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Harrah's to move gambling floor

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Changes are on the way for Harrah's Metropolis Casino & Hotel.

Harrah's announced Thursday that the Illinois Gaming Board has approved its proposal to move its gaming floor from the riverboat to the property's convention center. The move will provide a new gaming floor and easier access to the hotel and restaurant amenities, said Mark Osterhaus, senior vice president and manager of Harrah's Metropolis.

"The new facility will offer a better experience for our guests and employees, and will put us in a stronger position to compete with newer casinos in our market," he said.

The Illinois Riverboat Gambling Act specifies that gambling floors must be over water, but does not require that they be located on a navigable river, said Gene O'Shea, director of the self-exclusion program at the Illinois Gaming Board.

Harrah's Metropolis, 100 E. Front St., will also add entertainment amenities and improved food and beverage outlets. No date has been set for the improvements.

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