All 3 Caesars Entertainment Casinos in Atlantic City are open despite Chapter 11 filing

Markets Associated Press

All three Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment remain open, despite a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing Thursday by a unit of the global gambling giant.

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Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, the subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment that filed for bankruptcy, owns two of the company's three Atlantic City casinos — Bally's and Caesars on the Boardwalk.

Harrah's Resort Atlantic City is owned by a different portion of the company and is not included in the bankruptcy filing.

The company says all its properties are open for business as usual, and that it has sufficient cash to continue operating normally. Caesars' Total Rewards player loyalty program is unaffected, and all scheduled meetings and events are still on.

A $125 million meeting center under construction at Harrah's also is not part of the bankruptcy filing and is unaffected by it. The facility is due to open later this year.

The debt-laden company said it filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring plan for its operating company to improve its finances. Caesars remains the largest casino owner in Atlantic City, with three of the resort's eight properties.

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Last summer, it closed the still-profitable Showboat Casino Hotel in the name of reducing competition in the then-saturated Atlantic City market. It was one of four Atlantic City casinos to go out of business in 2014.

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