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The Gaming Hall of Fame

2003 Inductee

Phil Satre

Phil Satre

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Phil Satre (b. 19??)


Phil Satre joined Harrah’s in 1980 as vice president, general counsel and secretary. He was named president and CEO of the Harrah’s Gaming Group in 1984 and joined the company’s board of directors in 1988. He was named CEO of the company in 1994 and in 1997 was elected chairman of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., a position he held until his retirement in 2004. Satre also served as chairman of the AGA and director of the NCRG, TABCORP Holdings Limited, JDN Realty Corp., the UNLV Foundation and the UC Davis School of Law Alumni Association Board.

When Satre started with the company, Harrah’s operated just two Nevada casinos, located in Reno and Lake Tahoe. Under his leadership, Harrah’s embarked on an aggressive growth strategy and today operates the nation’s most geographically diverse casino chain, with 26 properties in 13 states. At the same time, his company has set the standard within the industry for internal responsible gaming programs, many of which have been shared with and replicated by other gaming companies.

For his trailblazing efforts, Satre in 1990 became the first recipient of the Robert L. Custer Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Satre is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis. Among his many awards Satre was selected as Best Chief Executive in the Casino and Hotel Industries by the Wall Street Journal.

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