Harrah's Entertainment Barred from Taking Bets on NBA's Big Games

LAS VEGAS (AP) - It's going to be a little but harder to get in on the gambling action for this year's NBA championship.

Harrah Entertainment won't be allowed to take bets on the storied Lakers-Celtics match up at any of its 13 casinos in Nevada.

That's because Harrah's top executive Gary Loveman bought a 2.4
percent stake in the Celtics last year. Under National Basketball Association rules, Harrah's was barred from accepting bets on the

The restriction means bets will not be accepted at about one-third of all sports books on the Las Vegas Strip, including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Bally's, Imperial Palace, Flamingo, Bill's, Harrah's and the Rio.

The company also dropped betting lines at Harrah's-branded casinos in Reno, Lake Tahoe and Laughlin and at Harveys Lake Tahoe.

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