Harrahs Announces $165 Million Expansion

PRNewswire-FirstCall LAS VEGAS Nov. 19 :

Harrah`s Entertainment, Inc. today announced plans for a $165 million
expansion of the Harrah`s Rincon hotel-casino owned by the Rincon San
Luiseno Band of Mission Indians.
The expansion of the property, located near San Diego, California, will
more than triple the size of the hotel and includes a spa, a parking
garage, expansion of the casino floor and other facility enhancements. The
expansion, designed to transform the facility into a full-service
destination resort, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2004.

The National Indian Gaming Commission has also approved the Tribe`s
extension of its agreement for HCAL Corporation, a Harrah`s subsidiary, to
manage the hotel-casino through November 14, 2010.

“This expansion marks another milestone for the Rincon tribe,” said John
Currier, Rincon Tribal Chairman. “We knew from the outset that Harrah`s
was the absolute best partner for us. Their expertise in casino management
has benefited us in many ways, including better education, health care,
and basic infrastructure services for our people. We look forward to what
this new chapter will bring.”
“We are deeply grateful to the Rincon Tribe for this expression of
confidence in our company,” said Gary Loveman, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Harrah`s. “In just over a year, the tribe and
Harrah`s have built a thriving, successful business in Southern
California, supported by a relationship of mutual trust and respect. We
are proud of our latest success in Indian Country, and determined to build
on the Harrah`s Rincon success story for years to come.”

Harrah`s Entertainment has approved an additional $165 million loan
guaranty to finance the expansion project.


Founded 66 years ago, Harrah`s Entertainment, Inc. owns or manages through
various subsidiaries 25 casinos in the United States, primarily under the
Harrah`s brand name. Harrah`s Entertainment is focused on building loyalty
and value with its target customers through a unique combination of great
service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational
excellence and technology leadership.

More information about Harrah`s Entertainment is available on the
company`s Web site, http://www.harrahs.com/ .

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