Five Maricopa residents recognized

Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Resort has announced the recipients of its 2011 Chairman's Award. The Chairman's Award recognizes employees who have shown exemplary service and demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the Harrah's brand.

This year's recipients are:

Barbara Warner, food and beverage administrator, for superior internal service.
Christi Montes, senior payroll specialist, for community service.

Dawn Thibault, assistance casino shift manager, for innovation.
Justin Quinn, beverage manager, for leadership.
Shawn Nichols, VIP server, for superior guest service.

All recipients are from Maricopa, Ariz.
As award winners on the Ak-Chin property, each receives 40,000 Total Return Credits, a designated parking space for one year, a banquet held in their honor and consideration for the Division Chairman's Award.

"We're incredibly proud of this year's Chairman's Award honorees," said Robert Livingston, vice president and general manager of Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Resort. "Harrah's as a company has a commitment to making a positive impact on the communities we serve, and our casino and resort employees continuously rise to the occasion."

Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino opened in Maricopa, Arizona in December 1994 and was Arizona's first Indian casino to have a management partner. The 40,000-square-foot casino has everything you need for a thrilling gaming experience, with the largest selection of reel and video slots, video poker, table games from blackjack to World Series of Pokerr, Keno and Bingo. The Ak-Chin Bingo Hall has been totally remodeled and provides the latest in Bingo technology. Harrah's Ak-Chin has the only Bingo hall in the Caesars organization, continuing the proud heritage of William F. Harrah, who opened his first Bingo hall in Reno in 1937.

Harrah's Ak-Chin is more than just a casino. In March 2001, Harrah's Ak-Chin opened its resort and now boasts 148 luxurious guestrooms, which come complete with all the amenities to make your stay a comfortable one. A hotel tower, currently under construction, will open summer 2011 and will double the number of available guest rooms on property.
Harrah's Ak-Chin was named a 2010 Most Admired Company by Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ, and Phoenix Business Journal has named the property one of the "Best Places to Work in the Valley" in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Harrah's Ak-Chin also ranked highest in gaming customer satisfaction among casinos in southern Arizona by J.D. Power and Associates' 2009 Indian Gaming Casino Satisfaction Study.

For more information, please visit www.harrahsakchin.com.