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Harrah’s New Orleans Reopens for Mardi Gras

February 21, 2006

Harrah’s New Orleans Reopens for Mardi Gras
February 21, 2006 – Harrah’s New Orleans Casino reopened Feb. 17.

"We’re back and we’re excited," Harrah’s Central Division President Anthony Sanfilippo said. "Harrah’s is working with government and community leaders, our vendors and other business partners to help the efforts to bring tourism back to the city and rebuild the economy. Getting the casino back in action is an important step for us, the City and the State of Louisiana. We are proud to be bringing back into employment more than 1,250 dedicated Harrah’s team members."

The casino held a reopening ceremony at the Canal Street entrance at noon on Friday after closing prior to Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29. The building sustained storm damage, and was used by first responders as a base of operations in the days following the storm.

Repairs to the facility have been completed and the casino’s electronic systems and gaming devices are fully operational. Work continues on a new 450-room, 26-story hotel, located just across Poydras Street from the casino. The $150 million project is expected to open in September 2006.

Celine Dion, Elton John and special guest host Jerry Seinfeld came together for a one-night-only, sold-out performance. the Harrah’s Entertainment Artists Rally Together Concert, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Feb. 20. The Presidents Day evening gala raised $2.1 million for Harrah’s Entertainment’s hurricane-affected employees in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region.

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