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06/16/05

Grand Casinos Join Gaming's High Roller

"Today we're celebrating with all our employees, over 100,000 employees nationwide at our 43 casinos, celebrating this coming together of two great companies," Harrah's Regional President John Payne said.

The Biloxi and Gulfport Grand Casinos became part of the oldest, and largest gaming company in the world this week when Harrah's Entertainment merged with Caesars Entertainment.

Harrah's Regional President John Payne mingled with the associates Thursday, assuring them they are truly part of the new family.

Bill Wright, the general manager of the Biloxi casino, says to catch the attention of a big roller like Harrah's speaks highly of the way the Grand does business.

"Harrah's has those same attributes within their respective communities - great reputation in the community, great reputation with their associates. So as the two companies have merged, I think it's a tremendous upside for both our property and the company moving forward," Wright said.

"The way the Grands are run here on the coast, we believe they have the best employees in the way they take care of customers," Payne said.

Since the New Orleans Harrah's is just an hour away, Payne says the company will cross promote the Mississippi Coast and the Big Easy as a regional destination.

With the merger just three days old, Payne says it's too early to say if there will be changes to the name or either property. Until those decisions are made, it's business as usual.

byMarcia Hill

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