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Bill Harrah to be honored today at Aces Ballpark
by Tribune Staff
Sep 02, 2011 | 438 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Before there was Caesars, or the Paris or Rio hotel casinos, there was Harrah’s Bingo Club founded by gaming magnate William F. Harrah in 1937. Harrah believed, “to be successful, you have to do things the best way.” And successful he was. His lone Reno bingo hall started the Caesars empire.

Harrah would have turned 100 years old today, and the city of Reno is set to honor this historic Nevadan and celebrate his legacy by proclaiming Sept. 2 as Bill Harrah Day. Reno Mayor Bob Cashell will make the special proclamation during a pre-game ceremony prior to the Reno Aces baseball game at 6:30 p.m. today. Fans will be treated to a preview of a new Bill Harrah documentary, as well as gifts for the first 5,000 fans.

Today, Harrah is recognized as the man who had one of the greatest impact on the casino gaming industry in Nevada. Many of the principles and practices introduced by Harrah’s casinos are now referred to as industry standards.

Harrah’s Entertainment, renamed Caesars Entertainment in 2010, is the world’s largest provider of branded casino entertainment.

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