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LAS VEGAS-Harrah’s Entertainment said this week it is seeking $750 million in new term loans under its secured credit facility. The proceeds would be used to refinance or retire existing debt and to provide additional liquidity.

Approximately $175 million of the proceeds would be used to satisfy its tender offer for notes maturing in 2010 and 2011. The remainder would be used for further debt reduction and general corporate purposes, according to an SEC filing.

Harrah’s last week revealed an $89-million agreement to buy the Thistledown horse-racetrack near Cleveland in Ohio, which is considering allowing up to 17,500 video lottery terminals for certain racetracks as a budget deficit reducer. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state’s is subject to a statewide voter referendum.

Also this month, Harrah’s reportedly purchased 16% of the $860 million in defaulted debt tied to the Planet Hollywood Resort. Some analysts have speculated that the acquisition gives it a leg up on possibly acquiring the resort.

Harrah’s has more than $19 billion in debt, including $500 million in debt maturing in 2010 and an additional $168 million maturing in 2011, according to its latest 10-Q. Another $6.5 billion in CMBS financing matures in 2013 while $1.1 billion in revolving credit matures in 2014 and $6.3 billion in term loans mature in 2015.

The tender offer is for 5.5% Senior Notes due 2010; 7.875% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2010; 8% Senior Notes due 2011, and; 8.125% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2011. The tender offers expire on Oct. 21, 2009.

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