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Hundreds of Harrah's employees search for what's next

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Many of those 1,300 employees will get preference at other Caesar properties, but right now there are only about 50 openings. Many of those 1,300 employees will get preference at other Caesar properties, but right now there are only about 50 openings.
All of the Harrah's properties Caesar's Entertainment Corporation owns will close June 2. That includes other tourist attractions like the convention center and the golf course. All of the Harrah's properties Caesar's Entertainment Corporation owns will close June 2. That includes other tourist attractions like the convention center and the golf course.

(WMC-TV) - Employees are looking for other opportunities after Harrah's Tunica announced they are closing. Many of those 1,300 employees will get preference at other Caesar properties, but right now there are only about 50 openings.

Barry Schaefer and his wife were gambling when employees found out.

"My wife was at a blackjack table and the dealer told her at a blackjack table," he said.

All of the Harrah's properties Caesar's Entertainment Corporation owns will close June 2. That includes other tourist attractions like the convention center and the golf course.

"It would probably affect it this August. We're going to be celebrating a gentleman's 65th birthday, and we had about seven or eight people that were going to play golf at the golf course," said Schaefer.

Scott Morton sells furniture across from the casino.

"Put on the first Tunica Furniture convention here," he said. "More than half the people that showed last time have already signed up to show next January, so the primary location was at Harrah's."

Vendors are already booking spots for next year's furniture convention, which was supposed to be at Harrah's convention center.

Caesar's says they will be helping employees with job fairs and workshops, but some of those positions might be hundreds of miles away.

Harrah's general manager released the following statement:

"We are committed to helping the approximately 1,300 affected employees during this difficult transition by providing preferred opportunities to apply for open positions at other Caesars properties, holding job fairs featuring Caesars jobs as well as opportunities with other employers in the North Mississippi and Memphis area, offering workshops on resume writing and interviewing skills, offering severance packages for eligible employees, and unemployment assistance," said R. Scott Barber, Regional President of Caesars Mid-South."

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