearly 100,000 employees, the Harrah's portfolio is the most diverse in the gaming industry. 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.
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Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
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