CZR Caesars Entertainment

Joyce Arpin Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer
Mark Frissora President and CEO
Eric Hession CFO
Carlo Santarelli -
Dan Politzer JPMorgan
Cameron McKnight Credit Suisse
Shaun Kelley Bank of America
Thomas Allen Morgan Stanley
Chad Beynon Macquarie
Harry Curtis Nomura
Robin Farley UBS
Jared Shojaian Wolfe Research
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It is now my pleasure to turn today's webcast over to Joyce Arpin, Senior Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer. Joyce, the floor is yours.

Joyce Arpin

Good afternoon, and welcome to the Caesars Entertainment third quarter 2018 conference call.

Joining me today from Caesars Entertainment Corporation are Mark Frissora, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Eric Hession, Chief Financial Officer. A copy of the press release, earnings presentation slides and a replay of this conference call are available in the Investor Relations section of our website at file prior earnings call, in release X-K we'll that copy furnished the note and the XX-Q. of to also please to we this a form Also, Form our the SEC

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Mark Frissora

Thank you, Joyce.

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Eric Hession

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Mark Frissora

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Carlo Santarelli

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Eric Hession

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Carlo Santarelli

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Eric Hession

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Carlo Santarelli

didn't just debt Mark, could was remarks, acquisitions your on also a estate then an strategically. Would and follow-up. I you M&A M&A obviously, forward where ask real paydown be a little about And In focus, scenario going one one you the transaction but of bit mentioned capital would a there uses that embark if guys and partner? talked you of involve

Mark Frissora

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Eric Hession

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Dan Politzer

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Mark Frissora

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Dan Politzer

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Dan Politzer

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Eric Hession

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Cameron McKnight

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Mark Frissora

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Cameron McKnight

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Mark Frissora

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Eric Hession

that's I right. Yes, think,

Cameron McKnight

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Mark Frissora

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Mark Frissora

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Shaun Kelley

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Eric Hession

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from Thomas Stanley. of line the from comes question Morgan Allen next The

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Thomas Allen

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Mark Frissora

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Eric Hession

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Thomas Allen

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Eric Hession

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Beynon question of the from Macquarie. of Chad The line comes next

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Chad Beynon

on I congrats with to last fourth Mark, start X wanted quarter. years. the for the the guidance

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Chad Beynon

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Mark Frissora

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Harry Curtis

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Eric Hession

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Harry Curtis

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Eric Hession

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Harry Curtis

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Eric Hession

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Harry Curtis

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Mark Frissora

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Robin Farley

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Mark Frissora

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Eric Hession

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Robin Farley

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Robin Farley

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Eric Hession

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Jared Shojaian

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Eric Hession

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Jared Shojaian

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Eric Hession


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Jared Shojaian

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Eric Hession

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back I Ms. Joyce turn further the no are like now remarks. Arpin would at to questions for to time. call closing this There

Joyce Arpin

joining. everyone, after you, our fourth for year. to talk Thank We'll report results we you Okay. next quarter