Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 | 2:18 p.m.
Harrah’s Entertainment officially assumed ownership of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino today. The Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously approved the takeover Thursday.
Harrah’s now owns nine Strip properties, including Caesars Palace, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Paris, Bill’s Gamblin' Hall and Saloon, Bally’s, Imperial Palace, the Flamingo, O’Shea’s, Rio and now Planet Hollywood.
The casinos have a combined 25,000 employees, with about 2,300 employees at Planet Hollywood. Harrah’s executives said Thursday the company will be looking to fill about 40 new jobs at Planet Hollywood.
Harrah’s said in a news release today that it expects its players club program to be integrated into Planet Hollywood’s by April.
Planet Hollywood has about 2,500 rooms and more than 100,000 square feet of casino space in the main property. Planet Hollywood recently opened its PH Towers by Westgate project in December, a non-gaming, 52-story residential and hotel tower with 1,200 suites.