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Caesars Entertainment Unveils Renderings and Plans for First Nebraska Property, Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino
Property to Feature Only One-Mile Thoroughbred Racetrack in the State

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COLUMBUS, Neb. and LAS VEGAS (March 2, 2023) – Caesars Entertainment shared the official renderings today for Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino, the company’s first destination in the Cornhusker state. In partnership with Columbus Exposition and Racing, the property will be home to the state’s longest thoroughbred racetrack which will offer guests a first-class experience to a historic pastime in Columbus.

“Horse Racing has been ingrained in the history of Columbus for decades. We’re thrilled to contribute to that history and bring an all-new, one-mile racetrack for the community to enjoy,” said Joe Morris, SVP of Racing at Caesars Entertainment. “Caesars Entertainment is committed to bringing the best offerings for guests of the casino and fans of racing in the area and we look forward to welcoming Columbus to the track once it’s complete.”

The Company hosted a community event this morning at the Elks Country Club, where Caesars Entertainment executives unveiled the renderings and shared plans for the property. Other partners in attendance included, Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley, Tom Jackson, Dan Clarey, Dennis Hall, Russell Placzek and Chad Sucha with Columbus Exposition and Racing, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Caesars’ selected general contractor, Whiting-Turner. During the event, the Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino team also presented a $5,000 check to be donated to the new Columbus Fieldhouse.

In addition to the racetrack, Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino, is expected to feature a 28,000-square-foot-casino and sportsbook with more than 500 slot machines and 14 table games. The property will also be home to the award-winning restaurant, The Brew Brothers, which was founded by the Carano family in 1995, and a bar dubbed Wishbones, a nod to the hometown favorite event center that closed its doors in 2021. A Marriot Fairfield Inn and Townplace Suites will be built next door and connect directly to the casino so guests can stay and play. Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino is expected to be complete in the first half of 2024.

“We’re pleased to bring a brand-new destination to the great state of Nebraska,” said Todd Connelly, Regional President at Caesars Entertainment. “This is a huge milestone for the company, and we’ve been working hard to bring it to life. We were honored to be joined by our partners and have the support of the local community during today’s event. We’re looking forward to welcoming the people of Columbus and beyond when we open our doors in 2024.”

The Company will also bring a temporary casino to Ag Park expected to open late spring 2023. The temporary casino will offer more than 200 of the newest slot machines and is already home to an expansive simulcast offering where guests will have the ability to watch and bet on horse racing from around the world. The temporary location will also be part of Caesars Entertainment’s expansive Caesars Rewards® network. Guests who play at the temporary casino can earn and redeem Caesars Rewards credits and spend those credits during a future visit to the permanent Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino facility or at one of Caesars Entertainment’s 50+ properties in North America.

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About Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) is the largest casino-entertainment company in the U.S. and one of the world’s most diversified gaming-entertainment providers. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions. Caesars Entertainment’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s®, Horseshoe® and Eldorado® brand names. Caesars Entertainment offers diversified amenities and one-of-a-kind destinations, with a focus on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of impeccable service, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars Entertainment is committed to its employees, suppliers, communities and the environment through its PEOPLE PLANET PLAY framework. If you think you or someone you care about may have a gambling problem, call 1-800-522-4700. For more information, please visit

About Columbus Exposition and Racing, Inc.
Created in 2013, Columbus Exposition and Racing, Inc. (CER) is a not-for-profit Columbus entity that is dedicated to the future of horse racing in Columbus and Nebraska.

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