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San Diego: Harrah's casino-resort changes name, adds 403-room tower

Harrah's casino and resort near San Diego is changing its name and look. The renamed Harrah's Resort Southern California in Valley Center adds a tower with 430 new rooms and suites as part of a $160-million upgrade and expansion slated to be done in April, the company announced Tuesday.

The former Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort opened in 2002 on land owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians. Renovations began in October 2012 and has been rolling out in phases. Last July the resort opened three pools that feature a swim-up bar and lazy river. It's also the site of the Dive Dayclub, a Vegas-style pool scene with dance parties and adult swims in summer.

In January, it opened a 53,221-square-foot convention and entertainment center called The Events Center that can be used for concerts or banquet-style events. When the upgrade is completed in April, the resort will have 1,065 rooms, including 152 suites.

L.A.'s legendary Pink's Hot Dogs as well as craft beer bar Corked and (set for an April opening) Spiked, a craft-cocktail lounge, are some of the on-site eateries.

Harrah's is located about 20 minutes northeast of Escondido, an hour from San Diego and two hours from Los Angeles.

Mary.Forgione@latimes.com
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